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Rated X

Rated X promo photo; image courtesy of Frontiers Records

We’ve reported back in December that Joe Lynn Turner is starting a new project called Legacy X with drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tony Franklin. The news just came out that the project has been renamed Rated X, guitarist Jeff Watson has been replaced with JLT’s long time collaborator Karl Cochran, and they will be releasing an eponymous debut album on November 7 in Europe and November 11 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records.

Rated X album cover; image courtesy of Frontiers Records

Blabbermouth describes the lightly soap opera style comings and goings:

Cochran joined 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.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

15 Comments to “Rated X”:

  1. 1
    Larry Toering says:

    First was actually Razor X. Third name?

  2. 2
    Brad DeMoranville says:

    Rated X? That seems like a lazy name to me.

  3. 3
    Rich Shailor says:

    With Jeff Watson in the band there may have been some interest, the rest if the guys have some name recognition, why not get a “name” on guitar?

  4. 4
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    Allright , you go Joe Lynn .

  5. 5
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Of course I will give it a shot. JLT, love ‘m or hate ‘m, does put out some quality stuff. I am disappointed about the Jeff Watson exit though. Now if only JLT would settle down some and drop his poofy ass wiggling antics on stage and speak in a more humbled fashion while being interviewed…… better yet, just PLEAD THE 5TH!


  6. 6
    deTolly says:

    Very interesting! I like Tony’s bass.

  7. 7
    Rascal says:

    Call it what you want – life expectancy will be minimal

    Personally I would replace the ‘X’ with a word or phrase more apt – but the moderators would probably take offence.

  8. 8
    Bottockss says:

    Blue Murder rythem section should sound exciting.

  9. 9
    Drdp says:

    Always like me some new JOLT!

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Rascal, can you link me to any album you ve made, please?

  11. 11
    Rascal says:


    Priest – Sorry unfortunately I cant. My talents aren’t of the musical variety.

    So I guess at least JLT and I have that in common.

  12. 12
    al says:

    @ 7 funny lol

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:


  14. 14
    Serg says:

    Very interesting! I like Carmine’s drum.

  15. 15
    Burbell says:

    Tony’s bass and Carmine’s drum are the best.

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