By STEVE MASCORD
IN the wake of iconic frontman Doc Neeson’s passing, The Angels have been booked to play Sweden Rock.
Currently touring Australia to celebrate their 40th anniversary with Dave Gleeson singing, the seminal Australian hard rock band will play the massive festival at Norje Sölvesborg, set down for June 3,4,5 and 6 2015.
Fellow Australian rockers Kings of the Sun performed at the festival this year.
“The date is locked in for 2015 – although we haven’t got playing times yet,” guitarist Rick Brewster tells Hot Metal.
The Angels, rounded out by guitarist John Brewster, drummer Nick Norton and bassist Sam Brewster, played shows in Bali and Japan in recent years but Rick Brewster described the Sweden show as the most significant overseas booking since the Wizards of Oz showcase in Los Angeles in 1993.
It’s understood other dates in Europe will be sought.
Neeson, who parted ways with the band four years ago, died of a brain tumour on June 4, leading to renewed interest in the band and a surge in sales for its back catalogue. He was 67.
The band has been performing “Dawn Is Breaking”, arguably Neeson’s most theatrical song, as a tribute on the current tour. Shows in Hobart and Launceston last weekend were sold out.
They featured three songs of current album Talk The Talk, greatest hits and some deep cuts.
Guitarist Bob Spencer, who was to play in an alternative version of the band fronted by Neeson, recently joined the current lineup on stage in Victoria and it is hoped other former members will guest during the current tour.