Best known for their 80’s live performances, rock sirens Femme Fatale have toured all over the world, but up to this point had never played Las Vegas. That opportunity finally came when they played at Count’s Vamp’d.
Femme Fatale formed in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and later moved to Los Angeles to further their career. Debuting with a strong self titled album in 1988, the group featured Lorraine Lewis on lead vocals. Other members included Mazzi Rawd/guitar & keyboards, Bill D’Angelo/guitar, Rick Rael/bass, and Bobby Murray/drums. The current all-female lineup brings seductiveness to the stage as Lewis and her coterie include some of the hottest females in rock. Lewis, original vocalist, is backed by Courtney Cox/guitar (Iron Maidens), Janis Tanaka/bass (Pink), Nita Strauss/guitar (Iron Maidens), Katt Scarlett/keyboards and Athena Kottak/drums (Ex-Wives of Rock, sister of Tommy Lee/drummer for Motley Crue).
Lewis claimed her crown as rock goddess as she burst into fan favorites such as Waiting for the Big One and Rebel which sparked audience participation with the crowd joining in on each chorus. The night’s set list showcased the band’s talents with Falling In And Out Of Love, My Baby’s Gun, Back In Your Arms, Touch ‘n Go, Cradles Rockin’, Rebel, If, Heat The Fire, Waiting for the Big One and finishing up with an amazing cover of KISS’ Lick It Up, which also hosted a couple of KISS impersonators joining them on stage. Cox and Strauss battled out the solos as they took the front and center each time, shredding and then toasting the audience with a beer or a glass of wine. No one missed the pint-sized dynamite on bass as Tanaka slammed it all night while Scarlett on keyboards gave that definite 80’s feel to the set. Kottak is energy and drumsticks which must be in her bloodline as there is a hint of her brother in her performance. The night was electric with non-stop action as Lewis, Cox and Strauss literally bounded around the stage in an emanation of hair, guitars and microphone. Spinning the mic cord and giving it a lick, Lewis held the audience spellbound with her energy and vocals.
As the night ended, several fans had the opportunity to meet the ladies of rock as each came into the audience for some impromptu photo and autograph opportunities. Lewis stated they will once again be performing on the Monsters of Rock Cruise with a dynamic cast of other bands. The cruise will set sail on March 29th from Miami, Florida and travels to Monster Island, then Nassau, Bahamas and returns to Miami on April 2nd. Catch ’em if you can.
Photo Credit: Jo Anna Jackson