Uploaded on Oct 20, 2007
HELLION - Screams In The Night.
Hellion became famous after being discovered by Ronnie James Dio in the mid-1980s. Hellion was based in Los Angeles and there were several line-ups, all of which were very good. The band probably would have become very big, if it was not for the major record companys' concept of female singers and they type of music women were expected to perform in the 1980s. Many famous managers and record companys offered Ann Boleyn deals if she agree to become more of a pop-rock singer, such as Pat Benetar. (There is a story that the former manager of Van Halen was convinced that Ann Boleyn was going to be "the next Pat Benetar." Another famous record producer, who had worked with Janis Joplin, said she was the 1980s answer to Janis.) At the same time, most of the record companies thought that the band itself was so heavy that they needed a male singer. These conflicts often caused band members to come and go.
Hellion developed a substantial following in the cities where they regularly performed. Because Ann Boleyn is one of the only metal singers who did not rely on sexy costumes and never "sold out" she has maintained a strong cult following, and releases recordings every several years. The last Hellion album came out in 2003 on Massacre Records (Germany).
She took a few years off from music to go to law school. But, she has said in interviews that she will continue performing and recording when she is done with law school.
Ann Boleyn was tapped to replace singer Dawn Crosby (RIP) in the legendary thrash band, Detente. Boleyn toured the USA and Europe with Detente in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, following the death of her mentor, Ronnie James Dio, Ann Boleyn stopped touring. She performed live one time (at the All-Star Metal Jam at the NAMM Music show) in the last three years.
Ann Boleyn's facebook page indicates that she and former Dio & AC/DC drummer, Simon Wright, have reformed Hellion with the aid of a new guitarist, Maxxxwell Carlisle, and bass player, Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen and Uli John Roth). A news report said that Hellion is currently in the studio with legendary producer, Ken Scott.
The line-up on this video is:
Drummer - Greg Pecka (ex-Dokken)
Singer - Ann Boleyn
Guitar - Chet Thompson
Bass - Alex Campbell (ex-Lyon)