Sunday, Sep 15, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, July 12, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 28
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Mickey Avalon speaks - The rapper talks about Seattle, underwear, and why he won't kiss the front row anymore

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

MICKEY AVALON SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET July 12 Although he has just two albums under his belt, Mickey Avalon is far from being the new kid on the block. The California native overcame personal battles to launch his career in LA's busiest nightclubs circa 2000, which eventually led to a record label deal with Interscope (U2, Eminem, Lady GaGa). I met him years ago when he performed at Chop Suey, and even helped him pick out eyeliner at Bartell's before the show. His garage-style blend of hip-hop and his energetic live sets attract partygoers around the country, while his ap-pearances with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg, or collaborations with Unwritten Law and other musical acts, earned him more noticeability. Avalon visits Seattle this weekend, July 12 at The Showbox Market Ð for tickets, go directly to the venue's box office. I spoke with the rap star the night before he headed out on tour and here's what he shared with me inside 'The Music Lounge.'

Albert Rodriguez: Have you packed your suitcase for the tour?

Avalon Mickey: No. We leave tomorrow for Portland and we're gonna go see Fleetwood Mac tonight, but it's pretty easy to pack. It's show clothes, which are like jeans and T-shirts, and there's a few things I usually bring Ð socks and stuff like that Ð but it's pretty easy.

Rodriguez: I didn't hear you say underwear.

Avalon: No, no. I haven't probably worn underwear in at least 20 years.

Rodriguez: Looking at the current bio on your website, have you always been open about your personal life and past experiences?

Avalon: I've always been pretty open, but I don't know if there's anything on the webiste that wasn't already out. It's just stuff that people know about, anyhow. Once that stuff is out there, you can only keep those kind of secrets for so long.

Rodriguez: If someone Google's you, as I just did, they'll find images of you in drag and with your pants falling down. Does this sort of thing happen at your live shows?

Avalon: I've only done drag for Halloween, it's always fun, but I've never done it on stage. I've never really worn dresses, or anything like that. For Hal-loween one year I was Amy Winehouse Ð everyone said I looked like her a lot. I have a lot more respect for women to have to wear a skirt when it's so fucking cold out, especially if you're not wearing underwear. I just like to have fun, I guess. And if you're uptight about shit, then it's really not that much fun.

Rodriguez: How many songs from the new album are you rehearsing for the tour?

Avalon: Well, actually, we have a new EP that isn't out. It's only a 5-song EP, but I'll play about 3 or 4 songs from it. I play stuff from the new album (Loaded) and a lot of stuff from the other album (Mickey Avalon). I've actually been playing the shit out of the stuff that's not even out, and I play a fair amount from the last record. For whatever reason, some songs work better live and others don't, so I'll just kind of try out new songs at a few shows and see which ones work.

Rodriguez: For anyone that hasn't seen you in concert, describe a Mickey Avalon live experience.

Avalon: It's like a party, people come out to have fun. I wish that I could be in the audience and on stage at the same time. Sometimes, here in LA, people go to shows and don't move, they just stand there, but I like it when people use the physical space around them to dance and have a good time.

Rodriguez: Is there anything you particularly like or remember about Seattle?

Avalon: Yeah, one of my favorite restaurants is in Seattle. It's called The Brooklyn. I lived in Portland for a while, it's the only place I've ever lived besides Los Angeles. Seattle and Portland have their differences, but I think people in Seattle are more open. I feel like people there aren't so uptight, they're open about their sexuality, the lines aren't so black and white. Whenever we go to Seattle, we walk around 1st Avenue and I really like that restaurant, The Brooklyn, it's one of my favorites from all the places we go to around the country.

Rodriguez: We just had Pride in Seattle. Have you ever been to Pride in Los Angeles?

Avalon: Yeah. I've been to the parties and Torch Run over the years, and Gay marriage just passed. I wouldn't care about getting married for myself, but I think you should be able to make that decision yourself, so I think it's awesome that it just passed.

Rodriguez: Maybe you can play at a Gay wedding.

Avalon: I actually have played one a long, long time ago. Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie had a reality show, and I was on one of the episodes. It was the wedding episode and they had to pick between three bands, so I got picked and got to play for two ladies who were getting married. They liked it, but they were like, 'You think you could take a shower'? (laughs) And one time a lady proposed to her girlfriend on stage, at a show in Bakersfield. We do have some private parties coming up, but no weddings. I'd love to do it.

Rodriguez: Do you have any favorite songs that you like to perform?

Avalon: I love playing 'Friends and Lovers'. Whenever we do it, I just like the way the music goes. But honestly, I like when we start a song that everyone likes and they go crazy, like 'Jane Fonda' everyone goes crazy, 'My Dick' everyone goes crazy.

Rodriguez: I know that girls throw themselves at you during your shows. Have you ever had any boys that have thrown themselves at you?

Avalon: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I used to kiss the whole front row, but I don't do it anymore. I got a cold once. I'm not really a germs freak, but the chances of me getting sick are way up there after kissing 20 people in a night. The scary thing is you're kissing everybody and then you feel braces, so I'm thinking to myself, 'Maybe I shouldn't be doing this'.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

John Rechy: From bedsheets to printed sheets
------------------------------
Chi Chi does the Red Dress
------------------------------
Sarey Savy - Making a dent in Seattle's music scene, one show at a time
------------------------------
L Word's 'Shane' takes on new Lesbian role
------------------------------
Emmys 2013: Predictions for TV's biggest awards
------------------------------
Picnic's themes still ring true
------------------------------
La Femme and La Femme Plus pageant contestants announced
------------------------------
Cecilia Bartoli's sensational new Norma
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis add 3rd show, Pearl Jam and Jay Brannan announce Seattle concerts
------------------------------
Nothing robotic about monstrously entertaining Pacific Rim
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Mickey Avalon speaks - The rapper talks about Seattle, underwear, and why he won't kiss the front row anymore
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News