MANY TRICKS UP HER SLEEVE
makes a name as a multitalented performer
The Record Wednesday, November 12, 2008, EST 2:45 PM
GRAMLICH STAFF WRITER
WHO: The Annie Minogue Band.
WHAT: Go Girls Music Fest.
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2008.
WHERE: Otto's Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St., Manhattan; 212-228-2240
HOW MUCH: $5.
Some of us go to great lengths to forge a career, and one
singer-songwriter from Weehawken sheepishly tells the tale
of how a gesture of thanks suddenly became a moment of disconcert.
Annie Minogue had big ideas about a television reality show,
and her tourmate, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, was in
her corner. A pilot was laid out. Meetings with Showtime and
MTV ensued, and Minogue's pitch about a rock star taking a
young band on the road — and under his wing — was
gaining ground. Vince Neal of Mötley Crüe and Dee
Snider of Twisted Sister were listening, too.
Minogue was excited. She had to do something.
"I brought David Lee Roth a fruit basket to his trailer
and only wound up meeting two big bodyguards who didn't know
who I was," says the leader of the Annie Minogue Band,
which was opening at the time for Diamond Dave on his solo
tour. "They stared at me and said, 'Can I help you?' Roth
wasn't there and I felt pretty embarrassed."
The reality show, though not a dead banana, is on the back
burner. Minogue's music career, however, is full steam ahead.
She'll provide a basket full of cheer Saturday at the Go Girls
Music Fest in Manhattan, a nationwide charitable tour (this
year benefiting the United Network for Organ Sharing) that
celebrates independent women in music and their spirit.
Music is a profession in which Minogue doesn't have to sell
her product. Her rock band of six years has toured nationally
and internationally, and recently inked a deal with Urban Angel
Records of Belfast, which "fell in love" with her
sound. The accomplished guitarist has put down the ax to front
her band with kinetic vocals, which earned her female vocalist
of the year honors in 2004 from the South Bay (Calif.) Music
"I'm endorsed by Daisy guitars and was originally a folk
artist, but I evolved more into blues and rock," says
Minogue, who grew up in the Bronx. "I want to get the
guitar out there again, but now I'm very band-oriented. I used
to bill myself as solo, but our latest release ["Tripping
the Velvet," 2006] took on a very contemporary rock approach."
Joining Minogue will be Nunzio Signore (guitar), Jeff Catania
(guitar), Peter Williamson (bass) and Nick Saya (drums), all
New Yorkers with a bold rock attitude who helped the band win
the L.A. Music Awards' National Artist of the Year tag in 2002.
They've opened for Roth, Dave Navarro, the Black Eyed Peas
and Soul Asylum, and recently shared the stage with the Young
Dubliners at the Canal Room in Manhattan.
Their U.S. recognition speaks volumes because Urban Angel
does not distribute Minogue's music in the states. Their overseas
fan base is picking up momentum.
"It still needs a little time to grow," says Minogue,
who quickly added, "but we've gotten a second offer to
perform in India. That's pretty wild."
Not handcuffed to rock by any means, Minogue also writes country
songs and says she has some "things working" in Nashville
that could trigger another breakthrough. The Annie Minogue
Band's music has been heard on MTV's "Real World," "Dawson's
Creek," "The Mitch Albom Show" and "The
Young and the Restless."
"I'm known for music, but I'm always looking to do things
outside of music, too," says Minogue.
That's why she'll never put all her fruit in one basket.