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Rock icon Dale Bozzio talks Prince marriage proposal, hanging with Frank Zappa

Jim Harrington, Bay Area News Group on

Published in Entertainment News

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.

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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.

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