Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Wanted: A New, Drug-Free Janis Joplin

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The hunt is on for a new Janis Joplin – but no druggies need apply.

The ragged-voiced singer has been dead almost 35 years, but a trio of TV producers and concert promoters feel the time is ripe to find another singer to fill her dusty boots, so they’re launching a TV talent search.

TV producer James Watson, who is part of the team looking for the new Joplin, says the perfect candidate should capture the ’60s icon’s vocal style, independent-minded ideals and talent.

However, the so-called “Search for Pearl” is not interested in candidates who share Joplin’s legendary addiction to drugs and booze, which led to her death at age 27.

As Watson points out, “Up until the night of her death, Janis had been clean for nine months.”

The winner will headline a 40-city concert tour with members of all three of Joplin’s backing bands, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band.

Watson and his team at The Partnership, LLC, hope to start filming the search by summer for a Fall air date on a yet-to-be determined network.

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