Interview with Jizzy Pearl By Jesse Striewski (Photo by Joe Lester)

Jizzy Pearl Promo Photos 2017

 

For over three decades, Jizzy Pearl has been the “go-to” guy of sorts in the LA metal scene. Over the course of his career, he’s fronted Love/Hate, LA Guns, Ratt, Adler’s Appetite, and Quiet Riot (just to name a few). And if that’s not an impressive enough resume, his latest solo effort, All You Need is Soul, just dropped last month. Pearl’s momentum could not be any stronger right not, and he recently took the time to speak to Rewind It Magazine about it.

When asked how Soul compares to his most well known work in Love/Hate, Pearl says, “Well, I’m the guy that’s still playing Love/Hate’s music, so of course I’m sort of remembered most for them. But I think if people dug that band, and the Blackout in the Red Room record and so forth, then they’ll dig this new one, because it is very Love/Hate-ish, and does sound similar.”

The first single from Soul is the in-your-face anthem in the form of “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” When asked if it was aimed towards anyone specific, he says, “Sometimes when you write a song it doesn’t have to be specifically about one person. You could maybe say it’s just a collection of observations, and I think almost everyone can identify with that.”

Prior to his latest solo endeavor, Pearl had joined Quiet Riot as lead vocalist in 2013. Over the course of his three years with the band, he recorded on their 2014 album 10, before deciding to leave Quiet Riot. When asked why his time was so short-lived in what seemed like such a good fit, Pearl simply says, “Well, I did it for a few years and it was fun, but it went as far as it could go.”

Among his many unforgettable moments over the years, one that still sticks out to many is the time Pearl actually crucified himself on the famous Hollywood sign in 1992. I couldn’t resist asking him how he feels looking back on it now;  “Well, when I look back on it, I’m glad I didn’t fall to my death [Laughs]! It’s funny because nearly every time I do an interview, I’m asked about it. So it is sort of an iconic moment that I’ve come to embrace, and I’m able to appreciate the fact that I did something crazy that people still remember.”

Pearl will be hitting the road starting next month in the U.K., but be sure to keep an eye out for any and all upcoming U.S. dates, which are sure to be added in the near future.

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