VAS VEGA is the only unsigned act selected to perform at the Concert For Japan, Canada’s biggest benefit and relief concert for Japan, taking place on September 3rd and 4th at Toronto’s Downsview Park where 30,000 + concert goers are expected to gather for music and entertainment in support of Japan. VAS VEGA’s core duo of Mark LeRoy and Jordan Holman will be joined by a bassist, drummer and cellist for a full-band VAS VEGA set. Rumor has it that the band will even cover David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans.”
The Concert For Japan aims to help 90,000 orphans, children, elderly and people who became homeless due to Japan’s devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The event will be broadcast live, worldwide, aiming to reach millions of people through the Concert For Japan website (Concert for Japan » Concert for Japan – Earthquake Relief), uStream.tv, the Concert For Japan Facebook page, and free apps for iPhone and Android. 100% of all net proceeds, through ticket, merchandise purchases and donations will go to Ashinaga, Japan Earthquake Relief Foundation, and Global Giving.
VAS VEGA’s debut single and video “The Living Dead” is out now and is already inspiring new interpretations. The Toronto-based duo met producers Harrison & Hagler and rappers Drex and Fresco P. through The Remix Project, an initiative in Toronto that was created to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities looking to make it in music. The result of their collaboration is an outstanding hip-hop version of “The Living Dead” released along with a video made from footage wholly appropriated from one of LeRoy’s favorite films, the 1971 Michael Caine thriller, Get Carter. Follow the links below to check out both.
The original version of “The Living Dead” has an even more noteworthy story behind it. When Holman and LeRoy sent their four song demo off to the five producers in the world that they dreamed of working with, they never expected their dream to come true. Two months later, the duo was in London recording with Chris Potter (Rolling Stones, U2, The Verve). “We still don’t understand it,” says LeRoy. There we were on our first day, shaking with excitement as Chris gets a call from Kylie Minogue and we hear him say, ‘Sorry Kylie, I’m tracking VAS VEGA.’”
At the time, the duo had yet to play a live show together, but now fans can check them out in person or via the web on September 3rd when VAS VEGA plays the Concert For Japan.