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Pretty Maids

Formed: 1981
From: Horsens / Vejle, Denmark
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Pretty Maids News

Below is our complete Pretty Maids 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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Wacken Open Air 2013 Live Stream Details Revealed

The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.

According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:

Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)

Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage

Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)

Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage

In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:

Trivium
Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Doro More...

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Pretty Maids Posts "Motherland" EPK Video

Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids posted an EPK video for the upcoming release "Motherland." The album is set for release via Frontiers Records on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March 26, 2012 in North America. The video features vocalist Ronnie Atkins and bassist Rene Shades talking about the making of the album.

The track list for "Motherland" is:

1. Mother of All Lies
2. To Fool a Nation
3. Confession
4. The Iceman
5. Sad to See You Suffer
6. Hooligan
7. Infinity
8. Why So Serious
9. Motherland
10. I See Ghosts
11. Bullet for You
12. Who What Where When Why
13. Wasted

Check out the video here: More...

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Avantasia Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Tobias Sammet's Avantasia posted a lyric video for the new song "Invoke the Machine." The track features Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins and will appear on the new album "Mystery of Time." The album is set to drop on March 29th (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway), April 1st (UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Rep., Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece), April 2nd (Italy) and April 3rd (Sweden) via Nuclear Blast.

"The Mystery of Time" features ten tracks and guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and Bob Catley (Magnum), as well as the German Filmorcestra Babelsberg.

The track list is:

1. Spectres
2. The Watchmakers' Dream
3. Black Orchid
4. Where Clock Hands Freeze
5. Sleepwalking
6. Savior In The Clockwork
7. Invoke The Machine
8. What's Left Of Me
9. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

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Pretty Maids Posts New Music Video

Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids posted a music video for the new track "Mother of All Lies." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Motherland," due out on Frontiers Records on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March 26, 2012 in North America.

Check out "Mother of All Lies" here:

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Pretty Maids Posts "Mother Of All Lies" Preview

Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids posted a preview clip for the new track "Mother of All Lies." The song, which will be released as a single and video on January 22, 2013, appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Motherland," due out on Frontiers Records on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March 26, 2012 in North America.

After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, Danish melodic Hard Rockers, Pretty Maids celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” in 2012. “Pandemonium” showed the world that Pretty Maids were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the “Future World / Red Hot and Heavy” era of the eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated Pretty Maids as strong as ever.

In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins tells: “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow ! I remember back in the day when we had to follow up albums like 'Future World,' we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became 'Motherland'."

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe) for the new album. Ronnie says: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the “Pandemonium” album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about “Motherland”. In my view it has all the ingredients of a good Pretty Maids album, maybe even more melodic than “Pandemonium” and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow up”. More...

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Avantasia Taps Pretty Maids Vocalist Atkins

Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet announced the next special guest for the forthcoming LP "The Mystery of Time," this time its Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins. The announcement reads as follows:

"After Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf) and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg another participent can now be announced: It's Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins who will sing a role on the new Avantasia Metal Opera "The Mystery Of Time" (out in March 2013)."

Tobias commented on the addition of Atkins: "I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on the Metal Opera in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy. Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!" More...

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Pretty Maids Reveal New Album Title

Danish hard rock/metal act Pretty Maids announced that the follow up to the 2010 release "Pandemonium," will be entitled "Motherland." The band has been in the studio recording the album and issuing video blog reports, the latest of which can be seen below. Recently, Pretty Maids made its first United States appearance at ProgPower USA XIII in Atlanta (show report can be found at this location).

The band has not changed the "Pandemonium" production team with Jacob Hansen at the helm. Song titles in the works are "Mother of All Lies", "I See Ghosts", "The Iceman", "Why So Serious", To Fool a Nation" and "Motherland." Fans can expect "the usual dose of heavy guitar riffs and superb hooklines in the finest tradition of the band musical style." "Motherland" is expected for release in the spring of 2013 through Frontiers Records.

Check out the latest video blog report, which includes the band's trip to Atlanta: More...

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The ProgPower USA Experience From A Newbie

If there was ever an event for a first time festival goer, it would be ProgPower USA. Unfortunately, fans here are spoiled by the incredible privileges, some of which could never be properly duplicated by any of the huge European festivals. In Atlanta, you won’t find camping sites, 80,000 people and huge immense lines for signing sessions. What you will find is a community of about 1200 well-educated and well versed fans that throw an amazing party and represent some of the nicest people from all over the U.S. and the world. However, it is a party which also includes the many members of the best bands you can find in the world (not just those who are playing) all within an incredibly intimate setting of a venue that is as unmatched in sound quality as it is fan friendly. For its first 12 years, ProgPower USA seemed out of my reach for reasons I cannot fully explain or comprehend (stupidity comes to mind). However, lucky #13 consisted of a lineup which I personally felt was the strongest in its history (though called “weak” by progressive fan standards), and was perfect for my very first taste of the ProgPower USA experience. As soon as this lineup was announced last year, I drew up the battle plan to attend. The ability to see Serenity, Mystic Prophecy, Pretty Maids and so many others make their debut U.S. performances was something of a dream for this aging fan boi. Topping it off was a headline performance my current favorite Epica, so finding a way to get there became mandatory. What transpired exceeded all my hopes and expectations, a dream I wish I never woke from. (For complete reviews, check out Metal Underground.com's road reports on Day One, Day Two and the pre-show with Nightwish & Kamelot by colleague Progressivity_In_All.) More...

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ProgPower USA XIII: Day Two

The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.

