The Bangles are one of music’s greatest all female bands with their inventive incorporation of 60’s folk rock, So Cal harmonies and Beatles/Beach Boys type sound. Inspired by the death of John Lennon in 1980, 20-year old Susanna Hoffs decided to focus her life to the pursuit of making music. She answered an ad in LA by sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson of the popular band “Those Girls”. The trio briefly called themselves “The Colours”, then “Supersonic Bangs” and eventually settled on “The Bangs”. With the addition of Annette Zilinskas on bass the group became part of what was referred to as The Paisley Underground, a 60’s inspired rock revival. Under the threat of a lawsuit by a New Jersey band also called “The Bangs”, the girls changed their name to “The Bangles” in 1982 and signed to IRS Records. In 1983 Annette Zilinkas left the band to join a country-punk band and was replaced with Michael Steele, which is the lineup that catapulted them to the top of the charts for the next decade. After a decade of gigging and recording, the Bangles decide to take a hiatus in September of 1989 and they each embarked on various projects including solo work, new bands and motherhood. By 1998, the girls began to talk about getting back together and were back in the studio by early 1999 working on new material. They tested the water with a series of shows and released a greatest hits album in 2001. A few more albums followed and sadly Michael Steele decided to leave the band in 2005, and they decided to not replace her but to continue with guest bassists.
Still going strong, The Bangles will be playing several dates this summer. The girl powerhouse group will be sure to sing all the favorites including “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “In your Room” so be sure to grab your Bangles tickets.