Chaos with a cause. The Kings of Chaos rock the Avalon
November 18th, 2013–If there’s one thing that is worth fighting for it’s your freedom. But what about those that can’t fight for their own freedom? Should we fight for theirs?
Ric O’Barry might be known as the man behind the ‘discovery’ and training of america’s most loveable finned movie star, Flipper, but he would refuse to be associated with such a memory. In fact, ever since T.V’s most recognized dolphin passed away in his arms he has taken it upon himself to battle an industry of animal abuse and another that keeps dolphins captive for amusement. To do this he started Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.
He also laid the foundation with 2009’s The Cove documentary. It was at a protest in Taijii, Japan that Ric O’Barry met Matt Sorum (former drummer of Guns ‘n Roses) where they found out that they shared the same cause. Their collaboration ensued as they teamed up for a benefit concert at one of Hollywood’s most historic and lush venues–The Avalon.
Along with Sorum were fellow super group rockers Slash (Guns N’ Roses) , Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Jane’s Addiction, Velvet Revolver), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Michael Jackson),
Sorum started the set off with a twangy rocker ballad which eased into Hughes playing Deep Purple’s “Mistreated” with gnawing aye-aye-aye’s and high pitched octaves. Then Taylor comes out, and together with Stevens, they take the crowd by storm with tracks like “Rebel Yell” and “Smoke onthe Water.”
There were more head bangs, pelvic thrusts, and fist pumps that you could count on two hands. Next thing you know Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) jumps out, shouts out to all the ladies, tantalizes the gents, and electrifies AC/DC’s “Dirty Deed Done Dirt Cheap.” Afterwards, Hughes comes back out as they regroup and cover some classics like Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown” and “Immigrant Song.” Just when you think they’re done rockin’ guess who comes a knockin’?
Special guests Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Billy Ray Cyrus (“Achy Breaky Heart” and Miley Cyrus) appear. They play Queen’s “Tie your Mother Down” with all the original grit, teenage angst, and rebellion. By the time they play their last song, Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City”, you can’t help but wonder how come the stage didn’t explode with so many rock stars in one place.