Vixen and former JSGR vocalist and musician Janet Gardner has made this emotional statement on her Facebook account today.
“After much soul searching and many sleepless nights, I have decided that it’s time for me to step aside and let Roxy and Share pursue their vision for the future of Vixen. Vixen will always have a very special place in my heart and I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of it. I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support over the years, and as Roxy and Share continue to keep the heart and soul of Vixen alive and well and I continue on my path, your continued support to all would be greatly appreciated. Love, Janet 💗”
Janet and her powerhouse vocals and enigmatic personality will be truly missed.
John Corabi… Sammy Hagar…
At the height of their success these guys grabbed the reins of Motley Crue, Van Halen, and Three Days Grace, bringing us new memories, new meaning, and new music.
In the case of the latter, Walst is still up on stage alongside brother Brad, bringing it hard at every live performance.
Newer songs mixed with stayed favourites.
A little light banter mixed with an excellent acoustic interlude.
The last time Headbangerwoman saw Three Days Grace the crowd were bouncing off the walls at Rexall Place, Edmonton.
This show on December 12th 2018 at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton was a touch smaller as were some in that crowd, (a good amount of kids present) and a little less rambunctious, but the crowd were rocking the bleachers and in full support of the headliners none the less.
A young lady on the floor was spotted signing songs to her Dad.
A member of the police presence during the last 20 minutes heard to say “this was the only good song they had”…The fans quite clearly in disagreement!
A quick Shout out to Jess Jackson of 100.3 The Bear…
Also in support of this Canadian staple of rock was Texan band Nothing More. These guys are not the boys next door, rather; Rage Against the Machine meets Jim Morrison, takes a good hit of crack and streaks repeatedly in from if the elderly neighbors house!
Producing an excellent mix of headbanging noise and attitude, and sounding great as live performers whilst doing so, this band was a pleasant surprise!
Arriving a tad late Headbangerwoman caught Bad Wolves mid-way through their third last song. A heady sound with a darker vibe, the crowd went crazy when they announced that their final song Zombie had just gone double platinum, and that all proceeds would be given to the children of late Cranberries vocalist Delores O’Riordan; who was found dead in a bathtub on January 15th 2018 due to accidental drowning on the eve of recording the song with this band.
Thanks were shouted out to General Manager Rose Slanic, who was in attendance.
You gotta love Mr Mike Motherfuckin’ McCready, and while we should laud him for a moment here…this ain’t about him.
Another of Seattle’s greatest; Duff Motherfuckin’ McKagan, is the focus here.
After the release of a book by the same title, originally in 2011, the cinematic version, of It’s So Easy: and Other Lies (2016), now on Netflix, provides some much needed depth, and great visual additions.
Taking to the stage and baring his soul to a live audience, Duff reads from the book as his family and friends, including Slash, Nikki Sixx, and Susan Holmes-McKagan, fill in in the gaps via interviews.
McKagan is open and honest, and shines a much needed light on the very real struggles of addicts. When talking of his recovery, he becomes animated.
He also shines when he talks of his thirty plus years as a musician with bands such as The Walking Papers, Velvet Revolver, and the the more recently reunited Guns N Roses.
The band and accompanying string quartet provide a moving soundtrack to the theater performance, and serve to add theatrical emotion.
If you are a fan of music, a survivor of addiction, or you just need a decent watch, this should be near the top of your “to watch” list.
Anyone that wasn’t in their seats for Warpaint at Rogers Place, Edmonton, on Friday October 27th 2017, missed a fucking incredible experience. The four piece from Los Angeles belted out a stunning, but not nearly long enough set. All members were given equal frontage on the stage, and that there was still plenty of room for them to mingle and vibe as each song offered a different lead vocal, and unique take on the funk that is the foundation that Warpaint are know for. Unfortunately the stage was kept quite dark throughout the set, and from the back half of the venue shadowy figures of the band were really all that anyone could see.
In case you were wondering…and you should be! From stage left; Stella, Theresa, Emily and Jenny Lee are Warpaint.
As well as playing newer tracks including New Song, older favorites Elephants, Disco//Very, and Intro; leading to Keep It Healthy, were not forgotten.
A set far too quickly over, and a fabulous choice to lead the way for the headliner.
Breakdown was pretty rapid, and Depeche Mode were on the stage by 20.45, a silhouette of an obviously revered Dave Gahan writhing and contorting to Going Backwards, on a riser behind the rest of the band. True to form this was a show to promote their current release, and SPIRIT is yet another excellent record by his trio, but some older members of the audience did seem disgruntled by the fact that the 80’s and 90’s hits that shot the band to fame, were not being covered during the early part of the show, and they ignorantly sat down playing with their cell phones! Of course true fans have supported the band throughout, and have kept up to date with all of the music that has been released during their four decade career….and rightly so, because it’s all absolutely fucking mind blowing.
Gahan has a history of being a troubled soul, but FUCK. Just FUCK. If Rudolph Nureyev and Jane Fonda produced a child, and named him Freddie Mercury, but he had an alter ego driven by nitromethane, here is the result. Demanding adulation throughout the two hour and fifteen minute show, and absolutely deserving of it, this guy is a mother fucking artist, he’s a singer, he’s a dancer, he’s a performer, he’s the man that words are not sufficient to describe him.
Of course there are other members of the band, and mainstay Martin Gore showed his metal by fronting the vocals on three songs during the show, while Gahan was taking a break. Gore has a more than excellent voice, and his musical contribution is absolutely key to the Depeche Mode sound, but he isn’t the presence that is Gahan, and as it became glaringly apparent through the show, there is no other frontman, or woman, alive on earth at this point in time that is even coming close to what he is.
