KINGS OF CHAOS, the part-time all-star rock 'n' roll collective that includes former and current members of GUNS N' ROSES, SLIPKNOT, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and LINKIN PARK, will perform at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 1, December 2 and December 3.
KINGS OF CHAOS's lineup for the Vegas shows will consist of former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum alongside bassist Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), vocalist Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR), vocalist Chester Bennington (LINKIN PARK), guitarist Billy Duffy (THE CULT) and guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL).
Asked how he manages to manage all the big personalities involved with KINGS OF CHAOS, Sorum told the Windsor Star: "You know what? It's really a fun, easy gig. There's really no agenda behind it except to play a cool show… I've played with all these guys before. It's super easy-going. Everyone gets on the airplane, drives out to the gig, sets up the gear, and rocks. There's really no drama around it at all."
Regarding how important ego management is in keeping a band together, Sorum said: "From my experience, I mean… It's been a bit of a wild ride. Hence the name KINGS OF CHAOS. [Laughs] But at the same time, I don't know if I would’ve wanted it any other way. You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don't feel I'm getting that wild, rock 'n' roll sensibility that I want."
He continued: "I love Dave Grohl [FOO FIGHTERS frontman], don't get me wrong. But he's a drummer who got out front with a guitar. Is there any danger in it? Not really. If you go to a FOO FIGHTERS show, you're gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he'll thank the crowd, and everyone's gonna go home and go, 'Wow, that was a really nice rock 'n' roll show.'
"Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I've been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going, Holy shit, what was that?'"