James Williamson & the Pink Hearts headed to Los Angeles and San Francisco
Courtesy of Leopard Lady Records

The legendary and highly-influential guitarist James Williamson, formerly a member of Iggy & the Stooges, has formed a new band with singer Frank Meyer and violinist and singer Petra Haden. Fans won’t have long to wait before they can hear what James Williamson & The Pink Hearts are all about; the band will be releasing their debut effort Behind the Shade on June 22 and two West Coast performances have been announced. Tickets are now on sale for the trio’s shows June 29 in Los Angeles at El Rey Theatre (Click here for tickets) and June 30 in San Francisco at Great American Music Hall (Click here for tickets).

Williamson first came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the Stooges along with singer Iggy Pop when the band released the seminal Raw Power album, a recording that today is considered essential listening for rock fans and that features the oft-covered “Search and Destroy.” Williamson worked with Pop on and off over the decades, with and without the Stooges, and has also collaborated with the late-lamented Careless Hearts.

Singer Meyer is also a member of punk mainstays the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs who have previously served as the touring band for another legendary guitarist, Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys fame. Meyer also co-wrote most of the songs on Behind the Shade with Williamson. Haden, the daughter of late jazz great Charlie Haden, has been a member of bands That Dog and the Haden Triplets and has also collaborated with a diverse set of performers including Beck, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Victoria Williams and the Decemberists.

Other players on Behind the Shade include drummer Michael Urbano (Smash Mouth, Todd Rundgren), bass man Jason Carmer, sax players Geoff Yeaton and Tony Peebles, lap steel player Don Rooke, trumpeter Steffen Kuehn and five keyboards players. Behind the Shade will be released on the Leopard Lady Records label and will be available in LP+CD, standalone CD, and digital download formats.

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