Tragedy – one of New York City’s most famous tribute bands and the undisputed inventors of “disco metal” – had a glitter-encrusted grip on the entertainment world when they emerged in the early 2010’s. Now, following the 2015 breakout viral music video for their cover of Grease’s “You’re The One That I Want” and 2017’s second viral hit, a cover of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, Tragedy are back with a brand new twist on “I Am Woman”, out on March 3rd, 2023, via Napalm Records.
Flipping the script on sleaze rock tropes, with “I Am Woman”, Tragedy pay tribute to the most powerful force in their lives, as allies celebrating womanhood in all forms on 14 newly-recorded, reinvented disco and soft rock anthems of power, freedom, feeling and fun. While their 80s hair metal image would imply that plenty of misbehavior is to be seen on the surface, one only need witness Tragedy live a single time to understand that the band’s true overarching message is one of carefree joy, humanity, acceptance and the simple pursuit of a damn good time.
The band kicks things into high gear today with the album’s first single – a swinging glam metal rendition of the legendary anthem “Venus” – alongside a fantastic video featuring appearances by bohemian NYC legends such as Tammy Fae Starlite, Anna Copa Cabanna and Crystal Durant… and tons of bananas!
Watch the bananas official music video for “Venus” below.
Frontman Mo’Royce Peterson says about “Venus”:
“Venus. The goddess of beauty, love and gardening – all areas where Tragedy shines like no other band. Originally done by Shocking Blue and Bananarama, the song explores how we all have our own personal goddess of beauty and love – someone who excites and inspires us like no other. Our version is chock full of MTV-era references, will get your head bangin’, your hips shakin’, and put a knowing smile on your face”.
Having introduced their raucous trademark stage show to audiences in the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland and beyond, and releasing several albums of metalized disco, soft rock and pop covers before even tasting their first viral hit, Tragedy proved early on that they were never just your everyday satirical cover band. These six warriors of wacky fully embody the soul of the original and reimagine it from the top down, infusing the tracks with an undeniably infectious energy that can be felt both on stage or on wax.
On “I Am Woman”, Tragedy turn the energy up to 11 with recharged dancehall favorites like “Le Freak”, “Respect” (featuring soul powerhouse Marcy Harriell) and “I’m So Excited”, and double down on the drama with heavy, recomposed covers of belt-worthy classics “Memory” (featuring legendary drag performer, singer and guitarist Mrs. Smith), “Goldfinger” and “Roar”. Tracks like “I Will Survive” evoke the spirit of Queen with choral harmonies and blazing solos, while unabashed anthems like “She Bop” and “Venus” fully convince with authentic 80s hair metal flavor. Power metal reigns on the band’s opus-like version of “Flashdance… What a Feeling” and the theatrical Maiden-meets-Meatloaf-esque “Lay All Your Love on Me”. “I Am Woman” is bolstered by a retro production aura that allows the intricacy of each rearrangement decision to shine, as blistering guitar work, classic drumlines and dynamic vocal performances cascade throughout each track. With “I Am Woman”, Tragedy truly embody the spirit of metal classics while providing a fresh take on some of the world’s most timeless classics of empowerment, independence and self-love – important messages that resonate now more than ever!
Frontman Mo’Royce Peterson adds:
“On ‘I Am Woman’, we find the inner-metal in disco and soft rock classics made famous by women. Tragedy’s concept has always been to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, inverting the yin and the yang. Here, we honor, celebrate and explore various themes of womanhood”.
“I Am Woman” will be available for pre-order in the following configurations:
• CD Digisleeve
v 1LP Gatefold SILVER
• Digital Album
Pre-order “I Am Woman” here.
1. Le Freak
2. I Will Survive
3. She Bop
5. Lay All Your Love on Me
9. Flashdance… What a Feeling
10. I’m So Excited
11. Here You Come Again
12. All I Wanna Do
13. I Am Woman
Tragedy is set to tour the world in 2023! First, the band will provide support to Steel Panther and Crobot on their newly announced US tour, beginning February 24 in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets for the US tour go on sale this Friday, December 9 at 10:00AM local time.
About a week later, Tragedy will kick off a co-headline European tour with fellow comedy metal icons and labelmates Nanowar Of Steel, beginning April 18 in Southampton, UK. Tickets for the UK & European tour are on sale now! See below for all tour dates and check local venue listings for more information.
US Tour Dates 2023:
02.24.23 – US: Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
02.25.23 – US: Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
02.26.23 – US: Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
02.28.23 – US: San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
03.01.23 – US: Houston, TX – House Of Blues
03.03.23 – US: Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03.04.23 – US: Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
03.06.23 – US: Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
03.08.23 – US: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03.10.23 – US: Orlando FL – The Plaza Live
03.11.23 – US: St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
03.12.23 – US: Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
03.14.23 – US: Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03.16.23 – US: New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03.17.23 – US: Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
03.18.23 – US: Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03.19.23 – US: Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03.21.23 – US: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
03.22.23 – US: Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
03.24.23 – US: Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
03.25.23 – US: Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03.26.23 – US: Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
03.28.23 – US: Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club Stage
03.29.23 – US: Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
03.31.23 – US: Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
04.01.23 – US: Denver, CO – The Fillmore
04.02.23 – US: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04.04.23 – US: Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04.06.23 – US: West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
04.07.23 – US: West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
04.08.23 – US: San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
(w/ Steel Panther and Crobot)
UK & European Tour Dates 2023:
18.04.23 – UK: Southampton, 1865 *
19.04.23 – UK: Oxford, O2 Academy 2 *
20.04.23 – UK: Hull, The Welly Club
21.04.23 – UK: Carlisle, The Venue
22.04.23 – UK: Glasgow, Cathouse
23.04.23 – UK: Sheffield, O2 Academy 2
24.04.23 – UK: Newcastle, Think Tank
25.04.23 – UK: Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
26.04.23 – UK: Birmingham, IS2
27.04.23 – UK: London, O2 Academy Islington
28.04.23 – UK: Dorset, Teddy Rock Festival
29.04.23 – UK: Bristol, Thekla
30.04.23 – UK: Brighton, Patterns
02.05.23 – FR: Nantes, Ferrailleur
03.05.23 – FR: Paris, Petit Bain
04.05.23 – FR: Toulouse, Connexion Live
05.05.23 – ES: Barcelona, Sala Boveda
06.05.23 – ES: Madrid, Sala Revi Live
07.05.23 – PT: Lisbon, RCA Club
08.05.23 – ES: Murcia, Sala Garage Beat Club
09.05.23 – ES: Valencia, Sala Peter Rock
10.05.23 – ES: Portugalete (Bilbao), Sala Groove
11.05.23 – FR: Lyon, Rock’n Eat
(co-headline tour w/ Nanowar of Steel)
* (Tragedy only)
Disco Mountain Man – Vocals, keys
Mo’Royce Peterson – Vocals, guitar
Andy Gibbous Waning – Bass, vocals
Gibbon Ass Freehly – Guitar, vocals, horns
The Infernal Demigibb – Drums
The Lord Gibbeth – Drums