One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...

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Pretty Maids To Issue 30th Anniversary Live Album

Danish traditional metal band Pretty Maids announced that the band will celebrate its Thirtieth Anniversary with the release of a double live CD and DVD package entitled “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” on March 23, 2012 (EU) and March 27, 2012 (North America).

The press release reads: "Following the highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, Danish melodic hard rockers, Pretty Maids have been touring more or less constantly throughout 2010/2011. They undertook a full scale European tour in 2010 and have since played several festivals and occasional gigs. The overwhelming response to the new songs and the ongoing requests coming from the fans prompted the band to take their chance and record a live 2CD/DVD last October 1st 2011. Pretty Maids gathered in Pratteln, Switzerland with an enthusiastic and highly explosive crowd of die hard fans and followers to fulfill the demand, for an energetic and memorable performance which was recorded with a fully equipped mobile studio and cameras.

" 'Riding on the success of our previous studio album Pandemonium and with maybe the strongest line up ever, we thought that we’d make some kind of a live document of what this band is all about in the present time' tells singer Ronnie Atkins. 'It Comes Alive is purely and simply a tribute to all our fans and supporters throughout the world, who gave us so many memorable moments, so much pleasure and making our childhood dreams come through'.

" 'The band’s spirit during the last couple of years has been better than in a long long time' says Atkins. And 'It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)' shows the band at the top of their game, performing songs from a 30 year long career.

" 'It’s always difficult to make a set list that satisfies everyone' continues the singer, 'It’s a combination of what the crowd expect us to play and what we like to play ourselves ! But of course there are songs like 'Future World' and "Red Hot and Heavy' that we have been playing for the last 25 years so, they still get a new life every time we play ‘em and still seem to please our audience. But basically what you will find on this Live album are the songs that we toured with on the Pandemonium tour, with a few exceptions'." More...

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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ProgPower XIII Band Announcement Video Posted

ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:

ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:

Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Primordial (Ireland)
Redemption (USA)
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:

Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)

(+ USA Debut)

Tickets are now on sale at this location.

Check out the announcement video here:

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More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII 2012

ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:

Friday:

Epica (Headliner)
Redemption
Primordial
Serenity
Solution .45
Kingcrow
Sinbreed

Saturday:

Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mayan
Mystic Prophecy
Amaranthe
Lanfear
Above Symmetry

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Pretty Maids Announces New Bassist

Pretty Maids has checked in with the following update about recruiting a new bass player after parting ways with Kenn Jackson:

"Pretty Maids has announced their new bass player, Hal Patino (King Diamond). Hal Patino has been a friend of the band since the eighties, and is familiar with the sound, style and history of the band, and was therefore a natural choice to take the spot as the new bass player.

"Hal Patino will play his first gig with Pretty Maids on Saturday the 8th of May in Aalborg (DK), and we welcome Hal onboard, and hope you all will give him a good reception on the upcoming Pandemonium tour. And, oh yeah... 10 DAYS!"

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Pretty Maids Parts With Bassist

Danish hard rock / metal outfit Pretty Maids has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Kenn Jackson:

"Pretty Maids have parted company with bass player Kenn Jackson. Pretty Maids would like to thank Kenn for his 19 year long contribution and we wish him all the best of luck in the future. A replacement will be announced soon."

The upcoming Pretty Maids tour dates are as follows:

5/8 2010 Rock Premiere Ålborg – Skovdalen (DK)
5/28 2010 Rockstad: Falun Falun (Sweden)
5/29 2010 Jelling Musikfestival Jelling (DK)
8/7 2010 Alcatraz Metal Festival BE
8/27 2010 Amager Bio Copenhagen (DK)
10/30 2010 Rockalies Saint Martin De Fontenay (FR)
10/31 2010 Firefest UK
11/19 2010 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona (ES)
11/20 2010 La Riviera Madrid (ES)
11/21 2010 Rockstar Live Barakaldo (ES)

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Pretty Maids Begins Work On New Album

Danish hard rock band PRETTY MAIDS is will enter the studio in January to begin recording their new studio album for a late spring/early summer release on Frontiers Records.

PRETTY MAIDS' last album, entitled "Wake Up To The Real World", was released in November 2006 still on Frontiers Records. Singer Ronnie Atkins stated about the CD, "The new record has all the trademarks a good PRETTY MAIDS album should have, and that's the overall combination of good melodies and strong guitar riffs. But the key word, as far as I'm concerned, is it's gotta be melodic: whether it's the heavier and faster tracks or the more ballad/AOR-oriented kind of stuff; in other words 'good songs', and I think the album has got that!"

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Missing Tide Signs To Lion Music

Danish metal band Missing Tide, which features members from Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids, Manticora, and Kingdom Come, has signed to Lion Music. The band will be releasing their debut album, "Follow the Dreamer," on November 6th through Lion Music.

Missing Tide's lineup is as follows:

Henrik Brockmann (Royal Hunt) - Vocal
Jacob Kjaer - Guitar
Allan Tschicaja (Pretty Maids) - Drums
Kasper Gram (Manticora) - Bass

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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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Firewind Added To Hammerfall Tour

After the very successful release of the brandnew piece of iron called "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 Firewind come up with some more good news:

The band of the Greek guitar wizard Gus G. finally have another chance to perform their intense Power Metal live on stage. It starts off with a special showcase March 18th 2005 in London and continues with several support shows for HammerFall within the scope of the Icebreaker Festivals.

Here are the complete dates: More...

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