Bang Tango

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Bang Tango
Bang Tango.jpg
Bang Tango in 2008 ft. Joe Lesté and Michael Thomas
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hard rock,[1] glam metal[2]
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
Drew Fortier

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


Bang Tango's classic original line up consisted of Joe Lesté (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 Café. 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 wide success.

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 Lesté, 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 Lesté, Kyle Kyle and Danny Aon put together a side band called Eating Crow, whose song "So Abused" was featured in the film Wishmaster.

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

Joe Lesté 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 planned to tour for the band's 25th anniversary.[3]

Bang Tango was the subject of the documentary Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie, which was released in 2015.

As of May 2015, Attack of Life: The Bang Tango Movie filmmaker Drew Fortier joined Bang Tango as their rhythm guitarist.

According to interviews with the band members, Bang Tango has been working on a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2011's Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt.[4][5][6] The album will include a song written by Johnny Blade and previously recorded by Player/Kommander, titled "When Will I Get Paid".[7]


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.)


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


  • 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)
  • Mattie B (1998-1999)
  • Anthony Focx (2002-2004; 2008-2009; 2009-2010)
  • Michael Thomas (2002-2003; 2005; 2007-2008)
  • Ryan Seelbach (2007-2008)
  • Dave Henzerling (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)
  • Ry Ry aka. Coogie Houser (2006)
  • Curtis Roach (born Chris Roach) (2003-2005)
  • Mike Howells (2005)
  • Jamie Zimlin (2005)

Vocals(Bang Tango Redux)[edit]

  • Michael Demay (2010-present as Bang Tango Redux)
  • Felicity Pringle (2004 - 2008 ) back up vocals


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 [8] 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 -


Year Title US UK
1989 "Attack Of Life" - -
"Someone Like You" - -
"Breaking Up A Heart Of Stone" - -
1990 "Love Injection" - -
"Dancing On Coals" - -
1991 "Soul To Soul" - -
"Midnight Struck" - -
"Untied And True" - -

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rockpit, Mark (March–April 2015). ""ATTACK OF LIFE: THE BANG TANGO MOVIE" Review and Interview with film-maker Drew Fortier". The Rockpit. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ McPadden, Mike (September 24, 2015). "The Hair Metal 100: Ranking the '80s Greatest Glam Bands, Part 4". VH1. Viacom. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Former Dio Guitarist Rowan Robertson Joins Bang Tango". 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Bang Tango Working On New Material". 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Rowan Robertson of Bang Tango / DC4 Interview – Sleaze Roxx". 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Joe Lesté of Bang Tango Interview – Sleaze Roxx". 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Bang Tango: 'Suck It Up' Video Released". 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Bang Tango Lyrics". Bang Tango Lyrics. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 

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