I got word late last night that Selena 'Pink' Snow lead vocalist, founder and chief songwriter of the band Erocktica has passed away. I didn't want to believe it. This was a person that was young , talented, beautiful and so very full of life. Most important she was a kind soul and a very dear friend of mine for a number of years.
Pink Snow had a vision to build a hard rock band (with her on vocals) that would push all boundaries of what was deemed acceptable in the rock n roll world. And with the help of her band mates, Erocktica would strongly redefine the "sex part" of the sex drugs and rock n roll slogan.
From their humble beginnings in the NYC underground of the 1990's, Erocktica (then known as Porn Rock) led by Pink, captivated audiences with their hardcore lyrics and elaborate (sometimes all nude) "eroctic" stage show. With a couple of years the band would get offers to perform throughout the USA. Eventually many other parts of the world caught on and Pink Snow became the undisputed Queen of the underground "porn rock" world.
From about 2000 to 2008 Erocktica was an important band in the realms of Power Of Music. As the exclusive booking agents/ promoters in the Long Island vicinity we were proud to offer LI something that no one had ever seen before. We put together tons of Erocktica shows and eventually the band would headline six consecutive birthday bashes for of me.
In the beginning as much of the band grew a following, worshipers so to speak, they were also heavily criticized for being just a 'tits and ass' stage show and having very little musical talent. While this should have been fine in the realm of Erocktica, Pink Snow was determined to build a better band. Within a short time the band got tighter, added better musicians. Pink Snow also improved her vocal skills to the best of her ability. The stage show got bigger and better too, and their evolution was indeed quite remarkable.
Her passion never seem to let up. With its explicit content she knew that this band could never be a mainstream success like Pat Benatar or Motley Crue. She knew she would never have the pipes of Ann Wilson or Doro Pesch. It didn't matter as long as Erocktica would be recognized as the underground monster they had became.
Pink Snow would eventually go on to create a off Broadway show based on her life and on the bands..
As an individual Pink was one of a kind. She was kind, funny and very intellectual. I got to know the real Selena Snow and not just the wild pink Snow persona. Her loyalty to my company was virtually unmatched. She would often delay the bands European theater tour so she could play for my birthday at a midsize club. As the bands fame grew many well known promoters END, Club Loaded, etc put offers on the table but she never strayed away from Power Of Music Productions.
I know her legacy whether you consider it small or big will live on in the underground rock world as she will always be treasured to her close friends and family.