First, they tried to look like them in the glam-band era.
Then, they tried to hook up with them. (Well, that’s been going on ever since rock n’ roll was invented.)
They are no longer the brainless beauties who find a way behind the curtain and into the dressing room.
They are no longer the ones being dragged to a rock concert, they are the ones dragging their significant other to the concert.
That’s right. This is 2012 and chicks are popping up as band members. These gals are not just holding down vocal duties, but some are playing instruments as well.
One of the most popular musicians in the world has decided to take a group of girls on the road as his backing band. This musician is none other than Jack White. In a recent interview, he gave details about his upcoming solo tour. He has around 10 or 12 musicians who travel with him on the road and back him up while he plays the guitar and sings. In this interview, he mentioned how he decides who will perform with him while he eats breakfast the morning of the gig. In a performance on a German late-night talk show, Jack White decided to have an all-female ensamble back him up as he performed one of his newest songs off of Blunderbuss, “Sixteen Saltines.” There are girls playing a variety of instruments as Jack sings and shreds his guitar. You can see the performance with the all-girl band, by clicking on Rolling Stone.
To give you an idea of the talented and diverse group of women who are currently kicking ass in the rock and metal community, here is a quick run-down of some of the biggest names that you need to know!
Lzzy Hale, Halestorm
- Lead vocals, Guitar, Songwriter
- Brother, Arejay, is the band’s drummer.
- Has been named one of Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal
Amy Lee, Evanescence
- Lead Vocals, Piano, Harp, Songwriter
- Once dated Shaun Morgan of Seether
- Often seen as the first female to make it big in modern rock and metal.
Jeanne Sagan, All That Remains
- Bass, back-up vocals (live), piano
- Former member of The Acacia Strain
- Can hold her own next to Philip Labonte…’nuff said.
Christina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil
- Co-Vocals, Songwriter
- Native to Italy
- Has provided guest vocals for Alter Bridge, Megadeth and Apocalyptica.
Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless
- Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter
- An actress-turned frontwoman
- Recently performed “The Dope Show” with Marilyn Manson at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show.
Heidi Shepherd & Carla Harvey, Butcher Babies
- Each provide death metal-style vocals
- Call their style of music “slut-metal”
- Combine elements of death metal, shock rock, and heavy metal into their performance.
Emily Armstrong & Siouxsie Medley, Dead Sara
- Emily holds down the vocals
- Siouxsie shreds on guitar
- The band use elements of grunge, punk, hard rock and alternative to create a unique and distinctive sound.
- Their debut album was just released in early April 2012. The lead single, “Weatherman” has received frequent airplay on active rock radio channels.
Carly Smithson, We Are The Fallen
- Finished sixth on Season 7 of American Idol
- Originally from Dublin, Ireland
- 3 out of 4 bandmates were formally in Evanescence
Females have infiltrated the front-lines of rock and metal bands all across the world. These gals are commanding audiences on the radio and live on the road… a real force to be reckoned with!
Be sure to check out some of these very talented women in hard rock and metal. Each of them work so hard to ‘make it’ in a very male-dominated community. The women listed above, cover a variety of sub-genres, so hopefully you can find something that will fit your taste!
Support female rockers & female metalheads!!