Where has the real bad ass rock band gone and are the days of rock legends over? In a recent interview in USA Today the Struts prove that edgy rock music with pop culture appeal might have gone underground for a spell, but this band is brining it back with all the old school energy and none of stereotypes. Can a hardcore band enjoy High Tea? Clearly, the Struts, having just completed a successful tour are proof that the madness behind the music can embrace a wild-child essence without all the drugs, drama and debauchery.
This weekend, the English rock band took a well deserved rest and stopped by ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. In town for their headlining concert at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this Saturday, the rockers were spotted enjoying the 8 p.m. performance. Following the show, the group met with The Gazillionaire, his assistant Joy Jenkins, aerial cradle flyer Cadence Alexia and the “Green Fairy” Melody Sweets for a photo and to express their enjoyment of the production. Later in the night, the band took to Twitter and Instagram to share the photo along with their sentiments for the show, “Great to watch and meet the cast of @AbsintheVegas, incredible performance. If you’re in Vegas, go see it!”
Not trashing hotel rooms: Strip away the garish costumes and black eyeliner, and you’ll see that The Struts’ Luke Spiller is no rock star cliché. “I’m not very rock ‘n’ roll. I’m a quiet person and my days of debauchery are over,” the wild-maned frontman says. That said, he and his bandmates get to let loose in their new video for single Could Have Been Me, now at No. 7 on USA TODAY’s alternative airplay chart. Set on a barge floating down London’s River Thames, “we’re smashing guitars and doing all the things that are rock ‘n’ roll into the sun. It’s got booze, (boobs) and rock music — what more could you want?”
Strut to success: As a kid in Clevedon, England, Spiller was introduced to pop music through Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album and aspired to be a contemporary dancer, even enrolling in dance classes at college. But it wasn’t until after graduation, when he met guitarist Adam Slack, that he realized his rock ‘n’ roll ambitions: moving up to Derby, England, in 2010, where they lived and recorded music together for nearly three years. In 2012, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies joined the group, and they released their first single as The Struts, I Just Know. After a string of overseas releases, the glam-rockers unveiled their formal U.S. debut EP Have You Heard on Interscope Records last month.
Writing from experience: Latest single Could Have Been Me “was written about a time and a place the band was in. We were really struggling and just didn’t want to look back and say, ‘That could’ve been me,’ ” Spiller, 26, says. Penned in the studio on the spot with Slack, “we had this idea of creating something that was very big and Queen-sounding, something anthemic.” The Struts performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! late last month.
Hands like Jagger: The Struts are in the midst of their first headlining U.S. tour, which wraps Nov. 13 in Scottsdale, Ariz. But their most high-profile gig to date was opening for The Rolling Stones in Paris last year, which included some face time with Mick Jagger himself. After soundcheck, “he walked over to us and said ‘hello’ and was basically saying how amazing the sound was going to be that night,” Spiller says. “I just stood there in awe and tried to make it sound like I was doing that every night as well. He was a really cool guy — very soft hands.”
Never out of style: Spiller aims to enhance their live shows through his flashy onstage ensembles, and will usually change a few times during a performance. Wearing flowing, sequin-adorned shirts inspired by British glam-rock artists such as David Bowie, T. Rex and Queen, “I try and alter clothes myself, whether that’s taking jackets and repainting them, putting outfits together in places you really wouldn’t expect, or even buying the odd bit of women’s clothing,” he says.
High tea on tour: As part of a San Diego radio contest last month, The Struts hosted a “Could Have Been Tea” party with fans while in town. Asked for meet-and-greet ideas, “I just interjected and said, ‘Well, if it was one of my favorite bands, what would I like to do?’ ” Spiller says. “It’s the same as everyone, which is sit down with that band and have a real conversation. Being English, I thought, ‘What’s the best way to have a nice (talk)?’ It’s, of course, sit down and have tea and cucumber sandwiches.”
Hailed by Chicago Sun-Times as “sexy, funny, unabashedly raunchy,” and named “Best Show” on the Strip by Vegas SEVEN, Las Vegas Weekly and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace is an acro-cabaret variety show featuring wild and outlandish acts in a theatre-in-the-round presentation. Audiences are treated to a night of imagination and excess as the cast of eccentrics perform amazing feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility within mere feet of the audience surrounding the intimate stage. ABSINTHE show times are Wednesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., with no show on Monday and Tuesday. The schedule is subject to change without notice. For tickets and more information, visit HERE.
Note: A portion of this article was first seen on September 3rd in USA Today