Vocalist Amanda Somerville (TRILLIUM, AVANTASIA) and guitarist Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE) – both of them members of ROCK MEETS CLASSIC – recently took part in a string of surprise shows for Germany with the live project GO MUSIC (details here). The gigs were largely improvised, with the artists on hand playing classic rock tunes.
Footage from the September 2nd gig at the OkieDokie in Neuss, Germany is available below:
Rock Meets Classic have confirmed former JOURNEY frontman Steve Augeri, MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND’s Chris Thompsom, FREE / BAD COMPANY vocalist Paul Rodgers and THE HOOTERS’ Eric Bazilian, and special guest BONNIE TYLER for the February/March run. In addition, PRIMAL FEAR drummer Randy Black has been confirmed as the man behind the kit for the tour. He joins his Primal Fear bandmates Mat Sinner (bass/master of ceremonies), Alex Beyrodt (guitars) and Ralf Scheepers (backing vocals) as part of THE MAT SINNER BAND.
Now into its fourth year, Rock Meets Classic showcases classic rock artists of the ’70s and ’80s performing their hits backed by a full-on rock band and an orchestra. Artists that have taken part in previous tours include Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE), Dan McCafferty (NAZARETH), Steve Lukather (TOTO), Lou Gramm (FOREIGNER), Chris Thompson (MANFRED MAN’S EARTH BAND) and Jimi Jamison (SURVIVOR).
The Mat Sinner Band also features TRILLIUM / AVANTASIA’s Amanda Somerville (backing vocals), Avantasia’s Oliver Hartmann (guitars), Jimmy Kresic (keyboards), Tiffany Kirkland (backing vocals), Verena Schock (backing vocals) and Sascha Krebs (´backing vocals).
Confirmed dates for the 2013 are as follows:
18 – Berlin, Germany – Max Schmeling Halle
19 – Rostock, Germany- Stadthalle
21 – Kerkrade, The Netherlands – Der Rodahal
22 – Halle/Westfalen, Germany – Gerry Weber
23 – Essen, Germany – Grugahalle
25 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
26 – Hof, Germany – Freiheitshalle
27 – Passau, Germany – Dreiländerhalle
1 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tipsport Arena
2 – Ingolstadt, Germany – Saturnarena
3 – Neu-Ulm, Germany – Ratiopharm Arena
5 – Landshut, Germany – Sparkassen-Arena
6 – München, Germany – Olympiahalle
8 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP-Arena
9 – Nürnberg, Germany – Arena
10 – Würzburg, Germany – S. Oliver Arena
11 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Saarlandhalle
13 – Stuttgart, Germany – Porsche Arena
15 – Kempten, Germany – Big Box
16 – Regensburg, Germany – Donauarena
17 – Zürich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion