Bangles facts: Where are the band members now, who is the lead singer and are they sisters?
The Bangles are one of the most iconic girl bands of all time. They had several huge hits in the 1980s, and still perform to huge crowds to this day. Here's all you need to know about the American pop rock group.
1. The Bangles: Who are the band members?
Susanna Hoffs and sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson first formed the band in 1980. Annette Zilinskas later joined, but was later replaced by Michael Steele. The current lineup is Hoffs and the two Petersons.
2. The Bangles now: What do they look like today?
By the mid-1990s, the group had split, but they reunited by the 2000s and have played live sporadically ever since. In January 2018, they played their first show since 2016 at Honda Center in Anaheim. It also was their first gig with original bassist Annette Zilinskas since 1983.
3. Who is the lead singer?
The Bangles technically don't have a lead singer, but arguably their most famous member is Susanna Hoffs, who has also released several solo albums.
4. What song did Prince write for The Bangles?
Prince wrote 'Manic Monday' and recorded it as a duet for the band Apollonia 6's self-titled album. However, he eventually pulled the song and two years later, he offered it to The Bangles under the pseudonym 'Christopher', a character he played in the film 'Under the Cherry Moon'. Debbi Peterson later said: "Prince really liked our first album. He contacted us, and said, 'I've got a couple of songs for you. I'd like to know if you're interested', and of course we were."
5. Are The Bangles sisters?
Two of them are! Vicki and Debbi Peterson. However, the rest of the band are unrelated.
6. How did they get their name?
As a trio, the group were originally called The Bangs. A legal issue later forced the band to change their name at the last minute, so they dropped 'The' and added the letters 'les' to the end to become Bangles. However, 'The' has since been added on various occasions.