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After years of solo shows and occasionally guesting with each other, Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino officially reformed Angel last year and the band has been touring hard ever since. Back in their mid-’70s to mid-’80s glory years, they were hated by critics and ridiculed by Frank Zappa who poked fun at Meadows’ apparently girly looks on the song “Punky’s Whips.” But then, old Frank poked fun at The Beatles so Angel are in good company. The facts are, having been discovered by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, Angel signed to Casablanca back in the day, and released a string of great hard rock albums crammed with killer hard rock tracks. We’re delighted they’re back.

Angel plays with the Hard Way, Angeles, Stonebreed, Shock Frenzy, Prima Donna Rising and Witch at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 4 at the Whisky A Go Go.