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Rock of Ages takes you back to the glory days of hair metal
By Jared Story Metro Winnipeg

Not so long ago, Universo Pereira was just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit. OK, Connecticut, but it has been quite the journey, from lead singer of a Nashville-based rock band to a lead role in the North American touring production of Rock of Ages.

“They (Phoenix Entertainment) put the call out looking for Stacee Jaxx. It said ‘Hot mess, train wreck, egomaniac rock ’n’ roll singer’ and I thought ‘Hey, I can do that’,” Pereira said, who plays the same bad boy character Tom Cruise played in the film

version of Rock of Ages. Set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, the Tony Award-nominated musical tells a funny, feel-good love story through the hair metal hits of such bands as Poison, Night Ranger, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister. “We’ve all been hearing these songs forever and songs like Here I Go Again and Don’t Stop Believin’ are going to continue to be played forever,” Pereira says, who notes his favourite Rock of Ages song to sing is Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive.

“It’s so much fun to be part of these songs and to see the crowd reaction every night. There are people singing right along and they know every word. I like to say that the songs are the real star of the show.” Rock of Ages plays Dec. 11-13 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets range from $63.10 to $83.10 at Ticketmaster. Shows start at 8 p.m.

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