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On the day The Angels release their highly anticipated double album Brothers, Angels & Demons, the legendary rock band have announced an exciting tour of the same name, celebrating all their greatest hits. It has been an incredible year for The Angels. In what marks almost five decades of rock, the band celebrated with a tell-all biography, penned by industry alumnae Bob Yates, The Angels, and scheduled an intimate run of book shows talking about the behind-the-scenes happening of the iconic band. Now it is time to get back to the music, bringing the band back out on the road for what they do best, playing live.

The Brothers, Angels & Demons tour will complement the double album – showcasing audience favourites and some rarities. “The Angels has always been about playing our music live,” says John Brewster. “This show will encompass some aspects that aren’t always a part of the show, like Rick [Brewster] playing some keyboards, some acoustic performances and the odd special guest. These shows will knock the fans out.”

One of the exciting things about the Brothers, Angels & Demons tour is that it features hand-picked special guests for each show – bands who have been a special part of The Angels’ story over the years. The tour includes guest performances on select shows by Diesel, Rose Tattoo, MI-SEX and Hitmen DTK, as well as the Dave Wilson Band. “We have reached a moment in time when we are celebrating the whole journey,” says John. “These bands are part of that journey. It just seems right to include them in our, and the fans’, celebration.”

It is certainly a trifecta of celebration – the book, album and a massive tour. There is also an intimate book tour – featuring the Brewster Brothers and Raymond Hawkins – scheduled before the band officially hits the road, making it one of their busiest years to date. “It’s a huge year for us, a busy one with book signings, and promotional trips to various capital cities for Rick and me,” says John. “The book tour will be interesting as we’ll be answering some questions from the audience, playing some music stripped back to the two of us. It will be great to reunite with Raymond again, he was our amazing lighting director / designer at the time we put massive production into pub and theatre gigs. He was there with us when we toured the world and has great stories from those days. Then, to follow, the Brothers, Angels & Demons tour with wonderful guest bands who have history with us. This tour will take in large theatre venues and some regional clubs. The Angels camp is about to get very busy – the way we like it.”

This is just the start, with 2018 already shaping up for a big one as well. It will mark 40 years since the release of the band’s ground breaking multi-platinum album Face To Face, which will be a massive celebration in itself. Looking back – and forward – John says the band is all about the music, and all about the fans. Something that hasn’t really changed in almost five decades and is even more paramount today.

“Put simply, there are five musicians who want to be there, who are all writing and recording new music for The Angels and who share a passion for the greatest rock experience ever – a live show,” he says. “Rock on! We couldn’t have done it without the fans. The band has always been about doing it in front of people, writing a new song, and testing it on the audience… you know straight away whether the song works or not. We’re grateful for their part in the whole process. Vive les fans!”

BROTHERS, ANGELS & DEMONS SPECIAL GUESTS 

Rose Tattoo have a long history with The Angels. “They were stable mates at Alberts when we signed in the mid1970s, along with AC/DC, Ted Mulry Gang, John Paul Young, Harry Vanda and George Young,” says John. “We have toured many times in the past with the Tatts and want to do it again. They have monster songs and great attitude.” Another nice link is that long-time friend and former The Angels member Bob Spencer will be playing with the Tatts during the tour.

Hitmen DTK were a band who were heavily influenced by The Angels. “Johnny Kannis credits The Angels for introducing them to the suburbs at a time when they were an inner-city band,” says John. “They did many gigs with us around Sydney and are welcome guests.”  

In fact, Hitmen DTK’s Johnny says The Angels kick-started their career in the suburbs. “You guys introduced us to the beer barns of Australia and to an audience that loved passionate, adrenalin driven rock n roll, an audience we’d never have gotten on our own,” he says. “Through this first up connection, our big break came when we caught the eye of your producer Mark Opitz who signed on to produce our debut (self-titled) album.” 

