Three additional musicians have been confirmed for the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Guitarist/vocalist Pete Evick, bassist Ray Scheuring and drummer Chuck Fanslau (collectively known as Evick) have submitted a new recording of the chart-topping Poison hit “Unskinny Bop.” Despite the fact that the song is not actually about fat girls, its title has led many to presume otherwise. Now 20 years after reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Unskinny Bop” at last lives up to its name by appearing on a tribute to larger ladies. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
Evick, Scheuring and Fanslau also form the core of the Bret Michaels Band, touring the country as Bret’s handpicked team of backing musicians. They appear in his music videos and on his solo albums, as well as being featured in all three seasons of the runaway hit VH1 reality series “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.” Naturally, their primary responsibility is ably recreating the many Bret Michaels and Poison classics live on a nightly basis.
“If anyone has earned the right to cover a Poison song, it’s us!” states Evick founder Pete Evick. “We play this one year-round as the Bret Michaels Band, so we know it inside and out. Even though ‘Unskinny Bop’ has nothing to do with unskinny girls, most people seem to think it does. As such, all it took was a few tweaks to the lyrics to make this song fit the album concept (without changing the heart and soul of the Poison original).”
Earlier this year, Pete appeared along with Bret Michaels on the NBC television program “The Celebrity Apprentice,” a competition that Bret ultimately won. Evick also co-wrote the first single from Michaels’ new solo album (“Nothing To Lose” featuring Miley Cyrus). Most recently, he was a featured guest on CNN’s “Larry King Live” alongside Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, discussing the life-threatening brain hemorrhage suffered by Bret Michaels in April.
As previously reported, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is a musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin’ world go ’round. The tribute will feature all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. These anthems to abundance will be performed by renowned rock & rollers from yesterday and today, along with a select few rising stars. In direct opposition to the “no fat chicks” mantra espoused by some, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” will be a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies. Songs confirmed so far include Queen’s arena rock classic “Fat Bottomed Girls” by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Also on tap is a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple “Whole Lotta Rosie” by Rufus Fontain, featuring Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar and original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. Additional artists and track listings will be announced as they are confirmed. Samples of all tracks are available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
“WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is scheduled for an August 31, 2010 release and is now available for pre-order directly from SplitScreen Entertainment. The first 500 pre-orders will receive a free instant digital download of “Fat Bottomed Girls” and a surprise bonus item upon delivery of the album. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website, SplitScreenEntertainment.com.