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Rage

Formed: 1986
From: Herne, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rage News

Below is our complete Rage news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Gotthard Confirmed For Tradate Iron Fest

Veteran Swiss hard rockers Gotthard have been confirmed for the Tradate Iron Fest, a five-day event set to take place June 1-5 at Campo Sportivo in Tradate (VA), Italy. Gotthard will play on June 3rd.

The rest of the billing looks like this:

Brainstorm
Destruction
Eurosmith (Aerosmith tribute)
Necrodeath
Pink Sream 69
Rage
Saxon
White Skull

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Rage Guitarist To Join Aria Singer

Rage guitarist Victor Smolski will be joining ex-Aria singer Valery Kipelov at a Moscow studio in the second half of January for the recording of Kipelov's new solo album. After the CD is released, Smolski will perform several live dates with Kipelov's band. More information will be made available soon.

Rage will perform at the Rolling Hall in Seoul, Korea on February 3. The upcoming show will mark the group's second-ever appearance in Korea. Rage had previously headlined the Busan Rock Festival in 2003 alongside Skyfire, Arch Enemy, Soilwork and Neil Zaza, among others.

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Rage To Perform At Rolling Hall In Korea

German power metallers Rage will perform at the Rolling Hall in Seoul, Korea on February 3, 2005. The upcoming show will mark the group's second-ever appearance in Korea. Rage had previously headlined the Busan Rock Festival in 2003 alongside Skyfire, Arch Enemy, Soilwork and Neil Zaza, among others.

Rage released a DVD and live album, "From The Cradle To The Stage", last month via SPV Records. "From The Cradle To The Stage" was issued in standard jewel case (double live CD — featuring a bonus track), super king-size jewel case (double DVD) and a limited-edition digipack, including the double live CD and double DVD. The first DVD contains the complete Rage concert recorded on January 25, 2004 in Bochum, Germany, while the second disc features a 50-minute history of the band, including a lot of early footage, a "making of" segment, two studio documentaries, four extra live songs spanning various phases of the group's career, and all 11 of the band's promotional video clips. More than five hours of material is included on the double DVD package.

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Rage Posts Clip From New CD

On Rage's website, you could listen to a real-audio-stream clip of "Flesh And Blood," track included on the new Rage CD/DVD "From The Cradle To The Stage," which will be available at the market soon. Check the track out here.

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Rage Guitarist's Testicle Explodes On Stage

In a recent interview with Rockdetector.com's David Borgioli-Jones, Rage mainman Peavy Wagner described exactly what happened to guitarist Victor Smolski earlier this year that caused the band to cancel several European shows. An excerpt from the interview follows:

Rockdetector.com: How is Victor now?

Peavy Wagner: "At first he was really close to death, but he has recovered completely."

Rockdetector.com: He was in hospital for a while, what were the operations for exactly?

Peavy Wagner: "His testicle was broken up you know." More...

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Rage - Live Album & DVD

SPV has announced two new offerings from long running German trio RAGE. According to a posting on the upcoming releases section of their website:
Bottoms up, pop the champagne corks, its party time! Twenty years ago almost precisely to the day, a young German musician and his band, Avenger, ensconced themselves in the studio to record their debut album Prayers Of Steel. Were talking 1984, the name of the hopeful young vocalist was Peavy Wagner, and Prayers Of Steel is significant from todays point of view because everything that comes under the heading of 20 Years of Rage was spawned by this recording. Avenger soon became Rage, and the initial musical steps of the band developed into an unparalleled career. Peavy and his two accomplices, Victor Smolski (guitar) and Mike Terrana (drums), are about to celebrate their anniversary with their first live album, From The Cradle To The Stage, documenting in no uncertain terms: Rage have never been better!

The double album, simultaneously released on double DVD and in a limited digi-pack edition including CD and double DVD, consists of recordings cut at the Zeche in Bochum on January 25, 2004 the night that Rage performed an over three-hour show, playing the most important tracks from every phase of the bands career, some of them original arrangements, others updated versions. The band, featuring an international line-up unique to the metal scene, demonstrated all over again just what a technically accomplished act they are. Victor Smolski is without doubt one of the best guitarists worldwide. His feel for rhythm is unique; the tone and expression of his solos are simply awesome. The same can be said of Mike Terrana: the former Yngwie Malmsteen drummer is the driving force behind every Rage number, in every sense of the word. His timing is precise, his feel for catchy grooves unfailing. And last but not least there's Peavy himself: for two decades, he has given the band a face and a voice and is as brilliant a bassist as he is a songwriter. Peavy is the thread that runs through Rages history. Some call him a figurehead, other simply call him Mr. Rage.
Due out on November 15th, Rage’s From The Cradle To The Stage will be issued in standard jewel case (double live CD), super king size jewel case (double DVD) and a limited edition digipak including the double Live CD and double DVD.

The tracklisting (DCD) - CD1 - ‘Orgy Of Destruction’, ‘War Of Worlds’, ‘Great Old Ones’, ‘Paint The Devil On The Wall’, ‘Sent By The Devil’, ‘Firestorm’, ‘Down’, ‘Prayers Of Steel’, ‘Suicide’, ‘Days Of December’, ‘Unity’, ‘Anarchy’ (Drum solo), ‘Enough Is Enough’, ‘Invisible Horizons’, ‘Set This World On Fire’.

