Sunday, July 12, 2009

7/14: The Veronicas at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Long before Warner Brothers inked a contract with Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, better known as the Veronicas, the Australian twins were already stars. As teenagers, the pair found a measure of television acting success, switching to music when Jess received a guitar for her 18th birthday. At 20, they signed a publishing deal and worked with some of the industry’s biggest songwriters (Billy Steinberg, Max Martin, Clif Magness) to craft their infectious pop catalog. After some of their songs were hits for t.A.T.u. and a couple of Australian Idol winners, the Veronicas dropped their first album, The Secret Life of ... in 2005, producing five singles and quadruple platinum sales in Australia; their latest, 2007’s Hook Me Up, is hot on its heels. The Veronicas (named after the Winona Ryder character in the film Heathers) have enjoyed television/film exposure here, and while they haven’t dominated the charts, they did become the first Australian act to sell a million downloads in the U.S. Carney and Theart open at 7 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $13.50 advance, $15 day of show. — Brian Baker

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