succeeded in outdoing themselves once again. I've had comments from the US and around the world saying how much they wish they had a Rockpile in their own town because of all the great shows they present. Joining the long listed ranks of incredible rock acts such as UFO, Stryper, Tom Keifer and more that have graced the stages at one or both of Toronto’s two Rockpile locations is now the all female membership of Vixen. Thanksgiving weekend here in the Great White North, Vixen appeared on back to back nights (Friday and Saturday) once at each Rockpile location (West & East). Vixen’s shows had been originally scheduled for May but suffering the effects of a severe allergic reaction to a medication mimicking that of food allergy, vocalist Janet Gardner was unable to perform and they were forced to postpone the trip up here.
Vixen were sensations in the late 80’s, the only all female hard rock band of the era to produce six #1 MTV videos, have four songs in "Billboard's Top 100" and sell more than a million albums. In many circles the ladies, bassist Share Pedersen (now Ross), drummer Roxy Petrucci, vocalist Janet Gardner and guitarist Jan Kuehnemund were dubbed the "female Bon Jovi" and issuing two albums, Vixen 1988 and Rev It Up 1990 before disbanding. In 2012 a reunion of the classic line-up was decided and planned but before the announcement Jan was stricken with cancer. Following a nine month battle she succumbed to the illness and we lost her on October 10, 2013. The surviving members, along with guitarist Gina Stile, are now continuing under the Vixen moniker in honor of their founding member and friend Jan Kuehnemund.
The Friday October 10, 2014 show at Rockpile West was nothing short of pure magic. That's the only way to describe it! My Facebook status after the show read: "I have seen many bands so far this year from all over the world. I've traveled to Sweden Rock Festival, Monsters of Rock Cruise and M3 Festival. There have been many contenders for concert of the year, but I have to say that Vixen tonight at Rockpile West is definitely in the top 5, and the top half of that even! Roxy Petrucci, Share Ross, Gina Stile and Janet Gardner are incredible together on stage........if you can make sure you catch their second Toronto show Saturday at Rockpile East!". I had seen these ladies previously as they were performing at the pre-party for 2013’s Monsters of Rock Cruise under the moniker JSRG (Janet/Share/Roxy/Gina) at the time. I had the CD’s, I knew the songs, but I must admit that I was by no means a rabid fan, probably only catching their show as I attended the party mainly to mingle with friends, fellow cruisers and artists the night prior to sailing. It was that very performance that made me a fan! I had obviously done these four ladies an injustice with my pre-disposed notion of what they were like. They absolutely blew me away and thoroughly rocked the whole place. Their show aboard the ship was exactly the same as were their performances during 2014’s excursion. There was no way I would be missing either Toronto experience!
|Gina Stile at Rockpile West, October 2014-by Brian Ronald|
|Roxy Petrucci at Rockpile West, Oct 2014-by Brian Ronald|
|Janet Gardner @ Rockpile West Oct 2014|
|Share Ross @ Rockpile West Oct 2014|
Saturday’s show was held at The Rockpile East and went much as the Friday version, but I was again front row singing in all my tone deaf glory, fist high in the air. I could see a Vixen show every day and it would never get old! I was able to quickly join the line of fans waiting to meet the ladies, getting my Friday night edition setlist autographed and some album covers signed including Contraband on which Share Ross appeared. I was so tired from working Friday, rocking Friday night sleeping for just two hours, working Saturday and then rocking Saturday night that I was only able to mumble some quick short incoherency at them! I wish I’d had the foresight to print the pics below and bring them for autographs. Thank-you so very much for coming to Toronto ladies, I can’t wait to see you again whenever or wherever that may be, but speaking on behalf of Toronto, please come back asap!
|The Meister & Roxy-MORC 2014-by Brian Ronald|
|Share Ross-MORC 2013-by The Meister|
|Vixen & Meister-MORC 2014|
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