The BCPF and I (each) won tix from 600 WSJS to see the Winston-Salem Symphony‘s show with Storm Large at Reynolds Auditorium (which is ridiculous for a high school auditorium). Storm Large is her real, on her birth certificate, christened by her parents name. I knew of her from her stint on Rockstar: Supernova where Jason Newsted, Tommy Lee and Gilby Clark picked a lead singer for their new supergroup. Lukas Rossi won the competition and the band, also ridiculously called Rockstar: Supernova, stayed together for about 3 months (actually about 2 years). I loved the Rockstar series (INXS and Supernova) as it was all the right about American idol (which there are some things) and none of the stupid fluff. It was all rock songs and not sugary pop (which I don’t mind, but it gets deep on AI) and the contestants were more raw. My fave was Storm but I’ll be honest, I think Lukas was the better fit.
But back to Storm. She has a very powerful, velvety-yet-rough and sultry voice that moves you. Combine that voice with a very sexy and sensual woman and back that with a wonderful and respected symphony, then you have a magnificent concert that is perfect for a Valentine’s Day evening for a couple that doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. She did versions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” a dark and vengeful re-envisioning of “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Lilac Wine,” and a humorous, yet spot-on version of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” among others. She also did a few of her own original tunes.
There was a meet-and-greet afterwards and we did stay, for a little bit, for that and I took a quick picture of her, but the fanboys (and fangirls) were clamoring and hovering and I didn’t feel like being one of those. Ultimately, I’ll say that if you missed the show, you truly “missed it.”
And I apologize for the “red eye.” She doesn’t look that evil normally.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Stand up for me and we’ll stand together. I’m the sky above you and I love you, everyone.” – “Stand Up For Me” from La Bonjeur (2014) by Storm Large