Original Bang Tango line-up reunion happened when Joe Lesté called Mark Knight wanting to do it
Original Bang Tango guitarist Mark Knight was recently interviewed by Shawn Macomber for Decibel Magazine‘s Gasping For Hair section and asked what was the turning point that led to the reunion of the band’s original lineup consisting of Knight, singer Joe Lesté, guitarist Kyle Stevens, bassist Kyle Kyle and drummer Tigg Ketler. Bang Tango‘s original line-up played their first show together in many years at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California, USA on January 25, 2020.
Knight indicated: “I’ll just give you a little on the history of how it kind of went down. Last year, probably around when you got in touch, we — and I mean “we” as in me and the rest of the original members; not [vocalist] Joe [Lesté], but just the four of us — had been talking about the thirtieth anniversary of Psycho Cafe and how it would be cool to show some respect to the fans and the music we made by maybe trying to get a reunion together. You know, go out and play the whole record — that kind of thing. Even just one show. But as the year 2019 wound down it became more and more clear, you know: “Joe’s out on tour with his other version of Bang Tango for awhile. I guess this is just going to come and go.”
Come October, though, Joe started calling. Honestly, I wasn’t too excited about talking to him at that point. But eventually I picked up and he said, “I want to get back with the original guys — put the original band back together again and go out and do something.” At first I was skeptical — he’s already got this other line-up of the band going.”
Knight continued: “… But we ended up having a lot of discussions and what came out of that was very inspiring to me. At the end of it, I basically said, “If you just want to free yourself up and do the original guys, then I’m all about it. Let’s do something.” And here we are.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mark Knight at Decibel Magazine‘s website.