A dream come true! Vixen, the first
all-female Hard Rock group that stole my heart as an 10 year old boy
back around 1988. A lot of times I wanted to see these girls from the
States, but it never worked out. With my best friend Marc, we even
booked tickets and a flight to Barcelona, Spain to see them in 2014. But
Ryan Air didn’t allow me to let me fly, still a strange and stupid
reason. But here we are in Germany! My mate Marc saw they came to Bochum
in the German Ruhrpott, which is not that far for us. So we did not
hesitate at all and ordered our tickets. Marc even contacted the ladies
and management personally to let me do an interview with my youth star,
Share Ross (bass-play lady since the early start back in 1978!!!). WOW,
you girls still look awesome and still Rock Hard! Anyway, Share was so
friendly to replay Marc and invited Marc and two of his best friends of
HEADBANGERS ZINE, including myself (the chief) to do this interview
backstage. Unfortunately, it didn't work out at the Venue in Bochum, but
we got the Chance to get a nice and exclusive phone interview while they
played at the Barcelona Rockfest! Thanks to Share and Roxy for the
Availability! Cheers for both of you, to let a child dream come true.
Never expected this when I was looking at their posters, listening to
their records and watching their video clips three decades ago in my
sleepingroom. Let’s start our chat, ladies!
Hi Share! Thank you very much for taking the time for the interview! Are
you ready to start the chat?
Share: Hi Maurice! Yes, sure, Thanks to You!
You started way back in 1978!! Was it hard to find other female
musicians that wanted to play this type of music at that time?
Well, back then it was just the Founding Member Jan, the Guitarplayer,
that had started the Band with her Friends. And then in the 80's she
found me, Roxy and Janet in Los Angeles.
Did you have any Connection with the Runaways (e.g. Lita Ford and Joan
Jett), who started at around the same time back then? Or even Girlschool
No, no Connection at all! The Runaways were established before us, I
believe, and we were influenced by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and all these
Classic Rock Bands! We didn't consider ourselves as a Female Band, but
more as a Rockband, that happened to be Female!
What are your personal influences and what would you say are “common”
influences inside the band?
Well, actually my Range goes from Led Zeppelin to Miles Davis, John Paul
Jones influenced my playing very much. But there are many other
Influences, anyway. I cannot speak for the whole Band, but we are
basically influenced by all these Classic 70's Rock Bands. We have
really a lot of different Influences and all together that makes the
How was life on the road (especially during the 80’s) and which were the
highlight years for you ladies as a band?
It was endless and it was great! It was just a ton of Gigs! The Average
was about 300 Shows a Year! It was a lot of Van and Bus, Play, Play,
Play, meeting Fans, it was just fantastic and i absolutely loved it! The
End of the 80's until the Beginning of the 90's were definitely our
What impact had the death of ‘Jan Kuehnemund’ (lead guitar) in 2014 on
your band, was it hard seeing Jan suffering with cancer? Please tell me
how it was and please introduce your new Guitarplayer Brittany Denaro to
Yeah, that was definitely shocking, when that happened! We had Plans to
reunite with her, so we were really devasteted when she passed away. It
simply made us determined to carry on the Legacy! We think about her and
honour her every Night on Stage! So do the Fans. And now we are very
glad to have Brittany in the Band! She is very well known in Spain as
well, for playing with Spanish Artist Alejandro Sanz, amongst many
others. We found her through Recommandations of different People and she
fits very well in the Band. She brings that classic Sound and Vibe of
Vixen, plus her own Style as well. So it is perfect! Really good, just
the perfect Match! And she played in a Guns'n'Roses Tribute Band before,
How was your Experience on the last Monsters Of Rock Cruise, when Janet
couldn’t be a part of it due to health issues? How did you manage all
the Singers replacing her? How was the Response from the Fans? How is
Janet doing now?
Yeah, absolutely! But first of all, we are very glad that she is in
prefect shape right now and we have her back singing great! She was
unable to perform by that time, but we didn't want to let the Fans down,
so we asked all of our Rock'n'Roll-Friends to step in and all of these
Dudes were so happy, it was just amazing and made this a very special
Night! Everybody sending greetings and wishes to Janet to heal, it was
really just amazing! And everybody was coming together, the Friends and
all the Rock'n'Roll-Family, it was really unusual! But now we are so
glad that Janet is back! And all the Dudes said: "Wow, this is so
amazing, Janet is great, so many difficult Parts to sing! This was so
Can you please tell us something about the new Live-Record that you just
did? Do you have any plans on making a new album soon? Also with the
same kind of music?
