Janet Gardner doesn’t know who owns the Vixen name and was fine with walking away with nothing
Former Vixen lead vocalist Janet Gardner and her husband / musical partner Justin James were recently interviewed by Christopher Carroll for Sleaze Roxx.
According to Wikipedia, Gardner was in Vixen from 1983 to 1992, 1997–1998, 2001, 2004, and 2012 to 2019 before electing to leave the band to focus on her solo career. Since then, she has released the album Your Place In The Sun (2019) along with James and is about to release the record Synergy in two days while giving equal billing to James as the group is now called Gardner / James.
The interview with Gardner and James for Sleaze Roxx was posted in two parts (Parts One and Two) and in the latter portion, Gardner was asked who owns the Vixen name and why she does not use the Vixen name to which she replied:
“Who owns the name? The truth is, I have no idea! I don’t know who owns the name. I walked away with nothing. I want nothing. Well, you know, things that I did, obviously, the songs I wrote, the publishing — I have that — but as far as Vixen moving forward, I walked away and I’m asking nothing. And I just don’t see two Vixens running around. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I know, there’s two L.A. Guns, Great Whites and I have nothing against them. Both versions of all those bands are great. It’s like, more of a great band to love because there’s two of them now! But I just… I’m not interested in doing that. And I just didn’t see any reason why they shouldn’t continue. You know, why make a big stink and a big fight when there doesn’t need to be one? So yeah, I don’t know who owns the name!”