If you are a fan of rock music, then you know who the legendary Jake E. Lee is. His current band is Red Dragon Cartel. For those of you who are not familiar with his name, you had to have heard him play at some point. Jake E. Lee’s career is most notable as first being the replacement guitarist for Randy Rhoads who played with Ozzy Osbourne and collaborating on the album Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin. He then went on to form the badass band Badlands with singer Ray Gillen in the late 80’s and then to do some solo work as well as a few other collaborations since then.
Jake E. Lee is now working with a new band, Red Dragon Cartel. Red Dragon Cartel consists of: Jake E. Lee (guitar), D.J. Smith (vocals), Ronnie Mancuso (bass) and Jonas Fairley (drums). They released their first self titled CD in January 2014. The album also features such guests as legendary vocalist Robin Zander from Cheap Trick, Original Iron Maiden Vocalist Paul Di’Anno. Former Pantera Bassist Rex Brown. Slash’s Conspirator’s, Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and new chart toppers like Maria Brink from “In this Moment” “Five Finger Death Punches,” Jeremy Spencer and Scott Reeder, (credit: reddragoncartel.com 2014).
With strong rock songs like Deceived, Feeder, Slave and the gritty Wasted, this CD has not let music fans down at all. The band has been on a world tour most of 2014. Anyone who has been lucky enough to catch one of their shows will tell you it is a show that should not be missed. I can attest to this as I had the luck of seeing them perform live at Sweden Rock Festival in June. They had some technical difficulties, but as the true musical pro’s they are they still put on one hell of a show and the crowd went wild! They played some old Badlands songs, new Red Dragon Cartel songs and even a “two fingered salute” to Ozzy with Bark at the Moon which sent the crowd into full frenzied excitement. An absolutely great show, full of energy and talent!
They’ve had to postpone some of their USA tour dates from June due to unforeseen circumstances so keep an eye out to see if they will be adding your city to their rescheduled dates. I know they still owe Seattle a show, we are one that was postponed. Anyone following along on my blog from the NW, if Seattle is the only date near you make a point to catch one of best live shows on tour this year!