With a combination of southern
rock, heavy metal, and a lot of soul, Badlands was one of our favorite
metal groups. Founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitar slinger, Jake
E. Lee, and a couple of old Black Sabbath members (Ray Gillen, Eric
Singer), Badlands was in a
league of their own.
Jake E. Lee thought he had a solid
gig with Ozzy, touring throughout 1986 in support of The Ultimate Sin
album, but he was unexpectedly fired by Sharon Osbourne. After
releasing their first album in 1989, Badlands earned some decent MTV air
time with the songs "Dreams in the Dark" and "Winter's Call".
Eventually, Eric Singer (drummer)
left the band and ended up with Kiss, and it wasn't much longer after
the release of Voodoo Highway that things went south. The
band was having creative differences and conflicts with Atlantic
Records, who wanted to steer the band into a more commercialized metal
sound, and Lee and Gillen were not getting along. Gillen died in
1993 of HIV.
All the drama that surrounds
Badlands is a shame considering how good their music was. The 1998
release, Dusk, was actually recorded long before the band broke
up. We promise you will not be disappointed with this band.
At the time of this writing, the Bandlands Discography was as follows:1989: Badlands
1991: Voodoo Highway