Week two of the annual Camp Freddy Residency at the Roxy started off with Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum, and Donovan Leitch Jr. on guitar, drums and vocals and joined by Steve Stevens on lead guitar and Chris Wyse on bass.
The opening number, Relax was the same as the week before, but then he show went off in a totally different direction. The bland played a great version of the White Stripes 7 Nation Army followed by the T-Rex classic 20th Century Boy and Search and Destroy, both tunes with Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn and Branden Campbell on Bass.
Then came one of the most rousing versions of the Sex Pistols classic Anarchy in the UK with Billy Duffy of guitar and Billy Morrison on lead vocals. This song got the crowd really moving and when Frankie Perez came out to take vocals on the Cult’s Fire Woman the house was really jumping. Fire Woman was followed by a Helter Skelter and the Black Sabbath tune War Pigs.
Then it was a return to the Rock and Roll bands of the 1980’s with Stephen Pearcy and Warren De Martin of Ratt fame joining the boys on stage for Round + Round then to be joined by George Lynch from Dokken for Tobacco Road. Amazing to see that many guitarists on the stage at once, all shredding without over stepping.
Then it was time to bring it down bit with Linda Perry doing a great job on the Radiohead song Creep and blowing the doors of the place with Whole Lotta Love.
Following Linda was Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst rocking the Kinks classic, You Really Got Me. That was followed up with Sebastian Bach joining Durst for the lead vocals on the Aerosmith classic, Sweet Emotion.
I wasn’t sure it could get any better, then it did. Paul Stanley came out to sing and play guitar. I was standing about 3 feet away from on of the founding members of KISS. Holy Freaking Hell… KISS. The band that I listened to constantly in the late 70s. Her he was playing Strutter just a few feet away and there was no mistaking that voice or that sound. Then Billy Duffy rejoined the band for a All Right Now only to be replaced by Paul Stanley’s son Evan Stanley for a You shook me and then it was Camp Freddy with Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer for one of the best versions of the Kiss hit Lick it Up that I have ever heard. It might have been the intimate venue or the fact that everybody on and off the stage was having a really good time but that tune just killed.
Wonder what next week will bring.