Jizzy Pearl

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Jizzy Pearl
Jizzy Pearl on stage with Ratt in 2005
Background information
Birth name James Wilkinson
Born (1958-03-17) March 17, 1958 (age 58)
Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Occupation(s) Musician,
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler's Appetite, Quiet Riot, Sin City Sinners
Website http://www.jizzypearl.com

Jizzy Pearl (born James Wilkinson) is an American vocalist that was born on March 17, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He's had notable performances in several heavy metal and hard rock groups. He first fronted the band Data Clan, which eventually became Love/Hate. Pearl has also sung for L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler's Appetite, and other, lesser known acts.

Pearl is known for, in the words of KNAC.com, his "gritty-sounding blues-influenced" vocals.[1]

Personal history and music career[edit]

In the late 1980s, Pearl sang for Love/Hate, which achieved notoriety for performances as the house band at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood. The group subsequently signed to Columbia Records.[2]

Following the breakup of Love/Hate, he then sang on the L.A. Guns album Shrinking Violet. He also sang with one version of Ratt from 1999 to 2006.

Pearl has released the solo albums Just A Boy and Vegas Must Die. Vegas Must Die was released on July 19, 2005 on Shrapnel Records. The album contains eleven songs. Jizzy produced the album himself, which was engineered by Michael Lardie of Great White/Night Ranger.

His vocal style has changed considerably over the years, with only the opener, 'Hit And Miss', serving up the patented Jizzy whine. But his voice is a lot richer, and he takes different tones to different tunes, almost playing characters in his own stories.

Besides singing and songwriting Jizzy has also turned his hand to story writing, writing 3 books to date: "I Got More Crickets Than Friends", "Angst For The Memories", and 2006's "Unhappy Endings", a collection of short stories, all of which are all slightly twisted and bizarre.

In early 2007, Pearl announced he would reunite with Love/Hate after ten years, on February 24, 2007 at Club Vodka in Hollywood, California, to perform their classic record Blackout in the Red Room in its entirety.[3]

In 2009, Pearl returned to front L.A. Guns (the Tracii Guns version), after a 10-year absence from the band. In September 2011, he announced that he's leaving L.A. Guns. Not long after he left the group, the Tracii Guns incarnation of the group disbanded.

In 2013, Pearl joined Quiet Riot, replacing then vocalist Scott Vokoun. The band decided to record a new album with Pearl that they set for release in early 2014.[4]

That effort became Quiet Riot 10 (also alternatively known as just 10), which was the twelfth studio album by the heavy metal band and featured a mix of songs with Pearl as well as live tracks with founder vocalist Kevin DuBrow.[1] The album came out on June 27, 2014. It has received mixed to positive reviews from publications such as KNAC.com and Music Enthusiast Magazine.[1][5]


Title Artist Released Label
Dataclan (EP) Dataclan 1985 Independent Release
Blackout in the Red Room Love/Hate February 22, 1990 Columbia Records
Wasted In America Love/Hate March 10, 1992 Columbia Records
Let's Rumble Love/Hate April 1, 1994 Calibre Records
I'm Not Happy Love/Hate September 19, 1995 Mayhem Records
Livin' Off Layla Love/Hate 1997 SK-9 Records
Let's Eat Love/Hate June 1, 1999 Perris Records
Shrinking Violet L.A. Guns June 1, 1999 Perris Records
Greatest & Latest Love/Hate April 25, 2000 Cleopatra Records
Adler's Appetite (EP) Adler's Appetite February 2005 Arrogant Bastard
Vegas Must Die Jizzy Pearl July 19, 2005 Shrapnel Records
Just A Boy Jizzy Pearl October 30, 2007 Shrapnel Records
Acoustic Gypsy Live L.A. Guns September 27, 2011 Favored Nations Entertainment
Crucified Jizzy Pearl December 20, 2013 Independent Release
Quiet Riot 10 Quiet Riot June 27, 2014 RSM Records


  1. ^ a b c Depedro, Andrew (August 9, 2014). "Quiet Riot 10". KNAC.com. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Love/Hate History". Love/Hate. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Love/Hate reunion". Love/Hate. February 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Friday, 22 November 2013 at 22:10". Facebook. 
  5. ^ http://musicenthusiastmag.com/quiet-riot-10-album-review/#ixzz3KwdOt1ay

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