by Jinjer Hundley
Although Big-haired bands were staking their claim on and subsequently getting signed from the Sunset Strip metal scene since circa 1979-’80, Penelope Spheris’ 1988 rockumentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part ll, The Metal Years too showed the world at large exactly what that fabled scene looked like. We wondered what became of the people and bands featured in the film and first published this article in the mid-2000’s, then updated it 2008. Being that it’s Sunset Strip Music Festival time again, we thought it was time to check in with everyone again. So, here’s what we know as of August 2011:
Just finished their Summer Of Blood tour 2011. Now working on their winter tour of Europe.
December 1st, 2011 London England: Camden Underworld
December 2nd, 2011 Prestatyn, North Wales: Hard Rock Hell Festival
- Lizzy Borden
- Joey Scott
- Marten Andersson
- Dario Lorina
- AC Alexander- Guitars
- J. Holmes (Joe) – Went on to play with David Lee Roth & then Ozzy until 1998 when he became a born again Christian. J. rejoined Ozzy in 2000 for the Ozzfest Tour but hasn’t been heard from lately. The two popular rumors are that he either died or is working on new projects in San Francisco. Joe, we hope you’re alive and well and will give us an update.
- Gene Allen Worked with Alice Cooper guitarist, Kane Roberts, on some projects and also worked at Guitar Center on the Sunset Strip.
- Mike Davis Plays for two bands, Dramarama and Halford. Also a sous chef at Frontrunner at Santa Anita Park. Lives in Temple City.
- Alex Nelson was killed in a head-on car collision – May 17, 2004
- Corey James died in a car accident – Jan 24, 2009
Dropped by their label in 1992; Broke up & reformed in 2001.
Released their first ever live cd: Front Row at the Donkey Show
- Taime Downe – Reformed Faster Pussycat with new members. He also had a side band, The Newlydeads with Kyle Kyle of Bang Tango. Owns a leatherworks company.
- Brent Muscat – Currently lives in Las Vegas and formed the band Sin City Sinners.
- Eric Stacy – Played in bands Champagne, the Liberators, and Supercool.
- Mark Michals – Played drums on the first two Faster Pussycat albums before being fired after an arrest for heroin possession.
- Greg Steele – Anyone know what he’s doing? Drop us a line.
- David Black – Currently in the band Crud.
- Chuck Burns – Currently in the bands Speedball & Skeemin NoGoods and Beer Whores.
- Mark Andrews – Currently in Seduce.
Performing Saturday, Aug 27, 2011
Whisky A Go Go , West Hollywood, CA
- Randy O. – Formed The Lost Boys in 1988; still with Odin.
- Jeff Duncan – Joined Randy O. in Lost Boys; appeared with Armored Saint & Birds of Prey; Currently in DC4 and still with Odin.
- Shawn Duncan – Appeared with Armored Saint & Birds of Prey; Currently in DC4 and still with Odin.
- Aaron Samson – Still in Odin.
(In 1981 London’s Nikki Sixx co-founded Motley Crue.)
Playing Sunset Strip Music Festival Aug 20, 2011
- Nadir D’Priest – Has since recorded as a Latin artist under the name Antonio Nadir; has also been in other bands, including Steel Prophet. Was Project Director for the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge CD Rom.
- Lizzie Grey – Left the band in 1988 to form Ultra Pop and Spiders & Snakes. Wrote and published a Sci-Fi novel, The Digital Church.
- Brian West, Shea Darek & Frankie Jones – Anybody know what they’re doing? Drop us a line.
Reformed; Still touring & recording. Latest studio album is Live & Learn.
- Jan Kuehnemund
- Jenna Sanz-Agero
- Has a cooking website: sugarsugarrecipes.com; Co-author of cookbook titled Sugar Sugar
- Lynn Louise Lowrey
Joined forces with the highest quality guitar/bass stand company Iconic Metal
- Kat Kraft
- Roxy Petrucci – Currently in the band Roktopuss with Lorraine Lewis of Femme Fatale.
- Share Pederson – Now goes by the name Share Ross and is a Life Coach; married Bam of Dogs D’Amour & plays bass with them; formed the band Bubble with Bam and sings lead; wrote & published a knitting book, Punk Knits; had a blog, Knit Addictions Blog, (last updated 2008), raw foods website, and an art website; she and Bam build websites for others and created Rock N Roll TV.
Aerosmith – Joe Perry & Steven Tyler
Still recording and touring.
Gene & Paul writing a memoir Nothin’ To Lose
- Gene Simmons – Has also been acting & producing films; currently starring in his 3rd reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, As of 2011 – Season 6 – longest running celebrity family-based series on television.
- Paul Stanley
- Ace Frehley wrote a book No Regrets: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir–Release date is November 1, 2011
Disbanded in 2002; reformed in 2004.
Latest album Endgame (2009)
- Dave Mustaine – Recovered from an arm injury & rehab; reformed Megadeth; wrote a book: Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir
Dave Ellefson – Formed his own band, F5, which recently released an album called The Reckoning. Also works with other bands including Temple of Brutality and Killing Machine. As of 2011 he’s back in Megadeth!!!!
- Chuck Behler – Was replaced as the drummer by his drum tech, Nick Menza. Anyone know what Chuck’s doing now? Drop us a line.
- Jeff Young – Became a solo artist & overcame testicular cancer. released album called Equilibrium; current project Souls on 11, featuring renowned soul singer, Schascle “Twinkle” Yochim.
Latest Motörhead album The World is Yours (2010)
Lemmy has a rockumentary on DVD
Released 2nd album Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk with rockabilly side band Head Cat.
Still recording and touring. Starred with his family in the popular MTV reality show, The Osbournes.
God Bless Ozzy Osbourne Documentary produced by son Jack in theatres Aug 24 and Aug 29, 2011
Just completed tour with Motley & New York Dolls
- Bret Michaels
- Bobby Dall
- C.C. Deville
- Rikki Rockett
Touring. Latest album – Babylon (2009)
- Blackie Lawless is the only original member.
- Chris Holmes – Left the band in 1990 and formed the band Psycho Squad; briefly married to Lita Ford; rejoined W.A.S.P. 1996-2001; toured with L.A. Guns; joined Randy Piper’s band, Animal; left & now resides in L.A. where he produces and contributes guitar work for his band GhettoBlaster. Currently in band Where Angels Suffer.
- Rik Fox – continues to work in the music & film industries and works to raise Polish historic awareness and works with rescued horses. Meanwhile, debate continues over whether or not Rik was ever officially in W.A.S.P.
Currently on No More Mr. Nice Guy 2011 Tour
New album Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Sept 13, 2011)
Alice Cooper themed maze to debut in 2011 at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights; Got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Had his own radio show; Owner of rock club/restaurant Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix, AZ.
Host of MTVs Headbanger’s Ball. Works in radio and has a skateboarding company Pool School
Died in 1991. The site of Gazzari’s is now the Key Club.
Opened in Hollywood in October 1996 at Osko’s on La Cienega (below 3rd Street, near The Beverly Center; building has been demolished). Moved to Probe at 836 N. Highland; reopened in 2006 at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip.
The Director, Penelope Spheeris
Made Decline of Western Civilization III about “crust punks” and has directed various other TV shows and movies, including Wayne’s World. and Balls to the Walls.
Fans of the Decline of Western Civilization series are still waiting for those films to be released on DVD.
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