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The Sunset Strip in Hollywood was the epicenter of metal music in the ‘80’s. Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, Hair Metal – whatever your flavor, the music had it’s roots in the clubs of Southern California. In 2006, a show about the love, the dreams, and the excesses of the Sunset Strip club scene debuted in LA – “Rock of Ages”. It opened off Broadway in 2008, then on Broadway in 2009 – scoring five Tony nominations, including Best Musical. “Rock of Ages” is now on tour and last week, made it’s triumphant return to the city that gave it birth.
“Rock of Ages” is a delicious blend of hedonism and heart. It does not shy away from the excesses or clichés of ‘80s metal, but it also understands the genesis and appeal of that music. At its core, the music has always been about having fun; about being in, or falling out of, love. The music was rarely intentional social commentary; rather it was commentary by virtue of its very existence. It was uncomplicated. Is that a naive view? Perhaps – but I lived those years and, in hindsight, my experience was one of fun first. It’s the same experience you get from “Rock of Ages”.
Most people were introduced to MiG Ayesa six years ago on the show “Rockstar:INXS”. An accomplished performer with a strong, clear rock voice; MiG exuded both a calm confidence and an electric stage presence during the show. While he could command the stage with a manic, almost reckless abandon; MiG still managed melt hearts and turn in one of the best performances of the season with his restrained and nuanced piano rendition of “Baby I Love Your Way”. It was that performance that made me a MiG fan.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, MiG started his music career long before he appeared on “Rockstar:INXS”. He worked on both the stage and in TV in Australia, before moving to London in 2001 to pursue his dream of being a recording artist. While in London he appeared in “Rent” and played the lead in “We Will Rock You”. It was that show he left to take a shot at “Rockstar:INXS”
If you haven’t kept up with MiG since “Rockstar:INXS”, you’ve missed a lot. He was signed to Decca/Universal and released his debut album, the eponymous “MiG”, in 2007. After a stint in Los Angeles, he and his wife decided to move to New York. MiG toured with the international company of “We Will Rock You”, appeared in “Handel’s Messiah Rocks” and made his Broadway debut last year in “Burn The Floor”.
These days, MiG is busy with the national touring company of “Rock of Ages” playing the part of Arsenal front man Stacee Jax. I had a chance to talk with him last week. We had a great conversation, covering everything from the tour, his upcoming album, the inspiration for his characterization of Stacee, his plans for the future, zombies, and some of the things you just can’t do on Skype.
It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions. A time for setting unrealistic goals for ourselves that will, in most cases, be forgotten by the time we sit down to watch the Super Bowl. Last year I resolved to read 75 books this year – and missed it. The good news is – it gave me something to set my sights on; a destination for December 31st. I enjoyed that, and read some great books.
So, not to be outdone this year, I thought I would not only make a New Year’s resolution – I would make a list of things that I want to accomplish – a to-do-list for 2011 you might call it. And – to keep myself honest – I’m going to put it out there for everyone to see. I’ll be on record with my resolutions this year, and someone (probably my wife) will ask me in August – “how are you doing on # 7?” (Note to self – make # 7 an easy one…). So, without further ado, I give you my 2011 New Year’s To-Do List.
I have a love/hate relationship with New York City. I love the city itself, but I hate the reason that I’ve been able to spend so much time here over the last 3 years (another story, another time). Still, on those occasions when I can just relax and take in the city, I find myself enthralled. It’s a place unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been and it speaks to the part of me that wants to be at the center of things. Those moments when I can just soak in the vitality of the city – they’re fun. This week was one of those times.