Jake E. Lee Readying His Return
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee is preparing to make his big comeback, with a new album being recorded at producer Kevin Churko's The Hideout Studios in Las Vegas.
Churko, of course, is the producer responsible for Ozzy's last two albums, Scream and Black Rain.
Lee's new band, Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, includes Ronnie Mancuso of Beggars & Thieves on bass and Black Betty's Jonas Fairley on drums. A lead vocalist has been chosen and a formal announcement is expected shortly.
Lee has already recorded a few guest appearances for the forthcoming album: Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Paul Di'Anno of Iron Maiden and Maria Brink of In This Moment.
Tales From The Stage Volume 1 author Michael Toney has heard a few songs and he's pretty upbeat on the direction the music is taking. "The two new tracks that I have heard are very impressive, and are incredibly fresh sounding — but not really in the same family as his work with Badlands or Ozzy," Toney says. "It's still hard rock, but perhaps a bit more melodic."
Lee's last album was his 2005 covers collection, Retraced, which included tracks originally performed by Procul Harum, James Gang, Grand Funk Railroad, Robin Trower, Montrose, Free and more.