Friday, May 30, 2014

Mad Angel

1972-1975:  Mad Angel featured three originals members of The Joneses; (guitarists) Jimmy and Joe D'Angelo plus Rob Zicaro (drums).  Donni Thayer (bass) joined the D'Angelo brothers when Marty Norris left DNZ (D'Angelo, Norris, Zicaro).

The new line-up played the same circuit as the up and coming Aerosmith at clubs such as the Red Barn (formerly The Seventh House) in Westboro and The Cricket Lounge in Ashland. 

Jimmy and Joe's dad (Fred) quit his job at the Worcester Post Office to manage the band and drive their converted school bus.

Mad Angel recorded a 45rpm for BASF Records in 1974.  "Can't Run, Can't Hide" was actually the B-side of the record but got more airplay than "Sweet Sleep, Sleep Sweet" which was the A-side.  BASF promoted the record with a Mad Angel billboard on the roof of the Kenmore Club (Katy's) in Kenmore Square.

In August of that year, Mad Angel opened for Aerosmith at a huge outdoor concert at the Westboro Speedway when "Get Your Wings" was released.   Mad Angel broke up in early 1975.  In 1976, Jimmy D'Angelo and Donni Thayer formed Pretty Poison.



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