Former teen star Tiffany brings retro-rock hooks to City Winery
By now singer Tiffany has heard every possible story about the children who were conceived to the sound of ‘Could’ve Been,’ her top of the 1988 charts. “Yes, I hear all kinds of stories, some that you wouldn’t believe, ”she said this week. “And usually I just say, ‘Thank you so much for telling me all of this.’ “
Still optimistic after all these years, the former teen star will headline City Winery – live, not virtually – on Tuesday, June 29. At 49, Tiffany is now stronger than her 80s fans remember. His touring group includes two members of LA Guns, Johnny Martin and Scot Coogan. And she just released a new single, “Hey Baby,” a punk-pop workout that sounds to the world like young Tiffany joining the Ramones. “If you grew up with me, you know I’ve always loved the 80s rock side,” she said. “I loved the hair-metal bands Heart and Stevie Nicks. So that’s where I’m coming from – kind of retro rock sound. When we do ‘Could’ve Been’ now, there is a more rock vibe.
Tiffany came out of her days as a teen star with no regrets, and with a record that still stands: She remains the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album (she was 16, a year old less than Billie Ellish when she hit). “I don’t think I ever really knew a difference – and being young I was pretty resistant to the ups and downs. So this is an adventure for which I am grateful. I have never seen a problem with living my life in public. The difference now is that with social media we are able to tell our stories ourselves instead of being chased by the paparazzi. Now celebrities can turn on the camera and invite you straight into our world, which I think is really healthy and cool.
“My advice to young people is to have good people around them. Being in the entertainment industry you are exposed a lot and you need to understand the rise and down times. A lot of my friends aren’t in the industry so I can go over to them and just be Tiffany. We have to keep this balance. “
One young band she befriended was the New Kids on the Block, who made their first big breakthrough in opening act in 1988. “I love these guys, they’re like my brothers. The first time was when they came backstage and showed me what they were doing. And I said, ‘Do you want to go out tonight and do exactly what you just did in the dressing room?’ So they took the stage and we continued after that.
Tiffany got rid of the teen image some time ago, with a Playboy broadcast she did in 2002. “There were thoughts of shattering that image – people knew me as a little girl, well, now I’m not. But above all, it was a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, a positive gesture to break down those walls. As a woman, I thought they treated you well and took care of you. And I loved the boots they gave me to wear.
She also got into entrepreneurship by starting an online cooking club (which also includes her own “rocktail” recipes, like a chocolate martini). But for now, she is keen to be one of the first headliners to hit the road after COVID-19. “When the world stops, you have to recalculate every move. A lot of people had the mentality to wait until fall. But the fans were waiting and the band was available so I said, ‘Come on, let’s go’. Not all locations can have appointments yet, some have reduced capacity. Everything is going well and we love every minute of it.