Bang Tango burst out of the LA metal scene in the late '80s with a thrilling sound that combined the tongue-in-cheek theatrics of glam with the driving rhythms of funk. In concert the band’s rock-solid rhythm section busts out groovy breakdowns in between head-banging choruses. Lead singer Joe Lesté often holds out his microphone for ticket buyers to sing into, making fans a crucial part of the show as he unleashes his primal growl on rockers like “Someone Like You” and “Dancin’ on Coals”. The addition of former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson has poured gasoline on this fiery foursome, and ticket buyers can expect a scorching show that recalls the pyrotechnic thrills of hair metal’s heyday.
Joe Lesté formed Bang Tango in 1987 amid LA’s glam metal scene, setting the band apart by incorporating funk and R&B elements borrowed from groove-oriented hard rockers like Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses. The group soon signed to MCA and released their 1989 debut album Psycho Café, achieving considerable radio play and heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball with lead single “Someone Like You”. The band continued to enjoy success with Dancin’ on Coals (1991) and the critically acclaimed Love After Death (1994) before breaking up. After his follow-up band Beautiful Creatures folded, Lesté decided to assemble a new Bang Tango lineup in the early ‘00s, resulting in the recording and release of Ready to Go in 2004. The band has since released From the Hip (2006) and Pistol Whipped in the Bible Belt (2011) while continuing to tour in support of their funky, hard-rocking music.