||VIXEN GUITARIST JAN KUEHNEMUND DIES AT AGE 51
15 October 2013
She died on 10 October at the age of 51 after a battle with cancer.
Jan was born on 18 November 1961 in Minnesota and formed Vixen in 1980. The band became part of the LA Rock scene in the 80's and were hailed as "the female Bon Jovi". After signing to EMI, the albums 'Vixen' and 'Rev It Up' ensured significant coverage on MTV and several hit singles.
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Vixen toured the world and were also in demand for support slots for Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, KISS and the Scorpions.
Jan's fantastic heavy guitar playing was a key to their success and popularity. These girls looked and sounded great and earned their place in Metal history.
After the original line up disbanded in the early 90's, there were reunions in 1997 and 2001 with line-up changes, followed by an appearance by the original four on VH1's "Bands Reunited" in 2004.
Jan had arranged to reunite the original band members once more in 2013, but her cancer diagnosis stopped any official announcement. Unfortunately this final reunion could not happen, and nine months after diagnosis she passed away.
MetalTalk sends sincere condolences to Jan's family, band-mates and friends. She will be incredibly missed and always remembered.
Watch Vixen live in 1991 here: