THE ANGELS CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR SEMINAL ALBUM FACE TO FACE | 2 shows Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June 2018 | THE BRIDGE HOTEL, ROZELLE NSW
Iconic rock band The Angels are gearing up to return the Bridge on their FACE TO FACE TOUR. It is hard to believe, but in 2018 it has been four decades since Face To Face was released. To celebrate, the band will be embarking on a massive national tour that will see them perform the entire album, as well as their biggest hits. After a great night last December launching the tour at the Bridge, the boys have decided to come back for two more shows!
For John Brewster, coming back was a an easy choice, “The Bridge is the last bastion of real pub rock – the sticky carpets, the close quarters,” says John. “Face To Face was named because at that point in the band’s career, that was our relationship with the audience. They were that close – it was a happy confrontation. The Bridge is kind of the last one standing in a way – it is still like it used to be. When we want to have that intimate-type show and jam everyone in, it is fantastic. We love it.” So they are bringing the tour back to the Bridge this June!
Face To Face firmly put the band on the map – both in Australia and internationally – spawning tracks that still hold an iconic place in Aussie music history such as Take A Long Line, Marseilles, After The Rain and Be With You, to name a few. The multi-platinum release was described as a ‘watershed’ for the band and changed the way Australian bands toured. Take A Long Line is one of The Angels most loved songs. It was a smash for the Face to Face album, peaking in the national single charts at #26 and remaining there for a massive 29 weeks. The album itself remained in the charts for a year-and-a-half – an impressive achievement for a band on their second release, and one who, unbeknown to them at the time, would create the musical soundtrack of a generation.
There was something about The Angels music that stood them apart. The songwriting partnership of Brewster/Neeson/Brewster, creating great rock songs – timeless in both lyrics and melody – written for the band and for the live audiences. This true grit, something that inherently appealed to the Australian market, created a legend that has stayed with the band until today.
The Face To Face tour will traverse the classic album – with the band performing all the songs that made the LP a breakthrough for them back in 1978. For Dave Gleeson, it is an honour to be able to perform the classic tracks and take listeners down memory lane. “Face To Face is, without doubt, one of the must have albums and sits very comfortably alongside any of the greatest Australian albums of all time,” he says. “Every song, whether released as a single or not, is indelibly stamped in the music vocabulary of rock music fans, here and in many parts of the world. I heard it for the first time at the age of 10, thanks to my older brother, and now to be singing many of the songs each night on stage with John and Rick, is somewhat surreal. Chock a block with thumping riffs and evocative lyrics, Face To Face is an album 40 years old that still kicks the arse of many albums before, or since.”
Tickets to The Angels at The Bridge Hotel are on sale now.