It’s not a big revelation
to say Simone
Lahbib is a favorite in these parts.
We know a fair amount
about the characters Simone plays and what they want. For example, you
may know that Detective
Inspector Alex Fielding
in the Blood)
wants to catch the bad guy and be a good mum to her son.
And we all know what
Helen Stewart wanted:
(You can read the Bad Girls recaps for specifics.)
But that doesn’t tell
us what Simone wants. Well, here it is: What
Simone wants right now is for you to see her brother Stephen’s band, Mama Mayhem, play at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go
on L.A.’s Sunset Strip on November 8.
Tickets for the show
are almost sold out, but you can still buy them here. (And if you cannot catch them
at the Whiskey on Nov. 8, you can still catch them at the Cat Club on Nov. 10 or the Roxy on Nov. 11.)
Stephen’s a self-taught
guitarist — he first picked up a guitar that Simone had bought but didn’t
use — and Simone is more than a little impressed by her little brother’s
talent. She recently told AfterEllen.com:
“Stephen started writing
songs almost as soon as he learned his first chords — his talent took
us all by surprise. I remember in the early days, my mum and I listening
at the bottom of the stairs as he worked on some new material, grinning
excitedly at each other, like a couple of school-girl groupies!”
Simone said Stephen
would often try out his new songs on her and the rest of the family.
“I remember one time, my mum and one of my sisters was there and Stephen
was right into one of his songs. He has such a distinctive voice that
gives power and emotion to those beautiful lyrics … The chord shifted
and I was head to toe in goosebumps. I watched him, my wee brother,
and all previous perceptions fell away. It was like seeing him for the
first time as a man, a musician, an artist — this cool, good-lookin’
young guy, doing what he loves most … and he shone. I had no doubt
he was going to be good for a tap one day!”
Can’t you just hear
her calling him “my wee brother”? (And “tap” is Scottish for
“loan,” by the way.)
Supporting and respecting
Stephen’s music is not just something Simone wants us to do; she’s out
there supporting him, too. In fact, she let Mama Mayhem provide the
soundtrack for the happiest day of her life — and the band was a hit.
“Everyone I love in one room, loose and rocking out to my brother’s
music. It was an amazing night,” she says.
won’t be able to provide that level of support to her brother next week.
She says, “I’m gutted that I won’t be there to see Mama Mayhem play
their first gigs in the states and to go party with them after. It would
have been great to meet a few U.S. fans of
Bad Girls too, and see if they’re just as crazy and fun as fans
in the U.K. and South Africa.” Instead of being at the shows, Simone
has to be in the U.K. to prepare for the next season of
Wire in the Blood. (Sorry if you heard rumors to the contrary.)
One positive note: Those
of us in New York might — and I emphasize
might — have a chance to see both Simone and the band in New
York in the spring. She said, "There’s a good chance there’s going
to be a New York mini-tour next year around May. If that comes off,
I’ll do absolutely everything I can to get there!" [Note to Simone
— We hope you're successful!]
For more information
about Mama Mayhem, check out their MySpace page for songs and news. Here’s a video (Stephen is on vocals):
And here’s another picture
of Simone, just because she’s pretty.
If I still lived in
Los Angeles, I’d go — both for the music and for the cheap thrill of
doing what Simone Lahbib wants. And, in all fairness, I kind of owe
her: Series 2 and 3 of Bad
me company when I was recuperating from surgery a while back. So, it
would be the least I can do.
I’ll leave you with
Simone’s words about what it’s like to see Stephen and the rest of Mama
“I went to see them
play Barfly in Glasgow recently. I couldn’t believe how much the band
and the music had grown. They came on stage and literally blew me away.
They rocked! In a true classic-rock, melt-your-woofers, rock-out sense!
I just know they are going to take the States by storm. They’ve worked
so hard, they deserve it.”