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Jake E Lee Rocks the Whisky With Red Dragon Cartel

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by MDuffy

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…)

Red Dragon Cartel Release New Tracks Ahead of Album Release

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by MDuffy


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…)

Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee Wow Fans in Japan

Posted on November 20th, 2013 by MDuffy


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.

Check out more pictures from the event here. 

Charvel Q&A: Warren DeMartini

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by MDuffy


The legendary Warren DeMartini is slated to head to Japan soon with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E Lee to attend a series of meet-and-greets with fans.

The duo actually share a long history together, as Lee was briefly a guitarist in RATT and his departure opened the door for DeMartini to join the band.

As DeMartini gears up to hop across the pond, Charvel.com caught up with him to talk about the sold-out events and his relationship with Lee.

Charvel.com:  What can you tell us about the clinics?  Have you done this before?

DeMartini: I’m very excited to spend a few days with my old pal Jake E Lee.  I’ve done one clinic in Japan way back during our first or second visit there sot this is almost a first for me. We haven’t worked out what we’re going to do yet, but I think we’re going to be talking a lot about our Charvel guitars and our history with the brand.  And of course, we’re going to play.

Charvel.com: How did you first get involved with Charvel?

DeMartini: I kind of happened onto it by accident.  I was visiting Grover [Jackson] one day, and he was making several necks based on a classical guitar template.  They were very wide and thin, and I really liked the feel of them.  He made some for me, and I had those put on the Crossed Sword … and pretty much everything I was experimenting with at the time.  I’ve got three or four guitars that have that template.  That was the guitar I recorded “Lay It Down” with and “You’re In Love.”  By then, I had a good collection of amps, and those guitars were all part of the sound back then.  It was a great find, and they still sound great.  I have the original within reach. (more…)

Jake E Lee Returns to That Metal Show

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by MDuffy

Jake E Lee went another round as the featured guitarist on That Metal Show last weekend after holding down that spot during the previous episode.

The former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands axeman actually sat down with the guys of That Metal Show earlier in the season to talk about his latest project Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. But as the program’s musical accompaniment, Lee demonstrated that his fretwork is as fiery as ever.

Watch Lee in action below.

Watch Jake E Lee Perform on That Metal Show

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by MDuffy

A few weeks ago, Jake E Lee sat down with the guys of That Metal Show to talk about his new project Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel and his storied history with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands.

The guitarist recently returned, but this time, he got a chance to showcase his legendary chops.

As the featured guitarist, Lee played the program in and out of commercial breaks with a few searing riffs.

Check out Lee in action below.

Jake E Lee Drops By That Metal Show

Posted on June 26th, 2013 by MDuffy


The legendary Jake E Lee was recently a featured guest on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, and the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist discussed his hiatus from music and his return with a new band – Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel.

In addition, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen joined the panel to discuss his storied career.

Check out the full episode after the jump. (more…)

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