EVEN ROCK STARS OCCASIONALLY TAKE ON DAY JOBS.
It’s just that their “day jobs” may be, well, cooler than yours.
Take, for example, Allison Robertson. She has enjoyed a
thrilling career as lead guitarist of the Donnas (which landed
her on the January 2005 cover of GP), but that doesn’t mean
she won’t accept nice work between albums and tours.
When drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Eagles of Death
Metal) and bassist Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy) invited
her to form an all-female “supercovergroup,” she agreed.
With the addition of powerhouse rock vocalist Tuesdae (a
DJ and former Playboy model), the Chelsea Girls—LA’s most
popular cover band since Metal Skool—were born.
The new darlings of the Sunset Strip, the Girls’ residency
at the Roxy has become a revolving door of visiting
rock stars, and in less than a year, the band has enjoyed
performing with special guests such as Macy Gray,
Taylor Dayne, Stephen Pearcy and Warren
DeMartini (Ratt), Carlos Cavazo (Ratt,
Quiet Riot), Matt Sorum (the Cult, Guns
N’ Roses), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction),
Billy Duffy (the Cult), and Carmen Electra.
“We opened a string of shows for Motorhead,
and that first show was intimidating,”
says Robertson. “There was a sea of black
Motorhead T-shirts staring at us as we
plugged in, and hecklers were saying things
like, ‘Girls can’t play.’ But once we started,
we totally won them over. Playing covers can
be quite rewarding. Not only do we make people
really happy by delivering their favorite
songs in a fresh way, but it really helps me
as a player. Getting inside how Eddie Van
Halen phrases ‘Unchained,’ or how Neil
Giraldo builds that great solo on Pat
Benatar’s ‘Heartbreaker’ has really expanded
my perspective on guitar playing. And it’s
a fun challenge to try and cover everything
from metal to funk using a Gibson Explorer
Pro, a Les Paul, and a couple of Marshalls.
“I have no qualms with playing covers,”
she continues. “My dad was in a
disco cover band, and they were great.
And this kind of work beats clocking in
with a boss who won’t let you go on