No strangers to performing together of late, MI-SEX and The Angels have a special shared history, especially given The Angels book author Bob Yates was former manager for the band. “MI-SEX were signed to CBS back when we joined that stable in 1980,” says John. “They were on tour with us in the USA at the same time as us, so we have a shared history. Last year we had them as special guests on our Hard Wired tour and they were fantastic.” 

MI-SEX’s Murray Burns remembers the first time the band saw The Angels in the late 1970s at the encouragement of Bob Yates. “The place was jam-packed and their high-energy performance was a revelation to us,” he says. “MISEX had a very different sound to them, but watching that show was a crucial beginning to reshaping the energy of what we were doing on stage.” 

Diesel came onto The Angels radar a bit later – it was the early 1990s after the launch of his band Johnny Diesel and The Injectors. “They [the band] were managed by our then drummer Brent Eccles,” says John. “In later years, Diesel played on the same bill as us at Day On The Green gigs and others. He joined us on stage at the Chris Bailey benefit in Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre in 2013, a most memorable though sad occasion. He is a good friend… great to have him with us.”

The newest inclusion, the Dave Wilson Band, impressed Rick Brewster from the outset. “Dave is a fantastic bluesrock guitarist,” he says. “He and his three-piece band play wild versions of Hendrix-Stevie Ray Vaughan-Clapton etc. I met Dave 18-months ago and have since had many sessions with him. He has opened up doors in guitar playing that I never knew existed. He has become a good friend and also teaches my son Jody. Come early, the Dave Wilson Band is not to be missed.”

THE ANGELS – THE BROTHERS, ANGELS & DEMONS TOUR
With special guests Diesel, Rose Tattoo, MI-SEX, Hitmen DTK & Dave Wilson Band.

Tickets on sale now
For full tour info, click here

Fri 13 Oct | Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Special guest: MI-SEX
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Sat 14 Oct | Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Special guest: MI-SEX
astortheatreperth.com | Ph: 1300 111 369

Fri 20 Oct | Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Special guests: Diesel & MI-SEX
ticketek.com.au | 132 849

Fri 27 Oct | The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Special guest: Rose Tattoo
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Sat 28 Oct | The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Special guest: Rose Tattoo
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
 
Fri 3 Nov | Country Club, Launceston, TAS
Special guest: Dave Wilson Band
tixtas.com.au | Ph: 1300 795 257
 
Sat 4 Nov | Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart, TAS
Special guest: Dave Wilson Band
tixtas.com.au | Ph: 1300 795 257

Fri 10 Nov | Doyalson RSL, Cebtral Coast, NSW
Special guests: Rose Tattoo & MI-SEX
doylo.com.au | Ph: (02) 4390 0622
 
Sat 11 Nov | Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville, NSW
Special guests: Rose Tattoo & MI-SEX
moshtix.com.au | Ph: 1300 438 849
 
Fri 17 Nov | South West Rocks Country Club, South West Rocks, NSW
rockscountryclub.com.au | Ph: (02) 6566 6252
 
Sat 18 Nov | Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
laurietonclub.com.au | Ph: (02) 6559 9110
 
Fri 24 Nov | Panthers Penrith, Penrith, NSW
Special guests: Rose Tattoo & Hitmen DTK
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
 
Sat 25 Nov | Waves, Wollongong, NSW
Special guests: Rose Tattoo & Hitmen DTK
moshtix.com.au | Ph: 1300 438 849
 
Fri 1 Dec | Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
Special guests: Rose Tattoo & MI-SEX
oztix.com.au | Ph: 1300 762 545

Sat 2 Dec | Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Special guests: Rose Tattoo & MI-SEX
oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545

RICK & JOHN BREWSTER presents THE ANGELS BOOK TOUR
READING, MUSIC, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS   

With special guest Raymond Hawkins as emcee

Visit theangels.com.au for full details

BROTHERS, ANGELS & DEMONS IS OUT NOW THROUGH LIBERATION MUSIC
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THE ANGELS BY BOB YATES IS OUT NOW THROUGH PENGUIN BOOKS
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE

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