Pearl Aday has just announced her first headline tour, kicking off Saturday April 17th in Las Vegas. For fans that have never seen Pearl live, get ready for some straight up, kick ass, pure and true rock n’ roll. Pearl says, “ I just let the music take me wherever feels right. I’ve fallen down, peed my pants…I don’t care. As long as I can connect with the audience, I’ve done what I came to do. I’ll break myself open to get there. I have a lot to tell, and a hell of a lot to give.”
Her debut album, Little Immaculate White Fox is an epic blend of hard rock, blues and soul, connected by Pearl’s distinct and empowering vocals. Produced by Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Tool, Jane’s Addiction) the album features Anthrax guitarist (and fiancée of Pearl) Scott Ian, Jerry Cantrell, Ted Nugent and Mother Superior – the touring band for Daniel Lanois and Henry Rollins.
As the daughter of rock legend Meat Loaf, Pearl lived and breathed rock n’ roll since the day she was born. Music was everywhere – whether it was in a recording studio (where she could be found napping in a guitar case) or a place where her dad was performing in front of thousands of people, Pearl lived it. Her foray into the music biz began singing back up on tour for Meat Loaf and Motley Crue. You can also hear her unmistakable pipes on Ace Frehley’s ‘Genghis Khan.’
The songs on Pearl’s debut album are as original as they are familiar. Drawing inspiration from classic, hard and southern rock, along with soulful elements of R&B, Little Immaculate White Fox is a spirited collection of passion, pain and love -100% pure and infectious.
If you saw Pearl’s recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, you may have got a glimpse of what she can do. Better yet, go see her live. As Pearl promises, “Every live show is an adventure.”
April 17 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
April 18 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
April 20 Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
April 22 Minneapolis, MN @ The Rock
April 23 Appleton, WI @ Revolution
April 24 Rockford, IL @ Kryptonite Bar
April 26 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
April 28 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
April 29th New Jersey @ Brighton Bar
May 1 Kingston, NY @ The Basement
May 2 Harrisburg, PA @ Dragonfly
May 5 Tulsa, OK @ The Otherside
May 7 Tempe, AZ @ Club House
More tour TBA! Check links below for updates
Would she follow in her father’s operatic rock footsteps? Or would she venture into metal alongside her husband, Scott Ian? Pearl Aday did neither on her first, full length album, Little Immaculate White Fox. She followed her own road to rock, and it’s good.
With such a colorful musical upbringing, there was no way this lady wasn’t destined for rock greatness. Meatloaf is her father, whom she performed and toured with. That was followed by a stint as a back up singer for Motley Crue (call me jealous). And now Pearl is taking her well deserved position at center stage.
The first track, “Rock Child,” establishes all this and more. From being a “little girl living center stage” and “sleeping in a guitar case,” this song is a rock anthem about her life. She comes out wailing and comes out with a bang that makes you stop and take notice.
She follows that up with a rockin’ rendition of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limit,” which is a perfect selection for her voice and would definitely make Ms. Turner proud.
Although it’s easy to spot all of the different musical influences in her music, the one influence that isn’t overly stated is the influence from her father. The one song that really has that Meatloaf vibe to it is “Whore.” From the harmonies to the musical and vocal phrasing, it just screams Meatloaf . Whether she meant to do it or not, it is quite an excellent homage to her father.
Pearl wasn’t messing around when putting together musicians for this album. Her band consists of guys from Mother Superior, who have backed The Rollins Band and U2. Husband Scott Ian plays guitar, and there are a couple of other tasty guitar players who also make appearances.
First up, Ted Nugent. Yeah, you just can’t go wrong with Uncle Ted. And the second you hear “Check Out Charlie,” there’s no denying that Ted Nugent guitar sound. The song is heavy and solid and Pearl proves that she can stand her ground in the rock world.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Pearl can slow it down and croon a touching ballad too. With Jerry Cantrell’s guitar mastering on “Anything,” Pearl’s soft, sweet vocals blend perfectly with his soulful sound. It was the perfect way to end the album. Some may question ending an album with a ballad, but this worked well for me, like a moment of zen after rockin’ out for almost an hour.
Song after song, your ears are bombarded with great rock and roll. Sometimes it’s hard for me to really get into an album. With this one, there was no problem at all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it already and it hasn’t grown old. Why? Because it’s real. Rock is in her heart, her soul and her blood and it’s obvious when you hear her voice. There are plenty of decent rock singers and rock bands out there, but there are very few that make you feel it. Pearl makes you feel it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock Child
2. Nutbush City Limits
3. Broken White
4. Check Out Charlie
6. My Heart Isn’t In It
8. Worth Defending
9. Love Pyre
Pearl Aday – Vocals
Scott Ian – Guitars & Background Vocals
Jim Wilson – Guitars & Background Vocals
Marcus Blake – Bass & Background Vocals
Matt Tecu – Drums