Slash, Macy in Leitch's Camp

Superstar cover band to begin album sessions

October 6, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Camp Freddy, the all-star cover band that has been gigging around Los Angeles and New York since last year, will begin recording their debut for Sanctuary Records next month. Mike Clink (Guns n' Roses) is producing the album, which should see the light of record stores next spring.

According to Camp Freddy ringleader Donovan Leitch, recording commitments are in place from Macy Gray, Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, Kelly Osbourne and former Guns N' Roses members Slash and Matt Sorum. The supergroup also features bassist Scott Ford and former Cult guitarist Billy Morrison.

"We're covering all these glam and punk songs," says Leitch, who tipped T-Rex's "20th Century Boy" and David Bowie's "Jean Genie" as songs the band plans to record. Leitch says that Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" will be the first single. "It'll be Matt on drums, Perry on vocals and Slash and Jimmy Page on guitar," he says, noting that the Zep guitarist, also a Sanctuary artist, is not formally locked in yet. "Slash is good friends with Page, so we're thinking he will put in a call, too."

Leitch is also planning a DVD documenting the recording sessions, which will convene at a heavily guarded studio built underneath the Sunset Marquis Hotel in L.A., home away from home for the likes of the Rolling Stones and U2. The hope is that some notable hotel guests may pop in unexpectedly.

On stage, Camp Freddy has also starred Kid Rock, Moby, Robbie Williams and the Stones' Ron Wood. "The shows would always end with eight guitar players lined across the stage," Leitch says. "No one could even hear what they were playing."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »