Many years ago, the legendary Jake E Lee quietly rode off into the sunset after an amazing career with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands, preferring to live a life out of the spotlight.
Now, with a new band – Red Dragon Cartel – and a new white Charvel signature guitar, Lee is back. Twenty years was certainly a long time to wait, but perhaps that’s what made Thursday night’s debut concert at Whisky A Go Go so special.
Fans packed the Hollywood landmark eager to see the wild-haired guitarist do his thing, with the crowd growing after each opening act completed their brief sets.
By the time the clock struck 11, Eddie Trunk, the influential hard rock and heavy metal radio personality (and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), walked out on stage to introduce Lee. Trunk told the story of how he worked for years to not only seek out Lee, but also book him on That Metal Show, first as guest guitarist, and finally as a member of the rock-talk roundtable.
Eventually, around 11:30 p.m., it was time. Descending the Whisky’s stairs from the dressing room to wild applause, Lee unbound the topknot in his long hair, acknowledged the audience with an appreciative grin and picked up his trademark weapon. (more…)
Jake E Lee’s new band Red Dragon Cartel is set to release its self-titled debut album on Jan. 28, but they’re giving fans a taste of the new music with a lyric video for the track “Feeder.”
In addition to his current bandmates, the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist teamed up Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander to sing on “Feeder,” and the album also boasts guests like former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown and In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink.
If fans pre-order the record via iTunes or Amazon, they will also receive an instant download of a second new track called “Deceived.”
In the meantime, check out the clip for “Feeder” after the jump and visit Red Dragon Cartel’s official Facebook page for upcoming tour dates. (more…)
De La Tierra’s initial music video from their upcoming self-titled debut album proves Kisser to be correct.
In the clip for “Maldita Historia,” the band – which also consists of Andrés Giménez, former leader of A.N.I.M.A.L., Sr. Flavio, bassist of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Alex González, drummer of Manà
- performs in a dingy basement with strobe lights and quick cuts adding to the insanity of the hard-hitting song.
Check out the video below and visit De La Tierra’s official website for more information.
Currently on tour with Letlive and Code Orange Kids, Andy Williams of Every Time I Die has been hard at work igniting sold-out crowds with his searing fretwork.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native has been doing it for a long time, too. Founding the metalcore band in 1998, Williams marvels at the fact that Every Time I Die continues to chug along 16 years later.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Williams to chat about the guitar he’s taking on the road with him and the secret to keeping a band together.
Charvel.com: What drew you to Charvel guitars originally?
Williams: I’m not really into guitars with a Floyd Rose on it, but I noticd that Joe [Duplantier] of Gojira has a stop tail piece on his. I thought, “Holy shit, they have stop tails, hard tails. This is going to work.” I’m a guy that has always loved Strats, and so what I ended up using is one of the super Strats, the Pro Mod San Dimas with a hard tail. It’s what I’ll bring out with me on the road.
Hundreds of fans in Japan were recently treated to a rare meeting of rock royalty, as the legendary Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee came together for a series of clinics in Osaka and Tokyo.
In each location, DeMartini and Lee participated in two clinics per day – one for area dealers and one for fans.
During the clinics, DeMartini and Lee shared stories from their days living in a house together in Los Angeles, writing some of their bigger riffs – such as DeMartini’s “Round and Round” with RATT and Lee’s “Bark at the Moon” with Ozzy Osbourne – under the same roof.
Then, as a special treat, the guitarists demonstrated what being that room would have sounded like, playing both songs at the same time.