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Girlschool

Formed: 1977
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Girlschool news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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First Bands For Keep It True Festival Announced

Keep It True festival organizers have issued the following:

"First of all we want to thank all fans for a fantastic KIT IX last Saturday. Also a huge thank you to all the bands that gave the fans a real metal blast. At KIT IX we already announced 9 out of 10 bands for KIT XI and here it is now officially:

Keep It True XI - Metal Shock: FLOTSAM & JETSAM (special old school show), GIRLSCHOOL, TOKYO BLADE, ARTILLERY, FORTE (original lineup), EVIL, BLASPHEME, FAITH FACTOR (feat. Ski - ex-DEADLY BLESSING), HELLHOUND."

One co-headliner is yet to be announced. The festival will take place November 15th, 2008 at Soundpark-Ost (ex-Rockpalast) in Wuerzburg, Germany.

Ticket sales will start on January 1st, 2008, to give everybody the same chance of getting a ticket.

Stay tuned for updates at www.keep-it-true.de

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Girlschool Italian Dates Cancelled

Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL has cancelled its previously announced Italian dates with RAIN and FATAL SMILE — reportedly as a result of an illness suffered by the group's bassist/vocalist Enid Williams.

The affected dates are as follows:

Oct. 25 - Jailbreak, ITA - Roma
Oct. 26 - Lucille, ITA - Verona
Oct. 27 - Rock Planet, ITA - Pinarella (RA)

GIRLSCHOOL guitarist 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).

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Girlschool Cancel U.S. And German Dates

Veteran British female hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL have been forced to cancel their previously announced German and U.S. dates due to due to problems encountered while trying to obtain the necessary work permits to play the U.S. shows. The group's official statement in the matter reads as follows:

"We are absolutely devastated that we had to cancel these shows due to the incompetence of the powers that be. The people that we had trusted to do their jobs and the bureaucracy of the American embassy really sucks.

"We have spent four days at the embassy this week where we were told that our visas had all been approved and that they would try and hurry them up so we would get our passports returned to us before we were due to leave for Germany on the night of August 30th. We then spent two days on the phone begging for our passports to be returned to us but were told that it takes three-five working days.

"Well, as you can imagine, we couldn't believe it after we had been told that they would courier them back to us [as soon as possible]. We have had to cancel all the shows and are extremely disappointed that we have let our fans down.

"To any bands that are applying for a U.S. visa, make sure that you apply at least six months before you go; that way you can be sure of getting your passports back in time.

"Once again we would like to apologize to the German and American fans — and the concert promoters. Hopefully we will see them soon if we ever get our passports back."

On August 20, GIRLSCHOOL played a special one-off tribute show to the group's late guitarist Kelly Johnson at the Rock And Roll Kabaret held at the Soho Revue Bar in London. GIRLSCHOOL was joined on stage during their seven-song set by former members Cris Bonacci and Tracy Lamb (who played the whole set in place of the absent Enid Wiliams) and VICE SQUAD frontwoman Bekki Bondage.

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).

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Girlschool Announce Seattle Date

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).

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).

The festival billing is as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AMENTI, BEYOND THE GRAVE, CHTHONIC, CRADLE OF FILTH, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, DIAMOND HEAD, FASTWAY, FINNTROLL, GIRLSCHOOL, GMT, GRAND MAGUS, LAUREN HARRIS, MCQUEEN, MY DYING BRIDE, RAVEN, SAXON, TESLA, THE 69 EYES, TIAMAT, TWISTED SISTER, UFO, VIXEN, WOLF, ZERO CIPHER.

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Girlschool Announce Italian Dates

GIRLSCHOOL will team up with RAIN and FATAL SMILE for three shows in Italy in October. The dates are as follows:

Oct. 25 – Jailbreak, ITA - Roma
Oct. 26 - Lucille, ITA - Verona
Oct. 27 - Rock Planet, ITA - Pinarella (RA)

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. More...

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Scarlet Sins To Play All-Girl WA Powerbox Festival

Scarlet Sins is confirmed to play the first annual Powerbox Festival at the Whitehorse Amphitheatre in Darrington, Washington. The Powerbox Festival will feature the world's best female hard rock and metal acts. Other headliners on the bill include: Girlschool, McQueen, Kittie, Vixen and Doro.

Some of the proceeds of the show will go towards a breast cancer charity in the memory of former Girlschool guitarist Kelly Johnson who passed away on July 15.

The festival runs from Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 4 inclusive.

Scarlet Sins is set to play at 9pm on Saturday night.

Tickets are available through the festival site at: powerboxfest.com.

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Girlschool Guitarist Passes Away

MOTÖRHEAD has issued the following update:

"It is with extreme sadness to inform you that Kelly Johnson, original lead guitarist of GIRLSCHOOL, passed away on Sunday night, 15th July. She has been suffering from spinal cancer for the last six years.

"Joining GIRLSCHOOL in 1978, Kelly was a face in the classic line-up alongside Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar, vocals), Enid Williams (bass, vocals) 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-ups 'Hit 'n' Run' (1981) and 'Screaming Blue Murder' (1982). Kelly's participation also saw GIRLSCHOOL collaborating with MOTÖRHEAD under the name HEADGIRL for the 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre' EP. Both bands appeared on the lead track 'Please Don't Touch' and covered each other's songs, GIRLSCHOOL choosing 'Bomber' and MOTÖRHEAD picking 'Emergency'.

"Watch the 'Please Don't Touch' (MOTÖRHEAD and GIRLSCHOOL) video at YouTube.

"Kelly originally left GIRLSCHOOL in 1984 after recording the band's fourth album, 'Play Dirty', to live in Los Angeles for the next ten years. She rejoined in 1993 and moved back to the U.K. In 2000, she decided to quit the music business for good after recording her final album with GIRLSCHOOL, 'Not That Innocent: 21st Anniversary' (2001), though always remained a close friend to the band.

"Kelly Johnson (RIP) will be missed heavy-heartedly by all. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends." More...

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Girlschool Confirmed For Motorhead 30th Anniv Show

Girlschool have been confirmed for the bill at Motorhead's 30th anniversary show. This happens at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on June 16.

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Vixen and Girlschool Team Up For UK Tour

Reunited female hard rockers VIXEN and U.K. legends GIRLSCHOOL will be teaming up for a small co-headline tour of the U.K. before VIXEN head to Sweden to play this year's Sweden Rock Festival.

Kicking off on June 3 at The Mean Fiddler in London, these shows will continue the promotion of GIRLSCHOOL's first-ever live DVD, "Girlschool Live at the Garage", and their 2004 album, "Believe", while introducing material from VIXEN's as-yet-untitled new album, which should be released in May. Support at all dates will come from U.K. rockers DANTE FOX.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Jun. 03 - The Mean Fiddler - London, UK
Jun. 04 - The Tack Venue - Cannock, UK
Jun. 07 - Stourbridge Rock Café - Stourbridge, UK
Jun. 08 - The Kingswood Tavern - Nuneaton, UK

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