Talk about a classic case of separation anxiety.
Los Angeles bliss-rockers Silversun Pickups are currently on tour without bass player Nikki Monninger (pictured), who is currently on maternity leave from the band as she prepares to give birth to twin daughters.
The band is big on performing acoustically whenever possible, which often boils down to lead singer and guitarist Brian Aubert playing with just Monninger by his side. The day after the band’s last performance with Monninger until she’s recovered from giving birth, Aubert found himself performing acoustically by himself in the Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vinyl for Las Vegas’ X107.5 FM.
“Brian felt really weird performing without Nikki, so after the first song he decided to call her up live on the air,” recalled Aaron Michelson, the band’s West Coast Regional Promotion Manager by phone. “He woke her up from a nap, but when Brian explained what was going on, she snapped right into playing Brian’s foil when he put her on speaker phone. It was a pretty cool moment.”
“This is riveting radio,” Aubert joked as he waited for her to pick up. “I’m playing acoustically right now and everybody wants to hear you,” he continued when she answered. “Are you more pregnant that you were yesterday?”
While Monniger is on maternity leave, Sarah Negahdari from L.A. band the Happy Hollows will be filling in for her on the Silversun Pickups’ current U.S. tour in support of their most recent album, Neck of the Woods, which includes stops at Buzzfest just outside of Houston, TX (Oct 6) and a two-night stand at New York City’s Terminal 5 (Oct. 5 & 6).
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local