Q: Hi Rik,
I was just
thinking the other night that I had heard sometime way
back that ANGEL and Legs Diamond had played together.
I have a couple of questions for you:
Q: I've seen many pics of you with your former bands,
but I don't recall seeing anything fairly recent. Do
you still have long hair?
RIK: chuckling::, Yes, actually, I do. But I just
let all the layers grow out, and it's all one length.
I trim it every few weeks, but it's still long. I must
admit, that it does sometimes get in my way, and I
think for a moment about cutting it shorter, then I
pass on it. My fiancé still likes it longer too,
telling me she's going to kill me if I cut it short, lol...
I just tie it back with a hair-tie to get it out of my
way. It hurts getting it caught in my armor...
Q: Just curious. I remember when I first saw
Gregg Giuffria after he had all his hair hacked off. I was
RIK: yeah, well, that happens. It's a big step.
Of course, he can always grow it back, unless it's
thinning. I haven't seen Gregg after he cut his hair.
I believe he 'went corporate'.
Q: Do you feel that Felix was a good choice to replace
RIK: MMMmmm, Not in my heart of hearts, no. I always
dug Mickey's 'look', and thought he was perfect in his
look for the band. It was part of Angel's 'selling
point' for me when I got into them. Not being fruity
or anything, but I look at overlall marketing with
image. And, after only seeing what the band looked
like on the sleeve of their first LP, in the studio,
none of us had any idea, back then, what they looked
like 'Live'. So, when I walked into that record store,
flipped thru the racks of new releases, and saw that
cover for Helluva Band, I was momentarily shocked. I
was like WOW!!!!, So THAT'S what they look like in
costume! F*CK, I'm getting this RIGHT NOW! So, I
thought Angel's overall look was very appealing. I
thought "These are some pretty good-looking
band-members, never having seen another band with
their looks so perfect. Imagine my feelings when I'd
heard that Mickey was getting dumped, and all my
efforts to get a crack at trying to join Angel. And I
had J.R. Smalling, (of
KISS fame), making the calls
for me, to Angel's Mgt. However,
Angel, in a pinch for
time, and during a tour, needed someone fast, someone
that they knew better as a player, so, I was told they
just grabbed up Felix. Once again, the brass ring of a
dream-come-true, was denied me.
Q: I'm not knocking Felix as a musician at all, but I've
always had mixed feelings about whether he had the
right "look" for ANGEL.
RIK: I felt the same as well. I guess Felix just
'worked out' for them, and they decided to keep him. I
know he was never a big fan of the white
'pajamas' as he referred to the costumes. I've often
heard of Felix being called "The Farmer" (or Hick).
Q: I'm not trying to kiss your a$$ or anything, but I've
thought for many years that you had the perfect look
to join ANGEL.
RIK: It's O.K. I get it. No insult taken. And, I thank
you for your candidness. Many people felt that I would
have been the perfect choice to replace Mickey Jones.
In later years, like when I was finally in L.A., after
being ousted from WASP, when
Gregg Giuffria had me sit
down at his table at the Rainbow (Bar), he did, in
fact, verify, to me, that "Your name kept coming up on
the road, many times. And, you, in fact, would have
been a great replacement for Mickey, you had the look
that would have complemented Punky on the other side
of the stage, but we were pressed for time, and needed
to replace him fast, with somebody we knew, so we
chose Felix". Even Punky's wife (at the time), Fran,
thought I was a dead-ringer for Punky himself too,
after seeing photos of me.
While playing the N.J. clubs, I was approached, by,
and became good friends with Barry Brandt's cousin
Patty Brandt. (It was a huge Brandt clan).
She marveled at how closely I resembled Punky, and
gave me some personal photos of Barry, taken at his
Aunt Esther's home, posing without his shirt on, in
front of the fireplace, with the "ON Earth" album
display behind him on the fireplace mantle.
When I showed it to Barry, years later, He FLIPPED
OUT! He yells: "HOW DID YOU GET THIS?!? THIS IS IN MY
AUNT ESTHER'S HOME!!! WHAT ARE YOU 'MATT HELM' OR
SOMETHING?!?!? We busted up laughing because Barry's
usually very quiet, and hardly ever speaks out loud
like that. Matt Helm was Dean Martin's character in
the Spy-spoofs of the 1960's James Bond films, which
is what made it so much more funny...I told him his
cousin Patty gave it to me...(I still have it too).
Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated.
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