Concert Preview: Sons of the Silent Age (A Benefit at Metro, Friday, 1.11.13)

Concert Preview: Sons of the Silent Age (A Benefit at Metro, Friday, 1.11.13)

Friday night at Metro, Sons of the Silent Age (Shirley Manson, Matt Walker, Chris Connelly and more) will perform a set of David Bowie covers in support of Pablove Foundation and Rock For Kids... 

It's been quite the week for David Bowie.  Celebrating his sixty-sixth birthday, the rocker shocked fans worldwide with the announcement Tuesday of a new album to be released in the United States on March 12, 2013 (The Next Day, his first in a decade).

Having worked closely for the past two years with longtime producer Tony Visconti on the project, the pair managed to keep the project a secret the entire time (quite the coup in the internet age where leaks have become not just commonplace but expected). The release of the album's first single, "Where are we Now?" immediately followed the announcement.

And so it is that Sons of the Silent Age take the Metro stage this Friday performing the songs of David Bowie in a benefit for Pablove Foundation and Rock For Kids.

Formed by Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks and Ministry) and Matt Walker (Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey's band), the band put together this set choosing songs from Bowie's incredible catalog with "care and integrity," embracing the ideas of collaboration and change, concepts that have always set Bowie apart from his peers.

Out in front of the band, and putting her always unique spin on some of these songs, is Scottish singer and Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson.  Manson appears Friday before embarking on a February and March tour of Australia in support of Garbage's May release Not Your Kind of People (the band's fifth album and first since 2005).

David Bowie - Heroes - Album cover art

Taking it's name from the 1977 Bowie/Heroes track of the same name, Sons of the Silent Age actually encompasses a total of nine musicians.  Rounding out the impressive and eclectic lineup is Robert Byrne (guitar), Richard Parenti (vocals, percussion, saxophone), Claire Massey (vocals and percussion), Carolyn Engelman (keyboards and vocals), Alan Berliant (bass) and Steve Gerlach (guitar).

Named after six year old Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz (who lost his battle with a rare form of childhood cancer in 2009), proceeds from Friday's show at Metro will benefit the Pablove Foundation (A foundation whose mission "... is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs").  According to its website, in the past two years Pablove Foundation's childhood cancer research grants have totaled $450,000.

Pablove Foundation logo

A portion of Friday's event proceeds will also benefit Rock For Kids ("Rock For Kids provides music education to underserved children in Chicago, sparking creativity and passion, teaching critical thinking, supporting academic achievement and enriching young lives" says the charitable organization of its mission).  Since its humble roots in 1988, Rock For Kids has "grown to provide free music classes for approximately 5,000 children in twenty diverse Chicago schools."

Also performing Friday night are venerable Chicago punks The Waco Brothers, sure to put their unique country stamp on the catalog of T. Rex.  Last month, the band gave fans a taste of what lies in store Friday night at Metro, closing night one of their tenth annual December "Waco Weekend" at Schubas with their Jameson/Guinness-infused take on the Marc Bolan, glam-rock classic "20th Century Boy."

Death on the Autobahn also performs Friday night bestowing upon concertgoers their version of Kraftwerk's electronic canon.

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Sons of the Silent Age

A benefit for Pablove Foundation and Rock For Kids

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Live at Metro

3730 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60613

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Friday, January, 11, 2013

Doors open at 6:30PM

Show starts at 7:30PM

Also performing:  The Waco Brothers (T. Rex)

Death on the Autobahn (Kraftwerk)

All Ages

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Click HERE to purchase tickets

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