25 Years Ago: Singer Ray Gillen Dies

 

Remembering singer Ray Gillen who we lost 25 years ago today (Dec. 1, 1993) at the age of 34. He was best known as the singer for the hard rock band Badlands.

Ray Gillen fronted Badlands, a hand formed by ex Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee that also featured drummer Eric Singer and bassist Greg Chaisson. The band lasted from 1988- 1993 and released two albums, Badlands and Voodoo Highway before Gillen left the group and was replaced by singer John West. The band had some success with the debut album Badlands, thanks to songs like "Dreams in the Dark" and "Winter's Call", who's videos received airplay on MTV. Gillen also had a brief stint with Black Sabbath in the mid-1980's. Ray Gillen died from an AIDS related disease in a New York hospital on Dec. 1, 1993. He was 34. 

I really liked Badlands, primarily because of Ray Gillen's vocals and the great Jake E. Lee's guitar work. Were you a fan of the band?


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