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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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First Bands For Next Year's Wacken Revealed

CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAGE, TYR, JBO and AMORPHIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the cult Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Edguy, Stratovarius and Rage Confirmed For BOA

Bloodstock Open Air has announced three headliners: Edguy, Stratovarius and Rage

Edguy will return to the UK to headline the Friday night (July 14, 2006) of Bloodstock Open Air with their full European Headline show.

"After gaining fantastic reviews from their recent tour with Dragonforce, we felt it only right that the freshest most exciting band to emerge from Germany in the last decade (Powerplay – issue 74 March), offer their disappointed UK fans the chance to see the full show as performed across Europe. Expect a few rockets tonight!"

STRATOVARIUS will be jetting in fresh from their Rockperry festival show in Finland the night before to offer their UK fans their only appearance here in 2006 on July 15. So for those of you who missed out on their London show last November, then now's your chance to catch their full European headline set.

Rage will be making a rare UK appearance on Friday 14th July, making this night one of the most Metal nights Bloodstock has ever seen.

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Rage 'Speak Of The Dead' Tracklisting, Artwork

German power metallers RAGE have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Speak of the Dead", tentatively due this spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Soundchaser" (SPV/Steamhammer) was recorded at the VPS studios in Hamm, Germany. You can view the cover here.

"Speak of the Dead" track listing:

01. Mortituri te Salutant
02. Prelude of Souls
03. Innocent
04. Depression
05. No Regrets
06. Confusion
07. Black
08. Beauty
09. No Fear
10. Soul survivor
11. Full Moon
12. Kill Your Gods
13. Turn my world Around
14. Be with me or be Gone
15. Speak of the Dead

RAGE recently finished shooting a video for the track "No Fear". The song is featured on the soundtrack to the independent psycho thriller "Ludgers Fall" and the clip includes scenes from the original film as well as a band performance. The video was shot on the island of Föhr, located in the North Sea. Also scheduled to appear on the movie's soundtrack are fellow Germans CREMATORY.

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Dark Funeral Confirmed For Metalbaten 2006

Dark Funeral has been confirmed to play Metalbåten 2006, which is set to take place on March 23-24th on Silja Line. Other bands confirmed for the festival: Rage, Freedom Call, Dismember and Hellfueled.

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Rage Frontman Leaves Hospital

Rage frontman Peter "Peavey" Wagner has posted an update on his condition after he was hit by a car on last week while he was riding his bicycle. The driver of the car reportedly didn't give Peavy right of way, resulting in injuries to Peavy's arm. Commented Peavy:

I'm back home now. They wanted to keep me longer in hospital, but I left on my own responsibility. The pain is OK now, and I had enough of just lying there.

I can only type with my left hand and it hurts a bit. My right elbow was fractured in my bike crash, and in a two-hour operation the doctors managed to fix all the bone parts. It was a bit complicated, and I have now more metal inside!! A few screws and stuff...

My left arm is also injured, but I can use it a bit. I have to keep the broken arm in this big heavy splint for the next 6-8 weeks, I have rehabilitation and physiotherapeutics to get it back to moving. I hope I'll be fine again by July. We try to do the show in Italy on 4th of June, maybe I can play some rudimentary bass. Besides this I can only stay home now and rest to get better.

I thank you all for your good wishes, this gives me a lot of energy I can use now!

I'll be all right and play for you again!!

Rage follow-up to 2003's "Soundchaser" is expected in early 2006.

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Rage Frontman Hit By Car

Rage frontman Peter "Peavey" Wagner was hit by a car on Wednesday (May 4) while he was riding his bicycle. The driver of the car reportedly didn't give Peavy right of way, resulting in injuries to Peavy's arm. Peavy is presently in the hospital, where he underwent surgery. No further information is currently available.

Rage recently signed a long-term deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's follow-up to 2003's "Soundchaser" is expected in early 2006.

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Firewind To Tour Europe

After the release of their brilliant album "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 and a great show with their labelmates Nevermore in London / UK in March 2005, Firewind going on tour in Germany, Swiss and Sweden.

Firewind are support of the Swedish powermetal heroes Hammerfall on their Icebreaker Festivals and play next to Thunderstorm and Lordi:

Apr. 21 (CH) Pratteln Z7
Apr. 22 (D) Filderstadt Filharmonie
Apr. 23 (D) Lichtenfels Stadthalle Lichtenfels
Apr. 24 (D) Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
Apr. 30 (S) Göteborg Scandinavium Arena (with Hammerfall, Pretty Maids & Lordi)

Greek fans are lucky to watch the band Firewind around the wellknown guitar wizard Gus G. on their headliner shows before the festivals take place:

Apr. 15 (GR) Athen An Club
Apr. 16 (GR) Thessaloniki Mylos
Apr. 17 (GR) Larissa B-Live

Another festival with Firewind in Germany:

Jul. 23 (D) Trier Fabric Rock festival (with Rage and Freedom Call)

Gus G. will be on the Musikmesse Frankfurt, Germany, (from April 7th to 9th 2005) and visit the ESP booth on Saturday, April 9th at 13.00 CET to show people his new signature model. He would be happy about some chit chat, will do interviews and give the fans of guitar music tips and autographs.

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Rage Sign With Nuclear Blast

German metal veterans Rage around Peavy Wagner (vocals, bass), Victor Smolski (guitar) and Mike Terrana (drums) have signed a long-term deal with Nuclear Blast.

In an official statement, Peavy says:

After our fantastic anniversary tour we were convinced that we want to work with a label that pushes us forward with creative ideas and full power support. With this in our backs we can jump right into the making of our next album. We imagine to do something without stylistic changes but with a wider range of sound. After the good experiences with Victor's latest solo album we want to get the Whiterussian Symphonic Orchestra involved, similar to what we did a couple of years ago on »Lingua Mortis«. This time the result will be a lot harder. That's how the new songs sound we recently wrote in first rehearsals. They blend in perfectly with our latest releases.

Upcoming Rage tour dates:

Mar. 26 TR Ankara Rock Station Festival
Apr. 02 RUS Sankt-Petersburg Club Port
Apr. 03 RUS Moskau Club Tochka
Apr. 09 D Frankfurt Musikmesse - Arena 17.00 Uhr
Apr. 12 D Recklinghausen Vestlandhalle @ Ruhrpott Rocks
Apr. 16 MEX Mexico City Salon 21
Jun. 04 I Tradate Tradate Iron Fest
Jun. 24 D Dischingen Rock am Härtsfeldsee
Jul. 02 E Pravia Derrame Rock
Jul. 09 D Osterode - Dorste Rock Harz Open Air
Jul. 16 HR Zadar Metal Melting Festival
Oct. 22 D Gaildorf Sundown Festival

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Anvil, Exciter, Vicious Rumors To Play Tradate

Tris of aces from USA for Cultural Association Orpheus: Anvil, Exciter and Vicious Rumors confirmed their shows at Tradate Iron Fest 2005! Finally 3 so much appreciated bands are back in Italy for really awsome gigs!

Other bands confirmed:
Pink Cream 69
White Skull

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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:

Eurosmith (Aerosmith tribute)
Pink Sream 69
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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