N.C. Music Factory
Sept. 3, 2012
There were plenty of musical performances around town on Monday — Janelle Monae was the highlight of the family-friendly, rain-shortened CarolinaFest, Tony Bennett performed at a private party at The Fillmore, The Roots performed at a StartUp RockOn event at Amos' Southend, John Legend was at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Adrien Grenier offered a DJ set inside Butter and a "supergroup" of sorts hit the stage of the N.C. Music Factory's Fountain Plaza.
Camp Freddy's usual players — guitarist Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, guitarist Billy Morrison who tours with Billy Idol, drummer Matt Sorum who played with Guns N Roses, singer Donovan Leitch, Jr. (son of Donovan) and bassist Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction — were joined by a variety of friends on this night — guitarist Steve Stevens and singers Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Sully Erna (Godsmack) and Franky Perez.
From Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" to The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," Camp Freddy rifled through more than 15 songs as party-goers knocked back top-shelf liquor thanks to DISCUS. There were hints of the talent each band member has during the laid-back performance, but this isn't a group that got together to record new music or deliver a political message, it's strictly a name-dropping party band.
And, much like a wedding reception, there's a cover band playing, a small group of people have had too many drinks and gather near the stage to sing and dance and there aren't any politician or celebrity sightings — aside from the ones onstage.
In the meantime, while Bach tried to relate to the crowd by poking fun at Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan's iPod playlist, Erna may have put it best — "This is the weirdest gig I've ever been to..."