Though they only achieved a cult-like status over recent years, the glam metal band Angel still manages to keep themselves going long after their '70's debut. The line-up may have changed, but the sound remains the same.
Angel has toured such cities and venues as the Z7 Club in Switzerland, The Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, TX.
If you look at Angel's logo, you will notice that it is ambigrammatic. That means that it can be read the same right-side-up and upside-down. The members of Angel also wear all white on stage, intended to strike a stark contrast to bands such as KISS.
Angel was discovered by Gene Simmons, the famous tongue wiggling bass player for KISS, while they were performing at a nightclub. The glam rockers were eventually signed to KISS's record label. The original line-up of Angel consisted of Punky Meadows on guitar, bassist Mickie Jones, vocalist Frank DiMino, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria and drummer Barry Brandt. DiMino and Meadows both left the band in 1981, which prompted the remaining members to bring in Fergie Frederiksen and Ricky Phillips. This line-up was not destined to last, and dissolved shortly after forming. The current members are DiMino, Brandt, Steve Blaze on guitar, Randy Gregg on bass and Michael T. Ross on the keyboards.
The band never had a true breakthrough moment. Despite steady Angel tickets sales, their albums never caught fire. However, several members of Angel were able to obtain high-profile gigs on their own. Frank DiMino sang "Seduce Me Tonight," which was featured on the "Flashdance" soundtrack. Felix Robinson played on White Lion's debut album and Gregg Giuffria gained success as the leader of Giuffria and House of Lords during the '80s.
Angel released their self-titled debut in 1975. Though filled with the type of sound rock fans loved, the album never really got the attention of the public, and sales were rather limited. The album was critically panned as well, and Frank Zappa ridiculed their appearance. They released two similar sounding albums, "Helluva Band" and "On Earth as it is in Heaven," yet sales continued to be poor. Their fourth album, "White Hot," was released in the winter of 1978, and landed the group their first and only Top 50 hit, "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore." The single was able to maintain a place on the Top 100 for eight weeks.
Angel stage shows have changed a bit over time. In the beginning, they were a white-clad band brandishing pouty lips and long, flowing hair that was paired with a giant angel head in the background. Like other bands, there wrote great guitar riffs and scratchy vocals that perfectly complimented the attitude you were seeing on stage. Though the outfits changed over time, later versions of Angel still knew how to rock the house, displaying a deep understanding of the glam metal vibe that gets a crowd moving. The crowds at Angel concerts are enthusiastic; banging their heads and pumping their arms to the beat.
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