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Pearl talks debut album, calling Meat Loaf “Dad,” sharing the stage with Motley Crue, and so much more

Pearl Aday, the daughter of rock legend Meat Loaf, has been embedded in the music scene all of her life. She’s napped in guitar cases as a baby and grew up singing back-up for her father from 1994 to 2003, and also sang with the boys in Motley Crue. Now married to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, she has struck out with her debut record, “Little Immaculate White Fox”.  Pearl recently entertained a few of our questions…

Q: It might seem obvious, as the daughter of a rock icon, that you were destined to write and perform music, but was there a defining moment in your life when you realized that you were indeed a “rock child”?

A: This is just the way I’ve grown up. Rock and roll and music is what I’ve known for my whole life. If I was forced to reflect and choose a specific defining moment, I guess I’d have to choose the time I was on my dad’s stage at Wembley Arena. When I was about five/six years old it was my job to be “scarf girl” – to bring a different colored scarf out to my dad in between songs. Red for “Bat Out Of Hell,” black for “Took The Words…,” white for “Two Outta Three…,” whatever it was. I had done it several times before in front of the same sized audiences, but for some reason this time I met him in the middle of the stage, dressed in my favorite little gold lame jumpsuit that I thought was so cool, and I turned and looked out into the audience and froze. I don’t know what it was that particular time. Before, I had obviously been focused only on dad and the players in the band, but this time I noticed the thousands of people, the lights, etc. It scared me and I started to cry. Thousands of people let out a collective, “Awwwwwww…”.  Dad scooped me up and said into the mic, “Don’t worry sweetie. These people are our friends.” The crowd went wild and I remember feeling thrilled, scared, but loving it. I smiled and hid my face in his neck. Maybe that was the moment the stage bug was planted.

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CD Review: Pearl “Little Immaculate White Fox”

Pearl Aday is a self-proclaimed “Rock Child” and has every right to that title. The daughter of larger-than-life rocker Meat Loaf, Pearl has never known a day without music. In addition to singing back-up for Meat Loaf from 1994 to 2003, she has done the same for Motley Crue. I guess to ensure her progeny are homozygous for musical genes, she has married Scott Ian (Anthrax).

Just a few bars into her debut record, “Little Immaculate White Fox”, it is easy to hear her primary musical influence – Janis Joplin. Incidentally, her biological father played drums in Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band. Pearl’s name comes from Joplin’s nickname, which is also the title of her landmark 1971 album. Follow all that?

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Alive and Rocking: Part 2

This is the second part of this round-up review/label profile so let me repeat:

Let me tell you, I get a decent bit of music in the mail thanks to this gig right here and although every day brings a package with a little bit of melodic lovin’ inside, there are days where the bounty is just so fucking cool it makes me glad I decided to become a music writer. The day I received this fat package of music from the Alive label was one of those great days. Alive is one of the few labels left which is dedicated to keeping rock and roll…ahem…alive in many ways, but most importantly in spirit. The label is a throwback to the days when substance meant more than anything else and sticking by your bands while they grew and matured was more important than milking them for one monster hit. I mean, while I am sure Alive would love to sell a ton of records and have a huge fat hit on their hands, they seem incredibly loyal to their bands and are nurturing their roster as each band builds their own reps and fanbases which will eventually help the label as a whole. As it is, the label has one of the best young rosters out there and will soon be able to compete with any other label out there is the discs contained in this package is any clue. Since they sent me so many wonderful releases, I am splitting this article into two parts so I don’t hit you with too much good stuff at one time. This is, of course, the second part!