jakeeleeband2013600 Guitarist Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel has parted ways with singer Darren Smith, who will be joining his former bandmates Harem Scarem on their upcoming tour. A replacement will be announced shortly. No reason has been given for Smith’s exit, although the Canadian vocalist has issued the following brief statement:

“It is true I left RDC, kinda complicated but I think it was the right thing to do. One day I’ll comment more, for now ‘thats all folks!!!'”

Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Released in early 2014, the Red Dragon Cartel debut also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

Harem Scarem has since confirmed a home town show with Darren Smith on April 2nd at The Oshawa Music Hall; the official gig flyer can be seen below.


source: bravewords.com

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  • Getty Lee on

    That guy ruined Jakes return to music.

  • MikeyMan on

    Another “Supergroup” that can’t keep it together.

    So tired of investing in these “One Album Wonder” bands.

    • Eddie on

      Not really a supergroup. Just Jake’s thing really.

  • Robert Byrnes on

    Sass Jordan on vocals could nail all the Badlands stuff and she is a fan of Badlands.

    • Dana on


      I love Sass Jordon’s voice. She’s awesome, glad someone acknowledged her.

      D from ET.com 🙂

    • james perkins on

      Agreed/good call. Her cut on Jake’s record was the stand out track for me. The SUN record she did w/ Brain Tichey also smokes. Her voice reminds me of Dale Krantz Rossington; soul and balls. Hope big things happen for her; would love to see her in RDC.

      James Perkins
      Houston, Texas

      PS……Dana, if you make the monsters cruise, I got a patron shot for you!!

    • Dana on

      Awww James,

      So sweet and thank you for the lovely offer. But sadly, I won’t be attending.

      D 🙂

  • Ray Gillen on

    Cya Darren. I have a feeling that the last few shows that got cancelled were because of his visa problems and not Jakes back problems. Its to bad Oni Logan wont replace him he would have been a good fit and people know who the hell he is. Not sure if Michael Beck (the new singer) can handle my badlands songs. I know he`s a friend and bandmate of Gregs so he must have confidence he can do it but I`m definitely skeptical.

  • Michael B on

    I was really looking forward to Jake’s new music, but I didn’t really like this guy’s vocals.

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