Now, more on that great Cincinnati metal show I wrote about yesterday.
Joe Leste of Bang Tango fame will also perform with his side project Cock Fight. More information at www.myspace.com/cockfight1973.
Bang Tango formed in Los Angeles in 1987 and was nearly immediately signed to MCA records. Since that time, the band has released albums on the Music for Nations, Shrapnel, and Perris Records labels. Bang Tango's first album Psycho Cafe wasn't huge so they tried again with Dancin' on Coals which was released in 1991. Unfortunately, Bang Tango never amassed huge mainstream success and they were dropped from MCA after Dancin' on Coals.
Vocalist Joe Leste has remained the constant in Bang Tango, despite numerous splits and member changes.
The current incarnation of Bang Tango includes Leste, guitarist Michael Thomas, bassist Lance Eric and drummer Timmy Russell. Recently, Bang Tango released From the Hip. I don't have this album yet, but the tracks are pretty good. You can hear a few samples at www.myspace.com/bangtango. I really like the guitar sound these guys have going. It's strong and rich, but doesn't overpower the rest of the band.
I'm quite interested in seeing Bang Tango at Rocklahoma. I hear the boys put on a great show, and I'm ready for some excitement!
Side Note: At the turn of the new millennium, Leste formed Beautiful Creatures with guitarists DJ Ashba and Anthony Focx, bassist Kenny Kweens and drummer Glen Sobel. This band had some touring success with KISS and Ozzfest but was quickly dropped from their deal with Warner Brothers. After the label dropped Beautiful Creatures, several members left the band, including DJ Ashba who now collaborates with Nikki Sixx. Ashba was replaced by Alex Grossi (!), who also played with Bang Tango for a short time. Anthony Focx also did a stint with Bang Tango. As noted Timmy Russell is the current drummer for both Bang Tango and Beautiful Creatures.