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Published on December 22nd, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Angel’s Punky Meadows On 2020 Plans, Almost Joining KISS & More

To put it simply, 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 many global superstars, including Aerosmith, Rush, Journey, Styx and Ted Nugent. Angel even headlined two nights at Japan’s legendary Budokan arena beyond appearing on the television shows American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special.

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 Albums, #82 on Top Current Albums and #98 on Top Albums, respectively.

Angel — comprised of 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) — just wrapped some Northeastern United States touring this month, with European, Japanese and more U.S. touring slated for early 2020. I had the pleasure of speaking about this and plenty more with Punky Meadows himself on December 19, 2019 by phone.

Highlights from our interview are embedded below for your listening pleasure and will also be part of an upcoming episode of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast. More on Punky Meadows and the rest of Angel can be found online at www.angelbandofficial.weebly.com.


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is a New York resident (and Long Island native) with over 15 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. In the years following, he worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer.Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Format Magazine, Businessweek, The Improper, the L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. He has been a member of the SATW and the IFWTWA organizations as a food and travel writer.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host the recently-launched "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com).


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