Aidin Vaziri | Chris Isaak has a great opening act lined up for his New Year’s Eve show at the Fillmore: himself. With plans to jet off to Memphis’ famed Sun Studio to record a collection of songs by the likes of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, the San Francisco rocker wants to try out some of the new material on his fans. But he also promises to delve into his extensive back catalog, welcoming 2011 with rarities, familiar covers and hits such as “Wicked Game,” “Somebody’s Crying” and “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.” We caught up with Isaak this month at his San Francisco home.
Q: Do you know what song you’ll play at midnight?
A: I’ll play “Auld Lang Syne.”
Q: Really? I thought you would do one of your own songs.
A: I always liked that song. I’m one of the only guys who actually recorded “Auld Lang Syne.” I was doing a Christmas album and thought we should stick it on there.
Q: Was that just so you could keep it on the shelf an extra week?
A: That’s right. You don’t have to put it away right after the holidays. That song is very emotional to me. I’m standing on stage looking at a crowd of people who are partying and happy. And then they all kiss each other and I’m up there by myself singing.
Q: I’m sure you could get a kiss if you really wanted one.
A: If I was really desperate, I guess I could turn around and kiss the drummer.