VIXEN (1980–91, 1998 2001–PRESENT). Janet Gardner (vocals/guitar, replaced by Jenna Piccolo), Jan Kuehnemund (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass, replaced by Pia Maiocco, Share Pedersen, Lynne Louise Lowrey), Laurie Hedlund (drums, replaced by Roxy Petrucci, Kat Kraft).
Vixen was one of the few all-female heavy metal bands that men appreciated not just for their looks but also for their prodigious chops, particularly guitarist Kuehnemund who formed the band back in 1980. Vixen played Los Angeles relentlessly and finally earned a record contract after appearing in the film Hardbodies and making a notable appearance in the classic metal documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years. The hit single “Edge of a Broken Heart” led to Vixen claiming lucrative opening slots for acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, among others, before the band broke up due to the usual creative differences in 1991.
Vixen was also the subject of a VH1 special Bands Reunited, in which the original band got back together for a reunion show and where all of the animosity of the past seemed to be buried as the band played together. Although the VH1 special reunited the “classic” lineup of the band (the 1987–91 lineup of Gardner, Kuehnemund, Share Pedersen and Roxy Petrucci), today the band tours with Kuehnemund as the only original member.
Discography: Vixen (EMI, 1988); Rev it Up (EMI, 1990); Tangerine (CMC International, 1998); The Works (Pryma Axis, 2003); Live and Learn (Demolition, 2006); Live (Castle, 2007).