Erin "Red" Marie.

Empty Seat hasn’t taken its foot off the gas pedal since the band found quick success in the Coachella Valley music scene. The band continued to write and record during the pandemic, and even released a song with Cherie Currie of the Runaways. Get more info at www.facebook.com/EmptySeatband. Vocalist Erin “Red” Marie has one of the strongest voices in the valley, and she is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

The 1995 No Quarter Tour with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

What was the first album you owned?

Crimes of Passion by Pat Benatar. That was my vocal teacher right there. Every day after school, I would sing that album from start to end when I was a kid.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Right at this moment, iDKHOW (I Don’t Know How But They Found Me).

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I can’t say; everyone is unique and beautiful in their own ways. I don’t think it’s cool to put down other artists. I give everyone credit who can get out there and make something happen.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I am a big fan of music of the past, because it was so original and unique. People don’t make music like that anymore. I would have to say it’s a tie between The Ramones and James Brown. I never got to see those two performers. You can never go wrong with some punk ’n’ funk!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Besides David Bowie (my favorite), it would have to be Jimmy Gnecco of the band Ours. His voice is so dreamy and bad-ass.

What’s your favorite music venue?

A lot of them are gone now. Growing up in the Hollywood music scene, I enjoyed a lot of cool venues, and we had the honor of playing most of them. House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard (gone) was pretty epic; Whisky a Go-Go (still there) was as well. They’ve got this magical residue left from the greats who played there in the past.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

The beginning to “I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan. This song’s intro has been in my head since I was a kid. I even use it as a mic check sometimes.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Pat Benatar. She inspired me to become a frontwoman. I always worked hard to get that rock edge to my voice like hers. She was my musical hero growing up.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

This is a hard one. One of the stories or rumors that disturbed me was when they had that documentary Paul McCartney Really Is Dead. I would ask Paul: Is he really Paul, or is he Faul?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“The Boss” by James Brown. That’s my jam. When I am working at my home business, I play this often to keep motivated. I’m silly by nature, so I would like to see people laughing, not crying.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

“Changes” by David Bowie. He was such a character.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Of course, I am going to plug my own band: “Rise,” by Empty Seat, featuring Cherie Currie of the Runaways. This was our latest release.

Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...