The talented tag team of vocalist Kal Swan and guitarist Doug Aldrich guided the proud rockin' Lion through a ten song recording of straight-up, late '80s guitar-oriented rock 'n' roll throughout Trouble in Angel City. Much like their debut LP, Dangerous Attraction, Lion banged out big, bold, arena rock anthems, with Swan stamping each track with his rich pipes. With nine originals (five of which were previously recorded on the group's Power Love EP), along with a cover of Slade's "Lock Up Your Daughter", Trouble in Angel City sounds better than most of the hard rock recordings from the late '80s, when the big hair band ride was in cruise control, primarily due to the contributions from Swan and Aldrich.
Kal Swan, along with deft guitarist Doug Aldrich, were the juice behind Lion.
Despite laying down the likes of "Come On", "Love is a Lie", "Strangers in the City", "Hold On" and "Hungry for Love" on their second full-length LP, Lion's roar was slowly being supressed.
Trouble in Angel City was the final recording from the group. Swan and Aldrich quickly formed Bad Moon Rising, while continuing to build on the sound that dominated Lion's recordings. Like Lion, BMR garnered a solid Japanese fan base. But in the states, the group couldn't cut it, especially when the big wave of flannel from the Pacific Northwest took over the '90s.
Doug Aldrich (House of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, Dio, Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies...)