- Vixen (band)
Infobox musical artist |
Name = Vixen
Background = group_or_band
Origin = St. Paul,
Years_active = 1980–1991
Label = EMI
Phantom Blue, Madam X
Jenna Sanz-Agero (Jenna Piccolo)
Lynn Louise Lowrey
Kathrin "Kat" Kraft
Past_members = See: Former members
Vixen was formed in St. Paul,
Minnesotain 1980 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still at high school. In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund and singer Janet Gardner appeared in the movie " Hardbodies", as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to L.A. to be part of the L.A. rock scene.
Lineup changes happened during the following years until the "classic lineup" of Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), and Roxy Petrucci (drums) was formed. This lineup of Vixen was interviewed in 1987 along with many other rock artists of the day by
Penelope Spheerisfor her film "".
In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album "Vixen", which was released in September 1988.
Singer-songwriter Richard Marxactually wrote and arranged their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart", as well as performing keyboards and producing the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMIto produce their first major-hit, to compete with the all-female band the Bangles. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline- singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows. The band returned to the studio in late 1989/early 1990 to record their follow up album, " Rev It Up", which was released in July 1990. A year of touring followed, including headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as KISS and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences.
In 1997, drummer Roxy Petrucci reformed Vixen, with Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Gina Stile (lead guitar), and Rana Ross (bass). This lineup toured the U.S. in 1997, and in 1998 Gardner, Stile, and Petrucci recorded the album "Tangerine". After the release of the new album, Roxy's sister Maxine Petrucci was brought in to play bass on a U.S. tour of 1998, but they were sued for
copyright infringementby Kuehnemund.
In 1999, Share Pedersen joined her husband's band,
the Dogs D'Amour, who were reforming after a long hiatus. She appeared on their 2000 album, "Happy Ever After", playing bass, keyboards, and, backing vocals. Share and her husband, Bam, also have their own band, Bubble, which is very popular in L.A..
In 2001, Vixen was reformed by Kuehnemund with a lineup consisting of herself, Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, and new bassist Pat Holloway. This lineup toured the U.S. as part of the Voices of Metal tour. Unfortunately, half-way through the tour, disagreements caused the band to split-up, with only Kuehnemund remaining. Kuehnemund quickly recruited Jenna Sanz-Agero (Jenna Piccolo) (lead vocals), Lynn Louise Lowrey (bass), and Kathrin "Kat" Kraft (drums) to complete the tour. This lineup is still together, and released two new albums in 2006, a live album, recorded at a live show in
Sweden, called "Extended Versions", and a studio album, " Live & Learn".
VH1approached the four members of the "classic lineup" to appear on their show, Bands Reunited. The show was recorded in August 2004, and broadcast in the U.S. in November 2004. Following the broadcast of the VH1 show, EMI re-released the first two Vixen albums, "Vixen" and "Rev It Up".
*Jenna Sanz-Agero (Jenna Piccolo) – lead vocals (2001–2004, 2004–present)
Jan Kuehnemund– lead guitar, backing vocals (1980–1991, 2001–present)
*Lynn Louise Lowrey – bass, backing vocals (2001–2004, 2004–present)
*Kathrin "Kat" Kraft – drums, backing vocals (2001–2004, 2004–present)
Janet Gardner– lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1983–1991, 1997–1998, 2001, 2004)
*Liza Carbe – bass, backing vocals (1983)
*Tamara Ivanov – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1984)
Pia Maiocco– bass, backing vocals (1984)
*Laurie Hedlund – drums, backing vocals (1984)
Roxy Petrucci– drums, backing vocals (1986–1991, 1997–1998, 2001, 2004)
Share Pedersen– bass, backing vocals (1987–1991, 2004)
*Gina Stile – lead guitar, backing vocals (1997–1998)
*Rana Ross – bass, backing vocals (1997)
*Maxine Petrucci – bass, backing vocals (1998)
*Pat Holloway – bass, backing vocals (2001)
*Noelle Bucci – lead vocals
*Gayle Erickson-DeMatoff – bass, backing vocals
*Cindy Boettcher – keyboards, backing vocals
*Marlene Peterson – drums, backing vocals
Nancy Shanks– lead vocals
Richard Marx– keyboards on "Vixen" (1988)
*Mike Pisculli – bass, backing vocals on "Tangerine" (1998 — all tracks)
*Chris Fayz – keyboards on "Live & Learn" (2006 — tracks "Little Voice", "Give Me Away")
*Randy Wooten – keyboards on "Live & Learn" (2006 — track "Suffragette City")
*Paulie Cerra – saxophone on "Live & Learn" (2006 — track "Suffragette City")
*Robert Lear – bagpipes on "Live & Learn" (2006 — track "Give Me Away")
*"Extended Versions" (Live in Sweden) (2006)
*"Best of Vixen - Full Throttle" (1999)
*"Edge of a Broken Heart"
*"Love Made Me"
*"Edge of a Broken Heart" (reissue)
*"How Much Love"
*"Love Is a Killer"
*"Not a Minute Too Soon"
*"Revved Up" (1990)
* [http://www.vixenrock.com/ Vixen Official website]
* [http://www.neilsvixenpage.com/ Neil's Vixen Page]
* [http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/metalqueens/vixen-.htm Metal Queens - Vixen]
* [http://www.metalmaidens.com/vixen.htm Vixen profile at MetalMaidens.com]
* [http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Venue/9127/vixen.htm Unofficial Vixen Page]
* [http://www.bassgirl.com/ Rana Ross' Home Page]
* [http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/bands_reunited/81583/episode_about.jhtml VH1 Bands Reunited: Vixen]
* [http://www.rocknrolltv.net/ Share Ross' rock n roll video blog]
* [http://www.roxypetrucci.com/ Roxy Petrucci's site]
* [http://www.bassgirls.com/bassgirls_index04.htm Lynn Lousie Lowrey interview at BassGirls.Com]
* [http://www.fullinbloommusic.com/roxy_petrucci.html Roxy Petrucci History on Madam X & Vixen]
* [http://www.savioursofrock.com/interviews/interviewVixen.html Interview at Saviours of Rock]
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