Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the eighth album by the Scorpions called “Blackout” released on EMI Records in Germany and Mercury Records in the USA.
During the recording of the album, vocalist Klaus Meine had lost his voice and had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords. Unsure if he would be able to complete the recording of the album, the band recorded demos with Don Dokken but the tracks didn’t end up being used. The album cover which depicts Rudolf Schenker portraying artist Gottfried Helnwein’s self portrait of a screaming bandaged man blinded by forks has made this one of the more popular Scorpions t-shirts to date.
The lineup for the Blackout album includes: Klaus Meine – vocals, Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker – guitars, Francis Buchholz – bass and Herman Rarebell – drums. The album has been certified both gold and platinum and reached #10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1982.
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.