Badlands’ Jake E. Lee preferred Bartok until he heard Hendrix



By Steve Newton

Few guitarists have had to deal with the kind of expectations put on Jake E. Lee when he took over Randy Rhoads’ guitar spot in the Ozzy Osbourne band. Rhoads’ tragic death in a 1982 plane crash stunned the rock world and didn’t make things easy for his replacement—or for interim live guitarist Brad Gillis. But Lee—whose current group, Badlands, plays 86 Street next Thursday (April 23)—managed to handle the pressure.

“There were a lot of people out there who were for Randy Rhoads,” recalls Lee, “and they would hang banners with his name on them and stuff. But at the same time there were people who were willing to give me a chance. And the same with Ozzy. He’d often say, ‘You’re Jake, you’re not Randy. I don’t expect you to be Randy.’ But then…

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