Reunion of Scarborough’s finest began to firm up when bandmates rekindled their friendship at the funeral of former drummer Michael

Little Angels 2011

Older gods: Little Angels

The seeds for Little Angels’ reunion were sown at the funeral of former drummer Michael Lee, say the band.

The Scarborough outfit last night confirmed they’d got back together and will play at this year’s Download festival in Donington, UK, in June.

They split after a farewell tour in 1994, and didn’t gather again until Lee’s memorial service.

He’d left the Angels in bad blood in 1991 after his bandmates discovered he’d secretly auditioned for the Cult. He toured the world with Ian Astbury’s outfit and went on to play with Page and Plant, among many others. He died of an epileptic seizure in November 2008 at the age of 39.

Now Jepson, Bruce and Jimmy Dickinson, Mark Plunkett and Mark Richardson are raring to go once again – although they haven’t said how far their plans have progressed.

A biography on their new website says: “Toby, Bruce, Jimmy and Mark meet again for the first time in fifteen years as they attend Michael’s funeral in Darlington. From the tragic death of their band-mate old friendships are rekindled.”

Jepson, who in recent years has worked with Fastway, Dio Disciples and Gun, says: “It’s been a long road back and tough to keep quiet about. But we’re stoked to play for you again and retread some much-loved steps.

“To all those asking about further dates and new music, all I can say is we are talking about many things going forward into the year, but there’s nothing to confirm yet apart from Download. All will be revealed as we figure it out.”

The tenth anniversary festival, held on the site of the iconic Monsters of Rock events, is set to be headlined by Black Sabbath, Metallica and the Prodigy.

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