Hell's Belles (band)

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Hell's Belles
Hell's Belles Corvallis OR 2013.jpg
Hell's Belles, live in 2013
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Hard rock
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Adrian and the Sickness
Website http://www.hellsbelles.info/
Members Adrian Conner
Mandy Leinenweber
Lisa Brisbois
Laura Derig
Amber Saxon
Sharon Needles (fill-in)
Past members Amy Stolzenbach
Kaisa Bourgidu
Sylvia Wiedemann
Om Johari
Melodie Zapata
Jamie Nova

Hell's Belles are an all-female AC/DC tribute band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2000.[1]

History[edit]

The band was formed in 2000 by guitarist Amy Stolzenbach and singer Om Johari, with original guitarist Sylvia Weidemann and original drummer Laura Derig.[2] Mandy Reed replaced original bassist Heather Madden in 2001, and Stolzenbach was replaced by Adrian Conner in 2002. Other members included rhythm guitarist Lisa Brisbois.[2] In their early years together the band regularly toured both the United States and overseas, but by 2004 their performances were less frequent, all members having other commitments.[2][3] By summer 2005, Jamie Nova had been added to the line-up, replacing Johari. Nova was replaced by current vocalist Australian native Amber Saxon since February 2011.[4] Since then they have returned to their constant touring schedule and continue to play all over the United States and have added Singapore to their touring schedule.

Adrian Conner moved to Austin TX in 2004 and started her own original band, Adrian and the Sickness, and tours frequently with them across the US. Their latest album release, B.F.D., was produced by Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's.[5]

Hell's Belles has toured Canada, Japan and Singapore. The band released an album in 2005, We Salute You, and performed at the Winter and Summer X-Games, the 2009 and 2010 Beerfest Asia in Singapore and Sundance Film Festival in 2007.[4] They are currently working on a second release with new singer Amber Saxon, who is also the singer of Australian band BugGiRL.

Brisbois said of the band in 2005: "We want women to be empowered by this. It makes me proud to be in a band with all women, rock as hard as we do and stay as true to AC/DC as we can."[6]

Angus Young said of the band in 2001: "It's flattering. It's great to know that other musicians like you enough to play a tribute to you."[4] In 2003 he described Hell's Belles as "The Best AC/DC cover I've heard".[7]

Members[edit]

  • Adrian Conner - lead guitar
  • Mandy Leinenweber - bass guitar, background vocals
  • Lisa Brisbois - rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Laura Derig - drums
  • Amber Saxon - lead vocals


Ex-Betty Blowtorch guitarist Sharon Needles is also the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for Hell's Belles, often filling in for Lisa Brisbois.[8]

Former members[edit]

  • Amy Stolzenbach - lead guitar
  • Sylvia Wiedemann - rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Om Johari - lead vocals
  • Jamie Nova - lead vocals
  • Heather Moritz- bass guitar, background vocals
  • Melodie Zapata - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Chris (2001) "AC/DC's Angus Young Spotted In Miniskirt", MTV, 8 June 2001
  2. ^ a b c Armstrong, Doree (2004) "Belles aim to deliver a safe jolt of AC/DC", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 24 September 2004
  3. ^ Smith, Perry (2007) "MUSIC: Hell's Belles Off the Road, but Still Rockin'", Kitsap Sun, 10 December 2007
  4. ^ a b c Stout, Gene (2008) "Get amped up for AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles at Rocksport", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 17 April 2008
  5. ^ "Adrian and the Sickness". Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Krusen, Lindsey (2005) "These belles are on the highway to hell", Vail Daily, 29 December 2005
  7. ^ Blender magazine, 2003
  8. ^ "Hell's Belles band member biography". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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