In bed with VIXEN
Who would have thought that I would ever end up in bed with Roxy and Share from Vixen??
Alright, it’s not as naughty as it sounds, let me see how much I can remember now 20 years later!It was in March 1991 and Deep Purple were playing at Forum in Copenhagen. It was the Joe Lynn Turner-lineup, and opening for them was Vixen.
I was so excited because I was a big fan of Vixen. I still love their two first records, “Vixen” and “Rev It Up“, they were a huge inspiration to any female rocker out there back in the day.
As a matter of fact, one of the very first interviews I did was with Roxy in 1989 (or 1988?) when Vixen were opening for Scorpions, also in Copenhagen. She was so easy to talk to, and you bet I was grateful for that, cause I was just a teenager and I barely knew what I was doing!
She made it very easy on me, so I was looking forward to doing THIS interview.
The record company had confirmed an interview with Roxy and Share, at their hotel. I think it was Sheraton. The funny thing is that I remember what it looked like when I walked into the lobby that day. There were GUYS everywhere with Vixen-vinyls, waiting for the girls. What a weird sight. Back in 1991 the only thing you would normally see, was female groupies. THESE guys were… well I won’t know, male groupies? :)
Either way, it was like stepping into Twilight Zone, what’s wrong with this picture? ;P
I went to Roxy’s and Share’s room and they were like two teenagers, laughing and kidding, just very easygoing and cool to be around. There were no chairs in the room, only a king size bed. Soooooo…. We all got up there, got comfortable and did the interview – IN BED!
That would be the first and only time I ever interviewed anyone like that. I can recommend it though, it was fun!
After the first initial “serious” questions (such as these two audio files) it got pretty giggly. As usual, I had a “part two” of the interview where I just bombarded them with stupid questions and they were laughing, just having a good time. I would say that this was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve ever done.
I will post the funny part of the interview soon enough. I’ve got it on a USB-stick somewhere, god only knows where. I’ll use the weekend for that. :)
So if you like Vixen, stick around.
When we were done with the interview, the door opened and Jan and Janet came in, they had just finished their interviews in the other room, right next to ours. When I left and walked through the lobby, I saw a guy proudly flashing his brand new Vixen-logo tattoo…
The girls kicked ass on stage! They were young, hungry, damn talented and had a lot to prove! What a huge difference between their set and Deep Purple’s…. We got..what..30-45 minutes or pure raw energy from the Vixen-girls, and THEN we got a tired and uninspired Deep Purple only a half hour later. One of the few times where I actually prefered the opening act.
Well, Vixen split up, like so many other bands but got back together again. I just miss their glitz and glam-period, but at least I was lucky enough to have been around when they were in their prime!
Here are two short clips from the SERIOUS part of the interview. I’ll get back with the giggly one soon. Keep checking back.
ROXY AND SHARE @ SHERATON COPENHAGEN MARCH 1991 (1)
ROXY AND SHARE @ SHERATON COPENHAGEN MARCH 1991 (2)
I miss that era too – well, look what it got replaced with, less than a year later! :D
Luckily, “that era” seems to be back. :)