Backstage: BEBE BUELL
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 6:30 PM CST
(5:30 PM Doors)
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
Bebe has the unequaled gift of being able to delve into a song and spark it to life with immediacy and poignant raw emotion; whether performing her own works or her always groundbreaking choices of songs by other writers.
Bebe's unique, multi-faceted talent manifested itself at an early age. At ten years old she began singing in the Villa Maria Academy choir sporting a unique "alto”, a very unusual vocal range for a young girl, that caught everyone's ear. Bebe's musical career jumpstarted with her first release, "Covers Girl" (1981) produced by Ric Ocasek and Rick Derringer. It was a four song EP of obscure cover songs featuring legendary group The Cars backing her on two of the tracks. Bebe's pure love of music and natural sense of cool come through on these recordings. After this Bebe formed a new group, the B-Sides who released a pure pop 12 inch picture disc "A Side of the B-Sides" (1983) produced by Bebe's former beau Todd Rundgren. Following this Bebe formed a new, tougher group, The Gargoyles; the female fronted hard rock unit that was somewhat ahead of its time. They released the influential underground singles "Jacuzzi Jungle" and "Gargoyle" (1987) and toured heavily in the U.S. and Europe. These performances cemented Bebe's reputation as a front person to be reckoned with. The Gargoyles caught the eye of Joey Ramone. He had the band open for The Ramones and offers of record deals followed. But at this time, someone in Bebe's personal life was about to take center stage.
In 1994 she blazed back into the music world, released a CD and coined a new word with "Retrosexual" a punk/hard rock underground classic. The record was a forceful, fun, rocking return to form for Bebe with a mix of impeccable cover choices and catchy original songs.
Around the start of the 21st century, Cameron Crowe released the film "Almost Famous" which is heavily based on certain elements of Bebe's life. Some of the film's dialogue is taken from direct quotes of Bebe's that Crowe had remembered from their friendship which began in 1973.
Bebe also completed her autobiography, the New York Times Bestseller "Rebel Heart; An American Rock And Roll Journey" (St, Martin's Press) with Victor Bockris in 2001. She also continued rocking releasing two albums "Sugar" and "Hard Love" while performing in the Northeast area of the United States.
Many artists' early work is their most powerful and resonating, while Bebe is just gearing up for the release of her most personal, autobiographical and cathartic work yet. Artistically bold and fearless while expressing true joy and sensitivity of the soul, singing her entire life, Bebe's memorable journey is just beginning to take full flight.