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OUR STORY

Greg Mangus~ "Joe Bass and I had been playing with Detroit Kenny Olson, we started talking about doing a Bad Company thang about the same time I started to play with Sandy Gennaro around town , I talked to Sandy and he was interested................One night all three of us were doing a gig together and Scott Van Zen was in the audience and liked what he heard............Scott said he wanted to do a project, Desolation Angels came up, and he jumped in, remember, he and Joe had played with Brian Howe for quite some time, so, they knew the material! We all got in Sandy's studio not long after that and the minute we hit "Burning Sky" we knew we had something.............with this Salute to Bad Company everyone adds their own feel to the sound and it takes on a life of it's own"

MEET THE BAND

Desolation Angels is, without irony, a Nashville "supergroup." Made up of players who have truly shined in their own endeavors, whether as writers for major acts, players for major acts, or both...............Brought together out of a love of the material, mutual respect and a camaraderie that's apparent onstage. The good times they have, burning up those great Bad Company songs, spills off the stage and into the audience at every show...........Pour a drink and meet the boys in the band...........

Greg Mangus

GREG MANGUS

THE SINGER
Greg Mangus

GREG MANGUS

THE SINGER

Greg Mangus hails from New York City and Clearwater, Florida. He started his music career fronting LEFTY in Tampa Bay, FL. Greg moved back to Manhattan after signing his first record deal with Atlanta Artist/Polygram. Shortly after, he received his first gold album for his songwriting contributions to funk band CAMEO. He fronted New York funk legends; FINE LINE before forming the boogie/swing band SET EM UP JOE. Signed to Royalty/BMG, SET EM UP JOE released a critically acclaimed debut album and toured America and Japan. SET EM UP JOE placed songs with contemporaries in the scene; television shows, movies and TV network specials.

Since moving to Nashville, Greg Mangus’s voice has been heard with the prestigious LONG PLAYERS, DEEP PURPLE and “Thee Rock and Roll Residency”. Greg currently fronts DESOLATION ANGELS (A Salute to Bad Company) and his AC/DC Tribute MAN⚡️GUS. His influences include: Rod Stewart, Frankie Miller, Wilson Pickett and Paul Rodgers .

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Greg Mangus
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SCOTT VAN ZEN

GUITAR

SCOTT VAN ZEN

GUITAR

Introduced to the guitar at the age of 11 Scott found his passion and hasn't looked back since. With enthusiasm and dedication to learning the guitar he surpassed his first few guitar teachers. At age 14 he started playing and teaching guitar professionally.

After attending Guitar Institute of Technology he started playing in bands and collaborating with other artists. This lead him to collaborating on gold and platinum albums with rock legend Kiss. As well as collaborating with recording Ken Tamplin earning him the Dove award.

Scott later founded the successful production company called "Citrus Productions", now "Van Zen Music". Scott has written and produced music for TV, commercials, and film. For media sources such as NBC, Fox, Paramount Television, Warner Brothers, MTV, ABC, Discovery, ESPN2, and much more.

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Scott Van Zen
Scott Van Zen
Scott Van Zen
Joe Bass

JOE BASS

BASS

JOE BASS

BASSIST

Joe Bass is a Detroit native who grew up steeped in its vast musical heritage. Joe possesses a charismatic stage presence and a playing style reminiscent of the late Bob Babbit. Well versed in all styles of music Joe is a quick study playing 4, 5, and 6 string bass. Also a talented singer, Joe is capable of singing everything from lead vocals to high harmonies. In the studio and onstage Joe also excels as an arranger.

Prior to his move to Nashville, Joe was a regular player on the Detroit club scene with bands including The Wild Katz, Watership Down, The Tall Dogs, The Duffy King Koalition and The Look.

Joe has performed and recorded with musicians and bands across the US, Canada and Mexico including Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed/Aerosmith), Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown/Kingdom Come), Kingdom Come, Brian Howe (Band Company/Ted Nugent), Jim McCarty (Cactus/The Rockets/Mitch Ryder), Johnny 'Bee' Badanjek (The Rockets/Mitch Ryder), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Jean Beauviour (The Plasmatics/Little Steven/Crown of Thorns), Micki Free (Shalamar/Crown of Thorns), Sandy Gennaro (Cindy Lauper/Pat Travers), Drew Abbott (Bob Seger), Jimmie Bones (Kid Rock), Kenny Olson (Kid Rock), Paul Brown (The Waterboys/Mike Ferris), Pete Mendillo (Savoy Brown), Paul Warren (Rod Stewart), Howard Leese (Heart), Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynrd/George Clinton), Paul Ojibiway (Joe Cocker/Mark Farner) Duffy King (Earl Klugh), Marty Montgomery (Sly Stone/Wild Cherry), Mike Lutz (Brownsville Sta!on/Ted Nugent), Ray Goodman (SRC/Cub Coda/Mitch Ryder), David Winans II, Arlen Viecelli (Brownsville Stallon), Victor Peraino (Kingdom Come/Arthur Brown), Keith Kaminski (Motor City Horns/Bob Seger) and The Look.

Joe has had the honor of opening for some of classic rock's top performers including Eric Burdon and the Animals, The New Cars, Nazareth, Todd Rundgren, Rik Emmett, Mitch Ryder, Cactus and Paul Rogers to name a few. You can also hear Joe play on the soundtrack of the Jeff Daniels movie, Super Sucker.

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Joe Bass
Joe Bass
Joe Bass
Sandy Gennaro

SANDY GENNARO

DRUMS

SANDY GENNARO

DRUMMER

Sandy Gennaro was born and raised in NYC and currently resides in Nashville TN. Sandy has toured and/or recorded with: Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, The Monkees, Michael Bolton, Benny Mardones, Craaft and The Mamas and Papas. He has recorded several Top 10 singles and has performed for for over a billion fans spanning his 50 year career. Sandy has also made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV New Years Ball, and The Late with David Letterman among others. He is also a favored counselor at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps.

Before his move to Nashville in early '14, Sandy gave lessons, master classes and inaugurated the Music Business program at the Drummers Collective in NYC since 1987. He has spoken extensively to large groups regarding the Music Business for many years. Sandy also has served as a career coach to many. Gennaro is also a successful corporate/academic inspirational speaker. He has spoken at FedEx, Belmont University, Pacific Hotel Management LLC, Sam Ash Corp. the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, The Collective NYC and the School of Rock with positive results.

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Sandy Gennaro
Sandy Gennaro
Sandy Gennaro

OUR MUSIC

The recently released "Bad Company Live 1977-1979" was the template for the Desolation Angels' sound, singer Greg Mangus explains, "The minute I first heard that heavy groove of 'Burning Sky' kick in, I thought, that's how I want to play that material........that deep Simon Kirke pocket, with all that......that....FUNK underneath, of course Sandy & Joe were my first calls! Van Zen's perfect too because not a lot of guitar players can shred AND do all that rhythmic stuff that Mick played. Paul Rodgers is flat out a soul singer, the greatest, so I just try and mix him with some Wicked Pickett and my own growl and bring the spirit of that 70's Bad Company to life!"

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CONTACT THE BAND

Desolation Angles is currently seeking representation.

In the meantime, feel free to contact the band, we'd love to hear from ya!

Desolation Angel Music

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