Looks like we need to add a new name to our list of celebrity metalheads. Conspiracy Actress Vera Farmiga showed off her vocal range in some pretty impressive fashion as she took on Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” during a performance at Rock Academy in Woodstock, New York this weekend. And to make things even more interesting, she was backed on guitar by Scott Ian of Anthrax.
The Rock Academy is an interactive, performance-based music school run by Jason Bowman that offers classes for both adult and children’s students. As Farmiga revealed in their cover post, “@RockAcademyOfficial lets adults ROCK too,” with a series of devil horn emojis to follow. “And sometimes if you’re really lucky,” she added, “you can have a blast with @scottianthrax.” As well as Ian, her backing band also included her husband Renn Hawkey, who plays keyboards for hard rock band Deadsy.
The choice of the triumphant song appears to have been deliberate, as an audience member waives a Ukrainian flag while Farmiga performs. The actress, who starred in films such as The dead, The Manchu Candidate, In the air, Source code and Godzilla: King of the Monstersis of Ukrainian descent.
As noted, Rock Academy has enlisted professional musicians and teachers to help mentor their students, giving them a hands-on approach to playing. Read more about their tuition-based programs here .