Six months ago, Alanis Morissette packed the Utah Fairpark coliseum. This time, she'll be back to take on the ringing walls of the Delta Center.
The difference? Four Grammys, a No. 1 album and a Top 5 single.The angry songstress who swiped the coveted Album of the Year trophy for her release "Jagged Little Pill" from pop queen Mariah Carey earlier this year will be in Salt Lake City Monday, June 3. Imperial Drag will begin the music at 7:30 p.m.
Morissette began writing songs at the age of 9. Now 22, the one-time child actress on Nickelodeon's "You Can't Do That on Television" boasts not only the Album of the Year Grammy but Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song ("You Outa Know") and Best Female Rock Vocalist.
Once known as a dance music diva in her native Canada, Morissette, along with col-la-borator/producer Glen Ballard, brought woman-angst into the mainstream with "Jagged Little Pill," which has sold sold more than 9 million copies. Sure there's Courtney Love's band Hole, Joan Jett and Heart, among others, but Morissette's explicit imagery and suggestive innuendo were surprisingly hailed during the award ceremonies for merit of their own.
With kaleidescopic and scathing lyrics about broken relationships, confrontation and revenge, Mor-issette went against the norms of smooth restrained pop and chopped it up with a sharp perforated edge.
Morissette's other hits include "All I Really Want," "Hand In My Pocket" and her first official single, "Ironic," which is really a song depicting a series of bummers - not irony.
- Imperial Drag hails from San Francisco and was formed after lead guitarist/singer Eric Dover finished his gig with Slash's Snake-pit.
Dover met up with Imperial Drag keyboardist Rodger Manning during their days with Jellyfish. When the idea for Imperial Drag came up in 1994, the two recruited the bass plucking and drumming of Joseph Karnes and Eric Skodis, respectively.
At the end of 1995, Imperial Drag entered the studio with producer Brad Jones, who is known for his work with Jill Sobule, and emerged with the band's self-titled, glam-meets-grind debut.