Taylor Hawkins’ band Chevy Metal were joined by his Foo Fighters bandmate Dave Grohl for a fun set of cover songs at Conejo Valley Days.
I have been shooting Chevy Metal, Taylor Hawkins’ from the Foo Fighters “shitty cover band,” since I first found out about them in 2012. Last year I missed their show at Conejo Valley Days in Thousand Oaks due to another commitment, so when I heard they were playing again this year, I cleared my schedule.
Chevy Metal consists of drummer/vocalist Taylor Hawkins, bassist/lead vocalist Wiley Hodgdens, and guitarist/master shredder Mick Murphy. Occasionally Dave Grohl joins them, but it’s never a given, and I have seen many Chevy Metal shows without Dave. Trust me, you may go to catch a glimpse of Dave, but you keep coming back because they are just great. They play all your favorite 70s hard rock tunes, and the fun they have on stage while playing is absolutely infectious.
Dave was seen walking around the fairgrounds long before set time, so those of us already there knew we were in a for a special treat. Dave played the entire set with the band, handling rhythm guitar and backing vocal duties, along with wry commentary. Dave mentioned that Taylor only wanted him in the band because he “is the best shit talker in the business.” The started the set off with “Bitch,” and played a widely diverse set of covers ranging from “Turning Japanese,” “You May Be Right,” and “My Sharona,” to “Fairies with Boots,” and “Running with the Devil,” to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Wiley sang lead on the majority of songs with Taylor taking lead several times, and Dave singing a few tunes, most notably a new-to-Chevy-Metal cover of Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man,” which was the highlight of the show for me.
Near the end of their set, Tommy Odetta a promising young guitar player, who had played an earlier set with his band, The Bad Jones, was brought up to jam with the band.
Chevy Metal recently sold their custom van, so in a fun piece of rock history, they brought their gear in the fan that the Foo Fighters used for their first tour, 20 years ago!
Chevy Metal’s performance, and all of the performances on Saturday’s stage, was sponsored by Rock & Roll Pizza, which is one of the best places to see bands play, and has the best pizza in town to boot! If you are out in Moorpark make sure you stop by and check them out.
In addition to The Bad Jones, other bands who played on Saturday included, Buster & The All Stars, Charley Oberbey & The Broken Arrows, Chum, Ro Ashika, and Reyes Torío, featuring Robbie Rist on guitar.