Klint Macro came to Pittsburgh to attend the Art Institute in the early '90s. During his first go-around in the city, he connected with Puppetshow, the band made up of John Perkovic, Jeanne Weiss and Adam Sivitz. He probably didn't envision then that, by the late 2000s, he'd be working with them on a project that combines Jesus Christ Superstar, The X-Men, classic rock, and an occasional South Park reference.
Macro has done all manner of audio work in his life, from producing bands to working audio booms for movies. He opened Cobblesound Recording Company (www.cobblestudios.com) with a partner in LA when he moved there in the early '00s, taking sole proprietorship in 2006. Soon after, Perkovic approached him with the idea for Phoenix Christ Superstar.
"John called me at night and said, ‘Dude, I have this idea! But I don't want to tell you about it on the phone.' So what are you calling me in the middle of the night for?" Macro recalls with a laugh.
The next day, Perkovic showed up with storyboards for a concept album that would rework the soundtrack of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, using characters from Marvel Comics' The X-Men, and musical stylings cribbed from Led Zeppelin and other classic-rock outfits.
"It was very overwhelming," Macro says.
The album came to fruition after a few years of work, but the label that first released it in 2010 folded shortly after, so Macro re-released it on his Armed Pussy Cat imprint. The album features 29 tracks, following the original Superstar soundtrack nearly track-for-track. The track titles are changed to reflect the subject matter: "The Phoenix Must Die," "Magneto's Dream," "Cyclops' Denial," etc.
The ultimate goal: for someone to stage the whole thing. (Macro acknowledges that there could be legal complications from using licensed comic-book characters and other copyrighted material, but says the creators think they can handle that.) Either way, Macro, who now runs Cobblesound out of his family's home in Plum, is proud of the work — and says it gave him a labor of love to work on between jobs.
"When John came to me with this idea, it was just when I'd split with my partner and started on my own," he says. "It was kind of something to help jump-start me and get me excited about going it alone."