Bang Tango returns with former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson
After laying low and taking a much needed break for nearly a year, BANG TANGO featuring original founding frontman Joe Lesté will be returning to the road to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary, rejuvenated and re-energized with the addition of former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson and a renewed sense of excitement and focus.
“Rowan has been a huge breath of fresh air for us” says Lesté – “ We have always been fans of his playing, as well as his work ethics and attitude and we are already writing new material that is the best stuff we have come up with in years, I can’t wait for our fans to see this new & improved version of BANG TANGO” –
In 1989 Rowan was recruited to join the band DIO when he was only 17 years of age. The experience launched the young guitarist from obscurity to international fame nearly overnight.
BANG TANGO will be debuting the new line up supporting the LONDON QUIREBOYS on select dates of their 30th Anniversary Tour this summer.
Along with original frontman Joe Lesté and veteran Bang Tango members bass player Lance Eric and drummer Timmy Russell, 2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the veteran Sunset Strip Band – Bang Tango are already confirmed for hugely successful Monsters of Cruise in April 2015, additional US dates are in the pipeline as well.
Although Bang Tango was often lumped in with the whole 80’s glam metal movement (perhaps due to their pretty-boy looks and the fact that they hailed from Los Angeles), the hard-rockin’ quintet was one a few L.A. glam groups to incorporate funk into its sound – around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More made it acceptable to do so. Their line up consiste d of Joe Lesté (Vocals), Kyle Stevens (Guitar), Mark Knight (Guitar), Kyle Kyle (Bass), and Tigg Ketler (Drums), and piqued the interest of Mechanic/MCA shortly after the quintet issued their first in-concert recordings, 1987’s “Live Injection”.
Their major-label debut, Psycho Cafe, was issued in 1989. MTV’s Headbangers Ball gave significant air time to their single “Someone Like You”, and eventually it became a mainstay on the dial MTV charts. The group continued to issue albums throughout the early 1990’s including “Dancin’ On Coals”, “Ain’t No Jive…Live!” and the critically acclaimed “Love After Death”.
In 2000, Leste’ formed a more modern-sounding alt-metal outfit, Beautiful Creatures, issuing a self-titled debut the same year on Warner Brothers. Beautiful Creatures toured as part of the 2001 Ozzfest as well as supporting KISS on a number of dates.
Bang Tango has since produced three studio albums this decade. “Ready To Go” (2004), “From The Hip”(2006), and the latest release “Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt”(2011).