Video footage of CHASTAIN singer Leather Leone’s May 7 solo show at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, Iillinois can be seen below. Her backing band consisted of David Harbour (CHASTAIN, KING DIAMOND) on bass, Jim Dofka (DOFKA) on guitar and Brian Harris (DARKOLOGY) on drums.
Leather’s set included material from the seven albums she made with CHASTAIN, as well as her solo effort, ‘Shockwaves’.
The new CHASTAIN album “We Bleed Metal” was released last November. It was the follow-up to the band’s 2013 reunion CD “Surrender To No One”. That release marked the return of Leather Leone. She has long been considered one of the originators of the female power metal vocal style. Leather was the vocalist on the classic CHASTAIN albums: “Mystery Of Illusion”, “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, “The 7th Of Never”, “The Voice Of The Cult” and “For Those Who Dare”.
The Leather-fronted version of CHASTAIN recorded five CDs in the mid-to-late 1980s: 1985’s “Mystery Of Illusion”, 1986’s “Ruler Of The Wasteland”, 1987’s “The 7th Of Never”, 1988’s “The Voice Of The Cult” and 1990’s “For Those Who Dare”. After the “For Those Who Dare” tour, David and Leather amicably went their separate ways but kept in touch over the years before reuniting in 2013.
Leather in 2012 released the debut album from her SLEDGE LEATHER project, “Imagine Me Alive”. The CD was inspired in 2010 when Leather called Sandy Sledge to collaborate on the Ronnie James Dio track “Egypt” for a demo tribute recording. Due to the overwhelming response for more material, SLEDGE LEATHER was born and performed at Germany’s Keep It True festival in April 2011.