Debbie Does Tempe

Arizona Roadhouse gig attempts to rescue Debbie Gibson from the pit of pop ridicule

"I don't think any of us are making a case for her being a really super-important major artist or anything like that," Lockwood says. "It's a way to have fun and give the show a unifying theme. I go to lots and lots of shows, and I think bands aren't very creative with the covers they choose. They don't have very much fun with it. Instead of covering something predictable, why not rescue a good song from a bad artist, or pick something that people wouldn't expect?"

Hollywood or Bust: The Pistoleros have been dropped from the roster of Hollywood Records. The Tempe roots-rock band learned on Tuesday, October 20, that after hearing a new three-song demo the band had worked on, label representatives decided not to pick up the option on the group's contract.

The Pistoleros had recently recorded a three-song demo in Los Angeles with their A&R man Rob Seidenburg, who made an enthusiastic pitch for the band to label president Bob Cavallo. Cavallo was lukewarm about the tape, but the band's prospects at Hollywood were really slammed shut by Cavallo's son Rob, who is the label's A&R head. Before hearing the demo at an A&R meeting, he reportedly announced that he "couldn't stand any of those Wilco-type bands," a stance which apparently was picked up on by the rest of the A&R department.

The band's tenure at Hollywood was fraught with so many problems--from long release delays to staff turnover to a puzzling lack of product in stores--that singer-guitarist Lawrence Zubia doesn't seem overly disappointed by the latest setback. He says the band, which has obtained a publishing deal with April Music/EMI, has stockpiled 40 new songs and will pitch some of their new material to labels shortly after the new year rolls around.

"We've been home for the last two years," Zubia says. "To us, it's not a great lifestyle change. The only difference that it made was the opportunity to make a high-dollar record.

"One thing I've learned is if you get a record deal, you're gonna lose it. It's almost like a rite of passage."

All Saints Weekend: Halloween weekend offers an array of local music choices, from the October 31, RedMonkey house-music night at Riverbottom Lounge to industrial shockmeisters BLESSEDBETHYNAME celebrating their debut CD release at Boston's on the same night, to the second annual Green Halloween--featuring miles of funk from Fred Green, Polliwog and Glory Revival--on November 1, at Bash on Ash.

But the event with the most sentimental pull has to be the Friday, October 30, Hayden Square tribute show to the recently deceased Elvis Del Monte, featuring the Pharaohs, Dead Hot Workshop and Muddy Violets. Coinciding with the gig (which occurs on what would have been Elvis' 61st birthday) will be an art show of Elvis' work at the Fallout Common gallery, at 712 South College in Tempe. The gallery will also allow people to bring in Elvis' art work and get it shrink wrapped or laminated.

--Gilbert Garcia

Contact Gilbert Garcia at his online address: ggarcia@newtimes.com

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