HONEY WEST featuring IAN MCDONALD
Tim McLoone's Supper Club
The Meet and Greet will start at approximately 5:30pm. Doors open to the public at 6pm.
HONEY WEST featuring IAN MCDONALD of
Foreigner & King Crimson
A British rock giant and an acclaimed and respected member of New York’s acting community walked into a recording studio … and produced one of 2017’s strongest and most compelling albums. This odd couple consists of multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, a founding member of both Foreigner and King Crimson, and his songwriting partner, guitarist and lead vocalist Ted Zurkowski, co-founder of New York’s celebrated Shakespeare ensemble, Frog & Peach, and a long-time member of the world-famous Actors Studio. Together, this unlikely new songwriting team conjured the album Bad Old World under the banner of their sophisticated slam-bam guitar rock outfit, HONEY WEST, also anchored by Ian’s son, Maxwell McDonald, on bass.
Goldmine Magazine and WFUV’s Darren DeVivo both placed Bad Old World in their Best of 2017 Top 10, with significant notice from Billboard, Parade Magazine, Huffington Post, and much more, and national radio play on “Nights with Alice Cooper.” Bad Old World ― soon to be celebrated with a special Collector’s Edition Vinyl package ― is filled with memorable melodies and clever and sophisticated lyrics served on a bed of guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll played by top-shelf musicians, including guest drummer Steve Holley (Paul McCartney & Wings) and Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants) on bass. While it’s a modern sound stamped by Ian McDonald’s world-class musicianship and production, it also bears an instant familiarity, thanks to a sonic blueprint recalling such Brit-rock titans as The Move, Rockpile, Mott the Hoople, and the Kinks.
Asked why it took decades to find himself in a guitar-propelled band, McDonald reckons: “I guess I had never met the right writing partner before. It took a while to meet somebody who wrote great lyrics. There aren’t that many great lyric writers who can sing and play guitar as well. When Ted and I got together, I was really pleased to be able to do that.”
HONEY WEST — named in honor and celebration of the proto-feminist 1960s cult TV spy series starring the ever-alluring Anne Francis — was already up and running when the two came together. For McDonald, discovering the scope and breadth of Zurkowski’s talents was the catalyst for wanting to create a musical partnership. “Ted’s lyrics are very smart,” says McDonald. “I like smart lyrics, I like smart music. The songs revolve around a more-or-less complete lyric. That’s slightly unusual for me, or for the way things are usually done. This has ended up being a really good partnership.”
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