Despite the devastating loss of David Bowie early this year, there’s still a glimmer of hope for glam rock. On an odyssey across the Unites States, English rock band The Struts is on a mission to bring back retro rock – and it’s all gloriously glitzy. This Friday, November 4, they will grace the stage at the Napa Valley Opera House. We caught up with The Struts singer Luke Spiller.
Over the past few years, The Struts have opened for the Rolling Stones, toured with Mötley Crüe and played countless concerts and festivals, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Napa’s own BottleRock festival – which featured not only a performance on the main stage, culinary stage and JaM Pad stages, but also an after show. For every performance, the British band puts on a show full of stage swagger comparable to that of golden age glam rockers Queen.
During a brief break from taking on the U.S. stage by stage, singer Luke Spiller – aka Luke Struts – walks around the pool of the band’s Los Angles rental. It’s only been a week since their last gig, but the group is already working on new music. Spiller fills us in on the band’s hectic schedule.
“We’re just recording some new ideas and demos for the next album, so, busy, busy, busy,” Spiller says. “We’re going back on the road really soon.”
Though The Struts have gained a large following since the release of their debut album Everybody Wants, fame is not something the band members take for granted. The group is dedicated to playing as many shows as possible and working as hard as they can during their U.S. tour.
“Coming over, we kind of wanted to do twice as much work,” Spiller says. “We just felt like we had to.”
The reason behind The Struts’ somewhat manic attitude, is that they have seen other UK bands come to the United States and not work as hard as they could have, with negative results.
“They don’t put in the time and what’s needed to do their absolute best. I don’t want us to fail or come up short in terms of our work ethic when it comes to America,” Spiller says.
Though Spiller knows he probably won’t have time to wander around wine country, he’s excited for The Struts to return to Napa.
“It’s a beautiful area from what I gathered,” Spiller says. “I have to confess I didn’t really have a lot of time to explore because of the schedule that we had [at BottleRock]. “We can’t wait to come back and I hope to see all the old faces again and maybe some new people as well,” he continued.
THE STRUTS with special guests Black Pistol Fire and TBD
Friday, November 4, 2016, 8:30 – 11:00pm
Napa Valley Opera House – Opera House Ballroom
1030 Main Street Napa, CA 94559
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