The Struts frontman Luke Spiller has been compared to Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury. Although he finds this flattering, he doesn’t always want to be known for that.
“In 10 years’ time, if people were sort of suggesting I was nothing but a Queen tribute act, then I’d probably decided to pack it in,” Spiller says with his English accent.
“There are a lot worse people to be compared to. I could sit here and moan and say, ‘I wish I could be known for being myself,’ but again, no one really knows who we are.”
Fans can judge for themselves when the English rockers perform at the Marquee on Friday, November 2, as part of their Body Talks Tour. The date is shortly after The Struts’ second album, Young & Dangerous, hits stores.
“We’re crafting a whole new show,” Spiller says. “We’re adding a lot of album two material into the set, which is going to be really exciting for us because we’ve been playing the songs from the first album for quite a while.”
The jaunt is named after its latest single, “Body Talks,” which features a duet with popstar Ke$ha in an alternate version. Spiller did not offer too many details about the rest of the collection, but did say there will be “12 amazing tracks, a ton of energy and will just be huge, huge, huge, huge, huge.”
The four-piece glam rockers formed in Derby, England, six years ago, with Spiller and guitarist Adam Slack making music and living together years before that.
The Struts soon made their mark, opening for The Rolling Stones before their 2016 debut, Everybody Wants. The Struts’ also shared the stage with The Who and Foo Fighters, but Spiller still thinks the band is struggling.
“We’re struggling and clawing now, but just not as intensely as we were back in the day,” he says. “You will be on a six-month high and things are going really well and then something happens and it makes things a little bit more difficult. You always get back out there, though.”
It helps that The Struts embody genuine rock ‘n’ roll. With heavy guitar and electric vocals, The Struts transport listeners to the 1970s. Still, Spiller wants to take rock “somewhere new, no regurgitation.”
The Struts, Friday, November 2, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 7:30 p.m., $25-$45.