Kirsten Rosenberg

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Kirsten Rosenberg
Also known as Bruce Chickinson (The Iron Maidens)
Genres Heavy metal, tribute
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Labels Powerslave Records
Associated acts The Iron Maidens
Crabby Patty (I'm So Unclear!)
Website The Iron Maidens

Kirsten Rosenberg is an American female singer, currently with the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens. She is also an animal rights advocate, as well as a former co-owner of Sticky Fingers, an all-vegan bakery in Washington, D.C.[1][2][3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

The daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Howard Rosenberg,[6] Rosenberg became a vegetarian when she was twelve years old and a vegan in 1994.[7][8] According to a 2003 newspaper article, Rosenberg was 34 years old at the time it was written.[9] She was formerly married to Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States.[10]


In 1991, Rosenberg became involved in the production of the Genesis Awards television special that is aired each year and which honors individuals in the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues.[7] In 1996, she accepted an appointment from Kim Stallwood to join the staff of The Animals' Agenda magazine as Assistant Editor; she later became the Managing Editor. The Animals' Agenda was a bimonthly animal rights magazine (1979–2002).[7][11]

A number of articles written by Rosenberg for The Animals' Agenda were reprinted in this book:

Rosenberg spoke at the Third Annual United Poultry Concerns Forum on December 8, 2001 on the subject "Throwing the Baby Out With the Battery Cage: Looking Out for Animals' Welfare in the Pursuit of Rights." Her talk was described by Mary and Frank Hoffman as follows:

Kirsten's presentation came across as a "business approach" to arriving at our goals of eliminating animal suffering. She expressed that politics is the art of compromise, and that in our pursuit of animal rights in the future, we need to find ways to lessen the suffering of animals in our present time. "Historically, divisiveness is deadly", she said, and we need to support all actions that will help the animals, even in minor ways.[12]

Rosenberg's own abstract for her talk was as follows:

What do animal rights advocates want? For most avowed rightists, that's easy: The complete liberation of animals from human exploitation as quickly as possible. Yet while we work diligently to achieve such a status for animals over the long term, we also have a duty to respect the "rights" of those individuals who are currently suffering to a life less miserable. To dismiss opportunities to ameliorate their pain and distress is to treat those animals as mere abstractions rather than as sentient beings inherently worthy of consideration now-a position, ironically, often held by the very exploitive institutions we seek to overturn.[7]

After The Animals' Agenda closed down, Rosenberg relocated to Washington, D.C., where she met Doron Petersan through her animal rights activism.[8] Inspired by her desire to promote veganism, she joined in Petersan's restaurant business, Sticky Fingers, remaining as co-owner until she decided to focus instead on singing.[1][8] On April 4, 2009, Kirsten Rosenberg made her debut as the new lead vocalist of the Los Angeles-based tribute band The Iron Maidens ("World's Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden).[13][14] Prior to this, Rosenberg was the lead vocalist of a cover band in Linthicum, Maryland called Highwire. Rosenberg's favorite Iron Maiden songs are "Moonchild", "Back in the Village", "Infinite Dreams", "Revelations" and "Aces High".[15]

In addition to The Iron Maidens, Rosenberg is the lead vocalist of the cover band Crabby Patty (I'm So Unclear!), which also features Maidens bandmates Courtney Cox and Linda McDonald.

Aside from Bruce Dickinson, Rosenberg's musical influences include Geoff Tate, Ann Wilson, Doro Pesch, Robin Zander and Pat Benatar, as well as Karen Carpenter, Barbra Streisand and Christina Aguilera.[15]



Equipment and endorsements[edit]

Kirsten Rosenberg is endorsed by BBE Sound, Sennheiser and Monster Energy Drink.

Published articles[edit]

Among Rosenberg's many published articles are these:

  • Rosenberg, Kirsten (July 31, 1999). "USDA Falls 90% Short of the Job". The Animals' Agenda. ISSN 0892-8819. Archived from the original on March 5, 2000. Retrieved 2011-06-01. ... for nearly 25 years, the agency has ignored mice, rats, and birds by classifying them as 'non-animals' under the AWA, despite the fact that mice and rats account for 90 percent of the animals used in research. 
  • Rosenberg, Kirsten (October 15, 1999). "Something to Believe In: an interview with Rikki Rockett". The Animals' Agenda. ISSN 0892-8819. Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-12. ... this rocker is a committed and very active animal rights advocate.  See also: Rikki Rockett.
  • Rosenberg, Kirsten (April 2, 2000). "A Star Is Cloned". The Animals' Agenda. ISSN 0892-8819. Archived from the original on February 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-12. Animals cloned by 'nuclear transfer' are found to contain genetic material from both the adult animal whose DNA was used and the one who supplied the egg, which means the resulting animal is actually not a 100 percent clone. 
  • Rosenberg, Kirsten (January 31, 2001). "Animals Win in Majority of State Initiatives". The Animals' Agenda. ISSN 0892-8819. Archived from the original on July 8, 2001. Retrieved 2011-06-01. On November 7, voters around the country sided in favor of animals in five out of nine ballot measures addressing animal protection. 


  1. ^ a b "History". Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  2. ^ Killian, Erin (October 30, 2006). "Sticky Fingers opens vegan café in Columbia Heights". Arlington, VA, USA: Washington Business Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tasty restaurant gossip". Brooklyn, NY, USA: The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Let them eat cakes". Washington DC, USA: The Washington Times. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "A Double Dose of Sugary Shops". Washington, DC, USA: The Washington Post. November 19, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
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  7. ^ a b c d "Presenters, Topics & Schedule UPC Forum 2001 – Do Animal Welfare Campaigns Hurt Or Help Animal Rights and Abolition?". United Poultry Concerns. November 2001. Archived from the original on April 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  8. ^ a b c "The Sticky Fingers Behind the Bakery: The Satya Interview with Doron Greenblatt Petersan and Kirsten Rosenberg". Satya. New York City: Stealth Technologies, Inc. September 2005. OCLC 41425102. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  9. ^ Weingarten, Elspeth (June 19, 2003). "Vegan Bakery Still Satisfies That Sweet Craving". The District Chronicles. Washington, D.C.: Lawrence Kaggwa. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 'People have the conception that vegan food is yucky and it's automatically going to taste different and that's not the case,' said Rosenberg, 34, co-owner of the bakery. [dead link]
  10. ^ "NGO Profile: Humane Society of the USA – HSUS". Geneva, Switzerland: Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations. May 16, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-17. Pacelle's wife, Kirsten Rosenberg, works for... 
  11. ^ Mettee, Stephen Blake; Doland, Michelle; Hall, Doris, eds. (December 1, 2006). The American Directory of Writer's Guidelines: More Than 1,700 Magazine Editors and Book Publishers Explain What They are Looking for from Freelancers (6th ed.). Sanger, California: Quill Driver Books. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-884956-58-4. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  12. ^ Hoffman, Mary; Hoffman, Frank (December 2001). "Do Animal Welfare Campaigns and Reforms Hurt or Help Animal Rights and Abolition?". Athens, New York: The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation. Archived from the original on April 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-05. ... in our pursuit of animal rights in the future, we need to find ways to lessen the suffering of animals in our present time. 
  13. ^ Full Metal Rock – The Iron Maidens
  14. ^ Focus on the Music – The Iron Maidens – An All Female Tribute Band to Iron Maiden Santa Fe Station Chrome Room – Las Vegas, NV April 4, 2009
  15. ^ a b WeROCK City – Kirsten Rosenberg Bio

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