Bang Tango

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Bang Tango
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hard rock, Glam metal, Funk metal, Heavy metal, Alternative metal, funk rock
Years active 1987–1995, 1996-1998, 1999, 2002-present
Labels World of Hurt (1989)
MCA (1989–1993)
Music for Nations (1993–1995)
Shrapnel (2003–2005)
Perris (2005–present)
Members Joe Lesté
Rowan Robertson
Lance Eric
Timmy Russell
Past members Former members

Bang Tango is an American funk-infused hard rock and Alternative metal band. The band was formed in 1987 in Los Angeles, California and was signed to MCA Records the same year.


The band's line-up has changed since its inception, with the one mainstay of the group (until 2010) being the frontman Joe Lesté. Psycho Café (the band's first album) was released in 1989,[1] but, although MTV gave considerable exposure to the single "Someone Like You", the album was not able to cross over to mainstream success.[2]

Nevertheless, the group worked on until 1995 when they split up.[3] Bang Tango reformed in 1996 only to disband again in 1998. In 1999, the band reformed to mount a national tour, Lesté and the original bass guitarist Kyle Kyle (born Kyle Keiderling) joining forces with the former Bay area S.F. Altar Boys punk rock guitarist Mattie B.. The tour was a success and a recording was started but nothing was released. Lesté reformed the band yet again in 2002, albeit structured around a revolving door of lesser-known musicians. Many of those were also members of Lesté's more modern sounding alt-metal outfit Beautiful Creatures.[4]

As of July 17, 2014, former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson joined Bang Tango as they plan to tour for the band's 25th anniversary.[5]


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

(This is a partial list. It does not include all of the members who have toured with the band, especially during the late 1980s.)


  • Tigg Ketler (born Robert Ketler)(1987-1995; 2006 one gig only; 2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Rob Jones (1996-1997)
  • Michael Licata (1997-1998)
  • Danny Parker (1998)
  • Walter Earl (1999)
  • Bobby "Tango" Gibb (2002-2003)
  • Glenn Sobel (2003)
  • Matt Starr (born Matt Franklin)(2003-2005)
  • Jason Hugie (2005)
  • Timmy Russell (2004-2009)
  • Troy Patrick Farrell(2009)
  • Trent Anderson (2009-2013)


  • Kyle Stevens (1987-1994; 2006 one gig only;2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Mark Knight (1987-1995; 2006 one gig only;2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Pete Risi (1994-1995)
  • Mark Tremaglia (1996-1998 1999)
  • Dan Aon (1996-1998)
  • Mattie B. (born Matt Breen) (1998 1999)
  • Anthony Focx (2002-2004; 2008-2009;2009-2010)
  • Michael Thomas (2002-2003;2005; 2007-2008)
  • Ryan Seelbach (2007-2008)
  • Dave Henzerling (2009)
  • Mark Simpson (2005-2007)
  • Alex Grossi (2003-2005;2008-2010)
  • Scott LaFlamme (2010-2014)

Bass guitar[edit]

  • Kyle Kyle (born Kyle Keiderling)(1987-1995;1996-1998 1999;2006 one gig only;2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Brian Saunders (2002-2003)
  • Curtis Roach (born Chris Roach) (2003-2005)
  • Mike Howells (2005)
  • Jamie Zimlin (2005)

Vocals(Bang Tango Redux)[edit]

  • Michael Demay ( Vocals/ Bang Tango Redux )(2010-present)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label US Billboard Peak
1989 Psycho Café MCA 58
1991 Dancin' on Coals 113
1994 Love After Death Music for Nations -
September 14, 2004 Ready to Go Shrapnel -
May 9, 2006 From the Hip Perris -
September 27, 2011 Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt [6] [78 Productions]

Live and compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Label US Billboard Peak
1989 Live Injection (live) World of Hurt
1992 Ain't No Jive...Live! (live) MCA
November 10, 1998 Live (live) Cleopatra
May 25, 1999 Untied & Live (live) Import -
November 23, 1999 Greatest Tricks (compilation) Cleopatra -
August 24, 2004 The Ultimate Bang Tango: Rockers and Thieves (compilation) Lemon -


  1. ^ "Artist Bio". ReverbNation. ReverbNation. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bang Tango". All music. Rovi Corp. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "BANG TANGO". Sleaze Roxx. Sleaze Roxx. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Joe Leste: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES". A Tribute To BANG TANGO. DressedUpVamp's Psycho Cafe. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
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  6. ^ "Bang Tango Lyrics". Bang Tango Lyrics. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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