Singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross (Pedersen) will honor their friend and bandmate, guitarist and founder of VIXEN, Jan Kuehnemund, by performing as VIXEN in 2014.
The band was committed to reunite in 2012 but Kuehnemund‘s cancer diagnosis caused what was thought of at the time as a delay. Sadly, however, after a fierce battle, Kuehnemund succumbed to her illness in October 2013, thus the reunion was not meant to be.
After discussing the idea with friends and family as well as lead vocalist from the most recent lineup, Jenna Sanz-Agero, it was agreed that it was the right decision for the three surviving definitive members to carry on as VIXEN.
Gardner commented: “We’ve been hearing the fans ask for this and while it will never be the same without Jan, we believe in our hearts it’s what she would have wanted.”
Joining forces with their JSRG bandmate, guitarist Gina Stile, VIXEN will perform at select festivals and showcase dates in 2014.
The first official VIXEN performances will take place on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, departing from Miami, Florida on March 29, 2014.
Kuehnemund was only 51 years old at the time of her death.
In 1987, “Edge Of A Broken Heart” climbed the Billboard chart to the Top Ten and VIXEN had hit after hit. EMI suddenly had the only platinum-selling all-female rock band of its time on their roster.
Dubbed “MTV Darlings”, the hits kept coming with “Cryin'”, “How Much Love”, “Love Is A Killer” and “Not a Minute Too Soon”. The band earned credibility as they opened up for superstars, including OZZY OSBOURNE, DEEP PURPLE, SCORPIONS and BON JOVI, to name a few. A live performance on the “Arsenio Hall” television show sealed their credibility with the fact that these girls could play.
VIXEN‘s original members Gardner, Kuehnemund, Pedersen and Petrucci appeared together on VH1‘s “Bands Reunited” in October 2004 to reminisce about their start on L.A.’s Sunset Strip and their rise to fame in the late 1980s, before the onset of grunge in the early 1990s displaced metal at the top of the charts. They also took part in a short performance for the program.