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Gotthard Will Play Sweden Rock Festival

Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments3 Comments

Gotthard has a new singer now... and the band has just announced a slot at the 2012 Sweden Rock festival. It has dawned on me that Gotthard would be yet another great band to play M3. Maybe the promoters of M3 are reading my site and taking hints? 

Anyway, here's the Sweden Rock announcement.

1992 seemed like the worst possible year to be a traditional, melodic hard-rock debutante. Still, Swiss band Gotthard were an instant and tremendous success. From their second album ”Dial hard” (1994) and onwards, all their records hit the #1-spot – all in all eleven (!) of them. After over a million albums sold domestically, it was obviously time to look abroad, including memorable appearances at SRF. Everything was brought to an abrupt and tragic halt in October 2010, when singer Steve Lee died in a traffic accident. The support of their fans and the blessing of Steve’s parents encouraged the surviving members to continue. After auditioning a multitude of candidates, Nic Maeder has been chosen to take Gotthard into the future. A new album will be released this spring, and SRF 2012 represents a cherished reunion for band and fans alike – the new Gotthard’s first appearance on Swedish soil.

Around 70 bands will perform on our 5 stages next summer. The following bands have been confirmed so far:

MÖTLEY CRÜE
SOUNDGARDEN
LYNYRD SKYNYRD
MOTÖRHEAD
SEBASTIAN BACH
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
DIMMU BORGIR
SYMPHONY X
GOTTHARD
EDGUY
GAMMA RAY
DANKO JONES
EXODUS
ELECTRIC BOYS
SLADE
TYGERS OF PAN TANG
GIRLSCHOOL
PENTAGRAM
SAINT VITUS
BONAFIDE
KATATONIA
HELL
SACRED REICH
GRAVEYARD


Reader Comments (3)

these guys are one of those bands that have a bunch of ok songs on a cd but also have some killer stuff sread out. Too bad on the the loss of there singer but im sure they will continue to be a success as they have a vast library to chose from, check the, out if you havent heard them.
December 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
Funny, I was just listening to their killer remake of Deep Purple's "Hush" (1992) on an iTunes Playlist I put together called, surprise, surprise, "Covered In Metal", which is a few hundred covers ranging from Stryper's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" to Black Veil Brides' cover of "Unholy" by Kiss, recently featured right here on Bring Back Glam!

Gotthard is another one of those bands that were signed to a major label, albeit, in their homeland of Switzerland, who then experienced tremendous success overseas but couldn't crack the U.S. market, in this case because our scene was killed off by less Rock'n'Roll genres such as Alternative, Grunge and Britpop.

I wish them continued success, especially in light of the tragedy of losing their original lead singer, Steve Lee. I wish Nic Maeder, his replacement, all the best as he carries the torch for Steve with Gotthard going forth.

AND, Geez, that's a pretty good line-up for SRF. Someday, we'll make it over there, kidz!
December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Not bad but unfortuntaley adding bands such as this will kill off M3. Nobody has heard of them and won;t come out to see them in the US
December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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