The Press Release:
Hot on the heels of the release of their first new album in decades, RISEN, seminal rock band Angel is now set to tour the United States, Europe and Japan beginning next month. December finds Angel on select tour dates in the United States with a full Spring, 2020 tour to be announced. Angel will also be part of the Rock Legends Cruise in February alongside such heavyweights as Roger Daltrey, Sebastian Bach, Robby Krieger and more. In April, Angel returns to Japan for a series of shows. Please see below for the current itinerary with more tour dates (including Europe) to be announced.
Angel is an American rock band from Washington, D.C. Discovered by Gene Simmons of Kiss and then signed to Casablanca Records, Angel came to be known for their elaborate stage show and all-white costumes. For Casablanca, Angel released six albums and toured non-stop playing American arenas with such global superstars as Aerosmith, Rush, Journey, Styx, Ted Nugent and more. They even headlined two nights at Japan’s legendary Budokan. Angel appeared on the television shows American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, and in the film “Foxes”.
Fast-forward to 2019 and Angel have reunited to release a brand new album, RISEN. Released on October 4th via Cleopatra Records, RISEN has received rave reviews from the press with Classic Rock declaring the album to be “packed with heavenly hooks and harmonies”. The album charted on multiple Billboard charts coming in at #14 on Hard Rock Albums, #34 on Independent Albums, #36 on Rock Album Sales, #82 on Top Current Albums (Sales) and #98 on Top Album Sales, respectively. Check out the lyric video for “We Were The Wild” from the album here. To purchase RISEN, please click here; RISEN is also available on vinyl. Angel is original band members Punky Meadows (lead guitar) and Frank Dimino (lead vocals) along with Danny Farrow (rhythm guitar), Charlie Calv (keyboards), Billy Orrico (bass guitar) and Steve Ojane (drums).
The Tour Dates:
Dec 13: Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
Dec 14: Stafford Springs, CT @ Palace Theater
Dec 15: Scranton, PA @ Stage West
Feb 27-Mar 2: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Rock Legends Cruise
Apr 4: Osaka, Japan @ AM Halll
Apr 5: Nagoya, Japan @ Bottom Line
Apr 7: Tokyo, Japan @ Shinjuku Blaze
Apr 8: Tokyo, Japan @ Shinjuku Blaze
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Back in the original heyday or “The Casablanca Years”, I was not following Angel all that much. I enjoyed a few songs of course because who didn’t love the sonic power of “Tower”. When Punky Meadows put together a brand new band to play new originals and Angel classics I was happy to support and even knew some of the players involved. When the reunion with DiMino led to the reformation of Angel, I applauded the idea but really feel they should have branded it “The New Angel” to avoid any critics who are mad that those two are the only original members. That being said, the last time I caught Punky he had Frank singing and it was not yet this new version of Angel but they did almost all of their material. The band rocks and is worth seeing so if any of these shows are within your scope you should try to attend. I’m hopeful for a lengthier run in the coming year. As I close up let me know what you think of this tour announcement. See you next time.
Official Website: http://www.angelbandofficial.weebly.com