Ted Poley joins Faster Pussycat at M3 Rock Festival, pneumonia sidelines Taime Downe
COLUMBIA, Maryland — Faster Pussycat pulls out all stops and performs set without the band’s leader, founder and vocalist Taime Downe.
As reported by Metal Sludge Faster Pussycat frontman Taime Downe has been hospitalized with severe pneumonia.
Faster Pussycat have been on tour and due to Downe’s condition had to cancel their Thursday night show in Pennsylvania. The band also tweeted their M3 Rock Festival appearance was up in the air as well. But according to sources the band and M3 staffers helped sort a last minute set of guest singers to fill Downe‘s shoes for the night.
The band took the stage as a 4-piece, and drummer Chad Stewart sang lead vocals on a few songs. Then the band brought out some guest singers including Ted Poley of Danger Danger who sang a pair of songs, “Bathroom” and “Babylon“.
Also lending their voice were Vixen bassist Share Pedersen who sang “House Of Pain” and Jason McMasters (Dangerous Toys) rocked the band’s cover of the Carly Simon hit “You’re So Vain“.
Rock N’ Roll Experience reviewed the Friday night show and wrote the following about Faster Pussycat.
Walking into the venue you could hear “Cat House” by Faster Pussycat and it was obviously NOT sang by Taime Downe. Drummer Chad Stewart took over lead vocal duties for the first 3 songs in their set and what’s most interesting about this version of Faster Pussycat is that there were NO original members! Taime was laid up in the hospital and unable to perform so the band decided to play the show without Taime. Jason from Dangerous Toys sang “Your So Vain”, Janet from Vixen sang “House of Pain”, and Ted Poley from Danger Danger sang “Bathroom Wall” and “Babylon”.
Danny sang “Pretty F*cked Up” by Super Suckers and Chad sang an AC/DC song midway through the set. It was interesting to hear how other vocalist sang Taime’s parts because hearing Janet from Vixen sing “House of Pain” actually gave that song an entirely different feel and updated the overall essence of it.
The crowd was split with their feelings on the Faster Pussycat set because on one hand the band DID fulfill their obligation to perform, but without Taime Downe it was not Faster Pussycat.
Metal Sludge once again sends our support to Faster Pussycat and our thoughts are with Taime Downe.