Despite being currently quarantined in Palm Springs, Calif. with her music producer/guitarist/tour manager Mark Alberici, Tiffany (real name Tiffany Darwish) remains positive with touring plans already on the horizon. “So far, it’s looking like June 18th is the first show…. It’s so crazy a little bit right now to not understand one community to the next; some people are still on lockdown, some people are going for it. And as a performer, I’m contractually bound, so when they say go, we go,” she told her online concertgoers.
But Tiffany feels more than ready to hit the road again. After reflecting on her over-a-year-long tour promoting her 2018 album Pieces of Me, Alberici discovered some of the singer-songwriter’s hidden “gems” of unreleased acoustic songs from the album to tide her fans over until her forthcoming LP Shadows in July. Pieces of Me: Unplugged will be released Friday, May 22 via Outright Rock Records as a “remembrance of the fun that we had on the road, all the acoustic stuff we did on the bus,” featuring stripped-down renditions of “Starting Over,” “King of Lies,” “Worlds Away” and the demo of “You’re Everything” from Shadows, which she debuted during Billboard‘s livestream.
What won’t be stripped away from her new material is her indomitable rock spirit galvanized by L.A. Guns whom she featured on Shadows and the longstanding camaraderie between artists instilled in her by legends like Jerry Lee Lewis and the late Little Richard.
“I worked with Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis when I was nine, 10 years old,” Tiffany reminisced. “The one thing I saw backstage was everybody willing to help everybody. There wasn’t any competition…. getting to your gigs and hanging out with everybody, that’s really what music is supposed to be, in my opinion.”
The ’80s hitmaker later ended her set with her 1987 No. 1 hit “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which she told fans watching from home wasn’t supposed to take on a new meaning during this pandemic. “Lots of love to all of you guys who are out there in self-quarantining and alone, baby. I mean, I know I’m the girl who says ‘I Think We’re Alone Now,’ but seriously, this wasn’t what it was supposed to be,” Tiffany quipped.
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