KINGS OF CHAOS performed last night (Thursday, June 17) at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico. The supergroup's lineup for the show included three lead vocalists: Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER). They were joined by guitarists Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES) and Warren DeMartini (RATT), bassist James LoMenzo (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MEGADETH) and drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty).
The full setlist was as follows:
01. Hello There (CHEAP TRICK)
02. Surrender (CHEAP TRICK)
03. I Want You To Want Me (CHEAP TRICK)
04. Don't Tell Me You Love Me (NIGHT RANGER)
05. High Enough (DAMN YANKEES)
06. Wanted Man (RATT)
07. Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
08. I Wanna Rock (TWISTED SISTER)
09. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (BOB DYLAN)
10. Ain't That A Shame (FATS DOMINO)
11. Dream Police (CHEAP TRICK)
13. Brown Sugar (THE ROLLING STONES)
14. Sister Christian (NIGHT RANGER)
15. You Can Still Rock In America (NIGHT RANGER)
16. Round And Round (RATT)
17. We're Not Gonna Take It (TWISTED SISTER)
18. Won't Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)
19. Rock And Roll (LED ZEPPELIN)
20. Come Together (THE BEATLES)
21. Whole Lotta Love (LED ZEPPELIN)
Originally formed in 2012 as ROCK 'N' ROLL ALL STARS, KINGS OF CHAOS features a core lineup of members as well as a rotating cast of guest musicians.
KINGS OF CHAOS has recorded just one song so far: a cover of DEEP PURPLE's "Never Before" for the 2012 tribute album "Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple's 'Machine Head'".
During an appearance on the "2 Hours With Matt Pinfield" podcast, drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT, VELVET REVOLVER), who founded KINGS OF CHAOS, talked about the project's formation. He said: "The music business is more difficult to navigate than ever, especially for a guy that's been around a while," he said. "I've had an illustrious career, but it's always been, like, super-high, super-low, like riding the wildest roller coaster ever known to man. [Laughs] Emotionally, it's been challenging. When VELVET REVOLVER broke up, for me, it was like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe I pulled off another band.' So it kind of knocked the wind out of me, and I didn't really want to jump back into doing another band or project right away.
"When I started doing KINGS OF CHAOS, it became strictly about fun," he continued. "I decided, 'I'm going to pull a bucket list, [and] I'm going to call guys that I never had the balls to call, and have no fear. There's one or two answers that you can get — yes or no. And you've got to be able to accept no. Don't take it personal. I called Keith Richards. I called Jimmy Page. I called [Robert] Plant. I didn't care. I was just, like, finding them and calling them. And some of them said yes — not Robert Plant, dammit [laughs] — but Steven Tyler, Robin Zander, Billy Gibbons, Joe Elliott, Slash, the DeLeo brothers. I go and play with my friends, and it's a blast."