on the release of the remastered On Earth As It
Is In Heaven, which is out now on Lovember Records.
As well as great reviews of the music itself,
the packaging has also received very positive
feedback, especially Dave Reynolds' extensive
liner notes and all the new (old!) photos. Are
any of the other Angel albums in the pipeline
for a reissue?
You'll have to ask the guys at Lovember Records
and Universal. We just wrote and recorded them
- the record company is in control of re-issues
and re-releases. This one was fun for me though,
because I was asked to write about the recording
process and the writing process for each track.
plans to tour?
As soon as our new Manager Peter Kalish is willing
to let us loose we're ready to get back out on
the road again!
about songs for a new album? The band members
live in cities spread right across America,
(yourself in Vegas, yes?) so are you getting
together to write or doing it long-distance?
How's it coming along, and how easily - or not
- does the creativity flow when you can't actually
jam in real-time?
Yeah, if we were all in the same place or even
same zip code it would be easier.
But I've gone down to New Orleans and stayed
at Steve's house to write and to Los Angeles
to write with Barry and Michael.
We do have a good amount of new material for
the next album. Once we all get together it's
a lot easier to bash them out and arrange the
songs the way they should be.
There have been rumours recently that Gregg Giuffria
might be coming back into the line-up. How likely
is this to happen?
The rumours are false. I did a live interview
with Eddie Trunk in early September and told him
that I recently spoke with Punky Meadows. Punky
said he'd like to get together with everyone again
and I have spoken with Greg about it also, however
we were referring to a "social gathering
of friends", NOT a band reunion. The next
day on the internet there were postings that ANGEL
was reforming with the original lineup. That is
simply not true. Not that it can't happen, it
just was not the subject of conversation we recently
can't talk about Angel without mentioning your
brilliant logo - which can be read from both Earth
and from Heaven, haha. It was designed by a fan,
yes? (Bob Petrik?) How would anyone think to come
up with such a clever idea from the word 'Angel'?
Amazing! Are you still in contact with him and
if so would he have any input on your next album
Yeah it was a great idea. I believe he is a graphics
designer but I could be wrong. Bob, if you're
out there and read this, drop us a line and tell
us what you're up to. As far as input, we will
be using that logo again. I'm not sure how yet,
but it will be on the cover.
were immortalised by Frank Zappa - on the track
'Punky's Whips' (referring to Punky Meadows and
the image he thought Angel portrayed by wearing
white silk'n'chiffon) . What are your thoughts
about that song?
The song is a great song and who better to get
immortalized by.... than Frank Zappa. He invited
all of us to the show when he unveiled the song
live. Great band, great players and a great night.
It's certainly a very distinctive
look! Will we be seeing an all-white-on-the-night
Angel for the next run of shows?
it's part of the deal when you go to an ANGEL
After years of touring with bands such as Rush,
Styx, ZZ Top etc, you must have some hilarious
stories to tell. What are some of your funniest
Spinal Tap incidents from those tours?
Most of those stories are obviously too hilarious
to tell, but now that you've brought up Spinal
Tap.... the first tour we did in Japan was the
first time we did the whole show with the opening
illusion. You know where we appear on stage, one
at a time, out of the towers that are built on
stage. As each tower is built, our name is announced
and that band member would appear in the tower
and walk out. Barry got so freaked out at the
first show that when his name was announced he
never appeared in the tower and never walked out
of his tower. He had to wait until the rest of
us appeared in our towers, and then he came on
stage with all of us. For awhile there it was
"where the hell is Barry?"
And what were your proudest moments, and why?
I think for us there were a lot of proud moments.
As a band, the first time you go into a studio
to record your first album together, that's pretty
special! Growing up in Boston, living in New York
and Washington DC and doing shows at The Boston
Garden, Madison Square Garden and Largo Arena
was pretty nice too. Of course after we moved
to Los Angeles, headlining Long Beach Arena and
playing The Forum in L.A. wasn't bad either!
Angel rested their wings in the 80s, what did
you do, and what prompted the reunion in 1998?
I did a lot of studio work singing background
vocals and some made-for-television soundtracks
as well as some movie soundtracks. I think what
prompted the reunion or retooling was the fact
that both Barry and myself wanted to record again
and go back out on the road.
of the previous band-members are you still in
touch with, and how well does everyone get along
with each other?
We all keep in touch with each other and we all
get along fine. We've been through a lot together
and that makes a bond that is hard to break.
Do you still do voice-coaching? How satisfying
is it to bring out someone's ability and confidence,
and are there any achievements with anyone that
you're especially proud of from that part of your
Yes, I am still teaching voice. It's very satisfying
to bring out someone's ability and to build up
their confidence. I have a lot of young students
and it's great to teach them at the beginning
stage. I'm proud of all my students because they're
so young and they all enjoy singing so much that
it makes it enjoyable for me to teach them.
How much influence
did Gene Simmons have on Angel's career?
Well, I don't think Gene had much influence on
our career. Although he always did give us advice
when we first met, and after we signed with Casablanca
you mentioned earlier, Peter Kalish is now managing
Angel. What was it about Peter that made him the
right man for the job?
The fact that Peter cares is the one most important
part of what makes Peter the right man for the
job. He is in constant contact with me about every
move we make and each day there is progress sometimes
more sometimes less, but always progress.
What message would you like
to give to Angel fans?
How about "please buy the reissue of On Earth!"
and the fact that we are still doing what we do
best and love the most...... and that's music.
We are looking forward to recording a new album
and going back out on the road. I think Peter
is putting together a great game plan and performing
is always the most fun for me. We hope to see
everyone out there again soon!
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