PMJ leader Scott Bradlee — who was born in Long Island, New York but grew up in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — returned to his East Coast roots with a bluesy, vintage remake of the Jersey-bred band’s “You Give Love a Bad Name,” off the 1986 No. 1 album, Slippery When Wet.
Dressed in a red polka dotted dress, Lena is backed by a brass band — with Lemar Guillary dishing an impressive trombone solo –– and does more than play her part in the song. She delivers just the right blend of blues and torch song sultriness before finishing with a killer run at the end.
Bradlee first became aware of Lena when PMG toured Europe, he wrote on the group’s website.
“The power, range, and control she had over her voice was staggering, and since PMJ was going to be playing shows in the Netherlands in just a few weeks, I wasted no time in contacting her and setting up a guest appearance for her onstage at our show in The Hague,” he wrote. “She performed the PMJ version of “Roar” and brought the house down.”
Lena hooked up with the band in Los Angeles to record the song, which he said had “just the right swagger in the lyrics to completely own this performance.”
Postmodern Jukebox is gearing up for a tour, which heads to New Zealand on Aug. 29 and circles back to North America through the fall. Tickets and more information are available here.
Watch the performance below: