Feb 17, 2014: RED DRAGON CARTEL on tour in 2014
RED DRAGON CARTEL on tour in 2014
Wednesday 05 March 2014 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ, US
Thursday 13 March 2014 – Lava Cable, Owasso, OK, US
Friday 14 March 2014 – The Chameleon Room, Oklahoma City, OK, US
Saturday 15 March 2014 – The Concert Pub – North, Houston, TX, US
Sunday 16 March 2014 – Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
Thursday 20 March 2014 – The Summit, Whitesville, KY, US
Friday 21 March 2014 – The Back Bar, Janesville, WI, US
Saturday 22 March 2014 – G.B. Leighton’s Pickle Park, Fridley, MN, US
Sunday 23 March 2014 – The Firehouse BBQ & Blues, Richmond, IN, US
Tuesday 25 March 2014 – Dead Horse Cantina & Music Hall, Mckees Rocks, PA, US
Thursday 27 March 2014 – The Whisky Room, Raleigh, NC, US
Friday 28 March 2014 – Largo Cultural Center, Largo, FL, US
Saturday 29 March 2014 – Tuesday 01 April 2014 – Monsters of Rock Cruise 2014
Wednesday 02 April 2014 – Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ, US
Thursday 03 April 2014 – The Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia, PA, US
Friday 04 April 2014 – Revolution Bar & Music Hall, Amityville, NY, US
Saturday 05 April 2014 – Stafford Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT, US
Monday 07 April 2014 – Rock N Roll Heaven, West Seneca, NY, US
Wednesday 09 April 2014 – Obsession Live Lounge, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Thursday 10 April 2014 – The Rockpile West, Etobicoke, ON, Canada
Friday 11 April 2014 – Norma Jean’s, London, ON, Canada
Saturday 12 April 2014 – Chrysalids Theatre, Kitchener, ON, Canada
Monday 14 April 2014 – Industry Theatre, Sarnia, ON, Canada
Friday 25 April 2014 – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, MD, US
Saturday 26 April 2014 – M3 Festival, Merrywheater Pavillion, Columbia, MD, US
Friday 02 May 2014 – Frontiers Festival, Live Music Club, Trezzo sull’Adda, Italy
Sunday 04 May 2014 – Bluenote, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Slovakia
Monday 05 May 2014 – A38, Budapest, Hungary
Thursday 08 May 2014 – Shoko, Madrid, Spain
Friday 09 May 2014 – Sala López, Zaragoza, Spain
Saturday 10 May 2014 – Salamandra 1, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
Thursday 15 May 2014 – Le Forum, Vauréal, France
Thursday 22 May 2014 – Zaal Concordia, Maasmechelen, Belgium
Monday 26 May 2014 – Nová Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday 27 May 2014 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Friday 30 May 2014 – Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
Saturday 31 May 2014 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
Sunday 01 June 2014 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
Tuesday 03 June 2014 – Virgin Oil Co., Helsinki, Finland
Thursday 05 June 2014 – Sweden Rock Festival 2014, Norje, Sölvesborg, Sweden
Friday 06 June 2014 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
Saturday 07 June 2014 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Sunday 08 June 2014 – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
Tuesday 10 June 2014 – The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday 11 June 2014 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Friday 13 June 2014 – Tivoli, Buckley, UK
Sunday 15 June 2014 – Download Festival, Donnington, UK
Saturday 21 June 2014 – Rock the Falls, Idaho Falls, ID, US
Friday 27 June 2014 – The Token Lounge, Westland, MI, US
Monday 07 July 2014 – Club Quattro, Umeda, Osaka, Japan
Tuesday 08 July 2014 – Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan
Wednesday 09 July 2014 – Club Quattro, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Thursday 10 July 2014 – Club Quattro, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Nov 24, 2013: RED DRAGON releasing “Feeder” video (lyrics)
RED DRAGON releasing “Feeder” video (lyrics)
Pre-order album here: http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel Includes instant download of “Deceived”. Out January 28th, 2014 in North America / January 24th 2014 in Europe / January 27th in UK.
Jake E. Lee is the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne (on the “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sins” albums). After a self-imposed exile from the music industry and the public eye since the demise of Badlands in the mid 90s, Jake is now back with an exciting new rock’n'roll band “Red Dragon Cartel”. Their debut eponymous album will be released by Frontiers Records in the UK on Monday January 27th and in North America on Tuesday January 28th, 2014.
The band came about when old friend Ronnie Mancuso helped to coax Jake out of retirement. Ronnie, noted session guitarist/bassist, composer and producer for Beggars & Thieves, was sharing a studio space, “The Hideout” in Las Vegas with super hot producer, engineer and mixer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Hinder, In This Moment).
Red Dragon Cartel — Line-Up:
Jake E. Lee — Guitars
Ronnie Mancuso — Bass
D.J Smith — Vocals
(with Warren Demartini of RATT)
Nov 24, 2013: RED DRAGON CARTEL’s album to be released Jan. 28, 2014
OFFICIAL RELESSE DATE: January 28th, 2014.
JAKE E LEE
returns after 20 years with his new band
RED DRAGON CARTEL
For nearly twenty years, everybody in rock ‘n’ roll wondered where Jake E. Lee was.
That’s mainly because his impact never dwindled. Every time “Bark at the Moon” came up in discussion, the question undoubtedly popped up as well. However, like an animal waiting for the perfect moment to pounce, Jake never stopped writing music. The right time happened in late 2011, when the shredder kept serendipitously crossing paths with longtime friend, notable session guitarist, and Beggars & Thieves bassist Ronnie Mancuso. Lee would eat at Mancuso’s Las Vegas restaurant occasionally, and one day, Mancuso posed a different question.
“I asked Jake to appear in a music video Beggars & Thieves as doing called ‘We Come Undone’,” he remembers. “I was shocked he agreed. When it premiered, there was this outpouring of love for him. Everybody wanted new music. That’s when the idea of playing together was born.”
Mancuso also shares Hideout studios with producer Kevin Churko [Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne], and the proverbial wheels began turning. Mancuso proposed that the two start a “project” produced by them and executive produced by Churko. Luckily, Lee had hundreds of riffs and ideas already recorded. The duo immediately went to work constructing the framework of the album.
“I didn’t miss the music business, but I never stopped writing,” affirms Jake. “When Ron and I started writing, the songs were turning out pretty cool. It wasn’t just a throwback thing. It was about starting fresh.”
Around the same time, Mancuso created a Facebook page titled “Jake E. Lee Needs a Lead Singer and Drummer”. After one post, they received thousands of entries. Two Canadian musicians, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley, instantly stood out.
“They’re very unique,” says Mancuso. “Both of them added their stamp to the record. As we kept going, it became more and more of a band.”
They chose the name Red Dragon Cartel as a nod to Lee’s Japanese heritage and the “gang” mentality of a unit who would die for each other. These four musicians also cultivated a focused, fresh, and fiery hard rock sound that embraced the lead guitarist’s classic style, while emitting a new kind of spark on their self-titled debut for Frontiers Records.
“It’s not like we stopped listening to music for the past two decades,” chuckles Mancuso. “Those modern influences certainly pop up. At the same time, there are some inimitable elements to Jake’s playing. You know it’s him. Kevin and his son Kane were very meticulous in helping us harness that. It’s modern without trying to be modern.”
“It’s not like anything I’ve done, but it’s not that far removed either,” adds Jake. “It’s Red Dragon Cartel.”
The first single “Feeder” tears through the 21st century with a flurry of guitar fireworks, Tom Peterson’s 12-string bass, pummeling percussion from Five Finger Death Punch skinsman Jeremy Spencer, and vocals courtesy of Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander.
“That was a template for the whole album,” Mancuso goes on. “Lyrically, it’s about people who suck the blood out of you. Whether it’s in a relationship or business, it’s about those people who take the positive energy out of you.”
“’Feeder’ started with a synth bass line with some synth chords,” says Jake. “It was the first idea Ron liked so we started right in on it.”
Meanwhile, on “Big Mouth”, In This Moment singer Maria Brink delivers an impressive vocal spot, complimented by dualing solos from Lee and her band mate Chris Howorth.
Mancuso says, “I found this progression Jake wrote that I really liked. It was interesting and intriguing. Jake’s pedal started disintegrating during the solo, and we recorded that. It’s different than anything I’ve ever heard, and Maria brought something very special to it.”
The same could be said for the hard-hitting “Deceived” as well as the entrancing album closer, “Exquisite Tenderness”, which is the first song that Lee ever composed as a child.
“I started playing piano when I was six,” he says. “Even when I picked up guitar, I still spent an hour at the piano a day because my mom made me. I would always tinker around, and this was the first song I ever wrote on my own. I never knew what to do with it. It was never a band song. I played it at the studio one day, and Ron thought it would be cool to put it on the record. I was game for that!”
Also on the record, luminaries such as Rex Brown [ex-Pantera, Kill Devil Hill], Paul Di’Anno [ex-Iron Maiden], and Scott Reeder [ex-Kyuss] also make guest appearances, expanding the impact even more. It all solidifies this record as a true event for metal and hard rock fans everywhere.
“This is a complete album,” concludes Mancuso. “I want people to come away with a whole album they can enjoy from start-to-finish without shutting it off. I hope they’re still doing that ten years from now like the classic albums we all grew up on and everybody would dream of from a group of guys like this.”
“It feels like a rebirth,” Jake leaves off. “I forgot how cool it was to play in front of a crowd. It made me happy just to play for so long. I was never one of those guys who wanted to stand in front of a bunch of people and have them stare at me. However, being on stage a couple of times now, I honestly remember how amazing it is. Red Dragon Cartel gives me that opportunity again, and I’m going to enjoy it.”
Jun 22, 2013: Jake E. Lee on VH1 6/22/2013 – That Metal Show talking about Ozzy and his new band RED DRAGON CARTEL
Check this link on VH1:
Jake E. Lee unleashed plans on Eddie Trunks ‘That Metal Show”.
Jake’s new band “Red Dragon Cartel” is being co-produced by Kevin Churko and Ron Mancuso. The album will be released in the Fall 2013 together with touring plans. The album has very special guest singers and other musicians playing on it. However “Red Dragon Cartel” has an amazing permanent lineup with players that will blow everyone’s socks off.
2Plus Entertainment together with Hideout Productions will be handling all career decisions for this spectacular band.
Jun 11, 2013: LOUDNESS at M3 Festival in Maryland, May
2 PLUS Music & Entertainment is overseeing and managing Italian based melodic and hard rock record company Frontiers Records in North America and has secured a major distribution deal with EMI (USA) in 2010, and in past 3 years, the label has emerged as well in the USA as a major force in the recording music business.
Pictured with Mario De Riso (Head of Label Management & Legal Affairs) on the left, and Serafino Perugino (CEO and A&R) on the right.
Jun 6, 2013: 2 PLUS Music & Entertainment has formed a partnership with Soulfood Entertainment in Germany
2 PLUS Music & Entertainment has formed a partnership with Soulfood Entertainment in Germany.
Founded in 2002, Soulfood Music has developed to become one of Germany’s largest independent distributors. With more than 100 labels under on its books and a genre-transcending roster which includes a wide range of musical directions – from metal / rock through pop, urban, re-issue and jazz to world music -, Soulfood Music has become a major network in the German music landscape.
Alongside CD releases, the Hamburg-based company also offers distribution channels for music and film DVDs, Blu-rays and merchandise. Music has developed to their first venture together is the release of legendary guitarist José Feliciano’s “The King”. José indulges himself in a lifelong dream to honor his childhood hero Elvis Presley.
The CD release ‘“The King” visits some of Elvis’ greatest hits as well as some of Jose’s favorite songs.
Jake E Lee unleashed plans on Eddie Trunks ‘That Metal Show” on April 27th & 28th.
Jake has finally let the cat out of the bag appearing on the 1st taping of the new series of “That Metal Show ” due to be aired late Summer, early fall.
Jakes new band “Red Dragon Cartel” is being co-produced by Kevin Churko and Ron Mancuso. The album will be released in the fall together with touring plans. The album has very special guest singers and other musicians playing on it. However “Red Dragon Cartel” has an amazing permanent lineup with players that will blow everyone’s socks off.
2Plus Entertainment together with Hideout Productions will be handling all career decisions for this spectacular band. Pictured here is 2 Plus President hanging with Jake at Sony Studios Los Angeles.
Jakey Lou Williams was born February 15, 1957 and raised in West Virginia, USA. His mother was Japanese, and his father was an American serving in the Navy. When the Navy relocated Jake’s father, the entire family would pick up and move at a moments notice. Finally, however, the Williams family moved to San Diego, California, where they stayed for a long while. Jake began diving into the local California culture, and he took a liking to skateboarding. His mother had forced him into classical piano lessons, but soon he was interested in the guitar. His sister, who had a tremendous influence on Jake as a child, let him listen to some of her records, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. These bands led to Jake’s intense interest in the electric guitar and Rock and Roll music. Sadly, Jake’s sister passed away in a motorcycle accident.
During high school, Jake would walk around campus with his acoustic guitar strapped to his back. He never joined a clique or group, but he had the reputation as the cool guitar dude with long hair. He formed a band called Teaser, and they played one school dance before Lee was kicked out of school for changing the grades on his report cards. Teaser continued, however, and Jake played many clubs in the San Diego area. They developed a huge following, and packed clubs and parties where they frequented. He caught the eye of guitarist and good friend Warren DiMartini, and soon DiMartini was asking Jake for lessons. He also caught the eye of Stephen Pearcy of a San Diego band called Mickey Rat. Pearcy asked Lee to join his band as lead guitarist, and Jake accepted. They changed the band’s name to Ratt, moved to L.A., and began playing clubs. Soon, their following was huge, too, and they began gigging in popular clubs like the Whiskey and the Troubadour. Jake left Ratt for greener pastures, however, and was replaced by DiMartini, on Jake’s recommendation.
Jake played a few gigs as lead guitarist of Rough Cutt, and was discovered by Ronnie James Dio. Dio expressed an interest in working with Jake, but they only wrote a few tunes together before Lee left to seek further musical inspiration. Around this time, Ozzy Osbourne had began to contact him, inviting him to audition for the lead guitarist spot in his band. Ozzy had just lost Randy Rhoads, who had been a tremendous force in the metal scene. Jake knew that the shoes were huge, but he thought he could fill them. He auditioned amongst 500 other guitarists from around the world, and Ozzy at length chose Jake over all of them. Jake flew to England for rehearsal, and then went on tour with the legendary madman Ozzy Osbourne.
For four years, Jake toured with Ozzy. They put out “Bark at the Moon”, which eventually went multi-platinum, and quickly quieted critics who said Rhoads could never be replaced. The “Ultimate Sin” album followed, and was another grand success for Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy, however, was in the midst of his drug-and-alcohol days, and fired Jake in the middle of one of his rages. Contrary to common belief, however, Ozzy and Jake remain good friends to this day, and Ozzy has recently talked to Jake about a possible reunion, although Jake has repeatedly turned him down.
After the Ozzy Osbourne madness, Jake took a break. He wanted to spend more time with his daughter and wife. As soon as word spread that Jake was back on the market as a guitar player, however, the phone calls started coming in. Nothing interested Jake, however, until he received a phone call from ex-Black Sabbath lead singer Ray Gillen. Gillen was hoping to form a blues-based metal band with Lee, and Lee responded. Together, they recruited bassist Greg Chaisson and drummer Eric Singer, and formed Badlands.
Badlands put out their first album in 1989, self-titled “Badlands”. It was a mix of bluesy metal, powered by hard-driving guitar riffs, and it received critical acclaim. The band toured to support the album, and followed it up with “Voodoo Highway”. Voodoo was an even deeper dive into the blues, and again received acclaim from critics. However, due to internal pressures, Ray left Badlands, and the band didn’t last very long with his replacement, John West. Unfortunately, Ray Gillen would eventually pass away due to complications caused by the AIDS virus. In the year 2000, however, “Dusk” was released, which was recorded live in earlier sessions with Ray Gillen.
