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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.
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:
Symphony X (Headliner)
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!"
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)
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!"
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
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.
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.
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When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE
Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:
I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!
In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"
The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.
QUEENSRŸCHE, GAMMA RAY, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. and PRETTY MAIDS have been officially added to this year's Metal Mania festival, a 3-day event set to take place June 25-27 in Villarobledo (Albacete), Spain. The event is being headlined by a reunited JUDAS PRIEST. More info at www.metalmaniafestival.com.