The time has finally arrived! This is the weekend for the Lost at Sea ‘80s Beach Party on Catalina Island! In addition to English Beat, A Flock of Seagulls, Oingo Boingo Former Members, and Dramarama (and a whole bunch more!), Dale Bozzio and Missing Persons will take the stage. Not only is she one of our favorite ‘80s icons because of her legendary voice, but we just enjoyed her new book, “Life is So Strange.” We are also excited to say she will be performing Friday AND Saturday.
Los Angeles’ Missing Persons was all over MTV and new wave radio stations through the ‘80s with Dale Bozzio front and center. After meeting drummer (and later husband, hence the name) Terry Bozzio and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo while working with the legendary Frank Zappa, Missing Persons was created in 1980.
Their self-released, self-titled EP included songs that would become massive: “Mental Hopscotch” and “Words.” They did the L.A. music scene and received radio airplay from KROQ, and it landed them a home with Capital Records.
After the label re-released the EP, they followed it up with their first full-length studio album, “Spring Session M.” With “Words,” “Destination Unknown,” “Windows,” and the mega-hit, “Walking in L.A,” the album took off. In fact, it went on to hit gold and the band was a success.
There were additional hits after that – such as “Surrender Your Heart,” “Give,” and “I Can’t Think About Dancin’” – but touring and tension (which included the divorce of Dale and Terry) led to the breakup of Missing Persons. Dale, Terry and Cuccurullo would regroup in various forms, but Dale remained the constant, releasing more albums and continuing to tour. In addition to Dale, Missing Persons features Fred Bensi (keyboards), Karl D’Amico (guitar), Prescott Niles (bass), and Andy Sanesi (drums).
While she keeps an active tour schedule, Bozzio released her autobiography earlier this year. “Life is So Strange” goes through her early years in Massachusetts, her time working at the Playboy Bunny Club in Boston, her move to L.A., the Zappa era, the meteoric rise of Missing Persons, Bozzio’s collaborations with Prince, and so much more.
She promised to “kiss and tell” and indeed she did!
But what we love most about Bozzio is her voice and energy on the stage. See it for yourself this weekend in Catalina. If you can’t make it, you can catch Missing Persons on select dates of the Lost ‘80s Live 20th Anniversary Tour which is traveling across the US and includes multiple SoCal shows.