Since Badlands, Jake has been invited to play on several compilation and tribute albums, including tributes to Rush, Jeff Beck, and Van Halen. He also released a solo album called “A Fine Pink Mist”. There could be much more in store for this most excellent virtuoso guitarist. Hopefully the world will hear more from Jake E Lee
RED DIRT METAL ROCKERS, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, PREMIERE VIDEO FOR RAUCOUS SINGLE “TURN IT UP”
NEW ALBUM ‘PEACEMAKER’ OUT AUGUST 14 ON CARVED RECORDS
Red dirt metal rockers, Texas Hippie Coalition, released the new video for their explosive single “Turn It Up” yesterday. The Texas-based quartet enlisted Clark Deal to direct the video that premiered exclusively on AOL Noisecreep.
“‘Turn It Up’ is just a fun song I wrote so girls could dance on poles to some heavy rock ‘n’ roll instead of hip-hop and pop dance all the time,” said THC leader and frontman Big Dad Ritch. “[We] pay a little homage to Pantera’s Vinnie Paul in the song, as well as sneak a lil’ Dime in the video. The song is really about being addicted to music. This music is powerful, in-your-face, full of attitude, outlaw Red Dirt Metal. After you watch this video, you will test positive for THC! NOW TURN IT UP!”
July, 10 – Rama, Ontario (Canada) (Casino Rama Entertainment Centre)
July, 13 – Atlantic City, NJ (Tropicana Casino Resort)
July, 14 – Westbury, NY (Theatre at Westbury)
July, 15 – Englewood, NJ (Bergen Performing Arts Center)
July, 17 – Lewiston, NY (Artpark Performing Arts Center)
July, 18 – Bethlehem, PA (Sands Bethlehem Event Center)
July, 20 – Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theatre)
July, 21 – Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavilion)
July, 22 – Morristown, NJ (Mayo Performing Arts Center)
July, 24 – Munhall, PA (Carnegie Library Music Hall)
July, 25 – Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Amphitheater)
July, 27 – Boca Raton, FL (Mizner Park Amphitheater)
July, 28 – St. Augustine, FL (St. Augustine Amphitheater)
July, 29 – Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
July, 31 – Alpharetta, GA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
August, 02 – Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues)
August, 03 – Portsmouth, VA (nTELOS Wireless Pavilion)
August, 04 – Washington, DC (Warner Theatre)
August, 06 – Clarkson, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
August, 07 – Rosemont, IL (Akoo Theatre at the Rosemont)
August, 09 – Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre2)
August, 10 – Salt Lake City, UT (The Complex)
August, 12 – Snoqualmie, WA (Snoqualmie Casino, Mountain View Plaza)
August, 14 – San Jose, CA (San Jose Civic)
August, 15 – Universal City, CA (Gibson Amphitheatre)
August, 17 – Scottsdale, AZ (Talking Stick Resort Ballroom)
August, 18 – San Diego, CA (Humphreys Concerts)
August, 19 – Las Vegas, NV (Pearl Concert Theatre)
August, 21 – Mexico City, MX (Mexico) (Pepsi Center)
Texas Hippie Coalition are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers. What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands. Texas Hippie Coalition’s third album Peacemaker is a textbook example of Red Dirt Metal, which is the sound the band has been honing and cultivating for its entire existence.
THC’s frontman Big Dad Ritch, known as the “Godfather” of the RDM sound and an individual with a laser-like focus and vision when it comes to his music, believes that the band has hit its stride on Peacemaker, capturing the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. He declares, “The outlaw spirit is still alive today. That is our goal: Bring it back.”
But Texas Hippie Coalition aren’t simply about making sure the outlaw rock style that they pretty much worship stays alive. They want it to evolve, infusing it with a modern edge and energy, thanks to the new tools (or is that weapons?) of the trade. Having also been surrounded and influenced by the likes of Black Label Society and Pantera –with Ritch proudly proclaiming to having seen the latter between 50 and 75 times live- Texas Hippie Coalition are turning in something fresh and fierce with Peacemaker. They aren’t just paying homage to Southern rock’s cultural milemarkers. They are proceeding with the intent to add to its canon.
Essentially, Peacemaker, which follows the previous albums The Pride of Texas and Rollin’, is like one of those out-of-control parties that will find you without a girlfriend and with pissed off family members the very next day, but you’ll be gawking over your killer new tattoo while nursing an awful hangover. It’s the stuff of life, the good time ingredient that you can’t manufacture or fake. It comes from a very real place, thanks to Texas Hippie Coalition’s ability to understand their influences and mine them into something wholly unique.