Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JANET GARDNER (ex-Vixen)

ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON continues Mitch Marathon Month with Janet Gardner (formerly of Vixen) and Justin James.
They discuss their latest album Your Place In The Sun, stepping away from the Vixen brand (yes, I said brand), collaborating on the songs, why her and Vixen didn't share the same vision for the future, their attempts to make a new Vixen record, the Vixen album Tangerine, her five year plan, marriage, the environment for an all female band back in the day, Richard Marx, remembering Jan Kuehnemund and much more. 

Rat Pak Records Set To Release VIXEN ‘Live Fire’ July 6

Friday, July 6, 2018
Classic 80’s rock veterans Vixen will release “Live Fire” via Rat Pak Records on July 6, 2018. Mixed by Michael Wagener, “Live Fire” features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago's legendary Arcada Theater during the group’s successful 2017 tour.  In addition to the classic Vixen songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of “You Ought to Know By Now”, an all new studio acoustic version of their hit song “Edge of a Broken Heart” and a live version of a previously unreleased track called “Big Brother”.
Regarding the track “You Ought to Know by Now”, vocalist Janet Gardner says, “It gives you a taste of the classic Vixen days with a revitalized energy and passion!”...and bassist Share Ross adds, “This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!”
Speaking of the live material drummer Roxy Petrucci comments, “It’s really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!” Guitarist Britt Lightning adds, “This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band’s live performance.”

Vixen first burst onto the scene in the 80’s and achieved large scale commercial success with songs like “Edge of A Broken Heart”, “Cryin” and “Love Made Me”. The band has sold over a million albums, had six #1 videos on MTV, four songs on Billboard’s Top 100 and is the only platinum selling all female 80’s act. The band continues to write new music and tour with their eyes set firmly on the future!
Vixen “Live Fire” is available in various formats and bundle configurations including a ltd white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal “Thank-you” phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at
01. Rev It Up (Live)
02. How Much Love (Live)
03. One Night Alone (Live)
04. Cryin’ (Live)
05. Meet The Band (Live)
06. Rock Me (Live)
07. Streets In Paradise (Live)
08. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Live)
09. Love Is A Killer (Live)
10. Love Made Me (Live)
11. Big Brother (Live) *previously unreleased*
12. Edge of A Broken Heart (Live)
13. You Ought To Know By Now (New Studio Version)
14. Edge of A Broken Heart (New Studio Acoustic Version)
Vixen is:
Janet Gardner (vocals)
Roxy Petrucci (drums)
Share Ross (bass)
Britt Lightning (guitars)

RockPages Talks To JANET GARDNER

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Highlights: Janet, I guess the first question is quite obvious…why did you decide to record your first solo album now, aftter all these years?
Janet Gardner: It just happened really…together with Justin we sset up our home studio and we started playing around, exchanging ideas…wee wrote a few songs and then we saw that we were really coming up with something special. The album was completed before we knew it. In the past I have worked with other people but this time, with Justin, it's really important to me. Actually, it's the best thing that I've done in ages. So, in answer to your question, I just knew that it was the right time to do it. Janet, did it feel any different working on your own compared to your previous recording experience with Vixen?
Janet Gardner: Well, it's quite a bit different obviously due to my personal relationship with Justin but also due to the fact that we are only two people that made the decisions. We were only two people that we had to agree upon certain things. So that was the main difference compared to the other records that I did with Vixen. Also, we were able to move things quickly that's why the record was completed so fast. On the one hand, it's great that we finished the album so quickly but also I must say that it's also great when there are other people on the band adding something to the album. This time was faster and it felt great to create something with your life partner. I wrote in my review that the album is diverse and it sounds like a bridge that connects the 80s with the 90s. What's your point of view on the musical style of the album?
Janet Gardner: I think it's pretty accurate because our roots go back to the 70s up to the 80s and the 90s. I must tell you that we both loved some of the 90s bands. In the 80s everything was about fun and all we wanted to do is have a great time. But I must tell you that as an artist I love the depth that came in the 90s with the lyrics and the overall darker mood of the albums. I guess you can say that we love both eras…the best of both worlds. We definitely combine those two elemments that's why there is some diversity on the album. The album is modern sounding. Did you have any worries regarding the reaction of the old school Vixen fans?
Janet Gardner: Well, it's not a Vixen album…it'ss me and Justin. So I hope that they won't think that it's that different. Naturally, it doesn't sound like Vixen. But I must say that there is a lot of stuff on that album that I truly believe that the Vixen fans will appreciate. I still have some of the 80s anthemic choruses in there so I guess they should all give it a chance and listen to it. I am sure they will find things they will love. 

Vixen's JANET GARDNER Launches Self-Titled Debut Album

Friday, August 18, 2017
As the lead vocalist of the legendary female rock band Vixen, Janet Gardner's powerful vocals propelled Vixen to the top of the Billboard charts with crossover hits "Edge of a Broken Heart" and "Cryin’'" and AOR rockers "How Much Love" and "Love is a Killer." Vixen toured extensively, grinding out 200 shows per year, opening for the likes of Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, Kiss, and Bon Jovi.
In an era primarily dominated by male rock musicians, Vixen's all-female line up didn't come without its struggles. But their undeniable musicianship, matched with Gardner's unique and powerful vocal style, propelled the band quickly to Gold Album status and earned the band critically acclaimed success that is still celebrated to this day on the likes of Sirius XM, MTV/VH-1 Classic, and nationally syndicated specialty radio shows. Vixen, along with their predecessors, helped pave the way for the current wave and success of female-fronted acts such as Halestorm, In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, and many others.
Teaming up with guitarist/songwriter/producer Justin James (who has worked with members of Staind, Collective Soul, and Tyketto), Gardner ventured into the solo realm to unleash a new side of her musical creativity. Together, Janet and Justin have penned a collection of emotionally charged songs with gritty grooves, infectious hooks, and inspired lyrics that merge hard rock influences from the last four decades.
The result is a perfect blend of modern hard rock with a touch of old school flare that will turn the heads of generations of rock fans. A sample teaser was put up on YouTube and literally exploded overnight. The power duo was quickly snatched up by Pavement Entertainment with a full-length release coming on August 18, 2017.
Janet Gardner has once again proven herself as a leader in the female-fronted hard rock world.
01 Rat Hole
02 Hippycrite
03 If You Want Me
04 Candle
05 Your Problem Now
06 Let It Be Over
07 Lost
08 The Grind
09 Best Friend
10 The Good Or The Bye

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - VIXEN

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 11 pm Est time on the Totaally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio have recently been talking with the band Madam-X about being guest on Totally Driven Radio, but when all 4 members were presented to us, I asked if I could do individual interviews to get 4 sides of the story of Madam-X and more. So this is Part 4 of 4 with our drummer of both Madam-X & Vixen .. Roxy Petrucci

Roxy talked with Bay Ragni, for over 45 minutes for a very open interview to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Was there a specific drummer or influence that made her choose drums
**What did her parents think when her & Maxine changed their musical style to rock
**If guys gave them flack for being female rock musicians
**Talked about Madam-X going to LA to get a record deal, and doing that after 2 shows
**Her thoughts on Don Arden, and if he did right by the band
**Roxy tried out for David Lee Roth’s solo band, after he left VH
**Leaving Madam-X
**Joining Vixen
**Being part of the Metal Years Documentary
**Getting the call from Jan Kuehnemund to put the reunite the original band, and then Jan became sick with cancer, and sadly passed away.
**The new Madam-X Single “Another 80’s Rock Song”

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