Interview: Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons)

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Dennis Willis chats with new wave icon Dale Bozzio about surviving the 80s, the musical mission of Missing Persons, and lessons that Frank Zappa taught her that still apply today.

In this moving and surprising interview, Bozzio also explains her rather beautiful outlook on life: to give selflessly, to love fully, and to look out for those who need help. Bozzio is nostalgic about her original lineup, but eager to show off what her current band can do!

Missing Persons is an American band who plays a blend of New Wave and Pop rock. The band was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles by guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio. They went on to add bassist Patrick O’Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild. Dale’s quirky voice and heavy makeup made the band a favorite on MTV in the early 1980s. Her revealing outfits played a pivotal role in moving the culture of music videos towards that of overt sexual exhibitionism.

Bozzio, along with Zappa touring guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio who had been one of Zappa’s drummers, founded Missing Persons in 1980. Missing Persons had several hits during the first half of the 1980s but broke up in 1986, shortly after the release of their third full-length album Color In Your Life.

Dale Bozzio continued to record and perform since the breakup of the original Missing Persons band.

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