Sun Red Sun
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|Sun Red Sun|
|Origin||Jamestown, North Carolina |
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Black Sabbath, Badlands, Alice in Chains, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, Gillan|
|Website||Sun Red Sun at MySpace|
|Past members||Al B. Romano
The group was formed by Al B. Romano after his split from former Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladonna's eponymous solo band. Sun Red Sun consisted of Romano on guitar, former Badlands and Black Sabbath singer Ray Gillen, Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, and Bobby Rondinelli (formerly of Rainbow and Black Sabbath, and later of Blue Öyster Cult) on drums. Gillen named the band after a Badlands song.
Their self-titled debut album was recorded at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studio in New York City and produced by Romano and Lief Mases, who had produced albums for Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Black Sabbath. The album also featured guest appearances from Gillan bassist John McCoy, Chris Caffery of Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, John West on vocals and Mike Sciotto on drums.
Gillen died of AIDS-related causes on December 1, 1993, and the band split up shortly thereafter, following the completion of their final recordings with Badlands vocalist John West. Three further Sun Red Sun releases emerged – Lost Tracks, Ray Gillen Tribute, and a 3-CD boxed set entitled Sunset. The Sun Red Sun album was also released in the U.K. on Angel Air records.
- Sun Red Sun (1995)
- Lost Tracks (1999)
- Sunset (2000)