Vixen found commercial success in the late '80s and early '90s via singles like "Edge of a Broken Heart," "Cryin'," and "How Much Love," all of which enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV. The group's popularity waned in the wake of the grunge and alternative rock boom, resulting in frequent hiatuses and line-up changes, but Vixen continued to make new music and perform well into the next century, despite enduring numerous hardships, most notably the 2013 death of founder and guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. The remaining classic line-up members (Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, and Share Pedersen) elected to carry on in Kuehnemund's honor, and continued to tour, culminating in the release of the concert LP Live Fire in 2018.
Jan Kuehnemund, Vixen didn't settle on a core line-up until relocating to Los Angeles in 1985. The quartet, which featured Janet Gardner (vocals), Roxy Petrucci (drums), Share Pedersen (bass), and Kuehnemund (guitar) -- paid more than their share of dues on the L.A./Hollywood club scene before signing with EMI in 1987. Vixen's self-titled debut album came out in 1988, and the LP sold millions thanks in part to the single "Edge of a Broken Heart," which was penned by Richard Marx and the Tubes' Fee Waybill. Two other singles, "Cryin'" and "Love Made Me," charted as well, and the band soon found themselves sharing stages with Bon Jovi, Scorpions, and Ozzy Osbourne. Released in 1990, Vixen's second album, Rev It Up, had its share of catchy, infectious material, including the hit "How Much Love," but with the rise of bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Vixen suddenly found themselves out of vogue, and officially called it quits in 1992.