Gina Stile

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Gina Stile
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Background information
Born (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 53)
Massapequa, New York
Genres Hard rock, Heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Vixen

Gina Stile (born January 19, 1965) was the guitar player of the reformed female hard rock band, Vixen, until her departure from the band in March 2017.

Early years[edit]

At the age of 9, an uncle bought her a four-stringed guitar. At the age of 11 it really started with a Japanese six-stringed guitar. Gina Stile got into a band with her sister when she was 13, Revelation.[1] At that time, a studio made a recording and played it for Dee Snider. Dee Snider played it for Twisted Sister's management, and they signed the band. At 14 her first big gig was opening up for Leslie West and Mountain.

After some family issues, she joined the Poison Dollys, which was her first experience with an all-girl band. At 19, they opened up for Aerosmith, a nine-show string of dates with them in front of 15,000 people. At 21, Gina got back together with her sister in Envy, and they were signed to Atlantic Records. Dee Snider produced the record.[2]

Vixen part I[edit]

After Vixen disbanded in the early 1990s, Roxy Petrucci contacted Gina about working on a new project. Although nothing became of it, Roxy Petrucci eventually introduced Gina to Janet Gardner, and the two of them started writing together. The music that they were working on was never intended to be Vixen. Janet Gardner and Gina began working with their own band in New York with Mike Pisculli on bass along with another guy drummer. Around that time Roxy Petrucci called asking about doing a Vixen tour.[2]

Gina wasn't really keen on it; mostly because the songs they were writing were much heavier than Vixen. They contacted Jan Kuehnemund about doing the tour, but she turned it down. By that time, Janet Gardner and Gina had already been working together for a few years and were starting to get offers to do a record. Since Roxy Petrucci and Janet Gardner owned the name (along with Kuehnemund), they decided to do it as Vixen. They did the Tangerine record, went on tour for a few months and then it ended.[2]

Thunderbox[edit]

In between the Vixen-years Gina had another all-female project, Thunderbox. They had recorded four songs and made a video for the song "Cherries N' Cream".[2] Video on YouTube

Vixen part II[edit]

In 2012, Gina was busy with Thunderbox when she was again approached by Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci and Share Ross about forming a new project, JSRG (Janet Share Roxy Gina). Gina performed with Roxy Petrucci and Janet Gardner for the first time in 14 years.[2] A planned reunion of the classic Vixen line-up with Janet Gardner, Share Ross, and Roxy Petrucci, became impossible because on October 10, 2013, after nine months battling cancer, Jan Kuehnemund died at the age of 51. In December 2013 Janet Gardner, Share Ross, Roxy Petrucci, and Gina Stile decided to carry on under the Vixen name in honor of late guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. As of March 25, 2017 Gina and Vixen have parted ways. She is replaced by Britt Lightning

Bands[edit]

  • Revelation
  • Envy
  • Poison Dollys
  • Thunderbox
  • Vixen

Discography[edit]

  • Poison Dollys – Poison Dollys (1985)[3]
  • Envy – Ain't It a Sin (1987) [3]
  • Vixen – Tangerine (1998)[3]

Kramer Guitars[edit]

Gina endorsed Kramer Guitars from 1985 to 1988 and currently endorses since 2014.[4] (In 1986, she was asked to help develop a 3/4-size guitar geared toward women and kids.)[2]

Guitar Gear[edit]

  • Amps – Mesa Boogie amps, a Dual and Triple Rectifier through a Marshall cab with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.[2]
  • Guitars – Gibson Les Paul, Snake Guitar, Rick Kelly Custom; Carmine Street Guitars,[2] Kramer Assault Plus.[4]
  • Effects – Boss pedalboard (Octaver-Chorus-Delay-Flanger) along with MXR Fullbore Metal.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meister's "Views of the Cruise" – Volume #3 – Heavy Metal Maidens of the Voyage
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Guitarworld Interview: Guitarist Gina Stile Talks JSRG, Vixen, Thunderbox and Her Twisted Sister Connection Posted October 5, 2013 at 4:22pm by James Wood
  3. ^ a b c http://www.discogs.com/artist/927879-Gina-Stile
  4. ^ a b Kramer Guitars