Scene News: The Angels announce their Face To Face Anniversary Tour for 2018 – 40 Years On

It’s hard to believe, but it has been four decades since the release of The
Angels sophomore album Face to Face. The seminal release 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.

“It was 1978, our Face The Face album was released and could be heard in
backyards all over the country,” says Rick Brewster. “The era of ‘pub rock’
had begun. Bands like Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil, Divinyls, Flowers, Rose
Tattoo, Mi-Sex, we were all playing venues around the country filled to
overflowing, seven nights a week – punters hanging from the rafters, queues
around the block. Take A Long Line was roaring up the charts, and Face To
Face was up to triple platinum sales. We never even stopped to think about
it. Only years later did we reflect on what an incredible,
never-to-be-repeated, slice of rock history we were caught up in.”

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. Laying down the tracks for the Face The Face album in the famed
Alberts’ studios, was the start of something fresh. “The music stood out as
something new, raw and brooding with provocative lyrics,” says Rick. “The
album totally complemented the live shows we were presenting.”

The Angels got the approval from the people that mattered most, the fans who
jammed into the sweaty pubs to see them play, something that hasn’t wavered
in the almost five decades since the band’s inception. “The audiences were
part of the process, because in almost all cases, we wrote the songs and
played them onstage,” recalls John Brewster. “Everything we did was in front
of people. It wasn’t hard to see what was going over well.”

Reminiscing about those times solidifies that there is something very
special about The Angels. They paid their dues, touring up and down the
country – rockin’ out to big crowds, small crowds and everything in between
– and cut their teeth the way all bands worth their salt did, performing
live seven nights a week. “After four years of hard slog around this
wonderful country in the old 1964 EH Holden Station Wagon playing dives for
peanuts and struggling to pay the bank back the loans, Rick writes Take A
Long Line, I write I Ain’t The One, Doc takes the backing track of Straight
Jacket to the front office of Alberts and comes back with the lyric,” says
John. “Doc gets the idea for the demented aristocrat from his years studying
drama at Flinders University and we discover our sound – what a year!”

Four decades on and the music is still speaking to people – young and old.
It’s not just music fans who discovered The Angels back in the day who still
attend the concerts. Now the audience is made up of all ages, all walks of
life. The music spans generations, bridges age gaps and has a longevity that
will no doubt see songs such as Marseilles, Comin’ Down On Me, After The
Rain . still resonating with people four more decades down the road. As a
band, The Angels are as powerful a force as ever, selling out shows,
performing coveted festival spots and always working on new material. Their
recent biography – The Angels by Bob Yates – was just the tip of the
iceberg, the story up until now, but there is still so much more to come. It
was – has always been, and always will be – about the live music and that’s
why The Angels are taking Face The Face out on the road again.

“It’s impossible to describe the atmosphere of those days (in 1978), but it
will be amazing to celebrate this album 40 years on,” says John. “It’s a
celebration and a tip of the hat to the two members of the gang who are no
longer with us – Doc and Chris Bailey.”

The Angels are taking Face The Face on the road in 2018, paying homage to
the album that made an indelible imprint on the Aussie music scene four
decades ago. The two-hour show features two sets, the complete album Face To
Face and all The Angels classics.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of these special nights of music
history – tickets go on sale from 10am today (Friday 8th December 2017).


Friday 11th May 2018

Miranda Hotel, MIRANDA NSW |


Saturday 12th May 2018

Revesby Workers Club [The Whitlam Theatre], REVESBY NSW


Friday 25th May 2018

Racehorse Hotel, BOOVAL QLD |


Saturday 26th May 2018

Hamilton Hotel, BRISBANE QLD


Friday 1st June 2018



Saturday 2nd June 2018



Friday 8th June 2018



Saturday 9th June 2018



Sunday 10th June 2018



Friday 15th June 2018

Shoppingtown Hotel, DONCASTER VIC |


Saturday 16th June 2018

York On Lilydale, MOUNT EVELYN VIC |


Friday 22nd June 2018

Ravenswood Hotel, RAVENSWOOD WA

Tickets on sale December 15


Saturday 23rd June 2018

Charles Hotel, PERTH WA

Tickets on sale December 15


Friday 29th June 2018

Ettalong Diggers Club, ETTALONG NSW


Saturday 30th June 2018

Rooty Hill RSL [Tivoli Showroom], ROOTY HILL NSW


Friday 6th July 2018

Parkwood Tavern, GOLD COAST QLD |


Saturday 7th July 2018

Villa Noosa Hotel, SUNSHINE COAST QLD |


Wednesday 11th July 2018



Friday 13th July 2018

Gateway Hotel, GEELONG VIC |


Saturday 14th July 2018

Chelsea Heights Hotel, CHELSEA HEIGHTS VIC |

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