Performing Next Week as Part of NYC’s CBGB Festival @ The Canal Room - Guitar World Announces Special “Queen V Prize Pack” Giveaway Contest
QUEEN V is a lasting New York City mainstay, and no one – from the kids at the dark, damp underground bars and clubs in Brooklyn to the suits at the largest venues in Manhattan – can deny that fact. Surrounding the hype of upcoming performances at Bowery Electric and as part of CBGB Festival at The Canal Room, QUEEN V has released a brand new, U.S. veteran-focused, WWII-themed music video for her track ‘Right Or Wrong’. Who better to exclusively release it with than New York City’s largest alternative newsweekly, The Village Voice. Watch the video via The Village Voice at this link.
Even with the period setting and wartime actors, the ‘Right Or Wrong’ video isn’t just all smoke and mirrors. Everything in this video is as real and raw as the ‘Right Or Wrong’ lyrics themselves. The video was filmed at VFW Post 3460 in Media, PA with several vets on hand as extras and as consultants for historical accuracy.
“Commander Knapp and others of the VFW Post 3460 were more than helpful with the video,” states QUEEN V. “There were 80 / 90 year old vets who were helping design the uniforms of our lead and supporting actors. They even opened their museum cases and used original medals, patches and belts for authenticity. It was amazing to see the pride and honor in the soldiers faces as they were giving us direction while they clearly were, in their minds, transported back in their memories.”
QUEEN V adds, “The brooch that William gives to me in the house scene, and that I am wearing in the USO scene, was actually a gift from my father to my mother, and a constant reminder of the ties that bind.”
For the past several years, QUEEN V has been an advocate for veterans issues and a supporter of IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, www.iava.org). The daughter of a Korean War veteran, V has supported veterans in various ways, like raising awareness at her concerts, where veterans are often granted complimentary admission, creating fundraising opportunities for IAVA, such as the "Rock For Vets" concert, attending IAVA's annual Galas in New York and Los Angeles, and more.
While you’re online watching the new video, take a click over to GuitarWorld.com, where they are giving away a special “QUEEN V Prize Pack” to one lucky winner! The prize pack includes The Decade of Queen V CD, a QUEEN V logo tote bag, t-shirt, bottle opener, signed poster and more.
Enter to Win Contest on Guitar World here.
QUEEN V will perform at two locations in New York City in October, below is a listing of current tour dates in New York.
10/2 - New York, NY @ Bowery Electric (Additional performances by Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses)
10/10 - New York, NY @ The Canal Room – Part of CBGB Festival, featuring special guests Izzy Zay & the Inmates
QUEEN V is more Hard Rockin’ Woman than you can Handle.
A global icon in the making, QUEEN V already holds court as the reigning rock regent of NYC. With a decade under her belt as the quintessential Lady of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, QUEEN V has developed an obsessed fan base that stretches far beyond the concrete jungle.
QUEEN V released her latest album, The Decade of Queen V on June 25, 2013 via Royal Noise Records. Filled with one blistering hard rocker after another, featuring the tough yet soulful, passionate and empowered vocals of QUEEN V, backed by an army of guitar slingers (including herself), The Decade of Queen V encompasses her recorded output from 2005 to 2013.
The Decade of Queen V opens with “Revolution Baby” (2009) where Queen V snarls “if you think you own me, go to hell,” complete with a Led Zeppelin-styled blues-harp by Jon Paris, and ends with “Wasted” (2009), an anthem-for-the-ages co-written by Motörhead’s Lemmy who shares vocal duties with V. Other highlights on the album include the brand new “Cry Your Eyes Out,” the gutsy “My Machine (2009), which features a burning lead guitar solo by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and the deeply moving “Right Or Wrong” (2005). The 11 tracks on The Decade Of Queen V show that V is not only a fierce rock n’ roll siren, but also a nuanced and varied songwriter, able to traverse a diverse range of emotions.
Ferocious hard rock guitar playing, powerful, passionate vocals, and endless swagger and attitude. This is what Rock ‘N’ Roll is all about, and this is exactly what you get with Queen V.
After getting her start in the music industry as a songwriter and performer in musical theater, V wound up bouncing between such famed New York City clubs as CBGBs, Don Hill’s, The Palladium, The Bitter End, and The Green Door. It was in those venues that V found her inspiration and will to cultivate her passion for music from a pastime into a career.
Queen V, the band, started in 1996 when she met producer Phil Schmoll. She settled on the name Queen V because in ’96, rap was replacing rock in the minds and hearts of young music fans. The name, to her, raises the stakes, and makes a statement about how scorching female-fronted rock can be.
In 2003, Queen V toured with Twisted Sister. “I think that was our toughest crowd,” she remembers. “To open for Twisted Sister on Long Island? Oh man, you get these really tough biker dudes standing right in front of you with their arms crossed looking up at the stage, almost daring you to impress them. But by the end of the shows, they know you’re there for the same hard driving rock and roll they came for, and all of a sudden they’re on board.’”
Queen V found herself opening for Billy Idol at a show in her native New York. It went so well, she opened three more, then seven on the West Coast. “It was my first tour,” she says. “There are a lot of women in Billy’s crowds and they loved seeing a girl up there doing her damnedest to rock their faces off. The response was very good and the more we got out there, the more people got to know the music, the more my confidence grew, and the shows just got better and better.”
Tom Morello and Lemmy were in the audience at Hollywood’s legendary Viper Room when Queen V rocked the house in 2004 during a tour for the compilation album New York City Rock’n’Roll. “It’s our home base in L.A.,” she says, “it’s a great room. It has all the legendary magic and history behind it.” After performing a blistering cover of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” Queen V met the two rockers and the three became fast friends, so much so that Morello plays lead guitar on “My Machine,” another track off of The Decade Of Queen V and Lemmy co-wrote and sings on album closer “Wasted.”
In 2005 Queen V had another chance to play with another industry heavy hitter when she won a popular vote contest on XM Radio leading to the opening slot on a Bon Jovi tour. “I’ve been very fortunate to have met some amazing people along the way. Jon and Richie [Sambora] were so gracious to us. Not only did we open for them, but the show was at the Meadowlands! Being a New Yorker and growing up in Montclair, N.J., that’s my home turf. It was the biggest thrill of my life. I saw my first concerts there!”
Queen V has also used her voice to perform at a series of benefits that she deeply believes in, most particularly her heavy presence for IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America), having performed in conjunction with their 2010 Benefit Gala in Hollywood.
This is an artist with the kind of ballsy independent streak geared for the long haul. “I never wanted to be something I’m not.” One aspect of this fiery spirit resulted in her “Take Back New York” shows. V continues to work diligently to preserve New York’s underground music scene, and those shows, started in 2007, brought to the fore an old-school rock party in Downtown Manhattan which always culminated in a raucous jam for local musicians.
This is one Lady who can hold her own with the fellas, dress like a lady, and rock the roof off of any room. All it takes is one listen and you’re hooked.
For more information on QUEEN V, please visit these websites:
QUEEN V Official Website: http://www.queenv.com/web/
QUEEN V Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialQueenV
QUEEN V Twitter: https://twitter.com/theQueenV
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