In a new interview with ME1 TV Patti Russo talks about upcoming projects in the UK, songwriting and memories from hear years on the road.
Here’s a little video compilation from Patti’s appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on 15 June, which rounded off her first solo tour of the UK.
The video features Patti’s songs Madeline, Bring Me a Bible and a Beer and Vision of You, the Diane Warren track I’d Lie For You (and That’s The Truth), the Mother’s Finest classic Baby Love, and Meat Loaf track Running for the Red Light, co-written by Patti.
Thanks to Albert for sharing!
With her UK tour over, Patti Russo is busy writing again and has shared another taster of a new tune, Was There Any Love At All. Check it out here.
Patti already shared a few samples of new songs earlier this month. You can find them all on her Soundcloud.
Have you ever seen Patti’s Cher impression? Well, here’s your chance (again) in this great HQ video that has emerged from Patti’s tour back in April. She tells the story of meeting her idol Cher and how she got to work with her in Las Vegas, and sings the Meat Loaf and Cher duet Dead Ringer For Love. (She does a mean Meat Loaf impersonation as well, by the way )
For Love. From 27 April at the O2 Academy Islington, London.
Thanks to Nikola for sharing the video. Check out TheHungryPony channel on YouTube for tons of footage from Patti’s solo tour!
Here’s a review of Patti’s solo gig in Birmingham back in April from music website Get To The Front.
Live: Patti Russo – Birmingham O2 Academy – 13th April
16 April 2014
Anybody who knows anything about MeatLoaf will obviously know that Patti Russo is or was his chosen backing singer, appearing on all his albums, live DVD,s and of course on stage since the 1990′s. Patti Russo has decided to step out and build herself a solo career, but not everybody will know that she has had a number of high’s already away from Meat loaf, song writing, other projects like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Queen, soloist on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and appearing in the Las Vegas version of Queen’s ‘We will rock you’ as the killer queen, plus various solo appearances on tv.
Patti Russo appeared at The O2 Academy in Birmingham to a too small a crowd for a lady of her talent, this did not put her off as she’s too good and too experienced for that kind of thing, mixing Queen, Meat Loaf and a few classics like Black Velvet and a storming version of River Deep Mountain High, and some of her own material.
Titles like, VISION, HERE WE ARE, ONE DOOR OPENS and probably her most well known BIBLE & BEER, which were applauded equally, (a good sign for the future) she has a great voice, as we all knew anyway! and it sounds like the songs to go with it, I don’t think it will be long before the size of the audience will grow as word spreads, on a footnote I understand that an album should be out in around 6 months time, and I for one look forward to it and some more show’s
Hurry up back Patti!!
Patti has shared samples of two of her new songs, saying she will be heading to the studio in NYC soon to record them. You can check them out on Soundcloud.
And I Think About You – listen to a preview on Soundcloud
Follow Patti on Soundcloud to hear new tracks first.
Lifestyle and music site So So Gay has published a new interview with Patti where she looks back on her first solo tour and chats about what the future could bring.
Below is a transcript for the archive as always, but do check out the original post which comes with photos and videos!
‘Let’s see what trouble we can get into at 50′: Patti Russo chats to So So Gay
6 June 2014
By Jazz Tangcay
She’s spent most of her career singing as a backing vocalist for the biggest names in music; Meat Loaf, Cher and Queen to name a few; but now Patti Russo has decided to spread her wings and fly solo. So far 2014 is going in the right direction for the woman, who’s often described as having powerful pipes or being a firecracker on stage. She’s just finished her first ever solo tour across the UK and her solo EP XO!! has just been released.
We were lucky to be treated to an afternoon in Russo’s company, where she spoke candidly about ageing, singing for Cher, alongsid revealing a secret talent. Russo has her mind set on solo success and there’s just no stopping her!
So So Gay: You’ve just turned fifty last Tuesday, did you wake up and say ‘OH MY GOD’?
Patti Russo: It’s really happening. I actually woke up to hearing the doorbell ring, the dog barking and flowers being delivered to me. I could not believe it. I was in a great mood.
You don’t look 50…[chuckles] Smoke, mirrors and spakel.
Let’s go back, You’re often described as having powerful pipes, when did you discover you could sing?
Jazz Tangcay at SoSoGay has published a great review of Patti’s firs solo EP Xo!!
EP Review: Patti Russo – XO!!
3 June 2014
by Jazz Tangcay
In April we featured Patti Russo in our #musicmonday, as an artist you should know about. She’s just completed her first UK solo tour and her debut EP XO!! is out now.
XO!! is the much anticipated EP from Russo. For years, her vocals have been heard singing alongside the likes of Meatloaf and Cher. The opening track, ‘Bible and a Beer’ is a killer song, the perfect opener and introduction to Russo’s voice. ‘Is somebody out there? Is anybody here?/Somebody bring me a bible and a beer/Give me a reason, I need another round to wash him down/Somebody bring me a bible and a beer.’ She sings with attitude.
It’s a rock song with Russo’s vocals shining and a great guitar drive. Russo says, ‘I was listening to the music in a kitchen where I was staying ad I had my Bible and a Corona beer on the table, trying to come up with something. Voila! The rest is history! It practically wrote itself.’
‘How Long‘ takes us down a notch from the rock number of ‘Bible and a Beer’.
The last two songs are soaring numbers. First, ‘One Door Opens’ is a power ballad with inspiring lyrics about how life presents opportunities with every door that closes, ‘One more will open.’ It seamlessly leads us to the final track.
‘Here We Are’ is about as simple as they come, Russo and a guitar. This is one of those ballads that can move you to tears, not only the lyrics but the emotion in her vocals and driven delivery of the number. It closes the EP on a high note, which forms a perfect showcase for Russo’s talents as a musician, singer and songwriter.
This EP is something long time fans of Russo have been waiting for, and it’s been worth the wait, especially the studio version of ‘Bible and a Beer’. For new fans, it’s the perfect introduction to her music and her talents.
Having wrapped up her first solo tour, and releasing this EP, hopefully this is the beginning of bigger and better things for a performer who has taken the 20 Feet from Stardom leap from backing vocalist to solo artist.
All we can say is, someone needs to sign her fast and get this woman recording a full length album!
Standout tracks: ‘Here We Are’ / ’One Door Opens’.
Earlier this month, just after the end of her UK tour, Patti headed back to the States to appear at the Make-A-Wish foundation’s charity gala in New Jersey on 10 May. Here’s a photo from the event:
© 2014 DCS Photo, via Make-A-Wish New Jersey on Facebook
Extravagant Entertainment has also released some video footage from the event, including a clip of Patti singing Total Eclipse of the Heart. Patti’s clip starts at 0:33.