Added on 18-Aug-2005
Constantine In Depth Interview Discussing His Career And Recording BoRap For Killer Queen On Mercurynews.comBelow is a great interview with Constantine Maroulis to promote the ''American Idols Live'' Tour playing this Saturday, 8/20/2005 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose California from The Mercury News/Mercurynews.com. In the interview, Constantine gives some nice biographical information about hinself, and he discusses his career, his music, his new solo album, his band Pray For The Soul Of Betty, and....his involvement with ''Killer Queen A Tribute To Queen', recording ''Bohemian Rhapsody''.
''Posted on Thu, Aug. 18, 2005''
''Versatile rocker makes the most of opportunity with band, tour.''
By Nerissa Pacio
''He didn't win Season 4 of ''American Idol.'' In fact, he placed sixth. But with his trademark brooding rocker persona, his range of over-the-top song renditions -- from ''My Funny Valentine'' to ''Bohemian Rhapsody'' -- and his teen heartthrob good looks, Constantine Maroulis has gained his own post-''Idol'' following.''
''The 29-year-old New Yorker hasn't slowed down since his stint as a TV pop star. Since getting voted off the reality TV show in April, he has been busy recording a solo album (due out in 2006), playing in the indie rock band Pray for the Soul of Betty and performing across the country on the ''American Idols Live'' tour, which comes to San Jose's HP Pavilion on Saturday. We recently caught up with Maroulis by phone during a tour stop in St. Louis, when he talked about the future of his band, getting voted off before unlikely contestant Scott Savol and how ''Idol'' has changed his life.''
Q What was the first thing you did when you found out you initially made the cut for ''American Idol?''
A I called my mom and told her what I had done. They didn't know where I was, that I was trying out in D.C. She didn't even know what ''American Idol'' was.
Q Does your name have a story behind it?
A I'm the youngest of three siblings. I have an older brother, Athanasios, and older sister, Anastasia. I'm from a Greek Orthodox background, and these are traditional Greek names. Constantine is my mother's father's name and the masculine version of my mom's name, Constantina. I was named after both of them.
Q How has ''Idol'' changed your life?
A It is the single greatest thing that has happened to me. It's been a great opportunity and an incredible adventure. It led to all these great things. My band is bigger and better than ever. People love the band. We're getting noticed, but we've also maintained an underground status, regardless of my visibility.
Q Will you stick with your band?
A Yes, but I'll do other projects as well. For now I'm finishing up the tour and working on getting touring dates with the band.
Q There's an Internet rumor that your indie band has been signed. True or untrue?
A We're still an indie band. We didn't sign a big deal. We signed a distribution deal with a small distribution company in New York to help get our CD out there in stores. We have a more underground grass-roots approach to things. It'll also allow me to later come out with a solo album with a major label.
Q How did your band come up with the name Pray for the Soul of Betty?
A We named the band after a distant aunt of our bass player. She was an older woman named Betty who passed away. She was an old-fashioned sassy lady. It was a tribute to her.
Q What have you been up to since you competed on the show?
A I recorded ''Bohemian Rhapsody'' for a ''Killer Queen'' tribute (came out Aug. 9). I was joined by Gavin DeGraw, Joss Stone, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. All of these incredible artists joined me.
I'm looking into TV opportunities, reading scripts, thinking about the album I'm going to make and making more music with the band. I'm a jack-of-all-trades and like to do different things from writing to directing and being in a rock 'n' roll band. Ever since I was a little kid I've always liked to do a lot of things. That's probably why I'm 29 and not a ho