HGR News: Exit The Badlees, Enter Gentleman East

It is often said that when one door closes, another opens.

So it goes with the musicians that comprise the Pennsylvania band institution known as The Badlees. 

After an illustrious career that spanned more than two decades, yielded multiple albums and several renowned hit singles, The Badlees have announced that they will not be performing or recording after they finish out their current series of performance dates. The announcement comes shortly after longtime members Bret Alexander and Paul Smith announced their departure from the band.

According to the group's official Facebook page, "The Badlees have always been greater than the sum of its parts, and therefore, after these shows are done, we will not be performing or recording as 'The Badlees' for the foreseeable future. We want to honor the legacy of 'The Badlees' and we feel that this is the best way to do that. All of us will still continue to make music outside of the band."

According to the group's website, badlees.com, the final Badlees show will be on October 10 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA. 

Following their departure, Alexander and Smith have announced the formation of their new band, Gentleman East (which is also the title of Alexander's 2004 solo album). Besides Alexander and Smith, the group also features Badlees bandmate Ron Simasek on drums, violinist Nyke Van Wyk and former Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink. The group is working on new music with a new focus, and will be recording music for an upcoming release. They will also announce tour dates soon.

In closing their book, The Badlees thank their fans for the support over the years: "As for the fans, first, we want to thank you for 23 plus years of loyalty. Your support over the band's career means the world to us and we can't thank you enough for everything you've done. We ask that you are patient with us as we work through this transitional time."