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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME GUITARIST JAMES WILLIAMSON UNVEILS HIS NEW BAND ‘THE PINK HEARTS’ WITH DEBUT CONCERTS IN LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO

Petra Haden, James Williamson & Frank Meyer. Photo: Heather Harris.

 

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME GUITARIST JAMES WILLIAMSON UNVEILS HIS NEW BAND ‘THE PINK HEARTS’ WITH DEBUT CONCERTS IN LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO

June 29 – El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
June 30 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
 

JOINING WILLIAMSON IN THE PINK HEARTS ARE FRANK MEYER AND PETRA HADEN; UPCOMING ALBUM BEHIND THE SHADE IS THE ARTIST’S MOST MUSICALLY EXPANSIVE PROJECT TO DATE, RUNNING THE GAMUT FROM INCENDIARY RAVE-UPS TO POIGNANT BALLADRY

Certain to win support at Modern Rock and AAA Radio formats,
Behind the Shade will be released on LP+CD, standalone CD, and digitally by Leopard Lady Records on Friday, June 22, 2018

Pre-order: Cobraside, iTunes

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / April 9, 2018 — Goldenvoice and ToneDeaf Touring announce the debut concert performances by James Williamson and the Pink Hearts. The group will play the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on June 29 and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on June 30. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 12 at 10:00 AM PST; Amex pre-sale is scheduled for 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM PST on April 11. Ticket info for Los Angeles will be HERE and for San Francisco HERE. If information isn’t currently available, please check back later for details.

A 2010 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Stooges, James Williamson is now set to make his most stylistically diverse musical statement to date with his new group, James Williamson & the Pink Hearts. Fronted by Los Angeles-based vocalists Frank Meyer (The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden (That Dog, The Haden Triplets), the Pink Hearts’ repertoire encompasses everything from feral rockers to soul-searching balladry. Behind the Shade by James Williamson & the Pink Hearts will be released on LP+CD, standalone CD, and digitally by Leopard Lady Records on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Recorded last year in Berkeley (instrumentation) and Los Angeles (vocals), Behind the Shade is a thoroughly modern rock album which also evokes the most stirring elements of Seventies rock ‘n’ roll. “You Send Me Down” is an exuberant party starter with keyboards funky enough to have been lifted from the Billy Preston songbook, while “Pink Hearts Across the Sky” (a sure-fire favorite at AAA Radio) is resilient Americana with a crystal clear vocal performance by Haden worthy of Linda Ronstadt. The lonely, late-night afterglow of Alejandro Escovedo’s “Died a Little Today” (the album’s sole cover and a CD-only bonus track) features a plaintive vocal by Haden accompanied by swooning lap steel. “Destiny Now” pairs melodic rock guitar with vocals reminiscent of ‘90s college rock favorites Madder Rose and Bettie Seveert. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Meyer’s raw, rabble-rousing vocals throw kerosene on the riff-driven assault of “Riot on the Strip” and “The Revolution Stomp.” Meyer also has room to get contemplative on the buzzing underground strut of “Miss Misery” and the tough-as-nails rocker “Judith Christ.”

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