Vixen Overview

Vixen is an all-female American United States hard rock band which achieved some commercial success during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the Los Angeles Los Angeles, California , California glam metal scene.


Early years

Vixen was formed in St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota , Minnesota in 1980 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still at high school. In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Pia Maiocco (who later married guitarist Steve Vai) appeared in the movie Hardbodies, as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to Los Angeles, California to be part of the L.A. rock scene.

Commercial success

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 Spheeris for her film The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years.

In 1988 the band was signed to EMI Manhattan Records , and they began recording their debut album Vixen Vixen (album) , which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx actually 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 EMI to 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 Scorpions (band) , 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 Kiss (band) and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences.

First reunion

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 United States in 1997, and in 1998 Gardner, Stile, and Petrucci recorded the album Tangerine Tangerine (album) . 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 infringement by 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 po***r in L.A..

Second reunion

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) Jenna Sanz-Agero (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 Live & Learn (Vixen album) .

Recent events

In 2004, VH1 approached 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.
Current members

*'Jenna Sanz-Agero (Jenna Piccolo) Jenna Sanz-Agero ' – 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)>

Former members

*'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

Session musicians

*'Richard Marx' – keyboards on Vixen Vixen (album) (1988)>
*'Mike Pisculli' – bass, backing vocals on Tangerine Tangerine (album) (1998 — all tracks)>
*'Chris Fayz' – keyboards on Live & Learn Live & Learn (Vixen album) (2006 — tracks "Little Voice", "Give Me Away")>
*'Randy Wooten' – keyboards on Live & Learn Live & Learn (Vixen album) (2006 — track "Suffragette City")>
*'Paulie Cerra' – saxophone on Live & Learn Live & Learn (Vixen album) (2006 — track "Suffragette City")>
*'Robert Lear' – bagpipes on Live & Learn Live & Learn (Vixen album) (2006 — track "Give Me Away")>
Studio albums

*Vixen Vixen (album) (1988) - UK UK Albums Chart #66
*Rev It Up (1990) - UK #20
*Tangerine Tangerine (album) (1998)
* Live & Learn Live & Learn (Vixen album) (2006)

Live albums

*Extended Versions (Live in Sweden) (2006)
*Live In Sweden (2009)

Compilation albums

*Best of Vixen - Full Throttle (1999)


*"Edge of a Broken Heart" (1988) U.S. #26; UK UK Singles Chart #51
*"Cryin'" (1988) U.S. #22; UK #27
*"Love Made Me" (1989) UK #36
*"How Much Love" (1990) U.S. #44; UK #35
*"Love Is a Killer" (1990) U.S. #71; UK #41
*"Not a Minute Too Soon" (1991) UK #37

*Revved Up (1990)>


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