Punky Meadows & Frank DiMino of ANGEL with Tora Tora
Greg Mangus All-Stars, Ron Keel
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
One of the most striking hard rock bands of the 1970’s was undoubtedly Angel - who sported costumes and a highly theatrical stage show only rivalled by KISS (their then-label mates on Casablanca Records). Despite Angel splitting in 1981, the group’s popularity and influence remain high - resulting in the return last year of their larger-then-life guitarist, Punky Meadows, with his first-ever solo release, Fallen Angel, and a striking video clip for the rocking track, “Straight Shooter”
“I'm very proud of this song and album,” says Punky. “Every song kicks ass and is a winner. Danny Farrow and I have a great song writing chemistry so it's hard to to pick a favorite song because they're all good. ‘Straight Shooter’ was our first single and video. This band is killer with all talented players and a killer singer.”
Angel was a headline act in the US, and was featured performing live in the 1980 cult classic film, Foxes (starring a then-teenage Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, and Scott Baio), they were also one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970's in Japan. The group released six studio albums on Casablanca Records before disbanding in 1981, due to the demise of the label. During his career, Punky had been considered to join such well-known artists such as KISS, Aerosmith, and the New York Dolls.
Upon the band’s disbanding, Punky occupied himself with a number of successful business ventures while continuing to play guitar and write songs. Through social media, fans let him know they missed him and wanted to hear new music. With renewed passion for recording music, and inspiration from close friend and fellow musician, Danny Farrow Anniello, they crafted 15 new songs together for Fallen Angel, which charted on Billboard at #6 on the Heatseekers Chart and #32 on the Independent Album Chart.
And soon, fans will get an opportunity to experience Punky and his band live on stage. “Can't wait to get on the road and play for all the fans again. We're coming to a town near you and we're going to tear the place up!! It's going to be one bad ass party, so don't miss it and let's rock!!”
Frank DiMino is best known to millions of people as the lead singer of 70s iconic rock group ANGEL. Known for their elaborate stage show and all-white costumes, Casablanca Records signed ANGEL to a multi-album deal upon the recommendation of KISS without even hearing the band play. They released six albums for Casablanca and toured non-stop playing American arenas with Aerosmith, Rush, Journey, Styx, Ted Nugent, and others. A highly successful Japanese tour would include two nights headlining the legendary Budokan and being greeted with “Beatlemania-like” fans at the airport. ANGEL appeared on the television shows American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, and in the film “Foxes”. Years later after ANGEL disbanded a revamped version of the group was formed with several new members. This resulted in a new album and live shows in Europe and America.
During the 80s Frank became an in-demand session singer and worked with mega-producer Giorgio Moroder. It was during this time he received a platinum album for his vocal contribution on the Flash Dance soundtrack. He later recorded with Loudness, King Kobra, Sparks, Paul Raymond (UFO), performed on several tribute albums, and secured multiple television placements for his songs. Frank DiMino continues to perform live as much as possible and some of his projects have included Oz Fox (Stryper), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith, Rod Stewart), and appearing in the hit show Raiding The Rock Vault on the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to studio work and live performing Frank is a well-respected voice teacher and music counselor for Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp.
In 2015 Frank DiMino released his first solo album “Old Habits Die Hard” under the moniker Dimino on Frontiers Records. The melodic hard rock album was produced by Paul Crook (Meat Loaf, Anthrax) and includes several guests such as former ANGEL bandmate Punky Meadows, Oz Fox (Stryper), Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister), Rickey Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Pat Thrall (Hughes/Thrall), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), along with members from Meat Loaf’s band.
TORA TORA is a blues-based hard rock band formed in Memphis, TN in the late 1980s. Band members include Keith Douglas, Patrick Francis, John Patterson and Anthony Corder. TORA has two major releases Surprise Attack/Wild America through A&M Records that promoted five singles and videos (Walkin’ Shoes, Guilty, Phantom Rider, Amnesia and Faith Healer). The band has six independent releases, The Warehouse Sessions, Bombs Away, Miss B. Haven, Before and After, Revolution Day, and most recently a live performance concert Live from Minglewood, in Memphis #ROCKOUTCANCER. Live appearances have been at festivals Rocklahoma, Farm Rock, Rock & Skull and Monster of Rock Cruise. TORA is known for Zeppelin-influenced vocals and classic rock inspired, high energy musicianship.
Greg Mangus All-Stars
2018 marks Ron Keel’s 35th anniversary as a major recording artist. From that first Steeler album to the brand-new Ron Keel Band release by the EMP Label Group, his career in entertainment has taken him from the concrete jungles of arena rock to the dirt roads of country music.
While selling millions of albums and touring the world as both a heavy metal screamer (KEEL, Steeler, and a brief encounter with Black Sabbath) and a country music artist, Ron’s solo album “Metal Cowboy” combines both genres, establishing a style and a persona which captures the heart and personality of this self-proclaimed rock n’ roll outlaw.
2018 starts out with the official “Reloaded” edition of that disc released by EMP Outlaw, a special imprint created by label to showcase this brand of music; the reissue will be a totally remixed and remastered package featuring bonus tracks. They’ll follow that up in May with “Fight Like A Band,” the first album from the Ron Keel Band, featuring new original music as well as new versions of classics from throughout Keel’s career like “The Right To Rock” and “Tears Of Fire.”
Keel’s legendary major label debut album “The Right To Rock” was produced by KISS’ Gene Simmons – they went on to notch three albums on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as MTV and radio hits “The Right To Rock,” “Because The Night,” “Tears Of Fire,” “Somebody’s Waiting,” and “Rock N Roll Outlaw.” Opening shows for Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Dio and many more established a hard work ethic that remains strong today; in recent years Keel has become a staple on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise events, played the M3 Festival twice, headlined a 2018 performances and events include the Monsters of Rock Cruise, the Atlanta KISS Expo, arenas, festivals and casino showrooms plus major bike events like the Sturgis Rally.
After nearly three years hosting the “Streets of Rock & Roll” rock-and-talk syndicated radio show, making the transition to a daily rock jock was the next step in Keel’s career. He was handpicked to join a dream team of Midwest rock radio royalty on KBAD 94.5 FM, where Ron’s “Mid Day Mayhem” show skyrocketed to the top of the Neilson ratings for that region.
As a songwriter, Ron has dozens of TV and film credits – major movies like “Men In Black II,” “Dolphin Tale,” “The Messengers” and many more – and his songs have been featured in hit TV shows like “X-Files,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Simpsons,” “King Of The Hill,” and the Daytona 500 broadcast.
Ron Keel’s official autobiography “Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll” was published in 2014. National Rock Review says this about it:
“Ultimately, this book is more a story of drive and persistence than ‘just’ a Sunset Strip rock book. It’s a lesson in survival. Of being humble and doing everything it takes to achieve what you love to do. You’ll buy the book for its nostalgia. You’ll finish it feeling you can do anything you set your mind to.”
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This is the reunion of Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino of the classic 1970s rock band Angel performing all the Angel hits together! One of the most striking hard rock bands of the 1970s was undoubtedly Angel, who sported costumes and a highly theatrical stage show rivaled only by KISS. Despite Angel splitting in 1981, the group’s popularity and influence remain high, resulting in the return last year of their famed guitarist, Punky Meadows, with his first ever solo release. With renewed passion for recording music, 'Fallen Angel' was crafted and charted on Billboard Heatseekers chart at #6. During the 1980s Frank became an in demand session singer and he received a platinum album for his vocal contribution on the Flash Dance soundtrack. He later recorded with Loudness, King Kobra, Sparks, Paul Raymond (UFO), performed on several tribute albums and more.