CAMP FREDDY Calls It Quits; New All-Star Covers Band ROYAL MACHINES Takes Shape
CAMP FREDDY, the Los Angeles-based “jam” group featuring Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Billy Morrison (ex-THE CULT bassist, current CIRCUS DIABLO vocalist), Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), and Chris Chaney (JANE’S ADDICTION, ALANIS MORRISETTE), has officially called it quits. Navarro, Morrison, Leitch and Chaney will continue playing together in a brand new “all-star covers fun-times band” called ROYAL MACHINES in which they will be joined by frequent CAMP FREDDY collaborator, singer Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), and acclaimed drummer Josh Freese (THE VANDALS, DEVO, A PERFECT CIRCLE).
ROYAL MACHINES wrote in an online posting: “We’ll do our best to bring you another 10 years of ridiculously amazing rock shows.”
Since its formation ten years ago when they rocked the opening of The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles at the invitation of Brent Bolthouse, CAMP FREDDY had performed on both coasts of America and on national television shows (“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn”, “Last Call with Carson Daly”).
In an interview with Gibson.com, Navarro was asked if there would ever be a CAMP FREDDY album. “We talked about it for many, many years, but the logistics of something like that really doesn’t translate to what we’re about,” he replied. “We’re a live band and we’re about the fun on stage and whoever’s gonna get up with us — we don’t know from night to night. And when you go into a studio to record songs that have already been recorded, it’s difficult to recreate that kind of energy and spontaneity, so it’s unlikely.”