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Announcement: Patti Russo to join Symphonic Rhapsody of Queen in 2017

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Moon World Records has announced that Patti Russo will join its show Symphonic Rhapsody of Queen from April 2017.

Patti is currently touring Spain with the label’s History of Rock show as one of four lead vocalists.

This new role in Symphonic Rhapsody of Queen is a perfect fit for Patti, who has performed with Queen in the past and played the role of Killer Queen in the Las Vegas production of the musical We Will Rock You.

Stay tuned for tour dates.

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Here’s the announcement from www.queensymphonicrhapsody.com, translated from Spanish:

Patti Russo confirms her participation for 2017

Patti Russo, who has performed with QUEEN for more than 70,000 people in Florida and Amsterdam. Singer, songwriter and actress.

Female Vocalist of Meat Loaf , with whom she has recorded numerous albums, singles and videos. Patti has also sung with Cher, among others.

As a composer, her songs have been recorded and sung by Meat Loaf, jazz singer Betty Harris, and rocker Steve Steinman.

As an actress, Patti has played leading roles in the London production of Notre Dame de Paris, the Las Vegas version of the musical We Will Rock You, and has guest-starred on numerous musicals in New York.

Announcement: Patti Russo joins History of Rock 2016 tour in Spain

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Moon World Records has announced that Patti Russo will join its History of Rock tour of Spain this autumn as one of four lead vocalists. With 21 dates confirmed throughout October and November 2016, the show will bring together the greatest hits from Elvis, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Dire Straits, U2, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd.

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In an announcement on its Facebook page the organiser said about Patti:

History of Rock confirms the fourth singer for the next tour… Patti Russo, vocalist of Meat Loaf, with whom it has been all over the world, recorded numerous albums, singles and videos. Patti has also sung with Queen, Cher, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra…
From New Jersey, Patti Russo closes the cast of soloists, contributing a shot of adrenaline and an abundance of elegance and maximum energy on stage… A luxury for this new tour!

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Check the event website for more details and tour dates.

History of Rock, an impressive and thunderous spectacle, ranging from its origins in rock and roll during the 50s until today, played by a cast of extraordinary and powerful voices of first international level, accompanied by a powerful rock band formed by international musicians who have toured the world with artists like Simple Minds, George Michael, Chris Rea, Mike Oldfield, Rick Wakeman, Robin Beck, etc., come together to continue the greatest musical legend ever interpreted and discover or again enjoy the greatest rock songs of all time.

(From the organiser’s website, translated from Spanish.)

Video: Patti Russo sings her song The Wrong Thing, from the London gig

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After a successful first show at the Pheasantry in London in spring, Patti returned to this intimate venue for another solo show accompanied by pianist Loucas Hajiantoni. The set showcased a wide range of her own songs, including the original version of her hit single When it Comes to Love, as well as the ballad The Wrong Thing, which was originally written for Meat Loaf’s album Bat Out of Hell 3.

Patti Russo: The Wrong Thing (live at the Pheasantry, London, 1 December 2015)

If you missed the London show, there’s another chance to catch Patti at Buxton Opera House on 12 December.
Check here for more information and tickets.

Video: Patti Russo performs her song When it Comes to Love with the SAS Band

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Patti is currently on tour with the SAS Band in the UK, and is performing her latest single When it Comes to Love, among other songs. Here’s a video of the tune’s live premiere, recorded at The Brook in Southampton on 26 November.

There’s still time to catch Patti on tour before Christmas. Here are the upcoming dates – don’t miss out!

29 November 2015
The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

1 December 2015
The Pheasantry by PizzaExpress Live, London
Solo gig: An intimate evening with Patti Russo

Call the box office for tickets: 020 7351 5031

3 December 2015
Watford Colosseum, Watford
https://watfordcolosseum.co.uk/

4 December 2015
Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury
http://www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

5 December 2015
G LIVE, Guildford
https://glive.co.uk/

8 December 2015
Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
http://www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

12 December 2015
Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Solo gig: An intimate evening with Patti Russo
More information and tickets

Upcoming gigs: Patti Russo with the SAS Band

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As every year, Patti Russo is coming back to England to join Spike’s All Star Band for their Christmas gigs. This year, you’ll have quite a few chances to catch these legendary gigs around the country, as always bringing you the best rock and soul classics and featuring some of the UK’s top musicians.

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26 November 2015
The Brook, Southampton
Sold out.

