DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott recently spoke to South Africa’s Cape Times about his upcoming tour with KINGS OF CHAOS, the touring project featuring former GUNS N’ ROSES members Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan. along with former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, Glenn Hughes from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION and DEEP PURPLE, and COLLECTIVE SOUL‘s Ed Roland.
KINGS OF CHAOS will perform in Cape Town on June 7 and June 8 at the Grand West Grand Arena, and on June 15 and June 16 at the Sun City Superbowl, North West.
Due to scheduling conflicts with the recording of his forthcoming studio album and the production schedule for a new major network television show, Bach will not be able to perform with KINGS OF CHAOS in South Africa. Replacing Bach for the South African KINGS OF CHAOS dates will be ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH singer Myles Kennedy.
“Matt Sorum put the band together,” Elliott told Cape Times. “We’ve known each other for years. To quote Ozzy Osbourne, he asked if we wanted to ‘get aboard this crazy train.’ Join in, sing a few songs and have a bit of fun — with no pressure.”
He added: “And what a lineup! We have a great rhythm section from GUNS N’ ROSES, Glenn Hughes from DEEP PURPLE, then there’s Slash and Myles Kennedy.”
KINGS OF CHAOS will perform some of the individual bandmembers’ greatest hits in a two-hour display of frenzied guitar riffs, pounding drums, resonating bass and trademark raspy vocals.
“The songs kind of picked themselves,” said Elliott. “We’ll do [DEF LEPPARD‘s] ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ and ‘Animal’, of course. And we’ve put in an acoustic segment for South Africa.
“Fresh songs come with fresh blood. We may even end up writing songs together. Who knows?”
He added: “It’s a wonderful experience to work with these guys. They just smile all the time. Everyone has been in a band for 30 or 40 years, and we all have great jokes and stories.”
KINGS OF CHAOS made its Australian live debut on April 20 at the Stone Music Festival at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium (see video below).
“I couldn’t believe the number of people totally going bananas. It was an eye-opener to see how much they dug it,” said Elliott.
“It’s building, it’s a curiosity. You wonder how it’s going to work, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Duff McKagan playing a DEF LEPPARD song… Will it work? And it does!”
KINGS OF CHAOS toured South and Central America last year under the name ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ALLSTARS.