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Original Red Dragon Cartel Singer Explains Band Exit

05/01/2015
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(Classic Rock) Original Red Dragon Cartel singer Darren James Smith says he left the band due to a lack of guaranteed paid work. Smith, who split with Jake E Lee's group in March, says he couldn't count on making a living with RDC as there were no firm plans for future tours.

He tells Sleaze Roxx: "I just think it wasn't working enough for me and when the tour was cancelled and stuff, I just couldn't count on making a living. I've always made a living so for me going away, maybe possibly touring and not (laughs), I couldn't rely on it any longer.

"It's Jake's band -- he's the boss. He calls the shots and it was just odd for me to be in that situation. There are no bad feelings -- it's just my work ethics are a little bit more intense I guess, and I prefer to work and to know that I'm working." Read more here.

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