Pearl Aday is a very talented artist. She grew up wanting to be a singer and a songwriter and learned about the music business, performing onstage and what it means to be able to do so from her father, the legendary music icon; Meat Loaf. Now in her 30s and after years touring with her father and the likes of Motley Crue, she has spread her wings and taken flight with her own band: Pearl…which also features her husband; Scott Ian of Anthrax. Pearl recently took some time to answer questions for T.E.N. sharing about growing up, her music career and what’s in her future.
The Entertainment Nexus- How are you today?
Pearl Aday-Thanks for asking. I’m happy and tired.
T.E.N. - How are Scott and Revel?
PA- They are both healthy and awesome.
T.E.N. - Tell me about your “The Swing House Sessions” project and why you decided to do the songs acoustically.
PA- We decided to record an acoustic version of our album because it’s something that we’d been doing live on the road for a while and we were getting such a great and positive response that we thought we should turn it into an album.
T.E.N. - Is the project more than just doing the songs from “Little Immaculate White Fox.”
PA- I’d say the Swing House album is a companion to “Little Immaculate White Fox.” We do most of the songs from “LIWF,” and we added our cover version of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.”
T.E.N. - Tell me about the show that you’re playing at The Hotel Café.
PA- This will be a live acoustic performance of the “Swing House Session” album with a few extra renditions of some of our other tunes for fun.
T.E.N. - When did you know that music was something that you wanted to be involved in and that you wanted to be a vocalist in a band?
PA- My entire life.
T.E.N. - Who were your influences musically?
PA- There are too many to name. Of course I’ve been influenced by my father. Some others are: Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Bramlett, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Gram Parsons, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Diana Ross, The Allman Brothers…I could go on and on.
T.E.N. - What other bands and projects have you been involved with?
PA- I sang vocal on one Ace Frehley track called: “Genghis Khan.” Ace called me up and asked if I’d come down to the studio and give it a go and I said; “Of course!” I sang background vocals on one Filter track years and years ago but it was cut from the album. It never saw the light of day. I sang in my father’s touring band for 9 years and have appeared on several of his albums, sang live with Motley Crue for 2 tours and I appear on their live dvd; “Lewd, Crued and Tattooed.”
T.E.N. - What was it like being a backup singer for Motley Crue, how did you get that gig and what did you most take from that experience?
PA- It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. I was living a fan girl’s dream every night. I auditioned for the job.
T.E.N. - Your husband is one of the coolest guitarists in rock music. How did you meet Scott and what made you fall for him?
PA- I met Scott on the “Maximum Rock Tour” in 2000 with Motley Crue, Megadeth and Anthrax. I was singing for Motley at the time and Scott and I just clicked. We were buddies on the road and we started dating when we got home. He’s my hero and my best friend.
T.E.N. - I bet things can get loud around the house with him playing guitar and you singing.
PA- Music is always on in the house!
T.E.N. - Please tell me what it was like singing with your father on tour all of those years.
PA- It was educational, hard work, an honor and a blast.
T.E.N. - I had the pleasure of meeting you backstage at a show in Columbus, Ohio. Your sister Amanda and your father had Super Soaker guns and you were caught in the crossfire Amanda. Was it always a fun time on the road?
PA - When you’re not on stage working or exhausted from the show and travel, you try to have as much fun as possible. After all, it’s only rock n roll.
T.E.N. - What is the most valuable thing that he has taught you about the music business and in life as well?
PA- As a performer, my father always taught me that being on stage is a privilege and not a right. You owe your audience 1,000,000% every time you step on it. And, the show must go on. Your ability to share your talent is an opportunity that is sacred.
T.E.N. - What most valuable thing that your mother taught you about life?
PA- Patience, respect and a sense of humor.
T.E.N. - I know you probably get this question all of the time but as a fan who thinks your father is the greatest vocalist ever; what was it like growing up with Meat Loaf as your father?
PA- If I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked this question… My answer is always that it’s normal to me. Having my father as my father is normal to me because I don’t have any other to compare it to. My question is; “What is it like having a policeman as a father? What is it like having a surgeon as a father?” My dad is a performer on stage and a dad at home. He was my teacher, my disciplinarian, my friend, my hero and my daddy.
T.E.N. - The autobiography “Meat Loaf: To Hell And Back” touched on both major ups and major downs. How did you deal with both?
PA- We’ve been through a lot. We know how to roll with the punches.
T.E.N. - It’s time to switch gears on you. Please tell me something disturbing about yourself that you’ve never revealed before in an interview.
PA- Disturbing??? What do you expect to hear, like I collect human thumbs or something? I don’t!
T.E.N. - What’s next on your “to do list?”
PA- We’ve got at least 4 new songs ready to record. I’ll be back in the studio soon and I’ll be rocking the Hotel Café in Hollywood, Ca. on April 14th at 8p.m.
T.E.N. - Is there anything else that you would like to add or say?
PA- Thank you for your time and interest, it means a lot to little artists like me who find big support hard to come by in this day and age. Thank you for helping to spread the word about me and my music. It’s invaluable!
I want to thank Pearl for taking the time for the interview and Matt Hanrahan at KingSize USA for setting up the interview.
All photos by Chaunce Hayden
For more information of Pearl, please visit www.cheersloverock.com