EXPIRED: 09/05/09 – Mickie Jones, 52, bassist for 70’s glam rock band Angel. Angel was discovered by KISS bass player Gene Simmons performing at a nightclub and was signed to Kiss’s record label Casablanca. Jones changed the band’s name from ‘Bux’ at Simmons’ suggestion. Punk rock did Angel’s excess in, and liver cancer later took Jones in Southern California.
Before Angel, he struggled. His band Bux, which included Punky Meadows on guitar and singer Ralph Morman ( of Joe Perry Project and Savoy Brown) had released an album on Capitol Records in 1976, but it wasn’t promoted well. That album, We Come To Play, found the band playing in small clubs and to smaller audiences.
Both Jones and Meadows were asked to join The New York Dolls but they declined. That’s when Kiss came into the picture.
Angel’s image of dressing in all white was a deliberate contrast to Kiss, which wore mostly all black. Angel sported an androgynous image and elaborate stage sets. It was slammed by rock critics, and Frank Zappa ridiculed the all-male band’s female appearance in his song “Punky’s Whips.” Angel never achieved mass commercial success but acquired a fairly loyal following as a cult band.
Its first album was the self-titled Angel. The band then consisted of guitarist Punky Meadows, Jones, vocalist Frank Dimino, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, and drummer Barry Brandt. This lineup would hold for the following two albums, Helluva Band and On Earth as It Is in Heaven, after which Jones would be replaced by Felix Robinson.
After leaving Angel Jones formed the LA band Empire. With Empire, Jones took the mic and the spotlight. The band went nowhere.
Later, needing work, Jones found a steady paycheck in film production and left music behind.