Kimberly Perry Concerned About Zika Virus as Band Perry Head to Rio
The Band Perry are headed to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games to perform their song “Live Forever,” which has been chosen as Team USA’s official song, but Kimberly Perry confesses she has a few reservations.
Rio has been the subject of controversy for several issues in the weeks leading up to the games, but primarily the prevalence of the Zika virus in the area. Though Neil Perry says he’s not worried about it, his sister is a little hesitant.
"I am. I think it has definitely been hyped, so we're going to take some precautions and perform in Saran Wrap. So we should be good. Bee keeper outfits," she tells WBIR, a bit tongue-in-cheek.
The Zika virus can cause serious birth defects, so the primary concern is for pregnant women. Others will experience symptoms like rash and fever. Kimberly is not preparing to have a baby (that we know of), but she and her husband have been married for two years.
The band’s pop-flavored "Live Forever" is the last single they released with their former label, Big Machine, in August 2015, but it does not have a home on an album yet. Despite its big sound and notable lack of twang, the sibling trio say they never expressed a desire to “go pop,” as rumors have suggested after they signed with Interscope.
“We never said it,” Kimberly insists. “Will you hear us on pop radio? I hope so, just like you did six years ago with ‘If I Die Young.’”
“It’s really no different than it’s been already,” Neil adds.
Their latest single, “Comeback Kid,” addresses the narrative that has been told about them by critics and media in their absence.
“Of course we wanna set the record straight, but so much bigger than that, we just really wanted to write a piece of music that anybody who’s walking through a challenging moment can kind of come up next to them and hold their hand as they’re walking through it and go, ‘Look, you might be down for a minute, but you’re gonna get back on your feet, because you’re made of something strong and great,’” says Neil.