Quiet Riot & Vixen

Quiet Riot & Vixen – Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ – Friday, May 5, 2023 

Review & Photos by Lori Schneider (IG: @LoriSchneiderPhotography) 

Despite several lineup changes and brief breakups through the years, two eighties glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock, pop rock bands that rose to fame from airplay of their videos on the once all music channel MTV, came together in celebration of 40 years of Metal Health. Quiet Riot released their album Metal Health in 1983 and brought their tour along with support from Vixen to the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.

Vixen is an American all-female rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1980. Current members include Roxy Petrucci (drums, backing vocals), Lorraine Lewis (lead vocals), Brittany Denaro aka Britt Lightning (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Julia Lage (bass, backing vocals). Also joining Vixen on tour is Tyson Leslie (keyboards, backing vocals). 

Vixen was most commercially successful from 1987 to 1992. Over a million albums sold, six #1 videos on MTV and four songs in Billboard’s Top 100. Two of their top singles from that time, Edge of a Broken Heart and Cryin’ were performed as part of their 10-song set. The set list also included Rev It Up, Waiting For The Big One, How Much Love, Cruisin’, Hellraisers, I Want You To Rock Me, Streets In Paradise and Love Made Me. Fun fact: Edge of a Broken Heart was written by pop/rock artist Richard Marx for the band. Vixen is planning on releasing a new music single soon (mentioned during the show). Take it from me, these ladies want to rock and know how to do it! A rockin’ performance that had the fans on their feet.

Vixen can be found online at www.vixenofficial.com and on Instagram @vixen_band.

Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band founded in Los Angeles, California in 1973. Current members include Rudy Sarzo (bass, backing vocals), Alex Grossi (guitar, backing vocals), Jizzy Pearl (lead vocals) and Johnny Kelly (drums). Bassist and Metal Health founding member Rudy Sarzo recently returned to Quiet Riot after an almost 20 year absence. Quiet Riot has sold over 15 million records worldwide and announced a soon to be released new album (I still have the Metal Health cassette).

Metal Health was the first heavy metal album giving chart topping success to the band by reaching #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Bringing the 80s nostalgia to the Bergen PAC, the faithful fans loudly welcomed Quiet Riot as they took the stage. Everyone stayed on their feet all night singing along to iconic rock songs of the eighties which included hits Cum On Feel The Noize, Metal Health (Bang Your Head), Slick Black Cadillac and Mama Weer All Crazee Now. The 14-song set had proven that Quiet Riot can still rock the house! What a great rock show!

Quiet Riot can be found online at www.quietriot.band and on Instagram @quietriotband.