Jeff Scott Soto thinks W.E.T. will probably not play concerts as he finds material so difficult to sing live
Singer Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., Sons of Apollo, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Journey) was recently interviewed by Misplaced Straws. W.E.T. will be releasing their latest studio album Retransmission via Frontiers Music Srl on January 22, 2021.
On the prospect of W.E.T. playing live shows, Soto indicated: “Probably not. And I’m gonna be an open book about this. Most people would come up with whatever excuse or another, “Oh, we’re too busy” or “there’s not enough time”, “And there’s not enough months or days in a year for us to be able to do it”. I’m gonna be completely candid about this. That material is so difficult to sing live. When I’ve had to do a W.E.T. show I’ve had to make sure I have nothing going on the week before or the week after because it’s so demanding and at my age and where my voice lies right now, I could be completely rested and knock out a great show. But it’s probably not gonna be as good the next night and it’s gonna deteriorate from there.
I wouldn’t wanna go out and do W.E.T. live on an actual tour because it would probably destroy me vocally. And I say that as I’m just being completely honest about that. We make songs, we make records and we create what we do based on not having to perform live because there’s so much going on and I would feel like we’re cheating the (crowd), I would feel like I’m cheating myself if I couldn’t pull it off the way we do it in the studio. So W.E.T., for all intents and purposes, is a studio project, and this is why our performances are scarce and we don’t have that many of them because it really is too demanding for me to be able to pull that stuff off live. I wouldn’t want to detune or compromise the material, that stuff is too important to sound like it’s been compromised just be able to pull off a live show.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Jeff Scott Soto at Misplaced Straws‘ website.
W.E.T.‘s “Big Boys Don’t Cry” video (from upcoming Retransmission album):