Fuel

Fuel has nothing to prove. The band has sold over 3.5 million albums in the U.S. and scored a trio of top 5 singles, "Shimmer," "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands"), the latter of which remained at #1 for 12 weeks. In addition, Fuel have sold out tours all over the world, headlining venues and opening for bands including Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Creed and 3 Doors Down. Fuel are primed to pick up where they left off with their latest release, Angels And Devils, with new band members in tow to help add to an already formidable list of achievements.

Laura Wilde

Don't let the face of an angel and blonde hair fool you. Laura Wilde, the 22 year old fast-rising rock talent is armed with killer guitar riffs and a kick ass attitude to match. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Laura is determined to create a fresh interpretation of traditional rock and roll for a new, younger generation of fans. There has never been any doubt in Laura's mind that music was her calling and passion.

At 18 months old, when her big brother was given one of those toy push-button electric guitars that drove everyone crazy, Laura grabbed it the moment he took it out of the box, hugged it and if anyone tried to take it from her she would let out an unbearable scream. "I carried that thing around like a teddy for years," she recalls. By the time she was a teenager, Laura had become skilled not only on guitar, but on bass and drums as well. While other girls her age were concerned about shopping for clothes and meeting boys, Laura was putting bands together, but she had trouble finding anyone with the same level of enthusiasm. "No one was interested in learning to play properly. If we didn't sound amazing straight away they would give up." Finally, out of desperation, she joined a cover band with her teachers where she was the bass player.

When Laura was 16, she and some friends snuck out to a local pub where, by chance, the band performing was short of a bassist. After some urging by her friends, Laura found herself up on stage playing bass with a professional band. The overwhelming response she received made Laura realize that she could make it as a rocker and her resolve has not wavered since. Upon finishing high school, Laura gave up her summer holidays of 2007 to begin recording. During this time, she was also lucky to be employed by a local guitar store, which opened a whole new world to her. At last, she could share her passion with like-minded people. Here she learned how to look after and handle some of the finest guitars in the country. Laura was also fascinated with the workshop where she gained a lot of technical experience. Her parents, however, had other plans for her future and, as Laura puts it, "strongly persuaded me" to complete at least one year of university. Ultimately, it turned out that living in a residential college and having to attend classes was not at all conducive to being a musician. "I found the environment to be too suppressive and conservative. I could not leave my room without someone having a dig at my clothes. I just didn't fit in."

While still in her teens, Laura's career started to take off in Australia. She became a very much in-demand player – both on guitar and bass – and has worked with a who's who of Australian artists. She was also a TV fixture having appeared on Beat TV, working as a presenter and on Australia's Got Talent in the house band. "That was all great experience," she admits, "but I'm a songwriter and a musician and I wanted to play my own music." She went out on her own 22 show tour, continued her session work and even played a private acoustic show for the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, but Laura realized that to have the career she'd always wanted, she was going to have to take things even further. At 19, she moved to Los Angeles, and now has finally released her debut album Sold My Soul.

The album features Laura's brand of guitar-driven hard rock. Songs like "Backseat", "For You" and the title track (which is the first single) are perfect showcases for Laura's talents as both a guitarist and singer. Her influences – everyone from Suzi Quatro and Lita Ford, Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Grohl and Jimmy Page – are evident in her playing style and songwriting. It's her songwriting that truly displays Laura's maturity as an artist. The relevant lyrics are as much a part of the quality of her songwriting as the melodies and guitar riffs.
The subjects Laura writes about are varied. She describes the title track of Sold My Soul as "a celebration of my coming to America and all of the amazing places I hope to see when I get out on tour. I guess it was also a bit of an American geography lesson. Now I can name and place most of the 50 states," she laughs. "'Nothing Back' is about having strength in your convictions and having no regrets. It's about following through with your dreams, regardless of what other people think. "'Back Seat' is about the instigation of change. It's about fighting something that is holding you back from realizing your full potential, such as an addiction to either a substance or a person." In every song, Laura finds that perfect balance between the musicianship and the lyrics to make any one of them potentially a rock and roll classic.

Now poised to break through worldwide with the release of her album and upcoming tour dates, Laura Wilde looks to the future with the same determination, commitment and focus that have driven her since she was that pesky little sister stealing possession of her big brother's toy guitar. "What I really hope to accomplish," she admits, " is to be recognized as someone who contributed something to rock and roll."

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Saturday, June 8 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at Palladium Upstairs