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VIXEN – EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART

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Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week so far. To continue our “Metal Women Who Rock” series today we’re going back to 1988 to the debut self-titled album by Vixen for the track “Edge of a Broken Heart.”

The song written by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988 and the album was also co-produced by Marx. The success of the album helped Vixen to secure supporting slots on tours with Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows as well.

Vixen broke up in 1992 due to musical differences but tried reuniting a few times with different members of the original band in each version. In 2012, guitarist Jan Kuehnemund was planning to reunite the original Vixen lineup with singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross but sadly was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2013. The remaining members decided to carry on the Vixen name in her honor.

The band is currently planning to release a new album in 2019, however singer Janet Gardner has since left the band and was replaced with Femme Fatale singer Lorraine Lewis along with current members Roxy Petrucci, Share Ross and Britt Lighting.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “EDGE OF A BROKEN HEART”

BON JOVI – RUNAWAY – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads!  Today we’re gonna take a trip back to 1983 to the self-titled debut album by Bon Jovi for the track “Runaway.”

“Runaway” was originally recorded in 1981 with Jon Bon Jovi and a group of studio musicians known as The All Star Review which included  Hugh McDonald – bass, Tim Pierce – guitar, Frankie LaRocka – drums and Roy Bittan – keyboards. The keyboard intro for the song was written by Mick Seeley, who eventually went on to join Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes.

In 1983, New York radio station WAPP (103.5 FM) held a contest to find the best unsigned band and the song, the first single off their debut album won. “Runaway” went all the way to #39 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1984.

“Runaway” is one of the few songs Bon Jovi still plays live today from their older material and it is one of the songs they are most proud of. Check out the video below that introduced Bon Jovi to the world.

BON JOVI – RUNAWAY

 

 

 

 

 

BON JOVI – ONLY LONELY

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L to R: David Bryan, Alec John Such, Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora

Pictures courtesy of Discogs and The Atlantic

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! To round out our power ballad series for this month, today we take a trip back to 1985 to the second album by Bon Jovi, called “7800 Fahrenheit” for the track “Only Lonely”.

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The song did fairly well on the music charts, putting Bon Jovi on the map, however the band tends to credit their success to their next album, Slippery When Wet. Singer Jon Bon Jovi has stated in interviews that when they recorded this album, the members of the band were all going through a tough time on a personal level and never want to revisit that time of their lives again. The song however was used in the 1987 film “Light of Day” with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett.

Check out the video for “Only Lonely” below:

STRYPER – HONESTLY

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Hope you enjoyed the spooky posts from last month. This month we’re gonna go back in time to the metal power ballads that either we loved or hated. I’ll share some of my favorites and let me know what some of yours are and I’ll feature them in an upcoming post.

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L to R: Tim Gaines, Michael Sweet, Oz Fox and Robert Sweet

Band and album photos courtesy of Pinterest

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the third album by the band Stryper called “To Hell With The Devil” for the track “Honestly.” The song which was their biggest hit from the album was the most requested video on MTV and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Stryper, who hail from Orange County, California are a Christian Metal Band who threw out bibles to their fans during their shows in the 80’s. They constantly came under fire for their religious beliefs and were criticized for opening for such bands Ratt and Bon Jovi in their early days, with critics citing that they were not a true Christian band.

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As the 90’s hit, Stryper started to veer their image and message into a different direction, eventually going their separate ways in 1993. While various members of the band have reunited at different points since then, their latest album “God Damn Evil” was released earlier this year with 3 of the 4 original members of the band.

I absolutely love “Honestly” and while the song is about not just loving others, but God as well, it’s a song that definitely stands the test of time over 30 years later. Check out the video below: