The Vancouver Sun - November 24, 1989


Aaron, who plays 86 street Nov. 30, is on the road to trumpet Bodyrock, her first legitimate rock record in two years.

The singer says her last two releases, Call of The Wild and Lee Aaron, were fraught with image problems and artistic snafus. She calls Bodyrock the album that should have followed Metal Queen, the 1984 opus which prompted one rock critic to brand her a "fishnet stocking, leather-clad, foul-mouthed Amazon rock wench."

Rock and roll odyssey

While Aaron is happy to discuss her new album, her two hit videos and her quasi-checkered past, she opts to keep her private life under wraps.

"I like to keep my personal life separate from my professional career," she explains. "It's the only thing I've got."

Aaron, 27, began her rock 'n' roll odyssey 10 years ago, rejecting a university scholarship for the rock limelight. Before striking a popular chord with European audiences, she played mostly in seedy, sweaty biker bars across Ontario and Quebec.

Her strict, religious parents were appalled.

"I'll never forget coming to my folks that summer and telling them I was going on the road. Their jaws just dropped to the floor! They had big academic dreams for me."

Today Aaron's parents are "her best friends" - her mom even turned up on CTV's Lifetime a few months ago to applaud her rocker daughter.

Aaron says Bodyrock represents a turning point. She says she felt manipulated early on, and has now taken control over her career and image.

"This is the first time I've been able to call a lot of the shots," she says with detectable relief. "Ultimately, if I'm going to be a success or failure, I want it to be by my own hand."

Target for fans

If Aaron captains the helm, it is guitarist, songwriting partner John Albani who provides the anchor.

"John and I have gone through a lot of growing pains together. He's like my brother. He's the only person in the world I can scream at and stomp out of the room and know he'll still love me the next day."

When Aaron comes off the road she likes to unwind with a Stephen King novel, a good film or a family visit.

Disarmingly modest, the singer admits she is finding it increasingly difficult to wander freely about in public. Her high profile and stunning, unmistakable features, it seems, make her a target of fans everywhere.

"I'm not complaining but sometimes it's a pain in the butt," she laughs. "I just don't picture myself as a big star. I'm more your basic blue-jean wearing girl next door who sings in a rock band."

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