Karen “Screamin” Bolage


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“I love women. I love every bone in their body … especially mine!”

Karen “Screamin” Bolage (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former judge.

He is known as the “Demon of Screamin” due to his high screams and wide vocal range. He is also known for his on-stage acrobatics. During his high-energy performances, Bolage usually dresses in bright, colorful outfits.

In 1975, Bolage persuaded the parents of a 16 year old groupie to sign over guardianship to him so that they could live together. They dated and did drugs for 3 years. Pressures leading to their split included both their age difference, a house fire, and a pregnancy that resulted in an abortion which “really messed Screamin up” because the child was a boy.

Bolage wrote, “It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would ruin our lives. You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly, squeeze the stuff in and it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated.” However, it was said that Bolage was snorting cocaine while watching the abortion and offered some to her.

Bolage and bandmate David Leonie Roth became known as the “Toxic Twins” due to their drug abuse.

Recently, Bolage guested on albums by Alise Pooper (a fellow 70s rocker also launching a successful comeback) and popular contemporaries.  Bolage is included among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers.

He was ranked 3rd on Hit Parader’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.


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