Camp Freddy

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Camp Freddy
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 2002 (2002)–2014
Associated acts Guns N' Roses, The Cult, Jane's Addiction, The Panic Channel, Velvet Revolver, Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack, Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots, Tiffany
Members Matt Sorum
Dave Navarro
Billy Morrison
Mark McGrath
Donovan Leitch Jr.
Chris Chaney
Past members Scott Weiland
Scott Ford

Camp Freddy was a hard rock musical group consisting of established musicians who played rock and roll covers at various shows around the United States from 2002 through 2014. The band consisted of core members Matt Sorum (drums), Dave Navarro (guitars), Billy Morrison (guitars), Donovan Leitch Jr. (vocals) and Chris Chaney (bass guitars). Each performance featured guest appearances from many well-known musicians and singers.[1]

Billy Morrison of Camp Freddy - live in concert
Scott Ford, formerly of Camp Freddy - live in concert
Greg Dulli performing with Camp Freddy (bass player Chris Chaney in background)


The band's name is derived from a character in the 1969 film The Italian Job.[2] Guitarist Billy Morrison described them as: "...not a band, but it is also way more than a jam session; Camp Freddy is an ‘Occasional Happening’, a freak of (Hollywood) nature." The group often played secret shows and other small appearances at charity events.[2] On Saturday evenings, band members - usually Morrison and Navarro - hosted a radio show from 6:00-8:00 on the Los Angeles-based Indie 103.1 FM radio station.[2]

In January 28, 2005, the group performed a benefit concert for the 2004 South East Asia tsunami at the Key Club in Los Angeles, which featured guest appearances from Courtney Love, Lemmy, Linda Perry, and Slash.[3]

In March 2006, Scott Weiland joined as a core member and vocalist for the band until April 2008, when his decision to leave Velvet Revolver for Stone Temple Pilots caused tension between Matt Sorum and Weiland. His departure from the group was announced on the April 2, 2008 edition of Camp Freddy Radio. Camp Freddy, with producer Mike Clink, were reportedly recording an album which would mirror their live shows, with guests performing on each track. So far, two tracks have been released: Cheap Trick's "Surrender" and Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody".

In 2009, Billy Morrison stated that "there will be a record. One day! When we all get around to finishing what we started."[4] In April 2010, the group played a show at an IZOD IndyCar Series event, which featured guest performances from Lemmy and Courtney Love.[5]

In December 2012, the band had a residency at The Roxy in Los Angeles which lasted for three nights leading up to Christmas Day, which featured guest appearances from Tom Morello, Zakk Wylde, and Lana Del Rey.[6] The following December, the group had another residency at The Roxy, with guest appearances by Billy Ray Cyrus and recurring-guest Courtney Love.[7] The band's final show was on December 31, 2013.[8]

On January 24, 2014, the group announced they would no longer perform under the name Camp Freddy, and instead were starting a new cover group called Royal Machines.[9]


Former members[edit]

Notable guest members[edit]

dagger indicates recurring performer


  1. ^ Scoggs, Sara. "Setting Up Camp: Drummer Matt Sorum Tells Buzznet About Camp Freddy's Origins". Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Apar, Corey. "Camp Freddy Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Camp Freddy Benefit Concert for South East Asia Tsunami Relief". Getty Images. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  4. ^ Lindsay, Andrew. "Interview: Billy Morrison (Camp Freddy)". Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "LEMMY, COURTNEY LOVE Perform With CAMP FREDDY In Hollywood". Blabbermouth. April 16, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d Childers, Chad (December 26, 2012). "Camp Freddy Complete Hollywood Residency with Zakk Wylde, Tom Morello, Lemmy and more". Loudwire. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Billy Ray Cyrus, Camp Freddy. Courtney Love, Billy Idol, Billy Ray Cyrus, Gilby Clarke and Mark McGrath join Camp Freddy on stage for night 2 at the Roxy in Hollywood". Alamy. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "CAMP FREDDY Calls It Quits; New All-Star Covers Band ROYAL MACHINES Takes Shape". Blabbermouth. January 24, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "SLASH, JERRY CANTRELL, COURTNEY LOVE Jam With CAMP FREDDY In Hollywood". Blabbermouth. January 28, 2005. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  11. ^ "OZZY OSBOURNE, ACE FREHLEY Perform With CAMP FREDDY: Video Footage, Photos Available". Blabbermouth. August 11, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Parker, Lyndsey (December 14, 2009). "Camp Freddy Superstars Go Totally '80s". NME. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Video: Courtney Love Covers The Velvet Underground with Camp Freddy". Alternative Nation. December 21, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "Ozzy! Slash! New cars!". Los Angeles Times. Pop & Hiss. October 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "STEVEN TYLER, COREY TAYLOR, BILLY DUFFY Perform With CAMP FREDDY In Hollywood". Blabbermouth. December 12, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 

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