Vigil (band)

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Vigil / Here Today
OriginUnited States
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1986-1990
LabelsCBS, Chrysalis
Associated actsThe Jo Connor Band, Here Today
Past membersJo Connor
Andy R
X Factor
Gregg Maizel

Vigil was a 1980s alternative rock band based in Baltimore, Maryland.


The band originally formed under the name Here Today as part of Baltimore's alternative/gothic music scene in the early 1980s. Here Today's 1983 "Whistle in the Yard" 12" single drew some attention from CBS Records, and they were signed in 1984 by CBS A&R rep Howard Thompson. Vigil recorded half an album produced by John Anthony and the band's manager, Sam Prager, before Thompson departed CBS. Without Thompson's stewardship, Vigil agreed to a buyout of the band's contract and was quickly signed by Chrysalis Records. In 1987, they released their eponymous debut album. The band toured in support of this album as the opening act for the Stranglers.

In 1989, Vigil returned to the studio to record a second album, tentatively titled Escape Artist, but were dropped by Chrysalis. One track from this period, "Therapist", was released on the soundtrack to A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

Connor later formed the Jo Connor Band.

Band members[edit]

  • Gregg Maizel (bass)
  • Jo Connor (vocals, guitar, and keyboards)
  • Andy R (guitars)
  • X Factor (drums)


Studio albums[edit]


  • "I Am Waiting" 12" single (1986, Chrysalis)
  • "Until the Seasons..." 7" promo single (1987, Chrysalis)
  • "White Magic Spell" 12" promo single (1987, Chrysalis)

as Here Today[edit]

  • "The It" 7" single (Home Fry Records HT-2)
  • "Whistle in the Yard" 12" single (Kat Records)

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