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The Angels

Australian hard rock band The Angels (known as Angel City in the US) supported Bowie on his 1978 tour of Australia.

In 1978, their album Face To Face was already making an impact on Australian charts but their position as "special guests" on the Bowie tour (apparently insisted by Bowie) and their terrific performances, earned them the respect of many more music fans.

  "Bowie was fantastic. He treated us as his guests. He came down to our very first sound check and he offered us everything on stage in terms of lighting except for one special one that he wanted to keep"

~ Doc Neeson, 2007

Bowie, Adrian Belew and Carlos Alomar also offered their guitars to The Angels for the performances.

The Angels in the 1970s. Images courtesy of Rock on Vinyl Blogspot.

Take a Long Line
The Angels in the 1970s. Images courytesy of Rock on Vinyl Blogspot.

The Angels 'Take a Long Line' (1978)
Mick Ronson
In later years, there appears to be an interesting connection to The Angels via Bowie's long term guitarist Mick Ronson.

Perhaps it was the crunchy, melodic riffing that Ronno and the Brewsters shared or perhaps it was mere coincidence.

Regardless, in the early 90s both musicians were found covering each others songs:

The Angels doing Ian Hunter's 'One Bitten Twice Shy' (originally in collaboration with Mick)


Mick Ronson doing The Angels classic 'Take a Long Line'
on his album Heaven and Hull.