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According to the statement given to the audience, Spektor was fine, but doctors said that she could not perform that night.It was later reported that the cause of the collapse was an inner ear infection which caused intense vertigo.She has a brother Boruch (also known as Bear), who was featured in track 7, "* * *", or "Whisper", of her 2004 album Soviet Kitsch.Growing up in Moscow, Regina started taking piano lessons when she was seven and learned how to play the piano by practicing on a Petrof upright that her grandfather gave her mother.Her father, Ilya Spektor, is a photographer and amateur violinist.
Since the family had been unable to bring their piano from Moscow, Spektor practiced on tabletops and other hard surfaces until she found a piano on which to play in the basement of her synagogue.The family left the Soviet Union for the Bronx in 1989, when Regina was nine and a half, during the period of Perestroika, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to consider not leaving the Soviet Union, but they finally decided to emigrate due to the racial, ethnic, and political discrimination that Jews faced.Traveling first to Austria and then Italy, the Spektor family was admitted to the United States as refugees with the assistance of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society).After the tour, Kings of Leon who were the second opening act on the tour, invited Spektor to open for them on their own European tour.In 2004, Spektor signed a contract with Warner Brothers' record label Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album Soviet Kitsch, originally self-released in 2003.
2016's Remember Us to Life peaked at 23 on the Billboard 200.