Chester Bennington of Linkin Park
Robin Zander of Cheap Trick
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
Billy Duffy of The Cult
Steve Stevens of Billy Idol
Robert DeLeo of STP
Matt Sorum of GNR, Velvet Revolver
Matt Sorum speaks through the drums. After watching Ringo Starr drum with The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Sorum became entranced by the drums and had to pick them up. By age 14, the Long Beach, California native was performing on the Sunset Strip at the Whisky with his band The Prophecy. He played with Tori Amos and drummed on multiple recording sessions, then joined The Cult. In 1990 Matt caught the attention of Slash and Duff McKagan, leading him to join Guns N’Roses. Matt was inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame with Guns N’ Roses in 2013.
Moving on from GN’R, Sorum started producing, but drums always beckoned him. He was in the studio again with McKagan and Slash. The three shared a special chemistry, so they founded Velvet Revolver. With Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots singing, Velvet Revolver released two albums. Matt has also released two solo albums, “Hollywood Zen” and “Straosphere”, and devotes time to his non-profit Adopt the Arts (www.adoptthearts.org), whose mission is to keep music alive in schools.
Matt set about assembling his own SuperGroup of musicians he admires and loves to play with, and Kings of Chaos was born. With core members Robert DeLeo (bass, Stone Temple Pilots) and Steve Stevens (guitar, Billy Idol), Kings of Chaos enjoys a mind-boggling array of rotating ‘guest’ members which has included Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Slash (G N’R), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) to name a few.
KoC always delivers a badass lineup, and pretty well ensures you won’t see the same show every night. Where can see a show packed with hits like “Surrender”, “Smoke on the Water”, “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Paradise City”, “White Wedding” and “Mr. Brownstone” performed by the actual artists. That puts KoC at the pinnacle of the greatest song list in Rock n Roll history.
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