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Swiss hard rock band GOTTHARD has cancelled its previously announced four-date Italian mini-tour after singer Steve Lee was taken ill. "We had hoped that Steve [would be] back on track [by now], but unfortunately that is not the case right now," the group writes in a statement. "We hope to [be able to announce] new dates for the cancelled shows as soon as possible."
The affected dates are as follows:
Dec. 10 – Florence, ITA - Viper
Dec. 11 - Rome, ITA - Circolo Degli Artisti
Dec. 13 - Treviso, ITA - New Age
Dec. 15 - Milan, ITA - Transylvania
VAN HALEN and JUDAS PRIEST are among the bands who are rumored to be playing next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden. It should be noted, however, that neither of these acts has been officially confirmed for the event and their possible participation in the festival should be treated as nothing more than speculation.
The organizers of the Sweden Rock Festival will announce the first 20-25 bands confirmed for next year's event during the kick-off party on November 24 at Tyrol in Stockholm. The party will be broadcast live on the Stockholm radio station 106.7 Rockklassiker beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time and will be available for streaming worldwide via www.rockklassiker.se.
This year's Sweden Rock Festival kick-off celebration will feature performances by GOTTHARD, SABATON and HAZY/DIZZY. In addition, a one-off all-star band has also been put together featuring:
Uli Jon Roth (SCORPIONS, ELECTRIC SUN) - Guitar
Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, RING OF FIRE) - Vocals
Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AT VANCE, THERION) - Vocals
Liz Vandall (SAHARA, Uli JON ROTH) - Vocals
Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, BALTIMOORE) - Guitar
Ule Ritgen (ZENO, ELECTRIC SUN, FAIR WARNING) - Bass
Thomas Broman (ELECTRIC BOYS, JOHN NORUM, 21 GUNS) - Drums
The group will perform vintage SCORPIONS and ELECTRIC SUN material, along with other "nice surprises."
A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
An e-card for raging rockers GOTTHARD, for their latest Nuclear Blast Records effort Domino Effect can be found online here.
Gotthard's latest album, "Lipservice," has been certified platinum in Switzerland for sales in excess of 40,000 copies in their home country. The ceremony took place in Zürich during the "PISA Finals." "Lipservice" is close to receiving double-platinum.
"Lipservice," the latest album of AOR masters Gotthard, has entered the charts in their home country Switzerland at #1.
In Germany, the album reached #31 straight away, and came in at #58 in Austria.
Veteran Swiss hard rockers Gotthard have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Lipservice," due in Europe on June 6:
01. All We Are
02. Dream On
03. Lift 'U' Up
04. Everything I Want
05. Cupid's Arrow
06. I Wonder
07. I'm Alive
08. I've Seen An Angel Cry
09. Stay For The Night
10. Anytime Anywhere
11. Said And Done
12. The Other Side Of Me
13. Nothing Left At All
14. And Then Goodbye
+ video clip for "Lift 'U' Up"
Gotthard will debut songs from "Lipservice" live at several club shows in May. In addition, the group will perform their single 'Lift 'U' Up' on the show "Benissimo" (SF1, Switzerland) on Saturday, May 5. The program starts 8:05 p.m. and will be repeated on Sunday, May 8 at 12:50 a.m. and on Wednesday, May 11 at 1:45 p.m. The program will also feature a special Queen medley recorded by Gotthard singer Steve Lee along with Gigi Moto and Marc Storace (Krokus).
The complete video for "Lift 'U' Up" can be viewed for free at Bluewin. The Real Player stream can be found at this location.
Upcoming Gotthard shows: More...
GOTTHARD have been added to the Bloodstock Open Air lineup. This will be the million selling Swiss Classic Rock acts first appearance in the UK since their debut tour with Magnum in the early 1990's and is sure to please their many UK fans. They will be promoting their latest release 'Lipservice' due out on June 6th on Nuclear Blast. This will be preceded by a single in April, details of which are at gotthard.com. More...
The new Gotthard video for the first single, "Lift 'U' Up," is finished and will be aired in April on European TV-Music-Stations. First pictures of the video-shooting are online on the official Gotthard website and more pictures will be added within the next days.
Go here to listen to a sound-teaser of "Lift 'U' Up."
Gotthard have also announced their first live dates of 2005:
Jun. 03 I-Tradate/Milano, Iron Fest
Jun. 04 CH-Basel, St. Jakobshalle
Jul. 02 D-Frankfurt, Sound Of Frankfurt
Jul. 03 D-München, Tollwood Festival
Jul. 22 D-Tuttlingen, Honberg Sommer
Aug. 12 D-Geiselwind, Bike Weekend
Aug. 13 CH-Laax, Fat Tire
Aug. 20 CH-Port/Biel, 777 Jahrfeier
Aug. 21 CH-Tufertschwil, Open Air
Sept. 20 D-Emden, Nordseehalle
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
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
The first Gotthard single in 2005 will be released on April 11th 2005 and will contain the song "Lift U Up." A large picture gallery and the video to "Lift U Up" will be on the CD as well. On June 7th 2005 the new album will be in the stores.
Gotthard has uploaded a few video-clips from different tv-shows on their official website www.gotthard.com. Just click on "Goodies" to see them.
After their appearance with the Olympia song "One Team One Spirit" on Swiss television during the election of the Swiss sportsman of the year, Gotthard got decorated with the "Diamond Award" for 1 million sold albums in their home country Switzerland. The same evening, the band signed a new, long term contract with Nuclear Blast Records. The cooperation will start with a first single, due on April 11th 2005, followed by a new studio album on June 6th 2005.
Nuclear Blast Records is very proud of its new signing, especially as Gotthard will tie up to "heavier times" with their new songs, ready to show once again that the band ranks among the top of the international Hard Rock league. "We're very excited about the signing of Gotthard. We heard the new material – the power and the quality of the new songs has convinced us completely", says NB label manager Matthias Lasch about the new cooperation.