I love Los Angeles. It is at times a ridiculous city, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
In what other city would a random assortment of musicians--from Billy Idol axe-slinger Steve Stevens and hirsute ZZ Top rock god Billy Gibbons to shirtless ex-Chili Pepper Dave Navarro, R&B amazon Macy Gray, wank-metal veterans Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, drumming wonder Jason Bonham, and even Cypress Hill--get together in a Sunset Strip rock 'n' roll den to perform '80s covers?
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Camp Freddy is Hollywood's premiere revolving-door-lineup supergroup, featuring core members Navarro, Billy Morrison of the Cult, Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver fame, rock offspring Donovan Leitch, and Navarro's Jane's Addiction bandmate Chris Chaney. As an Angeleno holiday tradition, they end every year with an Onitsuka Tiger-hosted Roxy club residency of decade-themed shows--'70s, '80s, and '90s--and last Friday at the Roxy, they invited an almost Craigslistian assortment of random cronies to hop onstage for a set of covers of iconic '80s anthems by Gary Numan, the Clash, Ozzy, et al.
Only in L.A., people. Only in L.A....
Billy Gibbons & Steve Vai doing ZZ Top's "Sharp-Dressed Man":
Cypress Hill doing GNR's "Paradise City":
Macy Gray doing the Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket":
Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray doing Ratt's "Round & Round":