29 November 2015
The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
The SAS band management and all performers will give their services free of charge and donate their box office to Children in Need.
Artists announced to date include: Melanie C (Spice Girls), 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, Soul/Jazz Icon Madeline Bell (Blue Mink), Patti Russo (Meat Loaf), Cheryl Baker (Buck’s Fizz), Abba tribute The Fabbagirls. Support Band: Kyla & Nat.
Box Office: 01892 530613
https://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

3 December 2015
Watford Colosseum, Watford
Artists announced to date include: Melanie C (Spice Girls), Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri, 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, Soul/Jazz Icon Madeline Bell (Blue Mink), Patti Russo (Meat Loaf), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Abba tribute The Fabbagirls.
Box Office: 01923 571 102
https://watfordcolosseum.co.uk/

4 December 2015
Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury
Artists announced to date include: Melanie C (Spice Girls), Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri, 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, Soul/Jazz Icon Madeline Bell (Blue Mink), Patti Russo (Meat Loaf), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Abba tribute The Fabbagirls. Support Band: Drive In Saturday.
Box Office: 01722 434434
http://www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk

5 December 2015
G LIVE, Guildford
THE SAS BAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.
Artists announced to date include: Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri, Soul/Jazz Icon Madeline Bell (Blue Mink), Patti Russo (Meat Loaf), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Abba tribute The Fabbagirls. Support Band: The Bobbs.
Box Office: 01483 369350
https://glive.co.uk/

8 December 2015
Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
This is Spike’s hometown and is the day he’s being inducted onto the Guildhall’s Wall of Fame.
Artists announced to date include: Melanie C (Spice Girls), 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri, Soul/Jazz Icon Madeline Bell (Blue Mink), Patti Russo (Meat Loaf), Abba tribute The Fabbagirls.
http://www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Videos: Patti Russo at La Bodega South Beach Miami

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Patti joined Fabian Hernandez at La Bodega South Beach Miami on 23 September, singing two classics with the band. Check out the videos below.

Another One Bites the Dust – this Queen classic has long been one of Patti’s trademark cover tunes:

And here, Patti gives us the next best thing to Tina Turner in her cover of Simply the Best:

Patti Russo’s new single ‘When it Comes to Love’ is out now on iTunes

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when-it-comes-to-love-patti-russoPatti has released a new song, titled When it Comes to Love, with Belgian producers and DJs Regi and Lester Williams. You can get it now from iTunes.

When it Comes to Love was written and recorded by Patti Russo, and the tune has been on an interesting journey before it made its way into a dance release. The song was “conceived” at Tileyard studios in London on 4 July 2014 – “Independence Day or, in this case, IndepenDANCE Day!”, Patti jokes.

“I had a session booked there with another writer, but he was unable to make it, so at the last minute, they called in one of their staff writers, Tonino Speciale, to take his place,” she recalls. “Talk about divine intervention! I knew we had written something pretty amazing that day and it was hard to not want to start singing her right away.”

“I sent it to everyone I could think of, hoping a door somewhere would open,” she adds. When the responses started coming in, one promised particularly exciting: Patti found out the song was being considered for the next James Bond film. “I got an email from someone working on the latest Bond movie, informing me of a meeting that was had regarding the song,” Patti says. However, Sony Pictures did not follow through with the idea.

Instead, When it Comes to Love headed into an altogether different direction when Belgian producers and DJs Regi Penxten and Lester Williams remixed it for release into the dance genre, featuring Patti’s original vocals.

“I am forever grateful that she landed in the hands of Regi and Lester,” Patti concludes. “They really did add that magic fairy dust to the song!”

So, head over to iTunes, grab this new tune and dance!

God It: a personal story by Patti Russo

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Greetings. I want to share a very personal story with you all in the hopes that it will inspire you as much as the experience has for me.

I had just flown back to New York from England this past December, when I made a knee jerk decision to road trip it down to Florida to spend the holidays with my family. This would be the first time in God knows how many years that we would actually BE together FOR the holidays. I also really needed to be around my family as I was not in a good place, emotionally, and hadn’t been for quite some time. Now, those who know me, know me to be a very upbeat and fun person to be around, but I had begun to lose all of those qualities in what felt like record speed. Life was, kicking my ass so fierce and so fast, with one blow after another, than no sooner would I manage to pick myself up, I’d find myself right back down again. So much, (forgive me) S*** was happening in every aspect of my life that not only was I feeling it, I could almost SEE the “sedimentary” layers of it all around me as I was sinking deeper and deeper. This was, dare I say, The Perfect “Sh**” Storm and it showed no signs of letting up. I was PRAYING for a miracle, kids. Divine intervention. ANYTHING from anyWHERE or ONE to somehow show me that this storm WAS going to pass, and pass sooner than later.

January 1, 2015. I chose this symbolic 1st sunrise of the New Year to take a walk to the beach and have a word with God. I’m a huge believer in signs, having had so many wonderful experience with them over the years and on this morning, I DESPERATELY needed one. I was nearly broken, yet my Spirit was still having onto what was now the very tail and frayed bits of that “Hope Rope.” ( Oooh. Hope Rope.That’s a keeper. I like that one. Have I just coined that phrase? Sadly, I googled it and that would be a NOPE on the HOPE rope. Oh well. I’m still gonna use it. )

Anyway……I made my journey to the beach early that morning and I asked God. No wait. I didn’t ask. I PLEADED & INSISTED that He/She/It present a sign to me.TODAY. If anyone knew my pain and struggle, They did, and They knew what it was doing to me and had to know just how important this day was for me. Only a few days before, I drove to that very beach and sat it my car, feeling completely broken,lost,alone. All of the above and so much so, that I actually called a helpline…..and was put on hold. No BS. I can honestly say that at that moment of being put on hold, I shook my head and laughed. It was as if the Universe had given me that Cher slap in the movie, “Moonstruck”, telling me to “SNAP OUT OF IT!”

