Guitarist Karl Cochran (JOE LYNN TURNER, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) has joined RATED X (formerly LEGACY X), the new band featuring legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, MOTHER'S ARMY) and bassist Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER). Karl has already finished cutting two tracks for RATED X's debut album — due in May via Frontiers Records — and is flying to Los Angeles this week to shoot two videos to accompany the release.
Cochran joins RATED X as the replacement for Jeff Watson (NIGHT RANGER, MOTHER'S ARMY) who himself became involved with the group following the departure of Bruce Kulick (KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD). Kulick was unable to commit to the new project due to his heavy touring schedule with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.
Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice and Jeff Watson previously played together in MOTHER'S ARMY, the 1990s hard rock "supergroup" which released three albums before splitting up in 1998.
MOTHER'S ARMY's full-length CDs — "Mother's Army" (1993), "Planet Earth" (1997) and "Fire On The Moon" (1998) — were re-released as a special 3CD digipak set, "The Complete Discography", in May 2011.
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