Saturday, September 25, 2010

Raw Dogg Interviews Semi Precious Weapons

Not sure how old this interview is, but I've never seen it.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

World Premiere: Look at Me by Semi Precious Weapons!

The video for Semi Precious Weapons' new single, 'Look at Me', was released today on
“Our concept was really fucking simple,” says Semi Precious Weapons singer Justin Tranter, describing the New York glam-rockers’ new video for the ballad “Look At Me,” off You Love You. “Have me sit on the bed of a dirty motel room, while two stunning people are making love. Kind of like I'm the narrator of their sex — but making sure it all looks as real, honest and beautiful as the song is.” Watch Rolling Stone's exclusive premiere of the NSFW video, co-directed by Tranter with Cass Bird and Nicole Erlich, above. The band, who made a cameo in Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone" video, will headline their own tour before returning as the opening act on the U.S. leg of Gaga’s Monster Ball tour in 2011.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Semi Precious Weapons Announce Headline Show in London

Semi Precious Weapons have just announced a date for a headline show in London at the London O2 Academy2 Islington on Wednesday, December 15th! Hopefully they add more headlining dates - We'll Keep you posted! You can buy your tickets here!

Also Don't Forget!!!! Buy Your Tickets to Semi Precious Weapons Headlining U.S. Tour Starring Lady Starlight and Breedlove!

Semi Precious Weapons are serving up the glaMOUR this fall with their headlining tour with opening artists, Lady Starlight & Breedlove.  SPW has a lot in store for this tour and we can't wait to see what they have planned. Check out the dates listed below to see if SPW is coming near you.  

9/20/2010 - Masquerade Music Park- Atlanta, GA, United States  -- BUY TICKETS!
9/22/2010 - Numbers - Houston, TX, United States -- BUY TICKETS!

9/23/2010 - The Loft - Dallas, TX -- BUY TICKETS!

9/25/2010 - Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV, United States -- BUY TICKETS!

9/27/2010 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, United States -- BUY TICKETS!

9/28/2010 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA, United States -- BUY TICKETS!

9/30/2010 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL, United States-- BUY TICKETS!

10/2/2010 - Wrong Bar - Toronto, ON, CAN -- BUY TICKETS!

10/3/2010 - Belmont - Montreal, CAN -- BUY TICKETS!

10/5/2010 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA, United States -- BUY TICKETS!

10/7/2010 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC -- BUY TICKETS!

10/8/2010 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY, United States -- BUY TICKETS!

10/9/2010 - Royale Club - Boston, MA - -- BUY TICKETS!

Empire News: MTV 2010 VMA Coverage

Justin and Lady Starlight Looked Glam-Fabulous at Last Night's 2010 VMA's. There in support of fellow Empire member- Lady Gaga and her 8 awards (Yes, 8!)  for Best Collaboration, Best Dance Video, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Choreography, Best Editing, Best Direction and Video Of The Year. Congratulations to Gaga for the win! Check out some pics!
Look at the Camera Mr. Tranter
Honestly Gorgeous!

Blonde's FTW!

Pearl Necklace!

Empire News: Tatted Up

Saturday Night, Empire members: Justin, Jimmy, and Joce got tatted up on the sunset strip along with @Jeffreygmm - the "Carrie Bradshaw of Gay Horror" of "Now Kindly Undo These Straps" (Amazing Blog). Check out some pics - the Joce got "Live" and Justin got "I Am Nothing Without Me"


"I Am Nothing Without Me"
Joce is giving us Halle Berry as Sharon Stone in Flintstones (Google It)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Semi Precious After Parties!

Semi Precious Weapons, the band opening for Lady Gaga, has a curious history with the flamboyant mega-pop star. At one time, she used to open forthem.

"Yes, she was," says Semi Precious Weapons singer Justin Tranter. "Thank God. It changed my life. Then she moved to L.A. to make the biggest record of the decade."

Though her evolving persona of carefully constructed theatrical dance-pop contrasted sharply with their brand of trashy, uninhibited glam-rock, they felt an instant connection.

"Gaga has been a huge fan of ours since she was about 19 years old," Tranter says. "So, she was a big fan of ours back in New York City, when no one knew who we were besides her. She started opening for us in New York in about 2007.

"I think we share the same aesthetic, though it's musically very different," he says. "We're both very visual, we're very over the top, very filthy. But we're very honest musicians -- the four of us (Semi Precious Weapons) met in music school. Much like Gaga -- even though it's a very visual over-the-top performance -- we still take the music very, very seriously."

The band began in 2006, after Tranter and his bandmates chucked everything they learned in music school, and struck out for the bright lights of New York City -- and were disappointed by what they found.

"We had been in music school and were taking music so seriously, over-intellectually," Tranter says. "So, we tried to get together and just write songs that would make us happy, and were fun. In terms of New York City, we moved there thinking it would be like Max's Kansas City (an infamous '60s-'70s nightclub) in an Andy Warhol documentary. It was actually much more like behind the scenes in 'Sex and the City.' I'm not going to make fun of it, but that was not what we were looking for.

"All the other bands in New York were taking themselves too seriously, and everything was so boring. So, we started this band and convinced all these DJs and promoters in New York to let us play at their parties. That's how kids like Gaga did hear of us, because all of a sudden we started playing at the coolest parties in New York, where rock bands weren't playing."

Now that the band is playing in sold-out arenas all over the country, it might be tempting to put those sweaty nights of wild abandon behind them. But probably not -- Semi Precious Weapons not only opens for Gaga, it also hosts an after-party at a club in every city. The after-party in Pittsburgh will be at the Altar Bar, starting at 9:30 p.m.

"Gaga doesn't do afterparties -- it's a security risk," explains Tranter, who will DJ the afterparty. "I spin everything from Metallica to Beyonce to Guns 'N Roses to Gaga (of course). There's lots of champagne poured all over the audience, and lots of people barely dressed." -