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Stratovarius To Work On New Album in 2010

Stratovarius, who recently confirmed their appearance at Wacken 2010, will continue their European tour starting in January. The band also plans to start work on a new album in 2010. Here is a news update from the band:

"We're still in the middle of the Polaris world tour, but we do have a bit of news.

"The European summer festivals earlier this year were nice and relaxing as always, and then we embarked on a long three-month leg which covered the Far East, North and South America, and Finland. One highlight was Beijing, a place none of us in the band had played or visited before.

"Some of Lauri's video blogs from the past year are at http://www.stratovarius.com/tour.

"After a break for the holidays, the caravan will roll on in 2010, and we will do a long tour of Europe in January and February (see dates below). You can always check an up-to-date list of any upcoming dates at this address: http://www.stratovarius.com/tour.

"We have some more good news: we just confirmed to play Wacken in August 2010, which is always great fun. It's the biggest metal festival in the world, and has a great crowd, but also since there are so many bands there, you can always reconnect with many old friends backstage and in the VIP bar. This gig will mark the end of the "Polaris" would tour which spanned four continents with close to a hundred gigs. Wacken's website is at http://www.wacken.com/.

"We have finally made available the remaining stock some of the band's older merch. It's available for sale now at the 'treasure chest' on Stratovarius' official webshop at Fanzone. Some of these classic items are pretty unlikely that we will reprint, ever. The information about the old "treasure chest' merch you can find here (pdf). The main webshop with all the stock you can find at this address: http://www.fanzone.fi/stratovarius/.

"We have also confirmed an appearance on the '70,000 tons of metal' Caribbean cruise in late January, 2011. You can find details about this very nice cruise here: http://www.70000tons.com.

"We saved the best piece of good news for last: next year we will start work on a new full-length record, a follow-up to 2009's 'Polaris.'

"Best regards, happy holidays and have a great new 2010!"

Remaining confirmed tour dates are as follows:

January 7, 2010: Zeche, Bochum, Germany (Ruhrpott) Tickets
January 8, 2010: Hof ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium Tickets
January 9, 2010: Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets
January 10, 2010: Garage, London, UK
January 12, 2010: Elysee, Paris, France
January 13, 2010: Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
January 15, 2010: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
January 16, 2010: Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain (Euskadi/Basquia)
January 17, 2010: Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona, Spain (Catalunya)
January 19, 2010: Transbordeur, Lyon, France
January 20, 2010: Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland Tickets
January 21, 2010: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy Tickets
January 23, 2010: SKC, Belgrad, Serbia
January 24, 2010: Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria Tickets
January 26, 2010: Petöfi Hall, Budapest, Hungary Tickets
January 27, 2010: Szene, Vienna, Austria
January 28, 2010: PKO, Bratislava, Slovak Republic Tickets
January 29, 2010: Masters of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
January 30, 2010: Backstage, München, Germany (Bavaria) Tickets
February 1, 2010: Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany (Swabia) Tickets
February 2, 2010: Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany (Saarland) Tickets
February 3, 2010: Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany (Fischkopfia) Tickets
February 4, 2010: The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
February 6, 2010: Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden (Skåne)
February 7, 2010: Brew House, Göteborg, Sweden (Bohuslän)
February 8, 2010: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
February 9, 2010: Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden
April 10, 2010: Hellkatti, Sotkamo, Finland
July 2, 2010: Status Goes Festival, Forssa, Finland
August 7, 2010: Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
January 24, 2011: 70000 tons of metal

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