What does a classically trained clarinetist do after symphony rehearsals? She beats the skins for her rock band.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Roxy Petrucci grew up in a family of musicians. As the first chair clarinetist throughout high school and college she decided the conservatory was too conservative, so she picked up her sticks and hit the road with metal band Madam X. "We were a talented, nitty gritty, balls to the wall rock n roll band" says Petrucci.
Rising to cult status, Madam X turned heads visually and musically. Their anthem driven songs like "High in High School" and "Come one Come all" impressed the record execs from major labels. Madam X signed a contract with CBS records and recruited rock legend Rick Derringer to produce their timeless debut album "We Reserve the Right". Petrucci and the band toured extensively until they called it day in the mid 80s and she set out on her own.
Roxy's signature style of power and feel caught the attention of many in the industry. She was asked to audition for David Lee Roth with virtuoso Steve Vai on guitar and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan. She was among the top 10 picked alongside drummer extraordinaire Gregg Bissonette.
Roxy went on to join Vixen and they became one of the most successful female rock bands in the world. Vixen released two immense albums and toured the world supporting heavyweights the likes of Ozzy, The Scorpions, Deep Purple and Kiss. "I love playing live; the thunder of my kick drum and the crack from my snare resonating in a room full of head bangers is so indescribably satisfying, it's like an addiction. I'm anxious to get back on stage and kick in some teeth!" Roxy remains very active as a recording artist and her current plans include live performances. She continues to be an influence and inspiration for male and female drummers alike.
"It's all about slammin down some heavy grooves and I dig it, so thanx for stickin with me!"