Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel Tap Chas West As New Vocalist
In their short existence, Red Dragon Cartel have gone through a lot of lineup changes. The band, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee, now has their third vocalist in the past couple months with the announcement that Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob, Foreigner) is taking over on the mic. West replaces Michael Beck, who was named vocalist in March after the exit of original singer Darren James Smith.
Beck's short-lived time in the band got off to a rocky start earlier this month. He sang the wrong lyrics to an Ozzy Osbourne song. He was singing the lyrics to "Now You See It (Now You Don't)" while the band was playing Ozzy's "The Ultimate Sin."
In addition to the new vocalist, Red Dragon Cartel also recently switched bassists. Greg Chaisson left the band, and Anthony Esposito (Lynch Mob, Ace Frehley) became their third different bassist. Original members Jake E. Lee (guitar) and Jonas Fairley (drums) remain.
West's first show with Red Dragon Cartel will be May 1 in Portland, Ore. The band has a string of dates in May and early June that includes Rocklahoma on May 24. They'll also be going to Japan in September. For all their dates, check here.