Kings of Chaos (band)

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Kings of Chaos
Also known as Rock N Roll All-Stars
Genres Rock
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Extreme, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, Skid Row, Deep Purple
Website Official Site
Members Gilby Clarke
Duff McKagan
Matt Sorum
Steven Tyler
Billy Gibbons
Robin Zander
Nuno Bettencourt
Past members Joe Elliott
Glenn Hughes
Slash
Myles Kennedy
Corey Taylor
Steve Stevens
Sebastian Bach
Vivian Campbell
Gene Simmons
Ed Roland
Billy Duffy
Mike Inez

Kings of Chaos are an international band featuring a core lineup of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver members Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, and Gilby Clarke as well as a revolving lineup of members of Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Aerosmith and more.[1] The group plays songs from all of these bands, and other classic rock covers. To date, they have only recorded and released one song, "Never Before", on the Deep Purple tribute, Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head.[2]

History[edit]

The band was formerly known as the Rock N Roll All-Stars, which had a short tour of South America in 2012. Since their reincarnation as the Kings of Chaos, the band have played Australia's Stone Music Fest,[3] four shows in South Africa,[4] one show in the United States,[5] and two in Central America.

The supergroup has previously stated that they would be releasing EPs in the future that would each contain 3 covers and an original track,[6] but this has yet to happen.

The band always plays a setlist of songs from the bands of the members, and generally another few cover songs. Most prominent throughout are the Guns N' Roses classics, "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Paradise City," "Welcome To The Jungle," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and Deep Purple's "Highway Star."

One of the significant points to the Kings of Chaos is that they at one point had 4 members of the 1993 version of Guns N' Roses, and 2 original members. This is a higher number than the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses itself. The core lineup however includes original GNR member, Duff McKagan, KOC founder Matt Sorum who played with GNR from 1990-1997, and Gilby Clarke, who played for GNR from 1991 to 1994.

On August 19, 2014, Kings of Chaos announced a 2014 South African Tour with two scheduled dates that will include Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith as a special guest.[7] They will not be joined by longtime members Joe Elliott and Glenn Hughes who both have other side projects that they are working on.

Members[edit]

The band is not meant to have a permanent lineup, and has thus had its fair share of personnel changes.

Timeline[edit]

List of Songs Covered[edit]

Song Original Artist Original Year
Burn Deep Purple 1974
Smoke on the Water Deep Purple 1972
Highway Star Deep Purple 1971
Mistreated Deep Purple 1974
It's So Easy Guns N' Roses 1987
Knockin' on Heaven's Door Bob Dylan 1973
Mr. Brownstone Guns N' Roses 1987
Nightrain Guns N' Roses 1987
Paradise City Guns N' Roses 1987
Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard 1987
Animal Def Leppard 1987
Two Steps Behind Def Leppard 1993
Communication Breakdown Led Zeppelin 1969
Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin 1970
Rebel Yell Billy Idol 1984
Sweet Child o' Mine Guns N' Roses 1987
Welcome to the Jungle Guns N' Roses 1987
Youth Gone Wild Skid Row 1989
Do Me a Favor Stone Sour 2013

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