Veteran British female hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL have scheduled the following U.S. dates:
Sep. 02 - Power Box Festival - Darrington, WA
Sep. 03 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
In addition to GIRLSCHOOL, the Power Box Festival will feature performances by BENEDICTUM, THE IRON MAIDENS, KITTIE, MCQUEEN and VIXEN, among many others. The lineup consists of some of the best known female rock acts from the last three decades. According to organizers, "this four-day event will be featuring and developing at least 33 different rock bands. There will be beer garden for adults, food vendors and arts and crafts booths for the younger crowds to enjoy. Part of this event's proceeds will be going to Caring Coaches, a non-profit organization for cancer research awareness."
As previously reported, Rock N Roll Kabaret at the Soho Revue Bar in London, England will hold a tribute to late GIRLSCHOOL guitarist Kelly Johnson on August 20. The event, dubbed "Kelly Johnson In Sound & Vision", will feature a four-song set by former members of the band.
Kelly Johnson passed away on July 15 after a six-year battle with cancer of the spine. Along with Johnson, the classic lineup of GIRLSCHOOL included Kim McAuliffe (guitar), Enid Williams (bass) and Denise Dufort (drums). The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, "Demolition" (1980), and continuing with the follow-up efforts, "Hit 'n' Run" (1981) and "Screaming Blue Murder" (1982).
Johnson originally left GIRLSCHOOL in 1984 after recording the band's fourth album, "Play Dirty", and moved to Los Angeles where she lived for the next 10 years. She rejoined GIRLSCHOOL in 1993 and moved back to the U.K. From 1993 until 2000 Kelly, Kim, Denise and Tracey Lamb toured Europe and the USA and recorded a live album in March 1995. Kelly decided to quit the music business for good in 2000 after recording her final album with GIRLSCHOOL, "Not That Innocent: 21st Anniversary" (2001).
For more information, visit the Kelly Johnson MySpace tribute page.
GIRLSCHOOL's "Emergency" video (2005 version):