Let’s not forget that this tour is running for ten months, with four more months to push…these guys will produce this show one hundred and six times, and yet they are giving 250% of their all each time, and then squeezing the audience for just a little more. Being onstage, performing, putting on a show, is an obvious spiritual occurrence for Gahan. He is in the zone, but this is not a selfish act. This is about everyone in the room, about giving and receiving…and it is so much more of a religious experience than anyone could ever get in the village church..Unless Gahan happens to step in for your local vicar and become your Personal Jesus!
The set list was put together with a lot of thought, with a few slower numbers peppered through, and an unexpected cover of David Bowies Heroes added to slow the encore and make you take stock, but also with enough older “popular” songs in the final eight to get the more mature folk in the audience off of their phones and onto their feet.
If you weren’t blown away by this show in it’s entirety, and you are not as sad as fuck that it’s over today, then you need to check in and get on board, because you got way more than you paid for . This shit is the real deal.
KG Headbangerwoman Oct 28 2017
December 3 2015 saw the sudden, but not all that unexpected death of former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland, at the not great age of forty eight.
Three weeks later, and just four days after he was at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles celebrating his 70th birthday, former Hawkwind vocalist, and current Motorhead writer, bassist and singer; Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister ceased to be at his home…shortly after playing a video game that staff at Hollywoods “Rainbow Bar and Grill” had brought to him, on finding out he was unwell. Only two days before his death, had he had been told of cancerous tumors in his brain and neck.
OK, 2015, you were an ass and we get that, but what has followed in the year since has been a poke in the eyes, a kick in the balls, and a red hot poker (sideways) up the arse. Never have so many talented and renowned musicians been taken in such a short period of time, never have we seen the demise of so many artists. 2016 you fucking suck.
Headbangerwoman touched on the death of David Bowie in January, also just a few days after celebrating his birthday, and the release of his latest record BLACKSTAR. Bowie was 69 and had been living with liver cancer for quite some time.
With many music fans still in mourning over Bowie, a slow and steady cull of musicians starts to occur
Glenn Frey of The Eagles at age 67 on January 18
Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane 74 on January 28
Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire at age 74 on February 3
Former Prince protege Denise “Vanity” Matthews who was only 57, died on February 15
Country singer Sonny James died on February 22 at age 87
Joey Feek, one half of Country duo “Joey and Rory” was next, at the very young age of 40. Yet another cancer victim. March 4 was the date
Emerson Lake and Palmers Keith Emerson was next. At age 71 he died on March 11
March also saw the deaths of Frank Sinatra Jnr at age 72, and Phife Dawg aged 45
Merle Haggard departed on April 6 at the age of 76
Of course after Bowie, the next real shock death was Prince. The musician had been reported as having a very heavy cold just days earlier, and his plane had made an emergency landing to allow him to receive medical treatment. Prince was actually playing a few sold out shows in the US, and recordings of him at those concerts show an upbeat, intense, and incredible performer. Unfortunately the purple one was in the grips of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, and it would be a self administered fatal dose of that very same drug that would kill him at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota on April 21. Prince Rogers Nelson was 57 years old
The remainder of April and heading into May the Grim Reaper took
Papa Wemba 66
Billy Paul 80
Jane Little 87
Emillio Navaira 53
Guy Clark 74
Nick Menza formerly with Megadeth at age 51
June didn’t let up either…the old guy with the scythe just kept on coming…
Singer and You Tube sensation Christina Grimmie was murdered at a public appearance aged just 22 years old
Grammy winner Ralph Stanley was taken on June 23 age 79
Bernie Worrell followed on June 24 at the age of 72
Elvis’s guitarist Scotty Moore was next on June 28 at the respectable age of 84
Clarinet player Peter Fountain was a few years older at 86. He departed on August 6
August wasn’t done yet though…
Three Doors Down founder Matt Roberts died August 20
Toots Thielemans August 22 at 94
Juan Gabriel on August 28 at the age of 66
September was a better month unless you were Shawty Lo, who died on September 21 at the young age of 40
Late October saw another sudden death, this time of Dead (or Alive) singer Pete Burns. Cardiac arrest was the reason. Burns was very well known for having over 250 plastic surgeries. He was 57.
Leonard Cohen was the next “big” musician to cease breathing. At 82 Cohen had previously found major success, not only as a performer in his own right, but as a prolific writer for other musicians. In reports given out by the press it seemed that Cohen was aware he would shortly depart and was ready for the journey. He died on November 7
November also took
Pianist Leon Russell 74
Holly Dunn 59
Sharon Jones 60
With November out of the way, you’d think that we could breathe a sigh of relief, but no, no, no
Christmas Eve saw the expiry of long time Status Quo staple Rick Parfitt. Though suffering from heart issues for many years, it is reported that a bout of pneumonia was the cause of death.
Boxing Day, December 26 saw the very shocking death of former Wham, and very successful solo artist George Michael, at the age of just 53. Michael had been expected to attend a function with his partner Fadi Fawaz. Fawaz tells that he arrived at Michaels home to find him dead in bed. Medical investigation is still ongoing.
Singer (and of course; very, very famous movie star) Debbie Reynolds was the most recent to die at the age of 84 died, she died on December 28…just yesterday. Did you know that her song “Tammy” ousted Elvis Presley from the #1 spot in 1957….Well now you do
So 2016 was a sad year indeed for music fans. Of course there are so many more celebrity deaths that have occurred in 2016, that it just adds to the huge sense of loss felt by fans of music and movies. But Headbangerwoman has chosen to stick those remembered for their music, for this article
Here’s hoping that 2017 can leave the fuck alone, all of the fabulous musicians that remain with us, and perhaps provide us with some future stars
Let’s raise a glass to hopes of a MUCH Happier New Year
KG Headbangerwoman December 29 2016
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