I was an Angel fan since I was 12-years-old … and back then parents didn’t really take their children to see concerts like they do today. In fact, I didn’t even go to my first concert until I was 15 and only because it was at a college. I was forbidden because “People smoke pot at those concerts,” my mother said.
But I had all the Angel albums and they remained one of my favorite bands all these years. It was epic seeing them in the movie “Foxes” starring Cherie Currie from The Runaways.
All that said, last night, standing right in front of the stage at B.B. Kings seeing Punky Meadows perform, with my husband who is also a big Angel fan, was a dream come true — totally surreal for both of us. Though my husband got to see Angel back in the day … lucky him!
We got the new Punky album “Fallen Angel” the day it went on sale a few weeks ago. The line-up is: Danny Farrow: guitar, Chandler Mogel: lead vocal, Bob Pantella: drums, Charlie Calv: keyboards;and Angel member Felix Robinson on bass. For the BB King show Randy Gregg filled in and Felix Robinson played a few songs. Plus two female back-up singers.
The band was tight as hell and truly recreated the Angel sound, playing five Angel songs: “Feelin’ Right,” “Wild and Hot,” “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” “Can You Feel It,” and “The Tower.” Punky still plays incredibly. The new stuff is great too — and even greater live. My favorites as of now are “Something Strange” and “Straight Shooter.”
Fans continued to scream out names of Angel songs and front man Chandler Mogel jokingly said, “This isn’t an Angel cover band.”
After the show my husband and I waited outside of B.B. Kings hoping to meet Punky Meadows. And we did! We also got to talk to other band members, including Felix Robinson. It was so cool how everyone took the time to acknowledge fans.
An epic night indeed!
I had a crush on him as a teenager 🙂
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X?ie=UTF8&redirect=true