For a while it seemed like the great Jake E. Lee had vanished for good. But now, as the guitarist pursues his Red Dragon Cartel project, current interviews are appearing, including the one conducted by the legendary Martin Popoff for BraveWords. Therein the two discuss the legacy of Jake’s work with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands as well as who came calling after his first high profile gig:

After Ozzy I got a couple of offers, probably the most notable being Whitesnake. And I turned it down because, well, John (Sykes) had already done the record, and he was a friend of mine, and I didn’t want to jump into another band where I wasn’t part of the initial process. You know, like with Ozzy. I mean, it was Randy Rhoads and then I joined the band.

Read much more at BraveWords.
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Jakey Lou Williams

Jakey Lou Williams

Jake E. Lee has recently returned to public view with his band Red Dragon Cartel. But he may always be best remembered for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and the amazing Badlands in the Eighties and early Nineties. When this Spectraflex ad was brand new, Jake had recently issued his first solo album, A Fine Pink Mist.

Scanned from Guitar World, June 1996.

Joe Holmes, best know for his stint as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, has returned with new music and a new band. His group Farmikos will issue a batch of tunes in 2013. Holmes, of course, has an impressive resume. From

Aside from several Ozzfest tours with Ozzy – and participation in the writing sessions for the Ozzman’s Down To Earth album – he played with Lizzy Borden and also replaced Jason Becker in David Lee Roth’s band for the A Little Ain’t Enough tour.

Read more and listen to Farmikos at

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Though he’s now burly and rustic, Zakk Wylde was more on the pretty boy side when he joined up with Ozzy Osbourne. This Morley ad is from early on in that relationship, following the gigantic No More Tears.

Pulled from Guitar School, September 1992.

From the Rooney Archive.

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Zakk Wylde has amassed quite the discography since first appearing on Ozzy Osbourne’s No Rest for the Wicked in ’88. This EMG ad is from relatively early in his career, during the southern rock informed days of Pride & Glory.

Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, November 1994.

Amp makers Blackstar have collaborated with Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind guitarist Gus G to create the Blackfire 200 head. The company’s first signature amp is a device of many options. From Music Radar:

(T)he most interesting feature of the new amp is the addition of integrated custom-voiced ‘Fire’ and ‘Fury’ overdrive channels, as featured on Gus G’s signature HT Blackfire pedal. That means a total of four amp channels, including Clean and Crunch options (each of which have two modes).

Read more and take a look at Blackstar’s official press release at MR.

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Have you perused Guitar World‘s archived interviews? They provide some great glimpses into moments in time. For example, Brad Tolinksi’s 1990 interview with Ozzy Osbourne took place at the outset of the Madman’s relationship with Zakk Wylde. At this turning point, Ozzy reflected on his guitarists past and present.

On Randy Rhoads:

It was a bit like going to music school. Randy was very instrumental in bringing me out of me. The first two Ozzy albums are by far the greatest things I’ve ever done. He was too good to last.

(I tend to agree with that sentiment …)

On Jake E. Lee:

(He) was fine for the first three days, then he wanted to take over … To be fair, Jake did have a fantastic presence and he was a great guitar player.

And on Zakk Wylde:

There were lots of benefits in choosing Zakk. He had followed my career and he knew my songs better than I knew them myself. We knew it wouldn’t be hard to break him in.

No mention of Bernie Tormé or Brad Gillis.

Read the entire piece at GW.

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