NRG (American band)

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OriginUnited States
GenresHeavy metal, Hard rock
Years active1986
MembersLes Brown - Vocals
Ernie "Burns" Petrangelo - Guitars
Lee Mangano - Drums
Pat Lynch - Bass

NRG was a 1980s rock band notable for being featured in The Transformers: The Movie.[1]


NRG formed and began writing songs in 1979. At that time the band invested in their own 8 track recording studio to lay down tracks for their music. The band started out recording in a cellar and rehearsed in a chicken coop that was internally covered wall to wall with rugs to deaden the sound while they practiced.

NRG started when drummer Lee Mangano contacted a local guitar player named Ernie Petrangelo. A search began for a singer, and after many auditions, Les Brown a native of Taunton, Massachusetts, walked into the studio, put on a set of headphones, and started to sing. Les never made it to the first chorus and was asked to be in the band[citation needed]. The final member was bass player Pat Lynch.


Their song "Instruments of Destruction" is included in the compilation The Transformers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[2]

NRG has shared the stage with artists such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Extreme, Joan Jett, UFO, Nazareth, Blue Öyster Cult, Kix and Judas Priest.[citation needed]

Post NRG[edit]

In 2003 Damn Cheetah released "Primal", Brown formed Damn Cheetah with members of NYC band "Blacklace" in the late 80's who also around this time frame won a New York City - SKC Music Award for Best Unsigned Hard Rock/Metal Band.


  • Damn Cheetah - Primal
  • NRG2 - Transformed
  • DvD Drum School Vol I "The Ultimate Learning Experience"

Featuring: Lee Mangano (NRG) Joe Pet (The Joe Perry Project) Jackie Santos (John Cafferty & Tavares) Hirsh Gardner (New England)

  • DvD Drum SchoolVol II "Taking It To The Next Level"

Featuring: Lee Mangano(NRG) Joe Pet (The Joe Perry Project) Gary Moffatt (38 Special) Sean Shannon (Pat Travers & Molly Hatchet)


  1. ^ "The Transformers: The Movie", (1986), End Credits, Music.
  2. ^ "Transformers The Movie - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition". IGN. Retrieved 2016-01-11.

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