And so back to the morning of January 1. This was crunch time. I wanted a sign and I was DETERMINED. Now you would think that in my desperation, I would’ve taken anything that was possibly offered to me and be grateful , wouldn’t you? Not the case at all. I was very specific about my intentions. Like I said, it was crunch time and I knew exactly what I wanted as a sign.

No, I didn’t ask for buried treasures, although now that I think about it, I totally stopped the ball on that one. Damn!!! I asked for a shark’s tooth. That was what I wanted. I had spent an absolutely magical day with my Mom on the beach years ago and while we were walking, I had the sudden urge to say out loud, “I’m gonna find a shark’s tooth in the next 5 minutes!” Haven’t a clue why I said it and still don;t, but all that I know is that I found not one but 2 in those five minutes! And I vividly remember some guy walking by who said, “Looking for shark’s teeth? Good luck!” He about fell over when I showed him my finds!

I’ve been to many beaches since that day and was always hoping to find another and never did. Today HAD to be the day and I made my order quite clear. I wanted a tooth and not just any tooth. This particular one had to be bigger than the tow I already had. The color gray popped into my mind for whatever reason, so I insisted it had to have gray in it, as well. I also said ,(and by now, I was on a roll) that it had to be presented to me in such a way that I’d absolutely have no doubt from Whom/What it came from. I wanted a grand reveal. I wasn’t going to walk over it or pass it by. It was going to be there just as I had asked.

And so I set forth to find this tooth, talking to myself and God while sifting through shells, plants, as well as lazy people’s plastic garbage (WTF, peeps???!!! There are trash bins EVERYWHERE! Shame on you.), affirming to myself that I was going to find what I came here for. The more I looked, the more I felt in my heart of hearts that I WAS going to find it. I’m kept saying that I wasn’t leaving this beach until i did. I even went so far as to do my best DeNiro imitation from Cape Fear, saying, “Come out , come out, wherever you are.” No BS. I said it. Out Loud.

After 1/2 or so of crawling around on my now sand/shell/plastic-encrusted hands and knees in my search for that sign from above, I tool a bit of a break to realign my back and to feed the seabirds some popcorn I had brought for them. It was while I was feeding the birds that I made another declaration to God and I said, “You see me feeding these birds. When I am finished feeding them, You are going to show me what I came here for.” ( Again, No BS, folks. I am not embellishing this story one bit.)

The birds were fed. The food was gone. I then took about 6 or so random steps in the direction of the shoreline, and right there in front of me, with a natural rock seawall as a most fitting backdrop;surrounded by only freshly washed sand for at least a 2 yard radius (and this was a shelly/plant and plastic covered area of the beach) was a single shark’s tooth sticking out of the sand like a single birthday candle on a cake. It was and OMG moment and OH MY GOD was right. It was EXACTLY as I asked it to be. Bigger. Bit of gray. Presented in a grand manner and it really did take my breath away. I gasped. I laughed. I cried. All of the above.

I pulled that tooth (pun intended) out of the sand and held it up high and just kept saying , “Thank you. Thank you, GOD. Thank you so much, over and over for only They know how many times. I kissed the tooth and held it to my heart. I’m getting emotional at this moment just thinking it about again.
I could end the story right there, but just like those TV infomercials that say, “But Wait! There’s More!” And there really is more.

I had taken a photo of the tooth to send to a friend and wanted to show its size, so I grabbed something close by (in this case, it was quarter) and took the photo. It was only when I actually really looked at the photo, as I was making it my screensaver, that I saw something else that completely blew me away. Hand to heart, folks, this was a random placement of the quarter for size comparison only.

Check out the photo. See the tooth? pretty cool, eh? Now check out the quarter and see what it says…

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In God We Trust. And believe me, I DO.

That morning was a life saver and a game changer. It has changed everything for me and it has changed ME.

Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find it. Knock and it will be opened to you.

How strange that even the first letter of each of those phrases spell out A-S-K.

I asked. I sought. I found. I put every ounce of my being into my intentions and, by George (again pun intended) to the man on the quarter, I GOD IT !

I wear my tooth proudly and close to my heart, as a reminder of a day that needs no reminding from me. I was there and it was one of the best days through the messed days… Again, I so God It and I wish these kind of moments for each and every one of you.

Thank you.

(Originally posted here, and on Patti’s Twitter.)

Life after the Loaf: Article about Patti Russo in Bury & West Suffolk Magazine

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Bury & West Suffolk Magazine has published a profile on Patti in its April issue, ahead of Patti’s gig in Bury St Edmunds earlier this month. You can read it here (and safe an offline copy via the “options” button in the top left corner.)

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Patti’s UK tour is still going, with gigs in Leeds and Southampton coming up in May. Expect a brilliant night of Patti’s own music, giving you a chance to hear some of her own songs played live for the firs time.

7 May 2015
Southampton @ The Brook

Book tickets here
Box office: 02380555366

16 May 2015
Leeds @ City Varieties Music Hall

Book tickets here
Box office: 01132430808

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New single 'When it Comes to Love' out now! Get it on iTunes