ANGEL DUST Founder and Former Bassist Frank “Banx” Bankowsky Passes Away

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From the Angel Dust Facebook Page

“Dear friends,

With a very heavy heart we have to announce the passing of Angel Dust co founder and former bandmember Frank ” Banx” Bankowsky.

This came out of nothing for everyone and we are shattered and shocked. Though we lost close contact after his departure he was still a friend and a brother to us. He was the humerous soul of the band, a good guy and true friend and his work and contribution especially on the lyrical side where unsurpassed. Thanks to him, we had legendary experiences and endless laughter on tour and in the studio. His character has driven us to new and higher goals. He will be truly missed and he was loved.

Rest In peace, brother. Thank you for the good times, the music, the lyrics and the laughter. May you enlighten the darkness of the other side.

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Formed in 1984, ANGEL DUST started out as a speed/thrash band that did not survive the 80s and disbanded in 1990. The band was resurrected in 1997 by founders Dirk Assmuth and Frank “Banx” Bankowsky with a new line up and and whole new direction; going in a melodic power metal direction. They disbanded again in 2011.

In 2016 the band became active again but Banx decided to finally bow out of the band in 2020.

Current Line Up is:
Dirk Thurisch – Vocals, Guitars
Bernd Aufermann – Guitars
Dirk Assmuth – Drums
Boris Odenkirchen – Keyboards
Marc Herrmann – Bass