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Interview: Maxine and Roxy Petrucci discuss new Madam X album, ‘Monstrocity’

Thirty years seems like a long time for a band to release sophomore album, but for the all-original line of Madam X: Bret Kaiser (vocals), Maxine Petrucci (guitars), Chris “Godzilla” Doliber (bass) and Roxy Petrucci (drums), the wait was certainly worth it. The band, who’s 1984 debut, We Reserve The Right was fueled by the infectious guitar/drum wizardry of sisters Maxine and Roxy Petrucci have released the long-awaited “follow-up” three decades later. The ferociously aggressive, Monstrocity.

Monstrocity captures the classic vibe of the veteran foursome while tastefully bringing the band into the 21st century with well-crafted songs, ubiquitous grooves and a production that includes the likes of veteran mixer, Michael Wagener (MetallicaOzzy) and Mark Slaughter as well as a guest appearance by Janet Gardner (Vixen).

AXS recently spoke with Maxine and Roxy Petrucci about Monstrocity and more in this new interview.

AXS: It’s been more than thirty years since we last heard from Madam X. What sparked the reunion?

Roxy Petrucci: Madam X fans are so loyal. I’d been out touring in Europe with Vixen and noticed a lot of Madam X memorabilia coming through our meet and greet line. I thought it would be cool to maybe release one song with all the original Madam X members, just for the fans. I ran the idea past the band and everyone was on board.

Maxine Petrucci: We released a single in 2014 to get us started, “Another 80’s Rock Song.” That sparked interest from Sweden Rock. They contacted us and asked if we’d be interested in playing Sweden Rock 2014. When we played, there were close to 20,000 people there. We were in shock, but once we hit that first chord we realized the chemistry was still there. It felt very comfortable and like thirty years hadn’t even gone by. We picked up right where we left off. That was when we thought about doing an album for the fans. Madam X was back.

AXS: What were those early writing sessions like?

RP: Bret had a song with a cool riff that needed a little work. So, Maxine and I took it and started tweaking it. That song turned out to be, “Hello Cleveland,” and that’s what really inspired us to write some more. But we didn’t want to just throw something out there. We were passionate about releasing great stuff and worked really hard and took our time.

Read the rest of my
Interview with Maxine & Roxy Petrucci Here.

Guitarist Maxine Petrucci Pays Tribute to The Quatro Sisters with New Single, “Lost Girls”

maxine…“Club Hideout, Pleasure Seekers and Cradle, the Motor City mad mothers of rock!”…

Often times the Runaways are credited as being one of the first all-female rock acts, but those from the Motor City know differently.

Detroit guitarist Patti Quatro formed the all-female rock group, the Pleasure Seekers back in 1964, and the band played its first gig at the popular Detroit teen night club, the Hideout.

By 1968, the band was recognized as one of the earliest female rock groups to be signed to a major label, [Mercury Records]. Along with Patti, the original band included Suzi Quatro (bass), Nancy Ball (drums), Mary Lou Ball (guitar), and Diane Baker (keys).

In 1969, The Pleasure Seekers morphed into Cradle and in 1974, Patti Quatro joined another all-female rock group, Fanny.

“Patti was my inspiration as a guitar player,” says guitarist Maxine Petrucci. “It was actually Fanny and Cradle and then when I did my own study, I found out about the Pleasure Seekers. I am where I am today because of them.”

In 2012, Patti Quatro announced that she would be performing at the Detroit Music Awards as part of a tribute to the Quatro sisters. “I was so thrilled to hear about it,” says Petrucci. “I pretty much lost sleep over it. I couldn’t believe it was all resurfacing.”

Petrucci says their DMA performance was incredible and was the inspiration behind her new song ‘Lost Girls’.

“I wanted to give Detroit a big plug and acknowledge Cradle, Pleasure Seekers and the Quatro sisters for their work.” she says.

“Detroit rock city is still alive and well and this is our way of keeping the heart beating.”

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Guitar World: Former Madam X Guitarist Maxine Petrucci Discusses New Solo Album

Back To The Garden

Maxine Petrucci likes to call what she does “evolved music.”

The former Madam X guitarist [and sister of former Vixen drummer Roxy Petrucci] has taken much of what she’s learned from the ’80s and ’90s to a completely different level. It’s a sound and style some may find not suitable for the “commercial” world, but Petrucci says that suits her just fine.

Bassist Billy Sheehan has called Petrucci “a true rarity, a lady who has powerful command of her instrument and her voice.” Rick Derringer cites Petrucci’s guitar playing as “masterful” and has referred to her right-hand picking technique as “the hummingbird effect, so fast, it’s a blur.”

Continuing to forge her own path, Petrucci’s third solo album, Back to the Garden, is an eclectic mix of riff and shred, one that will make even the most jaded critic stand up and take notice. Her new band features Imminent Sonic Destruction members Pat Delon (drums) and Bryan Paxton (bass), plus guitarist Rachel May (Broadzilla).

I spoke with Petrucci about Back to the Garden, her time spent with her sister in Madam X and much more.

GUITAR WORLD: Tell me about Back to the Garden.

This is my third solo album, and it’s completely different from anything I’ve done before. I don’t have a label, so I have the luxury of doing what I want to do when I feel like doing it. For Back to the Garden, I wrote all of the songs and did all the guitars, bass and vocals. Pat Deleon wrote and played the drum parts, and Gaetano Di Falco illustrated the album cover

Bonus: Know which famous metal singer once fronted Madam X
before hitting the skids? Then read the rest of my Guitar World interview with Maxine Petrucci – Click Here