“The energy and charge of the music cast its spell on every one of us in the audience...”

“You gave the performance of a lifetime...”

“The Deadly Nightshade sidles into the song -- sly, back-alley, side-street truckin’ music with the hint of burlesque gum-popping, hip-swaying strut and flounce... ”

The Deadly Nightshade Band

- one of the nation’s first all-female bands

 

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A Very Sad Change in Plans


With deep sadness and utmost sorrow… our Pamela has left us, suddenly and unexpectedly, due to a massive heart attack in her home on Sunday August 2, 2015.  We started playing music together in 1967. It is incomprehensible to us that we cannot do that any more.


In celebration of our last few years...


As some of you already know, The Deadly Nightshade reunited in the Summer of 2008 to play two gigs. One of these was held at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Western MA's Pioneer Valley, our original stomping grounds. The other was in Long Island, at a concert for the North Fork Women for Women Fund. (As an aside, the last time any of us had played together was a brief reunion in 1984, when we performed at both the National Women's Music Festival and the New England Women's Music Festival.) Our plan was just to see how things went, and then figure out where to go — if anywhere — from there.


Well it couldn't have gone better. Both venues were sold out, we got to spend time with some fantastic people we hadn't seen for many years, we had a wonderful time playing. And hey, with all the energy we expended, we lost a collective 12 pounds.


So we decided to do it again in the Summer of 2009. And again in July 2010.


In 2011, we took the plunge... going back into the studio to start working on a new album. We can’t say enough about the amazing Roma Baran and Vivian Stoll Productions (Roma produced Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” and later albums, and Viv has been nominated for a Canadian grammy for Penny Lane’s recent CD).


In 2012, we released our new CD, titled “Never Never Gonna Stop” including newly recorded songs as well as some very cool vintage video footage which highlights our former RCA recorded hits. On October 20th, we played a soft CD launch gig at IMA in Goshen, NY, followed by a private Halloween party on the 27th.


Right when we were gearing up for our grand CD Release Party, Hurricane Sandy came along. Although it was terribly discouraging to cancel everything, we are eternally grateful that New York made it through the storm.


Finally in 2013 the CD Release celebration happened. We played several live performances including one at the Iron Horse Music Hall, an awesome show at The Bitter End, and the grand culmination event at STONEWALL Veterans’ Association SVA Conference and Stonewall Rebellion Veterans Reunion—right on the heels of DOMA’s overturn and the Gay Pride celebration in New York City.


It was one helluva memorable, exhilarating, amazing summer. Little did we know it would be our last tour together...


In 2015, just as we were finalizing the remaining dates of our tour, Pamela threw out her back and knee, preventing her from doing all of those essential live performance things like… stand for more than ten minutes at a time, hop around on stage, and stomp her feet. We postponed the tour in complete confidence that it would be rescheduled as soon as she recovered. Although she made great progress in her recovery, on Sunday August 2, Pamela died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive heart attack in her home in Miami.


There are no words to describe how we are feeling now.



The Deadly Nightshade:

Please Check Your Coats, Guns, and Preconceptions at the Door.

Our last CD: Never Never Gonna Stop

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