David Reece recalls being invited to jam with Badlands when Ray Gillen left the group

David Reece recalls being invited to jam with Badlands when Ray Gillen left the group

Former Accept, Bangalore Choir, Gypsy Rose, Tango Down and Bonfire frontman David Reece was recently interviewed by Metal Mike for the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast.

Reece spoke about jamming with Badlands and bassist Greg Chaisson as he stated (as transcribed by the 80’s Glam Metalcast with slight edits):

“I formed a band with Greg Chaisson. I had actually gone over and rehearsed with Badlands. Badlands and Bangalore Choir did some gigs together and we had become friends. Ray [Gillen] had left due to his illness and went back to New Jersey. Greg [Chaisson] called me one day and asked if I wanted to come down and jam. I was like “Are you kidding… Sing for Badlands… Of course”! In those days I could do that stuff pretty easy, songs like ‘High Wire.’ Nothing really came to fruition. Greg still wanted to do something and we formed a band called Sircle of Silence.”

In terms of whether he has any sympathy for replacement singers, Reece indicated:

“Absolutely, I’m friends with John Corabi. It did not commercially go over with him. What fans tend to do, when you break up this thing they grew up with, they blame the singer like it’s his fault. One thing they have to understand is Mötley Crüe hired John Corabi. Iron Maiden hired Blaze [Bayley] when Bruce Dickinson left. They didn’t force themselves on the band, they were chosen. It’s basically the band’s responsibility. A lot bands will run away from that part of their history. When you’re a singer that has to put yourself in those shoes, especially a guy like Udo [Dirkschneider] ….you can’t do it.”

You can listen to the interview with David Reece on the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast below:

80’s Glam Metalcast – Episode 34 – David Reece (ex Accept/Bangalore Choir)

In this episode, I talk to a kick ass vocalist – David Reece. He has an amazing new album called “Cacophony of Souls” that we talk about in depth. We also re…

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