Rock to Recovery 2 @ The Fonda Theater – 09/16/2017
Hearing some of the best interpretations of cover material, the Road To Recovery 2, at The Fonda Theater on Saturday September 16, was the place to be. But most importantly, Road To Recovery is a transformative program for those in treatment and recovery. Road To Recovery 2 is the second annual awareness and benefit event.
All cover songs were performed incredibly well with exacting precision but with unrelenting sweat-soaked energy, passion, driving intensity and unforgettable performances that transcended the original numbers and took them to thrilling otherworldly places.
First up was The Road To Recovery 2 House Band, featuring members of KORN, SEVENDUST, SNOT, D.I., Death on Wednesday, Kill Radio and KUT U UP, that rocked the audience hard and beyond with a number of classic songs by The Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, The Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Journey, Sublime and The Beatles. With two rotating vocals, they embodied the spirit of lead singers that fronted each band with the phrasing and inflection of their voices and even their body language. It was rumored they only had two months of rehearsals prior to the show, but it didn’t affect the quality of their performance, which was thoroughly professional, but it was still fresh, exciting and powerful.
If the audience wasn’t totally blown away and wiped out watching the exhilarating performance by the Road To Recovery 2 House Band, nothing could prepare them what could be appropriately called an epic and monstrous show by The Kings of Chaos. This incredible supergroup included Franky Perez, Steve Stevens, Dean and Robert DeLeo and Matt Sorum. The instrumental prowess and staggering display of chops and virtuosity was evident from their first towering note they played together that blasted the sold-out crowd out of their seats with their explosive sonic attack.
The mighty Kings of Chaos opened with a number of songs by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Billy Idol, STP and Radiohead. Kevin Martin of Candlebox also made an appearance during their set and sang a very raw version of “Someday,” who he wrote based on his friendship with the deceased frontman Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone). Wayne Kramer, Co-founder of the American protopunk band MC5 and who is a singer, guitarist, producer, film and television composer, joined the band for incendiary and compelling raveup of “Kick Out The Jams.” His dualing guitar battle/competition with Steve Stevens was sight to behold and worth the price of admission. One could feel the admiration and respect of both musicians toward one another as they obviously held their own.
Following Kramer’s performance, Corey Taylor, wearing a vintage MC5 t-shirt, came onstage to sing a gripping and moving acoustic number from his new Stone Sour Project. Then Taylor joined the band tearing it up singing lead on “Sex Type Thing,” “Vasoline,” and “Love Removal Machine.” The show ended with Radiohead’s Creep sung by Franky Perez who dedicated the song to the audience relating to their feelings of isolation brought on addiction and mental health issues contributing to feelings of unworthiness and despair.
For more information on Rock o Recovery: www.rocktorecovery.org