iTunes releases "The Hunger," new Shirley Manson track off Prometheus Bound

Where have you gone, SHIRLEY MANSON?

Today iTunes released “The Hunger,” the first song off the A.R.T.’s production of Prometheus Bound and featuring vocals from the former Garbage frontwoman and ‘90s rock icon, with proceeds going to Amnesty International.

Last week we talked to System of a Down’s Serj Tankian about contribution the music to Prometheus Bound -- currently anchored at Club Oberon until April 2 -- but it’s great to have something to take home with us, especially a piece that recalls Manson’s early work with Garbage. Here’s the official word:

An outcry against tyranny, Prometheus Bound illustrates one man's struggle against the brute force of a ruthless dictator. Written by Tony and Grammy Award-winning playwright and lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian, this new musical is inspired by Aeschylus's Ancient Greek tragedy about the heroic struggle of Western civilization's first prisoner of conscience. A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus stages this world premiere production in OBERON, immersing the audience in an environment that has the Dionysian energy and rebelliousness of a rock concert.

"The Hunger" is sung by Io, a mortal who was raped by Zeus and exiled from her home. Her pain becomes a rallying point for Prometheus, a clear example of the kind of injustice perpetrated against the humans by their immortal tormenters. Shirley's powerful voice and emotion as she tells the story of this victimized woman, is the perfect introduction to the world of Prometheus Bound and the work of Amnesty International.

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