Jake E. Lee, with his band Red Dragon Cartel rocked out the Token Lounge, with Chrome Mollie, Impossible Tuesday, Kougaran, Ethan Brosh, and Dead in 5.
Opening the night was Kougaran, a new generation rock band with an old soul. It began as a project between brothers Niko (lead guitar/vocals) and Gino Puzio (drums) in the summer of 2010. Luke Daniels on rhythm guitar and A.J. Jackson on bass later joined the band, bringing together the band’s unique sound of old school rock n’ roll with a modern twist. This band has opened for many worldwide known acts, such as Stryper, Saving Abel, LA Guns, Cheap Thrill, Autograph, and Jack Russell’s Great White. Their music has an old school British rock feel mixed with new age riffs and catchy grooves, which received an exceptional response from the crowed.
Impossible Tuesday first formed in 2004 with Gregg Reo singing lead vocal and playing bass. After working with a number of musicians, he added Gerry Maciok on bass, Dave Kincius on drums, and Jason Nays on guitar. Since then, they have rocked venues around Metro Detroit, opening for many national acts, and working on new material. Gregg Reo belted out each song with a perfect blend of passion and intensity, and each note was more impressive than the last. With a unique blend of metal and grunge, the band’s songs were poetic with diverse hard rock melodies, mixed in with heavy bass, thundering drums, and howling guitar.
Chrome Mollie, having formed in 2009, has become one of the most favored local bands in the Detroit music scene. They were 2014 Detroit Music Awards Nominee for Best Hard Rock/Metal Group, and have opened for several national acts including Stryper, BulletBoys, Kip Winger, George Lynch, and Y&T. With Tim Smith on vocals, Eddie Golatka on drums, Dave Stroud on bass, and Danny Justice on guitar, this band sent the crowd into a frenzy of headbanging in true rock n’ roll fashion. These guys were no opening act as the packed crowd was going wild singing along with the electrifying set.
Dead in 5 kept the night going with high energy. Since their debut show inside one of Detroit’s most notorious biker clubhouses in January 2013, Dead in 5 has become established a solid fan base, both locally and regionally. The band has a good party vibe going on; their stage show is dynamic and heavy. The band includes Robert Libres (vocals), Brent Hall (guitar), Peder Seglund (guitar), Dana Forrester (bass), and James Trunko (drums), making for an all-star lineup. Their charisma was palpable as they rocked out with the crowd. They packed their set with killer guitar riffs, powerful vocals, and in your face rock. Dead in 5 is in the studio recording their new album.
Ethan Brosh is a heavy metal guitarist from Boston, who grew up in Israel. He is best known for his solo work and for his role as the lead guitarist in the band, Burning Heat. Brosh has quickly become one of heavy metal’s most electrifying and talented young guitarists. He already had an impressive career, having toured and recorded with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, George Lynch, Greg Howe, and many more, with big plans to tour with Michael Schenker. While it was clear that Brosh was meant to be the main focus of the entirely instrumental performance, second guitarist Nate Motalvo, bassist Giorgio Mongelli, and drummer Dan Whitelock rocked the crowd with their dynamic speed and ferocity.
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. After more than a decade out of the spotlight, Lee has come back with his new band, Red Dragon Cartel. The crowd was packed at the stage and, from the first song, Red Dragon Cartel had the packed venue on its feet going wild.
They play enough from Jake’s extensive catalog of music to make everyone happy, including songs from his days with Ozzy and Badlands, while taking command of their new material with a vengeance. DJ Smith has an incredible vocal talent and stage presence; he adds his own raw take to Lee’s old material. The rhythm section of Mancuso and drummer Jonas Fairley was solid, but all eyes were on Lee as he seared through song after song on his guitar. The band had amazing chemistry on stage; you could tell they loved playing their music. The crowd went wild for this new band, welcoming a highly anticipated new era of Jake E. Lee.