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With a wink to her 80s past, Tiffany previews a new album and tour for 2021

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'80s music icon Tiffany says she's ready to release some of the "rocking" new material she's been working on over the last few years. Her new single, "Hey Baby," backed with an updated version of her introductory hit "I Think We're Alone Now," is scheduled for release this Friday, May 28. Her new tour opens in Texas on June 5th, and a new album, "Shadows," is due in October. '80s music icon Tiffany says she's ready to release some of the "rocking" new material she's been working on over the last few years. Her new single, "Hey Baby," backed with an updated version of her introductory hit "I Think We're Alone Now," is scheduled for release this Friday, May 28. Her new tour opens in Texas on June 5th, and a new album, "Shadows," is due in October. (Image courtesy of Deko Entertainment)

Tiffany is back and she says she’s ready to rock – and cook, but more about that later. The singer, who enjoyed back-to-back number one singles from her 1987 self-titled 4-Million selling debut LP, will release the new single “Hey Baby” on May 28, backed with an updated version of her first hit, a cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” originally recorded by Tommy James and the Shondells.

The new songs are a taste of Tiffany’s new edgier sound that she calls “rockin’ and retro, with a punk-grounded flair.” Her new album “Shadows” will out this fall and will coincide with a tour of the same name set to launch on June 5.

During the following interview, which aired on BIG 104 FM, Tiffany discusses the new album and tour, and how she plans to fuse her two great passions, music and cooking.

The Maine Edge: It’s remarkable how well you seemed to handle the success you saw so early in your career. You were only 15 when your debut album was released, then suddenly you were everywhere. What does that kind of success feel like when you’re a kid?

Tiffany: It was crazy and it hasn’t stopped. Looking back at the beginning, I jumped into this with eyes wide open. What’s going to happen? I was constantly on planes and going to new places. It was bigger than I could imagine being a little girl from Norwalk, California, but I still kind of feel like that in 2021.

The new album “Shadows” was ready at the beginning of last year but then the world stopped. Getting back into it now, I’m reconnecting to that feeling of starting over.

The Maine Edge: I think the new single “Hey Baby” will take some people by surprise. It’s quite a rocker, as is the flip side. When did you did you re-record “I Think We’re Alone Now?”

Tiffany: We did “I Think We’re Alone Now” almost two years ago. It makes so much sense to put it on the vinyl with “Hey Baby.” It’s got a little bit of an edge to it to bring it up to date. We’ve been rocking it out in the live shows but it’s one of those songs that can be done in different ways – acoustically, ska, punk, I’ve heard so many different approaches for that song. The energy in that song is infectious.

The Maine Edge: How important is it for you to get out and play live? Are you looking forward to touring this year?

Tiffany: Primarily, I’m a live artist. For the past four or five years before Covid, I was on the road consistently, pounding the pavement and showing people I could sing live. I’m getting ready to kick off my “Shadows” tour in Texas on June 5 where I’ll be performing with the rhythm section of L.A. Guns (Johnny Martin and Scot Coogin) and it’s truly an honor to play music with them. We did a live streamed concert from Las Vegas about two months ago to introduce some of the new songs. We had social distancing in place so we couldn’t have a full house, but it was just great to get going again. We plan to hit as many cities as possible between June and November.

The Maine Edge: How did you handle being cooped up during the Covid lockdown?

Tiffany: One of my biggest passions for 8 or 9 years now has been cooking. During Covid, I started a cooking company. I’m not the kind of person that can just stop, I need to keep moving and I love to cook. You might have seen me with Guy Fieri on the Food Network. I would love it if people want to connect with me on Instagram @LetsFoodWithTiffany. For this tour, I’m going to be doing both food and music.

The Maine Edge: Does this mean you’ll be doing your own catering on the tour?

Tiffany: Eventually, yes, that is the plan. When I do meet and greet events with my fans they’ll get to eat my food. As things continue to become more safe, we want to do an Airbnb experience where, yes, I will be your chef and then you can come rock out at an after-dinner party with me. Food and music go together so well.

The Maine Edge: Tell me about the new songs you’ve recorded for the album “Shadows.”

Tiffany: The full album will be out for my birthday in October. It’s a little bit of a wink-wink back to the 80s and it has sort of a punk-grounded flair to it. It has a little bit of Ramones, Blondie, The Go-Gos, all the people little Tiffany loved and still does (laughs) with a very modern production. It’s rockin’, it’s retro, kind of like my go-to artists, Stevie Nicks, Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar. I’m also a huge Foo Fighters fan and they’ve been a big influence on me. I thought if I could mesh those worlds together, I’d be a happy girl and that’s what we did. I’m doing songs that showcase my voice and those are the kinds of songs I’m writing now. Things have been so heavy in the world, I think people are looking for music that’s not only fun but easy on the soul. This summer, I think people just want to go out and have a good time, gather safely and hear some good music.

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 05:45

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