More than four years after announcing their reunion, female rockers VIXEN have yet to begin tracking their comeback studio album. Bassist Share Pedersen told Finland's Kaaos TV about the band's plans for a new studio disc: "It's gone back and forth and in and out and around a few times, because when we initially got together, we were getting together and waiting for Jan [Kuehnemund], our original guitar player, and then she died of cancer. And so we carried on with Gina [Stile], and so then we started writing with that, and then band things change and stuff happens, and we decided to wish her the best and now we're moving forward with Britt [Brittany Denaro a.k.a. Britt Lightning]. So, rather than waiting to write another album, we decided to [release a] live [record] first for right now. And now we'll start putting ideas around together. We had to kind of get used to Britt as well, and she's phenomenal and she plays great and everything. So now we're gonna start putting our heads together and riffs and thoughts and lyrics."
According to Share, there are "no concrete plans" for VIXEN to return to the studio. "There's nothing on the schedule or anything like that, but we are talking about it, for sure," she explained. Singer Janet Gardner added: "There's no record company or anybody telling us what kind of record to make or when it has to be done or anything. We're just gonna take our time and try to make a great record."
VIXEN will release "Live Fire" on July 6 via Rat Pak Records. Mixed by Michael Wagener, the disc features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago's 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 the hit song "Edge Of A Broken Heart" and a live version of a previously unreleased track called "Big Brother".
VIXEN's current lineup features three of the members that recorded the band's 1988 self-titled debut and its follow-up, 1990's "Rev It Up".
"I think Jan would want us to carry on the name because every show that we play, people think of her," Gardner told the Chicago Tribune. "It keeps her alive in people's memories. It feels really great in that way. Plus, we're just having a great time out there doing it still."