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Let's Talk About Orianthi!

Orianthi has been on my radar since Michael Jackson died. CNN played the clip of Orianthi and MJ rehearsing "They Don't Care About Us" over and over and over and I just had to find some info on the amazing guitarist. Orianthi is Australian and she's young - just 24. She's opened for Steve Vai and Santana and was due to have a starring role in Michael Jackson's comeback shows in the UK. In fact, if you saw the movie This Is It, you watched tons of Orianthi.

The beautiful guitarist released her debut album Believe at the end of October. I was stunned to learn she could sing almost as good as she plays guitar. Her singing voice is definitely commercial pop but when she starts wailing on solos, you can immediately tell her influences draw from 80s guitar icons. I quite like almost all the songs on Believe and I think you will too. The last time I checked, Believe was on sale in the Amazon download store, so if you've got some extra cash, you might preview the disc. I think I'd like to interview Orianthi so I'm going to get to work on that.

Watch these clips. Here's the official video for "According to You." Note the posters on the wall and the wailing solo at the two-minute mark.

And here's a clip of Carlos Santana talking about Orianthi's awesomeness plus her shredding:

And the now famous clip with MJ:

Reader Comments (16)

I hear a lot of blues in her playing, although she's a little more high energy than most blues players. She's an Aussie, BTW. Go Aussies.
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
She kranx!

Saw her in Maryland at a Guitar Showcase thingy at the Paul Reed Smith factory in Maryland around '06 or '07 and you've got a heckuvan ear, Christian, cuz when I saw her she was playin' exactly what you describe, shredding the blues at warp speed!

It was stunning, literally. I was speechless and too shy to go up and talk to her, which anyone coulda done as she was just hangin' out and jammin' and talkin' to people between songs.

So nice and approachable!

I just wish she'd put out a k*ckass Glam Metal album, instead of this kinda cute poppy stuff.

Had you heard her live back when I did, you would have never guessed she would have wound up with this kind of album.

Maybe she'll have better luck next time or can figure out a way to do it as an indy side project or sumthin'.

Nevertheless, she roxx and deserves all the success she can get, she is so nice!

Thanx, Al, for doin' a thing on her. She really is worthy of our attention!
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Hey, Christian, I was just gonna say, hey bro! Happy New Metal Year and Decade! And you should be so very proud of your incredibly talented Australian lady, Orianhi!!!
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Hey Metalboy. Always fun to read your posts. Happy New Decade to you, too. Yes, I am proud. But then, Aussies rock. And, as you can see, we are also hot.....
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Metal boy u should be a writer , I also enjoy reading your post's however it seems u have met or had something do with every post Ally has something to write about, Don't get me wrong I love this website and read everyday and have for about a year and half. But agin you should be a writer and most certainly a
fiction writer
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJUSTABITSCEPTICAL
Christian: glad to see you are among us again! Hope you are having a Happy New Year!
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Her playing is amazing. My jaw hit the floor during the Michael Jackson movie. And not to sound superficial, but it sure dont hurt that shes pretty either.
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Had the pleasure of booking a radio interview with her. She is so sweet and very knowledgeable. She grew up on Whitesnake and Def Leppard but not much into the 80s stuff. More of a classic rock and blues girl. And of course does love some guitar gymnastics as well.
She is a very interesting interview especially when you get her off the topic of her discovery and MJ. That is the stock stuff every asks and you can tell she has answered a million times. Get her off that and she is very entertaining.
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHyde
And personally as a pop fan, I dig the album. I think this is the music she likes and therefore who are we to judge what she "should be" doing. She crosses rock and pop and even country effortlessly. Just like MJ, its all in the diversity of your work.
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHyde
in my opnion she sucks at singing, writing songs, and isnt that good of a guitarist. honestly i fail to see whats so great about her except being semi young and being a woman.
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
C'mon, Hyde. The record machine got her drinkin' the Kool-aid. When I saw her at the 2006 Experience PRS Event in Stevensville, MD, she was doin' a killer shred job of the blues that was just jaw dropping as Kenny described.

And guyz, you are also right, she is hot, and back then I was mesmerized by her looks and she was wearing hardly any make-up and just a simple blouse and a pair of jeans. And I thought to myself, this chick should go Glam Metal!

Though, as you can see, she definitely went Glam in her "look" since then, she also definitely went "Pop" in her sound.

True, her leads do scorch, as Allyson and others here have pointed out, but she should really take it upon herself to take it up a notch to just tear it up on her next album!

And that's cuz she's got the chops!

In the words of Zero Mostel (Hey, that would be a great name for a Metal band!), in the Mel Brooks classic "The Producers":

"When you got it, baby, flaunt it, FLAUNT IT!"

I suggest you actually go on YouTube to check out the clip from the movie (the original old school black and white version, not the dumbed down, cheezeball Broderick/Lane remake.

Orianthi can rock beyond on that geetar, so I say, "Do it"!

And I mean do it to the max on her next album! Enough of this mambi pambi emogeneric stuff. ROCK OUT!

p.s. Hey, Justabitskeptical, it's okay to be a bit skeptical but try and be a little more positive and embracing of people and their opinions -- it's a much better way to go in life, trust me, I used to be the biggest high on my horse skeptic around and believe me, it's much more fun being a high on my horse, positive supporter of all things interesting and the the interesting people of the world, then go around doubting things and being skeptical of things when there's nothing to be skeptical about.

Except you should probably become a little more skeptical of your own actions and behavior occasionally, judging from your Doubting Thomas, Eyeore tone.

The only thing I have to do with this site is lovin' it so much because...

1) The topics Al picks are usually stuff I love to talk about and, dare I say, know a little about (usually, very little), and 2) I also overwrite (real writerz tend not to do that) about stuff on here (and nowhere else) also, partly because people like you and the others on here inspire me to do so based on your comments. Nothing more, nothing less.

I wouldn't have anything to say, generally, if I didn't springboard off what you and others comment about.

And I have never met Allyson, and though I happen to believe this is the Best Metal Site Ever and praise her to no end for dreaming it up and nurturing it's subject matter and "comment culture", if you read carefully in previous posts, etc., I don't always agree with her! And others, like you, for instance, hahaha!!!, but also others, who's opinions I have the ultimate respect for (I just might not agree with them).

So skeptic - schmektic!

Let's Rock'n'Roll!

And, Christian, based on my personal and "unskeptical" experience, Aussie bands do so rock out more than almost any other country (though USA, Sweden, and the U.K do on occasion, give you a run for your money)...

Aussie Rockin' Metal:




Rose Tattoo

Kings Of The Sun

The Angels


21 Guns

Angels From Angel City

BB Steal

The Casanovas

Electric Mary

Wild Street

Shotgun Alley

Lone Wolf

The list rolls on...

... and I'll forgive you for Men At Work and Midnight Oil, hhaha!!!

p.s. Hey, Christian, if you don't mind, can you tell me any Australian bands from the '80 - '93 and the '07 - '10 eras who's CD's you think I should get? And what do you think of the ones on the above list which I already have? Lemme know, if that's cool. Thanx!
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Au contraire, MotleyCrue666, I seen it with me own eyes, up close and personal and point blank-like, and believe you me, she shredz like no tomorrow. The problem is the album is that so-so emogeneric kiddie pop rock that's so prevalent today.

Orianthi is capable of better and she needs to deliver better.

But, like I said, she, at the very least, has the talent and chops to do so.

p.s. This Lambert dude a lot of y'all are so enamored with should also rock out more. Maybe he should tour with her as his guitarist and then, as I've said before write an album with her, or do the album and then tour, duh! He could be a modern day Bowie, but a little more Metaled up and she could be his Mick Ronson to do the Metaling up he needs. With the right material and ghostwriters (insurance policy to heed to MC666's point about the songwriting) and her crankin' up the volume and leads and confining herself to back up vocals in the singin' department and Lambert singin' his guts out, they'd be a sure fire hit, for sure!

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

Orianthi did a solo for Adam Lambert. The song is called "Sleepwalker."
- Allyson
January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Al! I remember you pointing it out that Orianthi was on a track or two in your review on a post you did on Lambert's album when it came out.

You might recall your post when you were concerned about the songwriters Lambert was selecting (our hero Desmond Child was one you were wondering if he would work with).

I believe that's where I said he shoulda gotten her to be his guitarist for the whole album and tour, pretty sure.

Regardless, that is my sentiment.

p.s In the comment entry section above, I made remarks about all the great countries known for Glam Metal and forgot Canada! That place roxxit out, two!

Hello? Brighton Rock, Triumph, Killer Dwarfs, Slik Toxik and a lot more...

What was I thinkin' not including these Canadian marvels!
January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Hey Metalboy. You realise the Angels ARE Angel City/The Angels from Angel City ? I've seen them a few times live recently and will see them in April play with a symphony. Not sure how that will turn out, but I love those guys, so I had to see it.

You should also check out Baby Animals. They are back together, I wonder if Suze is still married to Nuno, that being the case ? Anyhow, you list a few I've not heard of, which is impressive. Heaven is another cool Aussie band, the song Burn off of Knocking on Heavens Door is awesome. Then there's the Hell City Glamours, I think it was Def Leppard I saw them open for, but they are good, too. If you like it heavier, there's always Mortal Sin or Hobbes Angel of Death, two Aussie metal bands ( Hobbes was short lived, Mortal Sin are back together ). Vanishing Point opened for Maiden in Melbourne, they are also very good. The band they had open in Sydney, not so much.
January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

Dude, got that "Heaven" album with "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"! Their version is so much better than GnR's, for real!

In fact, that whole album is killer. I've had it for like a year now. I'm gettin' a new Apple computer (not sure which one, yet, though I'm leaning toward a MacBook Pro) and I'm going to really be able to add a lot of stuff back on that I had to delete and I'll definitely throw them back on, and not only that, I will get more CD's. If you don't mind me askin', what one would ya recommend next, since I can probably only swing one right now, especially if I buy the frickin' computer, which is tomorrow, I hope...

So psyched! I've got about 2,994 songs (all Glam Metal) and now I'll be able to like quadruple that at least and all of your tips and everyone else's and my own discoveries are now going to get on, en masse, without me having to be so sparring and also without having to trash so many songs I like (not critically, though I do my fair share of that, don't I... but literally).

Anyway, mon, thanks for all the tips. They're all goin' on.

p.s. Hey, did you see Australia was voted #2 country to live in the world by International Living Magazine (article with pix on Huffington Post). #1 is France. No offense, Pepe, but obviously this list was not compiled by Rock and Rollerz! Australia Rocks!
January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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