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Royal Machines at The Roxy

Royal Machines 2015 | Xmas Residency

OK, so I spent the last two nights at Royal Machines annual Xmas residency at The Roxy on Sunset. I will be updating this post for the next few days, but I know my Foo Fighter friends are chomping at the bit for this little piece of AWESOME.

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So what is Royal Machines? It’s not as much “what” as “who.” Remember all those years I would share my Camp Freddy escapades with you? Well after many years CF transitioned a bit, lost a member and gained two, forming Royal Machines.

The Band: Billy Morrison, Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney, Mark McGrath, Donovan Leitch and Josh Freese.

Vocals: The biggest names in rock and roll who happen to be in L.A. that evening. I’m not kidding. You never know who is going to jump up on stage, in the past I’ve seen Slash, Courtney Love, Steve Tyler, Juliette Lewis, Steve Jones, Mick Fleetwood, Chino Moreno, Billy Idol, Tom Morello, Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Angelo Moore, Sebastian Bach, Chester Bennington, Billy Gibbons, and those are just the ones off the top of my head. 

So basically, it’s the best Christmas party you can ever imagine with just 400 of your closest friends in the coolest venue in L.A.: The Roxy on Sunset. All for $30. That’s right, the tickets for my favorite night of the year are just $30 each. 

And before you yell at me for recording the performances, simmer down. I’m not a fan at all of watching a concert thru my phone screen either, but I’m short. So until either tall me with HUGE ravenous crushes on Dave Navarro either do the polite, gentlemanly thing and let me stand in front of them, or Royal Machines enjoy my videos and let me sit on the stage (which I see neither ever happening,) I’ll be the annoying one shooting the show so I can watch it again later. Oh, and for the ones that are going to say, “Then get there earlier.” I was. I always am. Just never early enough. 

Night 1: Monday, December 7, 2016

Slipknot’s frontman Corey Taylor performs Sex Type Thing by Stone Temple Pilots in honor of STP’s Scott Weiland who passed away a week earlier. Also joining him on stage is Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Chris Chaney and Josh Freese.

Donovan Leitch channels his best Ric Ocasek & The Cars for “Just What I Needed”

Every year, Mark McGrath single handedly blows the roof off The Roxy with the most fun cover songs. This year? Sugar Ray man paid homage to Diamond Dave with this great version of Van Halen’s Panama. Stick around for Dave Navarro’s guitar solo. It’s rad.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t SUPER excited to see Josh Todd of Buckcherry get up and belt out Lit Up. See, I’ve been waiting to see this song live for a long time, and pair that with his moves, I was one happy girl.

What a great all-star finale. After this I couldn’t wait to see what Royal Machines had in store for Tuesday night. On-stage: Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Dorothy (Dorothy The Band), Josh Todd + Keith Nelson (Buckcherry), Ashton Irwin (5SOS), Andrew Watt, Steve Stevens, Billy Morrison, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Donovan Leitch, Chris Chaney and Josh Freese perform Guns ‘n Roses “Paradise City”

Night 2: Tuesday, December 8, 2016

That time Jerry Casale jumped up onstage with Royal Machines and ROCKED Devo’s “Uncontrollable Urge.” The crowd went W I L D. It was insane. I will tell you though, Donovan + McGrath singing back-up is kinda major. 

Mark McGrath performs Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In the Name

Everclear’s Art Alexakis and Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver perform Santa Monica with Royal Machines

Taylor Hawkins singing Tie Your Mother Down (Queen) and Mountain Song (Jane’s Addiction) with Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney, Josh Freese and Billy Morrison.

And for the grand finale of Royal Machine’s 2nd Annual Xmas Residency at The Roxy, Billy Idol heads to the stage to perform: White Wedding, L.A. Woman (not shown), and my favorite, Rebel Yell.

Happy holidays!

Photo credits: Nicole Standley

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