Kings of Chaos With Chester Bennington, Billy Idol & Billy Gibbons to Rock Grand Prix of Long Beach

Matt Bishop
Chester Bennington, Matt Sorum and Billy Gibbons of Kings of Chaos.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will rev up to 11 when the Matt Sorum-founded supergroup Kings of Chaos will follow the day’s racing activities, Saturday, April 8, on the Convention Center outdoor stage.

The rotating group, which will consist of Sorum on drums, The Cult’s Billy Duffy on guitar and Stone Temple Pilots brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo on bass and guitar respectively for this gig, will be bringing in some A-list rock power to amp up the show. They’ll be joined on vocals by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and Billy Idol, as well as some extra guitar help from ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

For Sorum it’s a true hometown gig, making it very special. “I am really looking forward to playing for racing fans in the town where I was born,” Sorum said in a press release. “The Grand Prix of Long Beach is the coolest event going.”

The show, which will be free to fans with racing tickets, is scheduled to begin around 6 p.m. And based on previous Kings of Chaos setlists, it will be a very fan-friendly gig. The group draws on the hits of band members, pulling out tracks like Stone Temple Pilots’ “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song,” The Cult’s “Fire Woman” and “Love Removal Machine,” and classic rockers such as Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades.”

With the fire power of Bennington, Idol and Gibbons, the group has a slew of new hits to draw upon, which the Grand Prix people are looking forward to. “This unique Kings of Chaos ‘supergroup’ concert format featuring so many famous artists will be a huge draw and a fantastic addition to our already impressive Super Saturday lineup,” Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, said in a statement.

But, as one would expect from a true rock star, Idol summed up the teaming of Kings of Chaos and the Grand Prix perfectly.

“Fast cars, rock-and-roll music and hot chicks! What could be better than that?” he said.