New sleaze superstar group Angels In Vein featuring members of L.A. Guns and more
A new sleaze rock “superstar” group has just been formed by the name of Angels In Vein. The new sleaze rock group features ex-members of Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns and White Lion.
Angels In Vein‘s line-up is as follows:
Chris VanDahl – vocals
Todd (Taz) Anthony – guitars
Stacey Blades – guitars
Eric Stacy – bass
Troy Patrick Farrell – drums
In terms of when we can expect music from Angels In Vein, the group posted the following comment (with a slight edit) a few hours ago to an inquiry made on its Facebook page: “The album is in the works and near completion. The first single should be available either later this month or beginning of next. Really depends on how long it takes to finish editing process on the first video.
Either way it will be reasonably soon and well worth it! ??”
Angels In Vein‘s singer Chris VanDahl is best known for his time in L.A. Guns where he sang on the group’s American Hardcore album, which was released in 1996.
Wikipedia states the following about VanDahl:
“Chris Van Dahl (born Chris Korstjens; also known as Roxy Dahl) is a rock musician notable for singing on the L.A. Guns album American Hardcore. Van Dahl grew up in Detroit, Michigan, but moved to Los Angeles, California to try to make it in the music business.
In the early 1990s, prior to joining L.A. Guns, Van Dahl was the singer in another Los Angeles band – the glam metal band Cherry St.. At this time, Van Dahl went by the stage name Roxy Dahl. He left Cherry St. in 1991 to form a new band, Boneyard. This group recorded a four-track demo, but never released a full album. So, in 1993, Van Dahl rejoined Cherry St., bringing Boneyard bassist “Redd” Rosell with him. That year, Cherry St. released the album Squeeze It Dry on JRS Records.
In 1995, Van Dahl was recruited to be the singer for L.A. Guns. He sang on their 1996 album American Hardcore. Van Dahl also sang on the subsequent tour, but was let go from the band in 1997. After this, he formed The Vow with his former Boneyard compatriots Pauly Alvarez and Bobby Holder.
In 1999, he joined a short-lived incarnation of Jizzy Pearl‘s band Love/Hate as a bassist, but the project did not last the year as Pearl subsequently joined Ratt. Next, Van Dahl formed a band with former Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson. The band, named Pack of Wolves, also featured Adam Kurry (former Legs Diamond bassist) who Van Dahl had played with in The Vow.
In 2005, Van Dahl moved to Austin, Texas and hooked up with former Cherry St. guitarist Taz to form a new band, Black Beauties. Chris has a nephew Josh Tomalia who is a semi-professional golfer on the Michigan Amateur Golf Tour. Chris has another nephew Matt Tomalia who is the lead singer of a screamo band called Outcasts, Matt is looking for a career in the future of being a pilot and a young actor.
Chris currently sings in Huntington Beach-based Aerosmith tribute band Aeromyth, and was the first singer for Las Vegas-based band The Jimmy Crespo Project. Crespo, himself a former member of Aerosmith, sometimes plays with Van Dahl in Aeromyth. He also plays Steven Tyler in the Legends in Concert show in Las Vegas.”
Angels In Vein‘s guitarist Stacey Blades is best known for his time in L.A. Guns including playing on that group’s Tales From the Strip (2005) and Hollywood Forever (2012) albums. Blades also wrote his autobiography entitled Snake Eyes: Confessions Of A Replacement Rockstar, which was released on paperback in 2009 and which contains a large excerpt from a Sleaze Roxx CD review.
Wikipedia states the following about Blades:
“Stacey Blades (born Bryan Todd MaClachlan; November 4, 1968) is a guitarist originally from Toronto Canada, who has played with such bands as Fraidy Katt, Roxx Gang, Supercool, L.A. Guns, and Let It Rawk. He has played on the L.A. Guns studio albums Rips the Covers Off, Tales from the Strip, Covered in Guns, and Hollywood Forever, and the L.A. Guns live album Loud and Dangerous: Live from Hollywood. He authored a book, Confessions of a Replacement Rockstar in 2009.
During the 2005 American Metal Blast Tour, Stacey was humorously interviewed by rock & roll comic C.C. Banana. In 2009 Stacey released his first Guitar Instrumental Solo album called “Symphonic Slam” on Cleopatra Records
At the end of 2012, Stacey decided to leave L.A. Guns to pursue more personal opportunities for performing and songwriting. He is currently working with Sony Music designing and writing guitar loop packages. Stacey was also the last artist to work with the legendary producer Andy Johns before his untimely death in April 2013.”
Angels In Vein‘s bassist Eric Stacy is best known for his time in Faster Pussycat and has played on that group’s three best known albums: Faster Pussycat (1987), Wake Me When It’s Over (1989) and Whipped! (1992).
Wikipedia states the following about Stacy: “Eric Stacy (born 5 June 1964 in Los Angeles, CA) is a bassist who has played in various bands, including Champagne, Faster Pussycat, Bubble, the Liberators, and Supercool.”
Angels In Vein‘s guitarist Todd (Taz) Anthony is a long-time friend of VanDahl and the two of them played together in a band called Cherry Street. VanDahl and Anthony have been working on Angels In Vein for some time as a post on VanDahl‘s Facebook page back on May 12, 2015 states:
“Okay, for some time i’ve been talking about the New album I’ve been quietly working on with my former Cherry Street guitarist and longtime friend Todd (Taz) Anthony.
While we’re not prepared to release music just yet, here’s a teaser logo.
ANGELS IN VEIN“
Finally, Angels In Vein‘s drummer Troy Patrick Farrell is best known for his time in White Lion from 2004 to 2013.
Farrell played on White Lion‘s last studio album Return Of The Pride which was released back in 2008.
Wikipedia states the following about White Lion‘s Return Of The Pride:
“Return of the Pride is the fifth studio album featuring original material by White Lion. The album was released in 2008 on March 14 (Europe), April 9 (Japan), April 29 (North America). This is the first original White Lion studio album since their 1991 album Mane Attraction and is the first studio album with the new line up which still features original lead singer Mike Tramp. The album is also a sequel to the band’s 1987 album Pride.”
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