Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino from Angel together at the Troc
By Alex Lloyd Gross
Rock fans from the 1970,s will remember a band called Angel. They garnered a lot of fans back in the day,, and then the band was no more.The songs remained. Recently, guitarist Punky Meadows reemerged with a solo album and toured to critical acclaim. At the same time, lead singer singer Frank Dimino released a solo record as well. “I had a solo record out and so did Frank. i played on his and he played on mine. Fans have been asking for it, we talked and it’s been going great”, Meadows said before the show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia April 12, 2018.
A very enthusiastic crowd was there to welcome the band as they did a 90 minute show. Songs were played from Angel such as “Wild and Hot”, which is their most commercial song. They made that the third song so anyone that came just to hear that song could be happy. No one left mid show. They captivated the crowd with material from both artists solo efforts as well.
This was a headlining show for Angel. That was not always the case. In the 1970,s they played as an opening act to such mainstays as Styx and Aerosmith. When a band opens a show, they had to be careful not to best the headliner. “Then, you’re no longer on that tour,” Dimino said. Then Punky told the story of a tour with Aerosmith, who cut the spot lights used by Angel. when he went to David Krebs, who was Aerosmith’s manager, they were told, “They think you are blowing them off stage.”
From the opening notes of “On the Rocks”, to the closing notes of “The Tower”, the band captivated the crowd. Songs played include “Rockin’ In the City”, Don’t Leave Me Lonely”, and “Straight Shooter” This show was age restricted to 21 and over. Punky and Frank put together a great show that would be a compliment to some of the larger rock festivals being put on. Promoters looking for a win-win situation should consider booking this band. They will draw people and win over new fans.
The only drawback to this show was the fact that they were not selling CD’s. That would have been perfect to expose people to something they might not be familiar with. They would be wise to press more copies and sell them at shows.
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