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The day for Aday arrives

Stewart Oksenhorn
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoRock band Pearl, led by singer Pearl Aday, center, plays Sunday, April 18, at Belly Up.
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ASPEN – Pearl Aday is in her mid-30s, on the late side for the singer to be starting her first-ever tour in her native United States.

But Aday, who kicks off her tour with a gig tonight in Las Vegas before heading to Aspen for a show on Sunday, April 18, at Belly Up, said she hasn’t been impatient about launching her career. Which is understandable: From the time she was born, all indications were that she would eventually get to this point.

Aday’s biological father was a drummer in the band of Janis Joplin; Aday was named after the quintessential female rocker, who went by the nickname “Pearl.” The person she calls dad is her stepfather, Michael Lee Aday – better known as Meat Loaf, the singer-performer behind the landmark 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell.”



After spending her childhood performing in musical theater and choirs, Aday was asked by her stepfather, in the mid-’90s, to sing back-up on the “Bat Out of Hell II” tour. She held onto the gig until 2003, but also took occasional time off to sing backing vocals with Mötley Crüe. Ten years ago, Aday started a relationship with Scott Ian, the guitarist from Anthrax; the two are now married, and bandmates to boot.

In 2003, Aday took her leave from her father’s band, known as the Neverland Express, to concentrate on her own music.




“I sang as a back-up singer for 10 years – that can only take you so far,” she said from a van that was carrying Aday across the desert from her home in Los Angeles to Las Vegas. “The only logical step was to do my own band.”

It hasn’t been the fast track: There have been changes in band membership; Aday took her time living with a demo album before deciding that some of the songs weren’t going to make the cut. Two years ago, her band, which goes by the name Pearl, did a European tour which had them opening for Velvet Revolver and Meat Loaf.

She considers all of that something of a prelude to what has taken place this year. In January came the release of her debut album, “Little Immaculate White Fox.” (The title came from a dream a friend of her mother’s had just before Aday was born.) And now, a full-blown U.S. tour which lasts through mid-May, and takes Aday across the country and back.

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” she said. “I’m sure there have been moments of being impatient. There are moments where I’ve wanted to get going, get to it. But it’s played out naturally, the way that it needed to.

“And now I’m really ready. Let’s say I’m really ready, rather than impatient.”

Pearl, with Mini Mansions

Sunday, April 18, at 9 p.m.

Belly Up

stewart@aspentimes.com


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