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Sultry, Smokey, Sex: Return Of A Voice And The End Of A Tour- Soraia Tour Diary # 5

8 Apr

We’ve been following the tour of Soraia, one of our favorite bands through front-woman and badass megbabe ZouZou Mansour. Life on the road got a little bumpy with an upper-respiratory infection ZouZou battled over the whole tour but you can’t stop rock or this band. Tonight is their last stop on their tour at O’Brien’s Pub in Boston, Massachusetts. So if you’re in Boston, make sure to see this epic band live, especially now that ZouZou’s voice is back with a vengeance.

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I have to tell you, it’s a HUGE THRILL for this singer to be playing a venue I’ve seen some of my favorite acts in. WFMU’s Monty Hall is just that.

Two years ago, I saw The Detroit Cobras in the (then new) Monty Hall–a venue located directly underneath the infamous radio station WFMU-FM, playing some of the best rock n’ roll in the country and beyond.
I went to see a band I thought I just liked, and fell in love. What was — and is — special about Monty Hall to me is that it’s an intimate enough venue that you get to see people be themselves, and that was my experience when I saw The Detroit Cobras there back in 2015. They just talked through their set list. Got annoyed at the soundman and each other, and rocked the F*&^ out of all of us. I think we get so busy putting our favorite artists on pedestals, that we forget they’re human beings, too. They run the gamut of emotions, just like all of us, and why some of them have become my heroes is that they are utterly, unabashedly, raw: they are themselves. They don’t put on pretense, and that’s what I got to witness thanks to venues like Monty Hall.
AMAZING SHOW. AMAZING VENUE. AMAZING NIGHT.
The sound was killer, and my voice was at its best of tour since the first few dates. I was languid, smoky sex. Very few settings put me into that place with such ease. Monty Hall: thank you. And of course, my fucking amazing band.
Next night we played Hangar on the Hudson in Troy, NY. I found out Uncle Sam is buried up the street. There you go.
We got there and my voice felt and worked so good, I just wanted to play forever.  The band and me — we hit a stride together. Everyone was fire. So good.
Next  up is our last tour stop: Boston, Massachusetts tonight.
I have to say, I’m sad tour’s ending, especially since I know I finally have my voice at full throttle after that horrid upper respiratory infection. One thing I learned from it is how much my voice and this music and this band means to me. What a gift to get to understand on a soul level what you really need in life.
Last tour blog coming in a few days! Thanks for following along on my journey…..
xx ZouZou
 

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Soraia on the Road – Breakfast Pizza & killer shows

4 Apr

We’ve been following Rock and Roll Queen / band leader ZouZou on the road with one of our favorite bands Soraia and she is giving us ultimate access to her tour diary. Stay tuned for everything Soraia and what it’s like to be a badass rock singer (with an upper-respitory infection) as the tour progresses! The band plays in D.C. tonight and Baltimore tomorrow, don’t miss the rest of these epic shows!

 

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Just a quicker update from the road….

Unfortunately, my being sick got worse when it was time to play Cincinnati, so we had to cancel the show. What a beating. Waiting all this time to finally get out on the road and play your music to people, and to cancel shows is–it sucks.
By Wednesday’s Wapakoneta show, I was back to feeling like the mad ass killer I’m used to, and the show was AMAZING. Voice was stellar, band was on fire, and everyone loved it.
We stayed and had breakfast pizza (they always make us breakfast pizza at Route 33) and headed back.
Muncie, IN and Chicago, IL were both great shows, too.
To bring us up to date real quick, the last show we did was last night in Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s Bar, which I adore that place. We have some good friends that come there, and it’s just a laid back crowd, and a good show, especially for a Sunday night.
One of the best shows of tour so far. And we needed that. Everyone felt good, and the crowd was into it–always a great feeling.
We have the day off for travel. and I’ll try and get more daily updates to you guys this last week of tour. Sorry I couldn’t update a little more last week. We hit the road today for our next show in DC at Slash Run tomorrow night.
It’s been a struggle being sick and having it affect the shows, but I’ve come to accept it is what is is, and that’s usually how it’s supposed to be. Whether I understand why or not. And I’m ok with that today. I love the unknown X factor of living music, and the surprises that come with it—this one—notsomuch….>:)
Catch you guys in a few days….
xx ZouZou
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Soraia Tour Diary: Days 4 & 5

29 Mar

For the next couple weeks one of our favorite bands Soraia is touring the East Coast and Rock and Roll Queen / band leader ZouZou is giving us ultimate access to her tour diary. Read her entries below, and stay tuned for everything Soraia and what it’s like to be a badass rock singer (with an upper-respitory infection) as the tour progresses.

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Tour Diary Day 4 & 5
Reinvigorated from the night before’s amazing show, yet still super sick, I did all I could with my voice to make sure that night’s show would be even better than the night before.
We all felt so good going in, and I just wanted to make sure my voice was where it needed to be. It definitely suffered a hit after night #2, being’s I was not recovered from my sinus infection physically yet, and knowing I had pushed it a little hard the night before.
Still, another killer night for us on tour. It’s rare you get a few nights in a row so good like that–and my voice was stellar. Still, being sick takes its toll….
After the show, I knew my voice wasn’t doing too good. Tired, still sick, and emotional from all these things since the beginning of tour a few days earlier, I knew to get back and rest right away so the rest of the dates are ok. So I did. Still….
Next morning I woke up sicker, and with barely a voice. I worked most of the day to get it back so I could perform that night. I didn’t know if it would work. I tried everything: warming up, speaking exercises, verbal rest, pineapple, hot tea, etc By about 5 pm, it was barely back, and the show was at 9. I was worried.
Still, I didn’t want to cancel the show, and I didn’t really think I had to. After all, it was the first time I’d been sick on tour in a long time, and it sure was the first time my voice was that beat up. How bad would it be? Probably fine. I’d get through.
Right as soon as I hit the first note of “Love Like Voodoo”, I knew. I was not going to get through the set without losing my voice.
So I did what I could, made all the changes I knew how to make vocally while singing, but by song 7, it was done. I didn’t want to damage or lose my voice for the rest of this tour, so I ended the set and ran to the car to warm down. What a let down. I felt terrible. I cried while I was doing my speaking exercises, just so worried about my voice, and feeling like I let people down. I was disappointed, but moreso, I was scared, and I felt alone. What a terrible feeling. I couldn’t talk to anyone, resting the voice when it’s that wounded is vital for it to heal. Especially in time for our show in Cincinnati, which is tomorrow night……
xx ZouZou
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Philly show NOT to be missed: Soraia, Mach22, Cold Roses and Kensington Nothings at Milkboy TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

10 Feb

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It’s been 2 years since the badass Philly blog Riot Nerd blessed us with it’s life and we are celebrating tomorrow night with a heavy dose of local, pure rock and roll. Fittingly, Soraia, one of our favorite bands of all time, are headlining the show. The band is currently in the studio recording their forthcoming record so be the first to let their new songs electrocute your world live at Milkboy tomorrow night.

Tickets are only $10 here today and will be $12  tomorrow at the door. The show starts at 8PM so make sure you are there on time to catch Kensington Nothings, Cold Roses and Mach22. Listen to all of the bands below and see you tomorrow night at Milkboy!

 

xx Cher

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