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BIOGRAPHY

Bang Tango are:
Joe Leste’ (Vocals)
Rowan Robertson (Guitar)
Lance Eric (Bass)
Timmy Russell (Drums)


BANG TANGO

25th Year Anniversary


Although Bang Tango was often lumped in with the whole 80's glam metal movement (perhaps due to their pretty-boy looks and the fact that they hailed from Los Angeles), the hard-rockin' quintet was one a few L.A. glam groups to incorporate funk into its sound - around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More made it acceptable to do so. Their line up consisted of Joe Leste' (Vocals), Kyle Stevens (Guitar),

Mark Knight (Guitar), Kyle Kyle (Bass), and Tigg Ketler (Drums), and piqued the interest of Mechanic/MCA shortly after the quintet issued their first in-concert recordings, 1987's "Live Injection".


Their major-label debut, Psycho Cafe, was issued in 1989. MTV's Headbangers Ball gave significant air time to their single "Someone Like You", and eventually it became a mainstay on the dial MTV charts. The group continued to issue albums throughout the early 1990's including "Dancin' On Coals", "Ain't No Jive...Live!" and the critically acclaimed "Love After Death".


In 2000, Leste' formed a more modern-sounding alt-metal outfit, Beautiful Creatures, issuing a self-titled debut the same year on Warner Brothers. Beautiful Creatures toured as part of the 2001 Ozzfest as well as supporting KISS on a number of dates.


Bang Tango has since produced three studio albums this decade. "Ready To Go" (2004), "From The Hip" (2006), and the latest release “Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt” (2011).


2014 brings the band’s 25th anniversary with the addition of former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson. In 1989 Rowan was recruited by Ronnie James Dio to join the band DIO when he was only 17 years old. The experience launched the young guitarist from obscurity to international fame nearly overnight.


“Robertson has brought a renewed sense of excitement and focus to the group” says lead singer Joe Leste'. Bang Tango is currently writing with Rowan for a 2015 release.