Swiss hard rock veterans KROKUS are rehearsing at full throttle for the upcoming tour dates in the living room of bassist/producer Chris Von Rohr‘s 103-year old villa.
“If a song played on low volume sounds thrilling, we know that it really will sound incredible played at a higher volume,” explains the host of this relaxed hard rock rehearsal in his living room. “The atmosphere here is perfect,” says guitarist Mandy Meyer, who has come back to the fold of the classic formation 30 years later. “Here we can arrange the sound of our guitars perfectly before we rev up the sound volume controls from two to ten.”
“At present the fun factor in our band is higher than ever,” states Fernando Von Arb, as he sweeps gently over the strings of his guitar. Vocalist Marc Storace adds: “We are very proud of the cool new songs.”
After playing a handful of smaller venues in Switzerland, starting May 2, KROKUS will perform at huge festivals throughout Europe. Asia is knocking at the door next, wanting the Swiss rockers to tour there next and America has shown interest as well. “We old dogs will rock like puppies,” promises Von Arb.
“Dirty Dynamite”, the 17th studio album from KROKUS, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 17. This marks the first time in KROKUS‘ history that the band has landed in the Top 20 of the German chart.
KROKUS has tapped Dani Löble (HELLOWEEN) to sit behind the kit for the band’s upcoming “Dirty Dynamite Tour”, which is scheduled to kick off in early May.
KROKUS‘s official video for the title track of their new album, “Dirty Dynamite”, can be seen below.
“Dirty Dynamite” was released on February 22 in Europe via Sony Music and in North America on March 5 via The End Records. The CD marks the return of KROKUS guitarist Mandy Meyer after 30 years. Sound engineer for the recording sessions was again Dennis Ward, who also recorded the band’s last album, “Hoodoo”.
KROKUS 2013 is:
Marc Storace – Vocals
Chris Von Rohr – Bass
Fernando Von Arb – Lead Guitar
Mark Kohler – Rhythm Guitar
Mandy Meyer – Guitar
Drummer Freddy Steady left KROKUS in May 2011 because he “concluded that he really wanted to play music just for fun in small clubs rather than conquering the world, playing arenas on huge stages with pyro props, etc.,” according to guitarist Fernando Von Arb.