Emilie Autumn, Jennifer Batten, Tina Guo, Meytal Cohen, Tal Wilkenfeld
Some guys play fantasy football. I play fantasy rock band.
Here’s my All-Girl Shredder Orchestra, The Queen Bees:
On Violin: Emilie Autumn
from live show Nov 3, 208 at the Matrix in Prague
Leader of the Queen Bees is Emilie Autumn. Her early work is amazing. She’s already done her own classic compositions as well as playing some hard core baroque classics. The only one of these women I have seen live, Emilie impressed me both with her musicianship and her raw honesty.
I find it really hard to find good quality footage of Emilie playing live, so you’ll have to live with this. Oh, and that wailing top line? That’s a violin, people, not, um, Jeff Beck.
On Guitar: Jennifer Batten
This is from a July 26, 2006 posting.
I found Jennifer Batten on a list of “Top 10 Guitarists You Don’t Know” on Listverse (see the sidebar). Jennifer was an instructor at Guitar Institute of Technology on L.A., then went on to play in Michael Jackson’s and Jeff Beck’s touring bands. She is one of the best-ever exponents of the 2-hand tapping style of guitar playing. Here’s her impossible-sounding “Fight Of The Bumblebee”.
Oh, and here’s a live sample with a guy you might recognize and who keeps popping up in this post:
On Cello: Tina Guo
From a May 2009 posting on YouTube
Tina Guo I found through girllightning. Tina heads up her own band as well as being a classically trained cellist equally at home with Elgar as well as Foo Fighters. You can check out her even more hard core and sexy version of “Queen Bee” here, now knowing that it is not an edited trick. She shreds.
Drummer: Meytal Cohen
From a Nov 3, 2007 performance in Australia with the band Metaphor
Meytal Cohen is a hard-hitting versatile Drummer born and raised in Ramat Gan, Israel. Her latest performances include the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and a live performance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live Show” with the band “Chromeo”. Meytal also performed 21-city tour of Australia with the former rock/ metal/classical fusion band “Metaphor.” Meytal was classically trained in drums and percussion.
And here’s another sample for you, this time with some pals of hers who need a frickin’ name for their band.
Bass: Tal Wilkenfeld
More of a jazz player, but seriously, anybody who Jeff Beck thinks is awesome is good enough for me. Gotta love her story. Tal Wilkenfeld is a 23 year old prodigy from Oz who’s played with all of the greats full bio here.
And if that doesn’t convince you she can play anything, here she is with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at Beck’s 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Goddamned Hall of Fame.
I don’t think you can rock harder than that.
So go hunt them down, visit their websites, which I’ve linked here, and buy their music. For now, we’ll just have to imagine what they all might sound like as the Queen Bees.