Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and ex-GUNS N' ROSES axeman Gilby Clarke joined an all-star band consisting of Rob Zombie (vocals), Slash (guitar; VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Tommy Lee (drums; MÖTLEY CRÜE), and Scott Ian (bass — yes, bass; ANTHRAX) for a rendition of the KISS classic "God of Thunder" as a tribute to KISS at the first annual "VH1 Rock Honors" Thursday night (May 25). Meanwhile, QUEEN guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor made a surprise appearance with FOO FIGHTERS, who were paying tribute to QUEEN at the event.
"VH1 Rock Honors" is the first-ever show to pay homage to the legends who influenced the sound of hard rock. This year's celebration honors the music and influence of JUDAS PRIEST, KISS, QUEEN and DEF LEPPARD. Premiering on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:00 p.m., "VH1 Rock Honors" was taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will include performances by all of the honorees as well as tribute performances by GODSMACK (who are paying tribute to JUDAS PRIEST), FOO FIGHTERS and THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS (DEF LEPPARD).
"VH1 Rock Honors" setlist – May 25, 2006 at Mandalay Bay Events Center - Las Vegas, NV:
FOO FIGHTERS w/ Brian May and Roger Taylor:
01. Tie Your Mother Down
01. Under Pressure
02. The Show Must Go On
03. We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions
01. Medley: The Hellion / Electric Eye / Victim Of Changes / Hell Bent For Leather
01. Breakin' The Law
02. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
03. The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)
THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS:
01. Rock Of Ages
03. 20th Century Boy
All-Star Band featuring Rob Zombie, Ace Frehley, Slash, Gilby Clarke, Scott Ian, Tommy Lee:
01. God Of Thunder
01. Detroit Rock City
03. Love Gun
04. Makin' Love
Highlights, according to a BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor:
* FOO FIGHTERS: AMAZING
* Seeing Ace hug Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (it won't be long now)
* DEF LEPPARD: Their set was suprisingly good.
* Vince Neil's old lady falling flat on her face.
* THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS (Wow, I didn't know a group could be so bland)
* Rob Zombie coming in too early on "God of Thunder", just as the solo switched from Ace to Slash.
* What the fuck is going on with Rick Savage? Is it bad plastic surgery or what?
* $7.50 for a Sam Adams.
Surreal Moment of the Evening:
Towards the end of the KISS set (but before "Makin' Love" was played), all of the honorees were brought out for a final bow. At one point Ace was next to Tommy Thayer (in the Spaceman makeup). It was really strange...
Check out pictures from the show: