Sun Red Sun

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Sun Red Sun
Origin Jamestown, North Carolina [1]
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1992–1994
Associated acts Black Sabbath, Badlands, Alice in Chains, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, Gillan
Website Sun Red Sun at MySpace
Past members Al B. Romano
Mike Starr
Bobby Rondinelli
Ray Gillen
John West

Sun Red Sun was an American heavy metal supergroup active from 1992–1993. It featured former Rondinelli bandmates Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli.


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.[citation needed] 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.