The Queens of Metal, the Female Bon Jovi, however you have heard Vixen described, one of the things you will definitely know is that they were one of the most successful female rock bands in the world.
Massive hits like Edge of a Broken Heart and Love Is A Killer heralded their position in the rock charts, and made them a permanent fixture on all the most popular rock compilation albums of the 90s.
Vixen was founded in Minnesota by Jan Kuehnemund, and brought to Los Angeles in the mid 80s where they continued to gig and build up an impressive following, finally cracking the big time in the late 80s. Two immense albums followed, Vixen and Rev It Up, on their record deal with EMI, and the band toured constantly, including some prestigious supports to the Scorpions and Bon Jovi amongst others.
The band called it a day in 1991, although Jan reformed the band in 2001 to undertake the Voices of Metal tour with Vince Neil of Motley Crue fame. A few problems beset the band, not least the fact that the line up changed completely mid tour. Once sorted though, this line up remained strong and is the same line up that have just recorded their new studio album, the follow up to Rev It Up, called Live and Learn.
Vixen is Jan Kuehnemund (Guitars), Jenna Sanz-Agero (Vocals), Kat Kraft (Drums) and Lynn Louise Lowrey (Bass).
Whilst recording the new album, the band took a trip over to Europe, to give the fans a chance to not only see the classic songs performed, but also to gauge how the fans would accept the new songs. The result; a resounding success, which culminated in the recording of the band's first live album and DVD at their stage headlining show at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2005. This live album was released in the US by Sony/BMG on July 18, 2006 and will be released in Europe later in the year.
Live & Learn has been released by Demolition Records USA in January 2007, and will be followed by a tour that encompasses the US and Europe, including a return to some of the venues that the band graced the stages of in 2005.
For more info on Vixen, visit their official website vixenrock.com
6th Annual Independent Music Awards
• Finalist for Best Hard Rock/Metal album (song "Little Voice")
• Finalist for Best Hard Rock/Metal song ("I Try")
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