The Whisky A Go-Go has anchored the Los Angeles music scene since opening in 1964, playing host to rock ‘n’ roll legends from The Doors and Guns N’ Roses to today’s up and coming artists, including one band from the Forest City.
The Sunset Strip landmark — the first live music venue to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — launched its popular Ultimate Jam Night showcase back in 2015.
The Whisky’s showcase features a rotating lineup of musicians — including the house band members Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Matt Starr (Mr. Big), Mitch Perry (Lita Ford) and Paulie Z (The Sweet) — who come together to perform a variety of classic rock, hard rock and heavy metal favourites.
The opening act for the Jan. 23 jam was London’s own Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold.
Launched in 2016 by Perry and drummer Tyler Randall — and recently assisted by touring bassist Amber Gorham — the band has been gaining acclaim for its songs and music videos, but playing the Whisky, Perry said, takes things to a new level.
“The Whisky is literally the epicentre that any rock ‘n’ roll musician, die-hard grunger, could aspire to play,” she said. “The funny thing is it has this legendary status, but it’s probably not even half the size of Call the Office. My nerves overtook me at some moments, I couldn’t believe we were there, but it was in a good way. It took our energetic performance and made it really fun for everybody.”
Perry is actually no stranger to performing at legendary venues.
During her days with the early 2000s band Anti-Hero, Perry and her bandmates performed at legendary New York City venue CBGB, less than a month before the club closed its doors in 2006.
That experience, together with playing The Whisky, speaks to Perry’s commitment to always following through with her dreams.
To share her music, Perry created her own record label when she was just 15. That effort would lead to several successful ventures, including the signing of Anti-Hero to a major label record deal.
However, she ended up leaving the music business for about a decade when that band came to an end.
Perry decided to return to the music scene in 2016, but she remains realistic about her chances for success.
“I will be the first to say the music industry is so unstable that I’m hedging my bets — on a very grand scale of a billion to one. I totally get that,” she said. “But at the end of the day I want to be able to look back on my life and know I did some really cool things, fulfilled what was in my heart and my soul, and I was happy. I did what I wanted to do, I followed my dreams, and everyone should.”
Last summer The Truth Untold achieved a significant break when they were invited to be the only Canadian performer at Summer NAMM — a major American music industry showcase — in Nashville, Tenn.
That was an opportunity, Perry explains, to make connections in the U.S. music industry. One result of that exposure was the recruitment of Mapex Drums Canada and Blackstar Amplification as official band sponsors.
Both companies invited the band to participate in the Winter NAMM showcase, which was being held in Anaheim, Calif.
In conjunction with Perry’s new sponsorship status with Blackstar Amps, The Truth Untold was invited to showcase themselves with an opening spot on the same stage shared by the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history.
The moment was — to say the least — a little overwhelming.
“We got to the five-minute mark before going up on stage . . . and I turned to Tyler and Amber . . . I almost started to break down,” she said. “We had a little group hug session to get our energies up. The atmosphere was just so cool and welcoming, the way it should always be. I wish every venue was that way. We played 40 minutes and then they demanded an encore. It was amazing.”