CAMP FREDDY's final sold-out show of their month-long May residency at The Roxy in West Hollywood culminated last night (May 29) with a special appearance by Billy Idol. Idol, guitarist Steve Stevens and drummer Brian Tichy treated the packed house to a cover of THE DOORS' "LA Woman", also featuring THE DOORS' own Robbie Krieger on guitar along with CAMP FREDDY. The crowd went wild when Idol, Stevens, Tichy and CAMP FREDDY — Billy Morrison, Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch and Chris Chaney — launched into Idol's classic hits "Dancing With Myself" and "Rebel Yell".
Another highlight of the night was a duet by Juliette Lewis and Leitch on X's "Los Angeles". In a surprise twist, while millions of "Lost" fans were at home watching the two-hour season finale of the hit show, Naveen Andrews ("Sayid" on the show) joined CAMP FREDDY onstage to play guitar on the SEX PISTOLS' "EMI". Andrews also joined in the all-star CAMP FREDDY finale of THE STOOGES' "I Wanna Be Your Dog", when Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shawn White also came to the stage to lend his vocal pipes. Earlier in the night, TRAIN's Pat Monahan belted out a powerful rendition of LED ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love" with Krieger on guitar.
The star-studded night also featured special appearances from the following additional music guests: Nick Hexum (311), Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), Chris Vrenna (MARILYN MANSON, GNARLS BARKLEY, NINE INCH NAILS), Wayne Static (STATIC-X), John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE), Leah Duors (MCQUEEN) and the all-female punk rock dance group the DARLING STILETTOS (featured each week).
CAMP FREDDY is continuing work on what is expected to eventually be released as the band's debut album.
"We've done a bunch of covers, it's being worked on, it's coming together slowly," Sorum told Buzznet earlier in the month. "There is a record, there's a lot of music done, we just need to lay vocals. It's a little difficult because every one has record labels, and we need to get clearance. Sometimes when you get big stars you can run into some difficulty business-wise. That's the wall we've hit. At CAMP FREDDY, we try to be artists for artists, we just talk to each other and work it out."
Among the cuts that are set to appear on the effort are "20th Century Boy" (also featuring Steve Jones from THE SEX PISTOLS on lead guitar) and THIN LIZZY's "Jailbreak" (featuring ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell on vocals and Billy Duffy on lead guitar). Other guest musicians include RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith and singer Macy Gray.
Since its formation six years ago when they rocked the opening of The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles at the invitation of Brent Bolthouse, CAMP FREDDY has performed on both coasts of America and on national television shows ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn", "Last Call with Carson Daly"). CAMP FREDDY also hosts a weekly radio show on Los Angeles' acclaimed Indie 103.1 every Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Watch the video of Wayne Static performing "Paranoid"!