Well, the Live-Album was just to catch the Live-Power that we have and
to pass it across. And we are so glad that it worked out very well, it
really sounds fantastic! Plus, there is a new Studio Track on it, that
was never heard before, and you will find an Acoustic Version of "Edge
Of A Broken Heart". The new Song is to honour Jan and to move forward at
the same Time! So we are very pleased with the Outcome and we have many
new Ideas for new Songs, also! For the next Album, we will see. A bit
early to say right now, but it will be the typical Vixen Sound plus some
How does Roxy (drums) manage her time with Vixen and the comeback of
Well, why don't I pass the Phone to her and let her answer that, ha ha!?
Maurice? Hey, it's Roxy! How are you? We are in Barcelona/Spain right
now, it's very hot! Hot!! Ha, ha! Drinking some 'Vino' and having a
really great Time!
Have you heard the new Madam X-Record? Yes, it's very hot and very
strong! We took two Years in the Making, but i think we delivered a
really good Record, we are very proud of it! We love playing that live!
I love playing it both, Man! I enjoy both, Man! Madam X AND Vixen! I got
my Rock'n'Roll out with Vixen and i got my Metal with Madam X!
Rock'n'Roll in my Heart, Metal to the Core, ha ha! To manage the Time
between both Bands is really a nice Problem to have, ha ha! Right now,
Vixen is very busy. With Madam X, we just finished the Record and shot a
Video. I plan to play with both Bands, Vixen AND Madam X, live. I am not
even worried about that. Maybe we will do some Shows together. Being at
two Places at the same Time, ha ha! Anything will work! When we come
back to Germany this Fall, i will have to arrange to bring Madam X on
the Bill also, to open the Show or something! That would be great, let's
see! Madam X needs to come to Germany, too! To Europe! I think we never
made it to Europe, it's Time!
You still follow the Heavy Rock Scene? Any new all-female bands you
Well, there is this Band called "Fanny", they were playing since the
Beginning of the 70's, which influenced me very much and inspired me
playing in a Band, they were really ahead of their Time! They were one
of the first all-female Rockbands! Nowadays, there are so many female
Bands playing Rock'n'Roll or Metal, it's really not an Issue anymore! We
do what we love, it's all about the Music, it's not about Gender
anymore! Beating the Shit out of the Drums, smashing the Guitars, even
playing Tennis or Football... We do what we like and love! Goddamn, and
i LOVE TO ROCK!! Never stop Rocking! That's what Ozzy says: "Don't stop
Rocking!" Speaking about him, we toured with Ozzy, we did a major Tour
with him! And right here in Barcelona we tour with him also, and with
Judas Priest, with the Scorpions, with Helloween, and many more! We saw
Ozzy backstage already and said "Hello!" to him! Ha ha!
Are you ladies married and do you have kids and husbands who give you
support? How are your daily lifes look like these days and how is it
possible you all still look very good? Many sports and
Yes, i have a private Life, ha ha! Well, i am married, but i have no
Children. My Baby is Rock'n'Roll! I am pretty devoted to Rock'n'Roll! My
Husband is very nice and supportive and he loves what i do. I am very
inspired by Jan also, and keep doing what we started and we really love.
I just do Music, mainly Music. Share does many Things, Janet is a dental
Hygenist, we are all pretty busy. Well, about our Looks, thank you very
much! Yes, we do Workouts and Sports, look and watch what we eat and
lead a healthy Life! In General, we are a pretty healthy Band, you
really have to, when you are on the Road! Anyway, Rock'n'Roll keeps you
young, ha ha!
So what does the future look like for Vixen?
Well, the Future looks very bright! It looks so bright, we have to wear
Sunglasses, ha ha! We have just the Live-Record out, we will be touring
again in Fall and we plan a new Studio-Record. And again, Touring,
Touring, Touring! Sure, we will be coming back!
Great, time to wrap this up, any last words before we leave you?
Never any last Words, ha ha! Well, enjoy the Shows, Thanks for your
Support, we are always happy to meet you! We are happy to see you after
the Concerts at the Merchandise-Table, we come out, sign your Stuff and
talk to you! We just appreciate that you come out to see us! We see you
on the Road!
Thank You, for your Time, and see you soon!
Thank You, Maurice, see you!
Marc Blaakenburg, Patchman Marco and Maurice Schreiber for Headbangers
Zine / Metal-Experience.com
Janet Gardner – Lead Vocals
Roxy Petrucci – Drums
Share Ross – Bass Guitar
Britt Lightning – Lead Guitar
1988 - Vixen
1990 - Rev It Up
1998 - Tangerine
2006 - Live & Learn