30 years after his departure from KROKUS, guitarist Mandy Meyer has now officially returned.
Founder Chris Von Rohr and Fernando Von Arb are thrilled to have him back in the fold. Fernando adds: “Now the Krokus family is complete again”.
Mandy Meyer replaced original guitarist Tommy Kiefer (RIP) for the remainder of 1980’s Metal Rendez-Vous tour and 1981’s Hardware tour. And witnessed the growing popularity of Krokus worldwide including the band’s first US tour. Those two albums sold millions of copies around the world.
Mandy left Krokus and moved at the tender age of 22 years old to Los Angeles to pursue his musical dreams. And it worked out pretty good, as time would tell.
In the mid-nineties Mandy moved back to Switzerland and joined GOTTHARD, another successful Swiss band. In 2004 he left that band and concentrated on his solo career. Between 2005 and 2007 he toured with Krokus in support of the Hellraiser album, which he recorded and contributed to.
In 2009, Meyer joined forces with vocalist Michael Kiske (ex-HELLOWEEN) with Dennis Ward (bass) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums) of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69 in UNISONIC.
Towards the end of 2011 Chris Von Rohr approached Mandy and asked him whether he would be game to play a couple of shows in Japan. Recalls Mandy: “I agreed in a New York minute”. The concerts proved to be totally successful. “And we got along great, it was as if time stood still,” reminisces Mandy.
Chris Von Rohr along with vocalist Marc Storace recently laid down bass and vocal tracks at no other than London’s Abbey Road Studios for the band’s 17th album, Dirty Dynamite. Coincidentally, THE BEATLES, the band who made this studio famous are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Sound engineer for the recording sessions is again Dennis Ward, who also recorded our last album Hoodoo.
Chris Von Rohr promises: “The new songs sound like dirty dynamite: pure, dirty, in your face hard rock with a touch of blues.”
Adds Marc Storace: “We’ve been taking the time it needs writing for our next rock album and we guarantee that it definitely will contain no fillers!”
Krokus 2012 is:
Marc Storace – vocals
Chris Von Rohr – bass
Fernando Von Arb – lead guitar
Mark Kohler – rhythm guitar
Mandy Meyer – guitar