196 Allen St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
QUEEN V Wraps Bridges EP Tour Friday Nov. 25th, 2016 With Annual Rockwood Music Hall NYC Event
Reveals New Sound & Vision
Indie Rock Artist Queen V released the EP Bridges on February 12, 2016 through her label, Royal Noise (Megaforce/MRI distribution). The EP was recorded last spring at Studio 606 in Los Angeles, home of the Foo Fighters and the Sound City console. Produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, the EP marks an evolution in V’s music, shifting her focus from guitar driven hard rock, to piano and acoustic guitar-based songs.
“This new direction looks toward the other side of rock and songwriting,” V says of Bridges. “It was completely natural for me to get back to my songwriter roots and figure out what else I wanted to say.”
“It all started with a song called ‘Best of Me,’ that I wrote with long-time collaborator Chris Altenhoff. Something about getting back to the purity and simplicity of acoustic music really struck me, and it just took off from there.” A bona-fide love song, “Best of Me” quickly became a fan favorite at her live performances, which for the first time in her career, feature violin and percussion.
Written solely by V, “Better” and the ballad “Summer’s Gone,” further reflect not only the new instrumentation, but touch on another aspect of love: the longing for connection.
The same can be said of “Not The Only One” which she wrote with Bridges guitar player, Wes Kleinknecht. “Wes and I spent a great deal of time in his studio throwing ideas around and trying stuff out. The only rule was that it had to be a ‘must-have’ song, regardless of genre. One song that wouldn’t let go of us, if you will, was ‘Slip Away’ and it ended up on the EP, even though it is a bit of a sonic oddball.”
V continues to explore her new sound in Nashville, working on follow up material with various songwriters and producers. “Nashville has been a very interesting experiment for my music. I had never really spent any time in the south and didn’t know much about country music, and clearly Nashville is booming and has become so much more than just country. It has been fun to discover how much music of all kinds has come through that great city and all of the interesting people who now call it home.”
Growing up in New York/New Jersey, V began playing piano at age 5, and started writing songs soon after. Eventually, she made a name for herself as a regular performer at famed New York City clubs like CBGBs, Don Hill’s, and The Bitter End. It was in those venues that V found her inspiration and will to cultivate her passion for music from a pastime into a career.
Since the Queen V band formed in 1996, they have toured with Twisted Sister, Billy Idol and Bon Jovi, and V has recorded and written songs with many other rock legends over the years including Tom Morello, Lemmy, and Corey Taylor.
Queen V has recently wrapped up the Summer leg of her tour that began and finished with her performing in her hometown of NYC. Other stops on the tour included a visit to Baltimore, where she sang the National Anthem and performed an acoustic set at Camden Yards before the Orioles took on the Yankees. Additionally, she made a visit to Pittsburgh, PA to play the Summer Barn Bash in support of the Sewickley YMCA. The charity performance raised $30,000 to support the Y.
Before returning to NYC to finish the Summer tour she made a visit to LA to perform as part of the yearly Live at Sunset Marquis showcase at the rock n roll hot spot hotel. The Summer leg concluded with a stop at Citi Field where V sang “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning Stretch of the Mets game. The Bridges Tour will wrap up on November 25th when V makes her annual Black Friday visit to Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. For more information, go to www.QueenV.com.
General Admission || Please note, there is a one drink minimum for this show (standing and bar stools) and two drink minimum at tables. Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis.