Symphony Of Angels – Sat 28 Jul 2018

August 9th, 2018

On Sat 28th July 2018 The Angels performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the La La Land Choir in a spectacular orchestral rock presentation Symphony Of Angels held at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide.

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

When John and Rick Brewster began writing songs it was inevitable that their late grandfather, Hooper (pianist/composer) and their late father, Arthur (cellist/pianist) would wield their influence from afar. They grew up surrounded by classical music and always hoped one day to experience the richness an orchestra might bring to their melodies.

The stunning arrangements written by Rob John and Jamie Messenger brought this to fruition at the sold-out Adelaide Festival Theatre as The Angels, along with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, resplendent in formal outfits (it may be the first and last time we’ll ever see Nick Norton in a suit and tie) and the 40-piece La La Land Choir decked out in Angels T-shirts, delivered the Symphony of Angels concert, led by conductor Rob John. All the top players were performing and the arrangements gave the audience a novel experience of the songs they knew so well.

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

The lights dimmed and the orchestra splintered the silence with the opening notes of the overture from grandfather Hooper’s symphonic poem Australia Felix. The suspense rippled through the theatre until the band took to the stage and the applause uncoiled in a wave of appreciation.

For the next 2 hours the strings, the brass and the choir rolled with the band through the adrenaline-charged energy of Mr. Damage, Take A Long Line, After the Rain, Shadowboxer, Straightjacket; the milky smoothness of My Light Will Shine, Be With You and Love Takes Care; the haunted fury of Dawn Is Breaking and Outcast; the majestic stride of Marseilles and No Exit; the driving power of Face The Day, Fashion and Fame, Skid Row, No Secrets, Blue Blood and Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again.

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

ABC’s commentator Peter Goers, Master of Ceremonies, provided occasional relief with his stories and sketches that had the crowd shaking with laughter and these photos, taken by Russell Millard, capture the stormy atmosphere of a remarkable night.

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

Many thanks to the following:-

Rob John; Jamie Messenger; Rob Pippan;ASO (Vincent Ciccarello; Shecky Leask; Simon Lord; Andrew Groch; Dan Thorpe; Kane Moroney; Guy Ross; Terri Figueroa; Karen Frost; Shelley Woodward; Katherine Zhang; Janet Carey; David Khafagi; Karin Juhl; Bruce Stewart; Emma Wight; Sarah McBride; Declan Smith; Paola Niscioli; Alexandra Bassett; Tom Bastians; Renato Capoccia; Cheree McEwin; Annika Stennert; Hannah Truth; Sharmonie Cockayne); La la Land Choir; Greg & Chris Clifford; Mal McEwan; Adam Bhajan; Al Griffin; Athol Maxwell-Davies ; Mathew “Falcon” Mifsud; Victor Marshall; Andy King; Maurice Parker; Carolyn Unwin; Nick Majcen; Rory Pippan; Peter Goers

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

The Angels - Symphony Of Angels With Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - 28th Jul - 2018

Catch The Angels On Their Upcoming Take A Long Line – Recharged Tour – Oct & Nov

Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Sold Out Shows – Venue Record Broken – A Huge Thanks To All – New Tour

July 25th, 2018

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – Rick & John Brewster

It’s Been Amazing!

Wow! This tour has been amazing. The band has been overawed by the response to both the tour and the “Face to Face – Recharged” CD.

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – Rick, John & Sam Brewster

Something We Never Dreamed Of…

Playing the whole album live from start to finish is something we never dreamed of all those years ago…” Rick Brewster

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – Nick Norton

Ongoing Love Affair With Australian Rock.

Face To Face‘ is not only a testament to The Angels as a band, but it highlights the ongoing love affair that Australian music lovers have with great songs.

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – Dave Gleeson

New Fans.

These songs are as relevant today as they were in 1978, as evidenced by the new generations who have grown up with them and now appear down the front at the gigs, singing every word.

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – John Brewster

A Big Thanks.

The Angels would like to take this opportunity to offer their sincere gratitude to the following people for their efforts in making this celebration possible …


Tony Grace, Josh Daly, Blicka Mac Blicka, Lou Quinlan, Dean McLachlan, Warren Costello, Maurice Parker, Carolyn Unwin, Eva Roberts, Greg Clifford, Jarred Nettle, Love Police, Mal McEwan, Al Griffin, Steve Wright, Falcon, Acky, Steve “Flea” Molloy, Cam Roberts, Rick Szabo, Derek Bovil, Dwight Wood, Jon Caisley, Serge Margio, Tim Bradsmith, Harry Brewster, Tom Brewster, Jimi ”The Human” Hocking, Matt Laverty, Andy King and all those whose names escape us.

The Angels - Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour - Chelsea Heights - 14th July 2018 - Sam Brewster

Crowd Record Broken.

The number of Sold Out shows on this tour has been amazing and the band actually set a 20 Year Crowd Record at Chelsea Heights Hotel.

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – Audience

New Tour – Dates & Venues

In response to the huge demand, The Angels have decided to do it all over again in Oct & Nov. Tickets are selling fast for the “Take A Long Line – Recharged” tour, at a whole new string of venues.

Come and hear the band play the entire ‘Face To Face’ album live from beginning to end followed by a second set of all their other classics.

Show starts when doors open, there is no support act!

The Angels – Face To Face 40th Anniversary Tour – Chelsea Heights – 14th July 2018 – Nick Norton

A Sincere Thanks From The Angels To All Who Made This Possible!

‘Face To Face’ 40th Anniversary – Episode 12 – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again

July 20th, 2018

This year The Angels celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their album ‘Face To Face’ by touring to play the record live from start to finish along with a whole slew of their other chart topping singles.

In the final series episode number 12 John & Rick reflect on the hugely famous track ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again‘ – the song which spawned Australia’s most renowned audience response chant of ‘No Way, Get F*&cked, F*&k Off‘ .

This is a very early Angels single which was Doc’s own song, the first ever recorded with Harry Vanda & George Young from Albert’s music. It’s a classic example of a single which can initially fail completely on radio yet, over the years, become an indelible piece of music history.

Much myth surrounds the origins of the famous audience response chant for this song and to this day the subject is shrouded in dispute. All that aside, it’s interesting to note that the chant has made it’s way around the world with the band even hearing it from the crowd as far back as the late 80’s at an enormous outdoor concert in Mississippi in the USA.

‘Face To Face’ 40th Anniversary – Episode 11 – Comin’ Down

July 13th, 2018

This year The Angels celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their album ‘Face To Face’ by touring to play the record live from start to finish along with a whole slew of their other chart topping singles.

In episode 11 the brothers talk about how the opening of “Comin’ Down” always seems to create a lift amongst the audience.

John reflects on how, for The Angels, the tracks on an album had to be threaded together almost like a book and Rick points out that if something works then it is a valid process.

 

 

Red Hot Summer – Series II – 2019 – Huge!!

July 8th, 2018

Tickets On Sale Thu 12th Jul

The Angels - Red Hot Summer - Series II - Feb 2019

The Angels are thrilled to hit the road in February 2019 for Series II of the Red Hot Summer Tour in some very special locations and regional areas.

Playing alongside Suzi Quatro, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish this is going to be huge!

Tickets On Sale Thu 12th Jul

‘Face To Face’ 40th Anniversary – Episode 10 – I Ain’t The One

July 6th, 2018

This year The Angels celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their album ‘Face To Face’ by touring to play the record live from start to finish along with a whole slew of their other chart topping singles.

In episode 10 Rick & John discuss how ‘I Ain’t The One‘ was really at the forefront of The Angels beginning their trademark Nik-Nik guitar flavour.

A track almost wholly written by John while sitting in a car on a hot day in the shade, along with Rick injecting some very canny lyric lines, the end result had the band so excited that they found themselves jumping up and down and punching the ceiling of the studio as they heard the track playing back.

 

‘Face To Face’ 40th Anniversary – Episode 9 – Outcast

June 29th, 2018

This year The Angels celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their album ‘Face To Face’ by touring to play the record live from start to finish along with a whole slew of their other chart topping singles.

Episode 9 reveals how Rick’s early 70’s obsession with photographing the down & out street people of Kings Cross instilled in him that stark, horrible feeling of loneliness which emananted from their lives and, in turn, those feelings made their way onto the album as the ballad ‘Outcast‘.

 

‘Face To Face’ 40th Anniversary – Episode 8 – Be With You

June 22nd, 2018

This year The Angels celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their album ‘Face To Face’ by touring to play the record live from start to finish along with a whole slew of their other chart topping singles.

Episode 8 delves into Rick & John’s memories surrounding the ballad ‘Be With You‘. One of two tracks from the album written in the piano room at Albert Studios.

Penned spontaneously by John & Doc, this track along with ‘Love Takes Care‘ is a classic example of the kind of composition that comes about from a straight ahead song writing session and then going right onto tape.

 

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