Girl in Coma ready to Punk True Colors Tour
by Harold Barnes III
Three girls are punking America out of their comas and rocking the True Colors Tour June 23 on the Zoo Amphitheater stage.
Girl in a Coma hit 23 on the Billboard Top New Artists Album chart with their first major studio disc “Both Before I’m Gone,” and the band is amped to share this special appearance on the tour with Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Other special guests include Andy Bell of Erasure, Margaret Cho and all hosted by Carson Kressley.
“The thing we’re most excited about this tour is just opening up for all these icons,” said Jenn Alva, the out and proud bassist. Influenced by many of the artists they will be sharing the stage with, Alva said of Cindy Lauper, “Her image, her voice, that was inspiring alone to know that girls could do that.”
Jenn’s best friend since the eighth grade, Phanie Diaz, plays drums and the two became Girl in a Coma when Diaz’s 12 year old sister asked the two girls eight years her senior to listen to a song the youngster had written. Four years later in 2004, the three San Antonians hit the road in and old van and won over crowds as well as the musical director of Morrissey, Boz Boorer.
Alva said the opportunities they’ve received were amazing and eventually led to their place on this tour. First, opening for Morrissey on their world tour gave them international exposure, and a reality show hooked them up with one of their inspirations Joan Jett who signed them to Blackheart Records.
The Girls with a capital G have received support from both industry insiders as well as their family. On being a lesbian, Jenn said she’s been out since high school and growing up in traditionally minded San Antonio was fairly easy for her. “When your family your family,” said Alva, and it seems the band has the same philosophy about each other in their tight knit group.
The three keep their feet grounded with partners back home, and Jenn hopes someday she and her girlfriend of four years will be able to legally marry. While her band mates are straight they are proud to be on the True Colors Tour because it is not only a huge show, but it’s a show with a purpose.
“I’m so excited and honored that we’re taking True Colors out on the road again this year,” said tour producer and creator Cyndi Lauper. “We had a blast last year and we are proud that the tour also brought about visibility and discussions of issues that LGBT citizens face in our country today. This year I am once again joined on the tour by an array of incredibly talented artists. The tour is a non stop 5 hour music party with a message. This year the party only gets bigger and our message to the fans is to get out and vote in November. The True Colors Tour asks for equality for all, not just for some, that is the principal upon which this country was founded. So let’s celebrate and have fun this summer while we spread the word to get out the vote and all become a part of the changes in this country.”
"True Colors is a good way to get out the vote,” said The B-52s’ Fred Schneider, “and get out of the house and party!"
The True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation was created
this year to generate financial support to directly benefit the tour’s
non-profit partners. Funds will be raised through sales of official
benefit t-shirts, an EBAY auction of tour and music memorabilia, the
True Colors Jewelry Collection by Love & Pride, the tour's Official
Jeweler, as well as individual donations to the fund by visitors to
the tour’s website. The True Colors Jewelry Collection, selected
by Cyndi Lauper from creations made by renowned designer Udi Behr,
is currently in production and will launch this June. In addition,
through the True Colors Fund, $1 of every ticket sold will once again
be donated to HRC.