Gleeson rocks in with The Angels

DAVE Gleeson grew up idolising Doc Neeson; now he's filling his place as The Angels frontman.

Gleeson and The Angels are performing at Rooty Hill RSL this Friday night.

It's their Take It To The Streets national tour following the release of a studio album.

Better known as The Screaming Jets frontman, Gleeson was on his way to the recording studio to work on new Angels material when the Star caught up with him last week.

"Western Sydney is the heartland of fans for the The Angels," Gleeson said. "I've had a lot of great nights at Rooty Hill over the past 20 years.

"It's fantastic when it's rocking."

Gleeson was approached by The Angels' Rick and John Brewster in 2011 to fill Neeson's gap while watching them at a gig in Adelaide

"I've got big shoes to fill," Gleeson said. "Doc is size 13; I'm nine.

"I've learned everything I know as a musician from Doc.

"When we started supporting The Angels, we watched from the side of the stage, spellbound.

"But Doc holds no grudge about me taking his place."

Fans will enjoy new tracks as well as classics: No Secrets, Take a Long Line and Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again.

Gleeson admits it's different without Doc.

"We're a raw energy band with fire still in our bellies," he said.

"I love all The Angels songs. Fans can expect a high-energy show that's a testament to other rock shows."

It is hoped a new album will be out before Gleeson finishes up later this year to re-form The Screaming Jets.

"You bet we are," Gleeson said when asked if excited about the reunion.

Gleeson's advice for budding musicians: "Work hard, and be good at what you do.

"We didn't have the opportunities on the television talent shows that are around these days. Everything falls into place if you're doing it for the right reasons."

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