LOS ANGELES, January 24, 2014 — Queen V rocks. There is not really any other way to put it. Her voice alone could fill a stadium. Add to that a full rock band behind her and there is not much left to do, but listen. Back in September, Queen V sat down with Wells On Music to discuss her career, as well as her new album, A Decade of Queen V, which features both Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame and Lemmy Kilmister of legendary Motörhead fame.
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Kevin Wells: How old were you when you first picked up a guitar?
Queen V: I was about 14.
KW: Did you know that you would be a musician then or at least that you wanted to be a musician?
V: I knew this was what I wanted to do, but I had been playing piano already at that point. I was just really tired of not being able to play all those rock songs I loved and I couldn’t jump around with a piano. So, I decided maybe I’ll just borrow my brother’s guitar and just kind of figured out some chords and kind of went from there. I always sang and always had a real passion for music, but once the rock n roll bug bites you, it kind of doesn’t let you go.
KW: How did you get into rock n roll?
V: I had older brothers who loved it and my sisters too. They just kind of schooled me on the virtues of what we know now as that first wave of classic rock, you know like that 60s and 70s stuff. Like I said it bit me early on and kind of stayed with me.
KW: Did you have musical parents?
V: My dad’s side is very musical, some on my mom’s. Yeah, everybody plays something in my house. [laughs] It’s mandatory.
KW: How did you get the Queen V name?
V: So, after I picked up a guitar, started forming bands and everything, I hooked up with a producer and we started to create the sound and vision of what is I wanted to do as more of a solo artist. I really had strong feelings about wanting to do something that would not be luke warm, that really went full on the full way through. The Queen V name started kind of as a joke, but it really became like a mantra for a state of mind of like you get out on stage, you leave your guts on stage and really about taking it to the top and taking it full tilt. So, Queen V was a way to challenge myself and deliver the message to people about self-empowerment and kicking ass. That’s a very long answer to a very short question. [laughs] That’s the whole story.
KW: You sing a song with Lemmy on your new album. How did that happen?
V: We were playing at the Viper Room several years back. Lemmy caught a show and liked it and we were introduced by mutual friends and kind of stayed in touch. When it came time to do some more recording and work on new stuff, I had this song I thought he would be perfect on. I just asked him and he said yeah. We ended up of course meeting at the Rainbow one night and drinking and going off on those soulless industry types and the song was born from there. [We] knocked it out in a few hours. He is amazing.
KW: Are the rumors true? Is Lemmy really god?
V: I would say he is definitely god-like. There is lots of god in him. [laughs]
KW: How did Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine end up on the new album?
V: Funnily enough, Tom was there that same night at the Viper Room, just also coincidence. Same, saw the show, stayed in touch, and of course I was a Rage fan so I knew all about his work and everything. The band and I had this one jam that we thought he’d be great for and, again, I just asked him and he obliged. So, yeah, it worked out.
KW: What kind of touring will you be doing to support A Decade of Queen V?
V: We’ve done a bit this summer. The album came out a couple months ago, New York, LA release parties, we’ve done a little bit in between. We’re gonna just keep getting out there. We have an acoustic show tonight, which we are playing some songs from that album. We are going to be in New York in a couple weeks. We’ll be back there playing as part of the CBGB’s festival and also doing another show opening up for Dizzy Reed of Guns n Roses. We’re just bringing it back to the people as much as we can.
KW: You have toured with a number of huge acts, which tour have you enjoyed the most?
V: Wow. I have to say I really enjoyed them all. There are certain moments from each tour that always stand out to me. Portland, which we were talking about before, is one of my favorite places to play. When we got the Billy Idol tour and we did the west coast with him, the second to last night of the tour we played the Roseland and it was one of those magical nights. I got up on stage with them and sang the Mony Mony finale, you know, the whole thing. Something just really clicked for me that night. It’s been really great playing out on the west coast. Being from New York, it sort of opens up your eyes to a whole other type of rock fan. I do love playing out here quite a bit, but of course opening for Bon Jovi at the Meadowlands, you know, being a New York/New Jersey person, being a Jets fan, that was definitely a highlight, very surreal.
KW: How did the Bon Jovi tour come about?
V: We actually won a battle of the bands contest with one of the songs on this album, Right Or Wrong, and we won the opening spot that way. It was a completely random, bizarre occurrence. We were super psyched about it of course.
KW: What is next for Queen V?
V: We will be doing more shows. We’ll be doing some acoustic shows like tonight and more band shows. We actually have a new video coming out for that song I just mentioned, Right Or Wrong. That’ll be out in a couple weeks and we’re gonna start working on a new album, a little more acoustic-tinged collection of songs. So, that will be really interesting. Yeah, just keep growing it.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball