“Life is so strange when you don’t know, how can you tell where you’re going to? You can’t be sure of any situation, something could change and then you won’t know.” Who knew that Dale Bozzio’s words to “Destination Unknown” would be a microcosm of the year that was COVID. Now in the year of the Foo, life is slowly getting back on track and our sonic heroes are coming back to entertain us.
Last year, we all played that mental hopscotch game of “what now?,” but with great events now taking place, we can breathe a sigh of relief. Festivals and concerts are back! During some of those dark days, many of our favorite artists comforted us with works and messages and music. Bozzio is one of those music giants who consistently kept upbeat, that we just need to hang in there, and everything will eventually be alright. With that positive attitude, Missing Persons released “Dreaming” and the single “Lipstick,” which flew under the radar due to the pandemic, but hit a right chord with the fan base.
While working on that, Bozzio also put together a book project titled “Life is so Strange.” A release date hasn’t been officially announced, but look for it to appear sometime in 2021. We will finally get to hear some of those infamous stories about the life of Dale Bozzio. The early years, the craziness of stardom, and maybe find out if Prince really was good at b-ball.
In the end, it’s the music catalog that has endeared the Missing Persons’ legacy to their fans. Songs like “Words,” “Walking in L.A.,” “Mental Hopscotch,” “I Like Boys,” and “Destination Unknown” are staples to so many music fans.
The band today electrifies on stage and is comprised of Bozzio (lead vocalist), Prescott Niles, formerly of The Knack (bass), Andy Sanesi (drums), Fred Bensi (keys), and Karl D’Amico (guitar). The energy and sonic vision that is Missing Persons is experienced any time Bozzio takes the stage.
Where and when can we see Missing Persons? Luckily, they have several local dates and a mega-festival coming our way.