After performing a number of shows together throughout 2018 for the first time in over 35 years, Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino from the legendary ’70s rock band Angel have decided to resurrect the group under the banner “Angel Featuring Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino.”
DiMino announced the teaming in a Facebook post earlier today: “Having our own solo projects and performing on each other’s records led to a natural progression to assemble the side project, Punky Meadows & Frank Dimino of Angel. This led to a very successful 2018 tour. This has led us to our next journey of writing and performing together and to enter the New Year as “Angel Featuring Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino.”
Joining the duo in the revamped band will be the musicians that backed them on tour last year: Danny Farrow on rhythm guitar, Charlie Calv on keyboards, Steve Ojane on bass and Billy Orrico on drums.
Dimino added, “We will be recording a brand new album and begin touring April 2019. We are very excited to announce that Starz will be joining us for many shows!!! Looking forward to rocking with all of you in 2019!”
While Angel never reached the heights expected of them, they do have a fairly storied history. They were discovered in a nightclub by Gene Simmons of KISS. Known for their visual appeal – all dressing in white, in 1975, they were signed to the same label as KISS, Casablanca Records. Their career included six albums between 1975-80.
The fans that ‘got’ Angel loved Angel. Tracks like “Rock & Rollers,” “Tower” and “The Winter Song” proved to have lasting appeal. The original lineup that was featured on the 1975 debut consisted of guitarist Meadows, bassist Mickie Jones, vocalist DiMino, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, and drummer Barry Brandt. This lineup recorded two more albums, 1976’s ‘Helluva Band’ and 1977’s ‘On Earth As It Is In Heaven,’ after which Jones would be replaced on bass by Felix Robinson.
Disappointing album sales led to Casablanca dropping the group in the early 1980s. In 1981, Robinson and DiMino left to pursue other projects while Meadows and Giuffria‘s attempt to keep Angel above water was not successful.
This past August saw the release of ‘Angel: The Casablanca Years’ – a seven-CD box set featuring the band’s six albums, and a seventh disc that contained mono mixes, single edits, soundtrack contributions, and other rarities.