Dave Stewart Gets (Platinum) Weird
The Eurythmics co-founder is releasing a new album with his band Platinum Weird on August 22, and it all sounds a little Spinal Tap, in a good way.
More than 25 years after the Eurythmics dissolved, Dave Stewart has paired up again with a female vocalist for his latest musical endeavor, Platinum Weird (PW). The duo, which features vocalist Kara DioGuardi, will release its self-titled debut on August 22. That is what we understand to be fact about this release.
Here’s what else Stewart told SPIN.com. Stewart and pals like Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr insist the project has been more than 30 years in the making, formed in 1974 in North London as a duo featuring Stewart and his female songwriting partner, muse, and soul mate, Erin Grace. They gigged around the London club circuit, establishing a cult-like following. “I remember one night at the speakeasy when Neil Young turned up at one in the morning having played Wembley Arena, and borrowed all of our gear and asked if we wanted to be on stage with him and we played for over two hours,” Stewart recalled of those golden times. “Only people like Prince do that now.”
After being signed to Elton John’s Rocket label and laying down just one demo, though, Grace, prone to being a bit flaky, disappeared. Stewart went into a deep depression, a period which he calls his “lost years,” and during which he “sunk into the depths of depravity, clinging onto reality by the skin of my teeth,” he told SPIN.com of his torment. While Stewart eventually went about his life, forming Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and collaborating with Jagger for the Alfie soundtrack, he left PW behind, until he met DioGuardi. “She embodied the sprit of Erin,” Stewart said of his new partner. “That opened the floodgates.”
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