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Girlschool's Kim McAuliffe Talks Final U.S. Tour & Voivod's Snake Drops in Backstage in Montreal, Canada

Canada's The Metal Voice recently interviewed Gilrschool backstage at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 31, 2024.

The band talked about their final US/ Canada tour and told Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice there will be a second leg covering the West Coast in June, 2024.

Also During the interview Voivod singer Snake dropped in to give the ladies a present and wish them good luck.

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Camera by Perrin Wolfson

The longest-tenured all-female rock band and NWOBHM legends GIRLSCHOOL have embarked on their final North American tour. The first leg of the trek will see support from LILLIAN AXE and ALCATRAZZ and kicked off on March 21 at Hell's Heroes festival in Houston, Texas and will run through April 6.

GIRLSCHOOL comments: "We are very excited to announce the first leg of our return to the USA — for the first time in nearly a decade... and for what will be our final full tour of the United States. Also with us on this package we have the brilliant ALCATRAZZ and LILLIAN AXE.

"Our agency and management are making every effort to get us to as many cities as possible, and as always it's all about where there is interest, so even if you have to travel a little bit — we would love to see you there at one of the shows!

"Cheers you lot".

GIRLSCHOOL is touring in support of its latest full-length album, "WTFortyfive?", which was released in July via Silver Lining Music.

All tour dates and tickets

GIRLSCHOOL North American tour dates with LILLIAN AXE and ALCATRAZZ:

Mar. 21 - Houston, TX @ Hell's Heroes Festival*

Mar. 22 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall

Mar. 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Mar. 25 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

Mar. 27 - Bensalem, PA @ Broken Goblet

Mar. 28 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Mar. 29 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Mar. 30 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

Mar.31 - Montreal, CA @ Les Foufounes Electriques

Apr. 02 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Apr. 03- Columbus, OH @ KINGS OF CLUBS

Apr. 04- Pittsburg, PA @ MR SMALLS THEATRE

Apr. 05- London, ON, CA @ LONDON MUSIC HALL

Apr. 06 - Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge


GIRLSCHOOL originated in the U.K. during the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene in 1978 and is frequently associated with contemporaries and friends MOTÖRHEAD. They are the longest-running all-female rock band, still active and rocking hard after more than 40 years.

Formed from a school band called PAINTED LADY by Kim McAuliffe and Enid Williams, GIRLSCHOOL enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the U.K. in the early 1980s with three albums of "punk-tinged metal" and a few singles.

Perrin Wolfson and Girlschool

In the 1990s and 2000s, they concentrated their efforts on live shows and tours, reducing considerably the production of studio albums. During their long career GIRLSCHOOL toured all over the world, performing at many of the biggest rock and metal festivals as well as co-headlining with or supporting some of the most important hard rock and heavy metal bands in the genre.

They maintain a worldwide cult following and are considered an inspiration for many succeeding female rock musicians, such as THE DONNAS.

Original members McAuliffe and Denise Dufort are still in the band to this day. Original lead guitarist Kelly Johnson died of cancer in 2007 and was replaced by Jackie Chambers in 1999.

In January 2019, GIRLSCHOOL parted ways once again with bassist Williams, making way for the return of Tracey Lamb (formerly of ROCK GODDESS and GIRLSCHOOL 1987-1991 and 1993-2000),solidifying the band's lineup for future live shows and recordings.

Stephane Giroux and Girlschool

GIRLSCHOOL's 14th studio album "WTFortyfive?" is an outstanding and deliciously dirty declaration that age is a number that shows how much real raw attitude you have when it really counts. Kim, Denise, Jackie and Tracey leave the grit under their fingernails and the scuzz on their crusty leather boots as they riff and stomp their way through 12 statements of intent showing major attitude, some great melodies, and a consistent crunch to every guitar.


Kim McAuliffe: rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals

Denise Dufort: drums

Tracey Lamb: bass guitar

Jackie Chambers: lead guitar, backing vocals

Alcatrazz'S Giles Lavery Photo by Photo Jimmy Kay

Lillian Axe

Jimmy Kay and Snake


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