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Vixen

VIXEN

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 Read more [...]
THE RUNAWAYS

THE RUNAWAYS

THE RUNAWAYS (1975–1978). Michael “Micki” Steele (vocals/bass, replaced on vocals by Cherie Currie, and on bass by Jackie Fox), Joan Jett (guitar), Lita Ford (guitar), Sandy West (drums). The Runaways were one of the key female rock bands. Although they played a variety of styles, including proto-punk and glam, they were primarily a metal band. This was in spite of the efforts of Los Angeles music mogul Kim Fowley, who brought the band together in much the same way that Lou Pearlman put Read more [...]
LEZ ZEPPELIN

LEZ ZEPPELIN

LEZ ZEPPELIN (2004–PRESENT). Sarah Mclellen (vocals), Steph Paynes (guitar), Lisa Brigatino (bass), Helen Destroy (drums). One of the more engaging and talented of the tribute circuit acts is this (allegedly) all, lesbian tribute to Led Zeppelin. While tribute bands are a common occurrence in the heavy metal scene—there are almost a countless number of cover bands, including “official” cover bands that accurately reproduce the sounds and image of many bands—Lez Zeppelin is one of Read more [...]
Girlschool

GIRLSCHOOL

GIRLSCHOOL (1977–88, 1992–PRESENT). Kim McAuliffe (vocals/guitar), Kelly Johnson (guitar, replaced by Cris Bonacci, Jackie Bodimead), Enid Williams (bass, replaced by Gil Weston, Traci Lamb), Denise Dufort (drums). Girlschool were one of the key bands of the eighties that demonstrated that women could hold their own in the metal scene, which was unquestionably a boys’ club at the time. The band started out in London in 1977 as Painted Lady, before settling on the far more suggestive Girlschool. Read more [...]