Vicki Peterson

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Vicki Peterson
Vicki Peterson, guitarist.jpg
Vicki Peterson in 1987
Background information
Birth name Victoria Anne Theresa Peterson
Born (1958-01-11) January 11, 1958 (age 59)
Origin Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Punk rock, pop rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, piano, ukulele
Associated acts The Bangles, Continental Drifters, Psycho Sisters
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Daisy Rock Bangles Signature Model.

Victoria Anne Theresa "Vicki" Peterson Cowsill (born January 11, 1958, in Northridge, Los Angeles, California) is an American rock musician (lead guitar, vocals) and songwriter.

She described herself as a solo artist in her early years – "I was a kid who brought her guitar to every sleep-over and summer afternoon in the park to play her newest creation to anyone who would listen…".[1] In 1981, she founded The Bangs, later renamed The Bangles, with her sister Debbi Peterson, and Susanna Hoffs.

After The Bangles disbanded in 1989, Peterson played with the Continental Drifters and The Psycho Sisters, in both cases alongside Susan Cowsill. In addition to performing their own material, The Psycho Sisters freelanced as celebrity backing singers (Steve Wynn's Fluorescent, Giant Sand's Center of the Universe), and Peterson has also contributed harmony vocals to recordings by the Hoodoo Gurus, John Doe, Tom Petty and Belinda Carlisle. Additionally, she replaced a pregnant Charlotte Caffey on the 1994–95 Go-Go's reunion tour.

Peterson married musician John Cowsill on October 25, 2003.[2]

Vicki Peterson performing with The Bangles at The House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. August 30, 2007.

In August 2014, after playing together as The Psycho Sisters for more than 20 years, Peterson and Susan Cowsill released their first album, entitled Up on the Chair, Beatrice.[3][4]


  1. ^ Bowar, Chad (June 30, 2004). "Interview With Vicki Peterson of The Bangles". Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "John Cowsill". August 1, 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Steve Hochman, album review at "Tuesday Reviewsday: The Psycho Sisters, Quetzal, Nightmare & the Cat and Chiquis", KPCC, July 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Wesley Britton, "Music Review: The Psycho Sisters – 'Up on the Chair, Beatrice'", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 21, 2014.

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