Top photo, Leslie fronting power trio Kanary, late 1990s-2000s, next photo 5.20.11 with The LovrBombz. An assortment of Kanary and Precious Metal photographs below.
Some British magazine in the '90s whose name escapes the leaking brain cell sieve listed Leslie Knauer as the thirty-eighth best rock singer ever, male or female, of all time, out of one hundred choices. Ever! I first photographed her in the '80s band Precious Metal, formidable players who warranted three major label releases. (see Glam pic below) Oozing idiosyncratic style Leslie's vocals evinced comparisons to Terry Reid or Noddy Holder, were they of the XY chromosome persuasion and sang about two octaves higher. She's sufficiently world class in powerhouse vocal talent to sing anything she sets her mind to, so the challenge is to send that voice hither and yon, full throttle or wistful, operatic warble or quasi-rap, contemplative personal/confessional or all out bliss incarnate.
Once my friends Mary and Tony of the Dogs joined up for double duty in Kanary (a pun on the Germanic pronunciation of her last name,) Leslie's band of the 21st century, there were few gigs I looked forward to photographing more than theirs. Their left field kooks' power trio truly rocked, hard, fast, and always joyously. I'd be lying if I didn't admit to missing Kanary. Once fuschia/red/pink/black/eggplant/polychrome-haired, Leslie's blonde now, and at least you still can catch her singing her amazing compositions (like the poignant "Two Steps" about her daughter, Hollywood's own BoyCrazy Alexi Wasser) acoustic or electric with boyfriend Al and The LovrBombz currently.(Ed.- now called Naked Hand Dance as of 2014.)
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