According to South Africa's Tonight, former GUNS N' ROSES members Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan and Slash will perform in South Africa in June as part of an all-star band called KINGS OF CHAOS. Joining them at GrandWest's Grand Arena in Cape Town on June 8 and the Sun City Superbowl, North West, on June 15 and 16 will be DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott and Vivian Campbell, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, COLLECTIVE SOUL's Ed Roland and Glenn Hughes from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION and DEEP PURPLE.
KINGS OF CHAOS is the brainchild of Sorum, who asked a few of his close friends to form a band and tour the world playing each other's big hits.
The idea for the new band to play South Africa was conceived when Roland came to the country to appear as part of the Heineken Symphonic Rock, which features South African artists performing their hits with a full orchestra.
"Ed had such a great time here and really enjoyed working with me and my team," said Andy Mac, director of AMP Events.
"When he told me about this all-star supergroup project, I knew I had to bring them to South Africa.
"When I entered discussions, I wanted Slash, but everyone said it would be difficult because of his schedule. Also, he had never played on this project before. I persevered and eventually he said yes. Because of how busy the four members of GUNS N' ROSES are, and the dynamics of the band, the likelihood of them normally not playing together is huge.
"I would have given my right arm to just have Slash in the country and now we have DEEP PURPLE, GUNS N' ROSES, COLLECTIVE SOUL and SKID ROW all in one band! Slash alone as a drawcard would probably fill up a stadium. But what's great about these Sun International venues is that it's up close and personal. You can be about 50 meters away from the band and the sound will be great.
"This is an amazing two-hour show," he continued. "SKID ROW's Sebastian Bach has been a longtime friend of the band and he will be singing the GUNS N' ROSES tracks. He has the perfect voice for the songs and kills it. He is a cool hairband rock 'n' roll wild child.
“Besides them playing songs like 'Paradise City' and 'Welcome To The Jungle', they will also do big anthemic hits such as DEF LEPPARD's 'Animal' as well as hits from COLLECTIVE SOUL. They have some fun when they throw in the odd BILLY IDOL cover. This is going to be incredible."
KINGS OF CHAOS toured South and Central America last spring under the name ROCK 'N' ROLL ALLSTARS.