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.

Biography[edit]

Bang Tango's classic original line up consisted of Joe Leste'(Vocals), Mark Knight(Guitar), Kyle Stevens(Guitar), Kyle Kyle(Bass), and Tigg Ketler(Drums).

Minor success was had with their MTV hit "Someone Like You" from their debut album "Psycho Cafe'". Due to poor label decisions and mismanagement, the band's potential was never fully realized.

Their sophomore effort "Dancin' On Coals" was critically acclaimed yet failed to appeal to the masses, therefore not achieving the success they deserved.

Their final album, and finest work as the original line up "Love After Death" never got to see a U.S. release due to their label feeling they put too much into the band already.

Nevertheless, the group worked on until 1995 when they split up.

The band reformed in 1996 and lasted until 1999 with the line up of Joe Leste', Kyle Kyle, Mark Tremalgia, and Danny Aon (until 1998), along with a revolving door of drummers including Ray Luzier, Michael Licata, Walter Earle, Danny Parker, and Rob Jones.

Also in 1996, Joe Leste', Kyle Kyle and Danny Aon put together a side band called Eating Crow, whose song "So Abused" was featured in the film Wishmaster

Joe Leste' saw minor success once again in 2001 with Beautiful Creatures, which only lasted for two albums.

Joe Leste' put Bang Tango back together in 2003, which to this day has a revolving door of musicians. Except for bass player Lance Eric, who has been in the band since 2005.

As of July 17, 2014, former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson joined Bang Tango as they plan to tour for the band's 25th anniversary.[1]

Bang Tango will be the subject of the documentary Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie which is set to be released in 2015.

Members[edit]

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.)

Drums[edit]

  • 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)
  • Matt Starr (born Matt Franklin)(2003-2005)
  • Jason Hugie (2005)
  • Timmy Russell (2004-2009)
  • Troy Patrick Farrell(2009)
  • Trent Anderson (2009-2013)

Guitar[edit]

  • Kyle Stevens (1987-1993; 2006 one gig only;2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Mark Knight (1987-1995; 2006 one gig only;2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Mark Tremalgia (1993-1999)
  • Dan Aon (1996-1998)
  • Anthony Focx (2002-2004; 2008-2009;2009-2010)
  • Michael Thomas (2002-2003;2005; 2007-2008)
  • Ryan Seelbach (2007-2008)
  • 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)

Discography[edit]

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 [2] [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 -

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