Dale Bozzio was nowhere to be found when our scheduled interview time rolled around, which seems only appropriate for the lead singer of the Missing Persons.
No mystery involved, though — just a dental emergency. And the new wave icon was in a much better place the following day, as she discussed her fascinating new autobiography, “Life Is So Strange — Missing Persons, Frank Zappa, Prince & Beyond” (Cleopatra Records, $39).
The gorgeous 339-page hardcover edition, which includes photographs, as well as an accompanying 7-inch vinyl single, traces Bozzio’s journey from her Massachusetts childhood to her success with the Missing Persons in the 1980s and beyond.
Along the way, we read about her life-changing friendship with Frank Zappa, her romantic relationship with Prince and plenty of trivia tidbits that should please those folks who — like me — still love to rock out to such Missing Persons tunes as “Mental Hopscotch,” “Destination Unknown,” “Words” and “Walking in L.A.”
“Life Is So Strange,” which was co-authored with Keith Valcourt, also covers Bozzio’s marriage to legendary drummer and Missing Persons co-founder Terry Bozzio, who she met through her association with Zappa, as well as the 40-foot-fall from a hotel window that put her in a coma in 1976.
Q: What prompted this autobiography?
A: I thought I should tell my story — I didn’t want someone else to tell it. (When) Prince passed away (in 2016), my son woke me up and told me, and I wept and wept. I got to my desk and started to write. When things hit me deeply, I write. It’s always been my escape in life. I wrote about Prince that day, then thought to myself, “Well, I’m going to continue writing a book.”
Q: This book is filled with so much cool trivia. Who knew you were named after legendary 1940s singer and actress Dale Evans?
A: You picked that out! It’s one of the coolest things ever. I love my name. When people call on me — “Dale” — I answer as if I’m Dale Evans.