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Angel Live in Columbus (Thanks for Your Kindness and Your Music)

I first became a fan of Angel in 2006 when I heard an interview Angel singer Frank Dimino did on Eddie Trunk’s radio show.

Frank went into detail about the history of the band and it was just a really good interview.

I also heard on Eddie’s show the Angel song The Tower and really liked it.

Sometime after I heard the interview, I bought Angel’s Live Without A Net double live album and loved it.

And eventually, I bought all of the band’s albums and enjoyed them all.

However, at the time I got into the band, they were no longer a band.  Everyone was either retired, doing solo stuff and just doing other things.

Then the great Angel guitarist Punky Meadows put out a solo album called Fallen Angel.  Masterpiece of an album.  This album also features Angel bassist Felix Robinson and Punky’s collaborator/rhythm guitarist/singer Danny Farrow Anniello.  Punky decided to do some shows for this album and to do them as a co-headline tour with Angel singer Frank Dimino (Frank sang on one song on Punky’s album and Punky played on one of Frank’s songs for his great solo album Old Habits Die Hard under the banner of Dimino).

The shows went so well that Frank and Punky decided they wanted to reform Angel.  So with Danny with them, they reformed the band with new people.

As of this writing, Angel consists of Frank on vocals, Punky on guitar, Danny on guitar, Tommy Caradonna on bass (Felix Robinson did a few shows in between on bass before Tommy came in, replacing Steve E. Ojaine.), Charlie Calv on keyboards, and Billy Orrico on drums.

The band has released two great albums since returning.  Risen, released in 2019, and Once Upon A Time, released in 2023.

It wasn’t until 2023 that I was able to finally see the band.

I saw them twice in 2023 (first show here and second show here) and both shows were phenomenal.

I got to meet them at the second show and all of the guys were very kind and signed all of my Angel CDs.  Could not have been nicer.

When I saw they were playing again this year, I did not hesitate to buy another ticket to see them. 

I also decided I wanted to meet them again and get my Angel records signed (Sorry guys I need to buy a few more for you to sign.  Next time I see you, I’ll bring those.).  

So, I went to the show and met them before the show (This is a paid meet and greet, but it’s not too expensive.).

Like before, all the guys were super friendly and signed everything.  These guys really love their fans and really take the time to talk to them.  And trust me it’s greatly appreciated by us fans.  Also at the merch stand, I bought a shirt, Punky’s album on vinyl (I’ll bring that to sign next time.) and a signed Felix picture that he signed when he was doing the few shows he did with the band.  I hope to meet him someday too but if not, I at least have his autograph and like Frank, Punky and Danny, is friendly to me and other fans on Facebook too.

Anyway, this show was phenomenal too.  This band really rocks.  

I still don’t know why they did not become a bigger band because they had/have it all.  But the fanbase they do have is very loyal and passionate.

I’m glad I became a fan when I did and I’m glad they got back together and are still making great music and playing great shows.

So thank you guys so much for all the great music (hopefully more in the future) and for all your kindness.  I love you all.

Opening bands were In Theory, who are a very good newer rock band, and a good fun cover band called Alecia Houston & The Firmm.  Their rhythm section especially is very good.

But the night was really about Angel, and like the other two times I saw them, they did not disappoint.

Great songs, old and new, and everyone is phenomenal at what they do.

Again, thank you Angel for giving us fans a great time, for the amazing music, and again, your kindness and grace.

Angel Rocks!!!!!

Angel Set List:

  1. On The Rocks
  2. Can You Feel It
  3. Mirrors
  4. Wild And Hot
  5. Bad Time
  6. Cast The First Stone
  7. The Fortune
  8. We Were The Wild
  9. Got Love If You Want It
  10. Don’t Leave Me Lonely
  11. It’s Alright
  12. Pressure Point
  13. Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
  14. Feelin’ Right
  15. Rock And Rollers
  16. Encore:  The Tower

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