The Stingers first started in West Germany, with Riot and Minx leaving a band they were in, called Nirvana. Riot decided to leave the band to make his own way in the music business. Minx joined him realizing that she would be better off with him. Rapture soon joined the them and The Stingers were born.
They tried to find clubs that would let them perform, but they were mostly turned down and were forced to live on the streets, which they did for one whole winter. They performed on the streets for money to eat. They worked their way to the top and eventually became a huge hit in Germany.
The Stingers are invited to perform at Le Klub Kool. Jerrica was informed by Lindsey Pierce that the "group just in from West Germany was looking into joining a United States record label". Jerrica and Kimber go to watch their show with the intention of getting them to sign onto Starlight Music. However, Eric is also aware of this new group and has his own plans to sign them with Misfits Music.
In the beginning, it seems that the Stingers will remain with Starlight Music, but Eric offers them half of his company, as well as renaming his company to Stingers Sound. While Riot is ultimately more interested in pursuing Jem for his own romantic reasons, the contract offered by Eric proves to be more favorable to him, and he accepts it.
Riot is the lead singer of the Stingers, which he claims is the greatest rock band of the 20th century. He is charming but aloof and arrogant. He is confident with his looks, believing he is the perfect man. He commands respect and demands devotion from his band mates and fans. He is aware of the power he has over people and uses it to get what he wants.
Minx is cunning, manipulative and prides herself on being able to have her pick of anyone, only to toss them away once she gets bored, which happens with alarming regularity. She is also very technologically-minded and can work wonders with any computer or synthesizer.
Rapture is the guitarist of the group. She is a skilled con-artist and is quite knowledgeable in matters of the occult. She uses that knowledge to further her own agenda, and often that of the Stingers as well..
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