Today we take a trip back to 1989, to the self titled first album by Badlands released on Atlantic Records and the track, Dreams In The Dark.
The album which features Ray Gillen – vocals, Eric Singer – drums, Jake E. Lee – guitars and Greg Chaisson – bass was one of the best breakout albums selling 400,000 copies by 1990 and landed them on the Billboard Chart at number 57. The video for Dreams In The Dark, was also played in heavy rotation on MTV.
The band released their second album Voodoo Highway in 1991 but the band lineup had changed due to Eric Singer leaving to join Paul Stanley on his solo tour, which led to his future role in KISS, after the death of Eric Carr. Gillen and Lee’s friendship began to fall apart and Gillen was eventually fired. Although Lee tried to keep the band going, they eventually disbanded.
Gillen who had been diagnosed with HIV, passed away in 1993. Jake E. Lee continues to be involved in metal, including an appearance on the June 22nd, 2013 episode of That Metal Show. Greg Chaisson still plays with original and cover bands every so often and is currently an assistant baseball coach at Arizona Christian University.