CD2 - ‘Flesh And Blood’, ‘Rocket Science’ (Guitar solo), ‘Soundchaser’, ‘Straight To Hell’, ‘Back In Time’, ‘Refuge’, ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’, ‘Black In Mind’, ‘Solitary Man’, ‘Don´t Fear The Winter’, ‘All I Want’, ‘Higher Than The Sky’. (The track ‘Enough Is Enough’ does not appear on the DVD).

Tracklisting (DVD - Live, Bochum, Zeche, Germany 25.1.2004) - DVD1 - ‘Orgy Of Destruction’, ‘War Of Worlds’, ‘Great Old Ones’, ‘Paint The Devil On The Wall’, ‘Sent By The Devil’, ‘Firestorm’, ‘Down’, ‘Prayers Of Steel’, ‘Suicide’, ‘Days Of December’, ‘Unity’, ‘Anarchy’ (Drum solo), ‘Invisible Horizons’, ‘Set This World On Fire’, ‘Flesh And Blood’, ‘Rocket Science’ (Guitar solo), ‘Soundchaser’, ‘Straight To Hell’, ‘Back In Time’, ‘Refuge’, ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’, ‘Black In Mind’, ‘Solitary Man’, ‘Don´t Fear The Winter’, ‘All I Want’, ‘Higher Than The Sky’,

DVD2 - History Film 20 years of Rage (contains interviews with the band and lots of rare and unreleased home video footage), Making of the Rage show (contains behind the scenes shot and crew interviews), Studio doku: ‘Falling From Grace (Wake The nightmares/Death Is On It´s Way)’, Studio doku: ‘Dies Irae’, Video Clip: ‘Down By Law’ (directed by Procam, 1987 Noise), Video Clip: ‘Don´t Fear The Winter’ (directed by Hagen Müller, 1988 Noise), Video Clip: ‘Invisible Horizons’ (directed by Klaus Wendler, 1989 Noise), Video Clip: ‘True Face In Everyone’ (directed by

Joachim Jung, 1990 Noise), Video Clip: ‘Waiting For The Moon’ (directed by Joachim Jung, 1990 Noise), Video Clip: ‘Refuge’ (directed by Peter Ernst , 1993 Noise), Video Clip: ‘Alive But Dead’ (directed by Cut&Run, 1995 GUN), Video Clip: ‘Deep In The Blackest Hole’ (directed by Cut&Run, 1996 GUN), Video Clip: Lingua Mortis Medley: ‘Don´t Fear The Winter’, ‘Black In Mind’, ‘Firestorm’, ‘Sent By The Devil’, ‘Lost In The Ice’, Video Clip: ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ (directed by Roxanne 1998 GUN), Video Clip: ‘Down’ (directed by Vladimir Yankowski 2002 SPV), Discography.

In related news, Rage will kick off a full European tour on November 18th. Details to follow.

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Special Guests Confirmed For Uli Jon Roth Concert

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions) and his Sky Orchestra will be joined by several very special guests during their performance at the Renaissance castle Schloss Beck in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany on October 9. Performing several pieces with Sky Orchestra will be Doro Pesch, Victor Smolski (RAGE) and Liz Vandall. The program will last for approximately three hours (with intermission) and will include a complete rendition of "Metamorphosis of Vivaldi's IV Seasons" as well as many pieces from all stages of Uli's musical journey. The multimedia event, dubbed "Rock Meets Renaissance," is going to be filmed, and part of the footage will be included on a DVD based on the music of the "Metamorphosis" album.

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Wacken Open Air Festival DVD Info

Armageddon Over Wacken
Various Artists
Street Date: October 19, 2004
Catalog Number: CMU 61127

Wacken Open Air is a yearly metal festival held in the small farming town of Wacken, Germany.The festival started out 14 years ago and has now amassed an attendance up to 35,000 people and is the largest metal gathering in Europe. Crash Music is proud to release the live concert two DVD set.

The DVD includes performances by many well known metal gods such as Twisted Sister, Saxon, Nile, The Crown, Testament, Vader, In Flames, Gamma Ray and many more. Also includes backstage and behind the scenes footage of the Wacken Open Air festival. The DVD was shot in 5.1 Surround Sound for exceptional audio quality.

Artist & Song Listing: More...

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Rage Guitarist Recovers From Surgery

Taken from the official site:

Hallo. First I would like to say thanks a lot to all, who visited me in hospital during my illness. Also all the inquiries of friends and fans, who were worried about my health, helped me to get better quicker. My blind gut was bursted and infected other organs. After 2 operations (one during dangerous situation to life) and loss of 15 kg weight in 2 weeks, I often thought about the fate of Jason Becker, what a horror thought...

After 1 1/2 months in hospital it's a great feeling, being home again. Now I do sports every day to get fit again. Next week I fly to Korea again to play a concert together with Black Hole at the International Busan Rock Festival, where also Steve Vai & Band is one of the participating bands.

Best regards
Victor Smolski, Rage's guitarist

New Production company:
From now on Dragon Productions, a daughter company of A.S.S. Concert & Promotion GmbH, will look for the booking of Rage concerts. They are already planning a 20th anniversary tour for November 2004, where Rage will promote the upcoming 20th anniversary DVD (expected release date October 25, 2004).

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