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The Fascinating World of Female Rock’n’Roll Tribute Bands

There was a time not that long ago that common wisdom was that women couldn’t rock. Their job was to sing, look pretty and maybe shake a tambourine. It took pioneers like The Runaways, The Slits and Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders to break through those stupid prejudices. The idea that women can rock as hard as men is now pretty much universal.

This leads me to the world of female rock’n’roll tribute bands. The NME lists some of the more popular touring outfits.

  1. Hervana, headed up by Skirt Cobain
  2. The She Street Band, Springsteen fanatics
  3. Lez Zeppelin, touring the world since 2004.
  4. Ramonas, featuring Cloey, Pee Pee, Cammy and Rohnny.
  5. Mistallica, who are associated with a King Diamond tribute act(!) called (naturally) Queen Diamond
  6. The Iron Maidens, fronted by Bruce Chickinson
  7. Vag Halen, from Toronto. You can probably figure out what they do.
  8. AC/DShe, who only play songs from the Bon Scott Era
  9. Joanne Joanne, who only touch Duran Duran tracks from 1981-82.
  10. Mistress of Reality, subbing for the now-retired Black Sabbath.

Read the whole story here.


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