“Tickets for the three annual Xmas Camp Freddy shows at the Roxy theater in Los Angeles went on sale yesterday at 10.30am. At 10.39am they were all sold out. To say we were caught unawares is an understatement. We have as much fun producing and playing these annual gigs as you guys seem to have watching them. But to completely sell every ticket in under 10 minutes took us all by surprise. Immediately I was hearing talk of adding more shows…. three more dates were held up to look at. Emails and social media were reflecting some peoples disappointment at not being able to get tickets. Or anger at the speed at which the three shows sold. We thought about playing more nights, but the truth is that every year we present fantastic, one-of-a-kind gigs and there is a limit to how many of those we can physically put together. The last thing we would want to do is water this shit down. We decided to keep it at the original three shows. It’s obvious that the Xmas Camp Freddy shenanigans have become a staple of many people’s holiday time in Los Angeles and even more obvious that we could choose to present it differently – in a bigger venue perhaps – and we’ll think about it for next year. But to me, the whole point of our Roxy Residency is to bring the big rock show to the small club. To have that event where it ISN’T easy to get in! To make what’s happening inside something very special. If you didn’t get tickets, there may be a doorman willing to listen, windows that may be open….. when I was a kid I attended MANY shows using my wits and not much else. If you did get tickets……hold on to your hats!”
- Billy Morrison
Camp Freddy flew to Washington DC last weekend for a special Halloween party at the 9.30 Club. The event was a fundraiser for veterans at the Boulder Crest retreat and the band (Navarro, Chaney, Morrison and Leitch) were joined by drummer Josh Freese, as core member Matt Sorum had a previous engagement. Special guests for the evening included Scott Weiland (who mesmerized the audience with a vocal/harmonica duel with singer Franky Perez), Zakk Wylde (who killed a couple of Black Sabbath songs and demonstrated his insane lead guitar abilities) and Sebastian Bach (who rocked Mountain Song with Jane’s Addiction members Navarro and Chaney). The show was a huge success with funds being donated to the retreat, and the band now focus on upcoming shows in December.
Camp Freddy just completed a whirlwind trip across the country that started in Santa Monica, CA, visited New York City, and ended in Austin, TX. The band played last Thursday at a charity event for the Guggenheim Partners at The House Of Rock in Santa Monica. The performance was ‘unplugged’ and the 1000 strong audience was treated to guest appearances including Mark McGrath, Chester Bennington and Billy Idol. The next day, the band flew to New York for a weekend performance at The Bowery Ballroom in New York. Robin Zander and David Draiman were among the guests for that show. And finally, Camp Freddy performed in Austin at the Dell World Event, bringing a full hour and a half show to Austin City Limits, that featured Fred Durst, Perry Farrell, Sully Erna, and both Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Full set lists and guest line ups can be found in the Events section of this site. Camp Freddy now close their successful year out with the annual Roxy Residency shows next week. Please note: All shows are sold out.
Camp Freddy are part of the forthcoming ‘West Of Memphis’ movie soundtrack album, to be released by Sony Legacy. The band’s version of the David Bowie track. ‘The Jean Genie’ was produced by Mike Clink and features a guest appearance by Steve Stevens. Legacy Recordings will release ‘West of Memphis: Voices For Justice’, an album of music and songs inspired by the new Sony Pictures Classics film, “West of Memphis,” which chronicles the case of the West Memphis Three on January 15th 2013. The album serves to raise awareness for the continuing fight for exoneration of the West Memphis Three. “West of Memphis” is a new documentary film produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Amy Berg (Best Documentary Oscar nominee Deliver Us From Evil), with first-time producers Damien Echols (of the West Memphis Three) and Lorri Davis. Directed by Amy Berg, the film reveals the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.
Full track listing:
1. Henry Rollins (feat. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis original score) – Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 9
2. Natalie Maines – Mother
3. Lucinda Williams – Joy
4. Camp Freddy – The Jean Genie
5. Tonto’s Giant Nuts feat. Johnny Depp & Bruce Witkin – Little Lion Man
6. Marilyn Manson – You’re So Vain
7. Band of Horses – Dumpster World (Live)
8. Citizen Cope – DFW
9. Eddie Vedder – Satellite
10. Bill Carter – Anything Made of Paper
11. The White Buffalo – House of Pain
12. Bob Dylan – Ring Them Bells
13. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – West of Memphis Score Suite
14. Tonto’s Giant Nuts feat. Johnny Depp – Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 16
15. Patti Smith – Wing (Recorded Live at Voices For Justice Benefit Concert – August 28, 2010)
Camp Freddy will embark on the busiest month as a band so far for them this coming December. As well as the three sold out Roxy shows in Los Angeles on December 20th, 21st and 22nd, the band will also perform at three private shows earlier in the month. A show for the Guggenheim Museum at the House Of Rock on December 6th, a private party in New York on December 8th, and a special show in Austin, TX on December 11th. These shows will close the band’s 10th year in existence. The new-look website is now fully loaded with all previous events and news items from the last ten years, and more photo’s and a video page will be added soon.