By SAM BRIMACOMBE
Rick Brewster is adamant The Angels will continue rocking after four decades on the Australian music scene.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there and doing what we’ve always done,” the veteran lead guitarist told the Independent.
“It’s just another year for us; we’ve never stopped.”
Formed in the early 1970s as The Keystone Angels, the classic Australian rock act had hits with songs such as After the Rain, You Got Me Runnin’, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again and Coming Down.
The band is coming to Geelong as part of its third Australian tour this year after two in January and March to support 2014 album Talk The Talk.
Brewster said the new three-month circuit would celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary and subsequent two-disc release of studio tracks and live recordings.
“The anniversary album spans our whole history, from our first single, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, in 1974 right through to the current band and recent songs that we’ve released,” he said.
Brewster said the band had retainbed its original sound despite the absence of former lead singer Doc Neeson, who died this week after the Independent spoke to Brewster.
He was keen to move forward with the refreshed new line-up, he said.
New singer Dave Gleeson is no stranger to The Angels after his previous band, The Screaming Jets, supported the group on many tours through the 1980s and 1990s.
Brewster said Gleeson had now completed two studio albums and several tours with The Angels with great success, so the music was the same as ever.
“We continued with The Angels while Doc did his solo thing.”
Unwavering in his devotion to the band, Brewster said The Angels had no plans to quit, with a new album potentially in the works.
“We’ve got no intention of stopping. Next thing for us will be working on a new album – a couple of the guys are already writing songs.”
The Angels appear at Corio’s Gateway Hotel on 11 July.