Patti Russo performing at the Isle of Wight festival 2014.
|Birth name||Patricia Russo|
May 20, 1964 |
New Jersey, U.S.
|Genres||Wagnerian rock, rock|
|Associated acts||Meat Loaf, Cher, Queen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra|
|Website||Patti Russo on Facebook|
Patricia "Patti" Russo (May 20, 1964, New Jersey) is an American singer/songwriter/actress. She is perhaps best known as Meat Loaf's former female lead vocalist as she toured the world with his band Neverland Express between 1993 and 2013. Since then, she has embarked on a solo career.
Career (1993 - 2013)
Patti Russo is featured as Meat Loaf's duet partner on numerous albums, singles and videos. Patti has also been featured as Meat Loaf's opening act, debuting her own original material. She debuted her solo song "Bring Me a Bible and a Beer" during Meat Loaf's shows on the 2008 Casa de Carne Tour. Patti has recorded duets on all of Meat Loaf's albums since 1995, including his latest album Hell in a Handbasket.
Patti has also sung lead vocals with groups such as Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Queen. She sang the role of Theresa, Beethoven's Immortal Beloved, on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra album Beethoven's Last Night and was featured with TSO as a soloist on the soundtrack to the Jim Carrey movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She performed with the rock group Queen, singing lead at the Queen's Day Festival in Amsterdam and at their induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She toured as a soloist with the Jon Tiven Band (in Italy) and the SAS Band (in the United Kingdom). Patti is featured as a lead vocalist in the SAS Band's new DVD Motown 2 Memphis. In 2009-2010, Patti performed in Cher's Las Vegas shows.
As a songwriter, Patti's song "Take Good Care of My Heart" is featured as the theme song in the Warner Brothers feature South Beach Dreams. The song was co-produced by composer-producer Fred Weinberg. She also co-wrote the Meat Loaf single "Runnin' for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)". Her song "Bible and a Beer", co-written with guitarist Jon Tiven, was recorded by jazz singer Betty Harris. Her song "Take a Ride", co-written with her bandmate/guitarist Paul Crook, was recorded by rock singer Steve Steinman. Patti's own original recordings can be found on her Myspace page.
As an actress, Patti played the lead role of Esmeralda in the London production of Notre Dame de Paris. She played the character of "Killer Queen" in the Las Vegas version of the musical We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen. She guest-starred in the New York City musicals The 12 and The Rock Tenor and the Night of Broadway benefit shows.
Patti's television credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Entertainment Tonight, Don't Forget the Lyrics, Qcheck, Huckabee, Lopez Tonight, The USA Music Challenge, Top of the Pops, Brit Awards, American Music Awards, Party in the Park- Hyde Park UK, Prince's Trust - UK, Pres. Clinton's 2nd Inaugural Ball - Washington, D.C., NRL Grand Finals - Sydney, AFL Grand Finals - Melbourne, Night of the Proms - Belgium, Germany, Netherlands. Patti has been featured with Meat Loaf in numerous MTV and VH1 music specials including The History of Meat Loaf Live, Live in the Neighborhood, On Tour (PBS), Behind the Music, VH1: Storytellers, Hard Rock Live and Live in Mexico City.
Russo has performed for numerous charitable benefits including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Covenant House, The Painted Turtle, The Prince's Trust, breast cancer research, Hurricane Katrina relief, Blythedale Children's Hospital, Rock Against Cancer, Starkey Hearing Foundation, and Queen AIDS charity concert.
Solo Career (2014 - present)
Russo is currently pursuing her solo career. She started with the release of an EP and a live tour in April 2014. Her EP is now available on iTunes.
HOW ARE YA, 5-0H! tour
Her very first tour - she lovingly calls it HOW ARE YA, 5-0H! - kicked off at The Brook in Southampton on April 10, 2014. This all England tour contains seven dates. She performed five more dates in 2015.
During this tour, Patti sings a combination of covers and songs of her own.
- "It's a Beautiful Day"
- "Don't Stop Me Now"
- "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)"
- "Bring Me a Bible and a Beer"
- "In the Tomatoes"
- "Black Velvet"
- "Dead Ringer for Love"
- "Vision of You"
- "Here We Are"
- "Baby Love"
- "I Don't Give a Damn"
- "Whole Lot of Nothing"
- "Long Train Running"
- "One Door Opens"
- "River Deep - Mountain High"
|10 April 2014||Southampton||England||The Brook|
|13 April 2014||Birmingham||O2 Academy Birmingham|
|17 April 2014||Sheffield||O2 Academy Sheffield|
|19 April 2014||Oxford||O2 Academy Oxford|
|21 April 2014||Brighton||Komedia (Brighton)|
|23 April 2014||Leicester||O2 Academy Leicester|
|27 April 2014||Islington, London||O2 Academy Islington|
Patti also appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in the Strongbow Garden on Sunday 15 June 2014 and at Sommerfest in Norway in August 2014. She performed 5 shows in 2015 in Wavendon, Bury St. Edmunds, London, Southampton, and Leeds.
In summer 2015 Patti Russo released a new single, titled When it Comes to Love, with Belgian producers and DJs Regi and Lester Williams. The song was written by Patti Russo and Tonino Speciale and recorded in summer 2014 and was initially being considered for the 2015 James Bond film Spectre. Remixed by Regi and Lester Williams featuring Patti’s original vocals, When it Comes to Love was released on 31 August.
- Neverland Express
- "Patti Rocks: Patti Russo's official Website". 2014-04-21.
- on YouTube
- Facebook Q&A: Volume 15 - YouTube.com
- "Patti Rocks: Patti Russo's official Website". 2014-04-21.
- "Exclusive: QueenOnline Interview with Patti Russo". 2014-04-09.
HOW ARE YA, 5-0H!
- "Patricia Russo Setlist at O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford, England". 2014-04-21.
- "Strongbow Garden at the Isle of Wight Festival 2014". 2014-09-06.
- Patti Russo on Facebook
- "Patti Rocks: Patti Russo's Official Website". patti-rocks.com. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
- Patti Russo at the Internet Movie Database
- "Meat Loaf Announces Patti Russo's Return". meatloaf.net. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
- Studio Video