Brazil’s Stay Heavy conducted an interview with guitarist Leo Leoni of Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD after the band’s May 18 concert at HSBC Brasil in São Paulo with UNISONIC. You can now watch the chat below.
GOTTHARD‘s new album, “Firebirth”, entered the chart in the band’s home country of Switzerland at position No. 1 — the 14th time that a GOTTHARD CD has topped the Swiss chart in the group’s career so far. In addition, the album landed at No. 9 on the German Media Control chart.
“Firebirth” was released on June 1 via Nuclear Blast/Warner Music. The CD was produced at the band’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano, Switzerland, with guitarist/songwriter Leo Leoni and Paul Lani (who has previously worked with GOTTHARD on several of their earlier albums, including “G-Spot” and “Homerun”) at the helm.
“Firebirth” marks GOTTHARD‘s first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and “Down Under.”
GOTTHARD vocalist Steve Lee was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.
The “Firebirth” album cover depicts the firebird Phoenix, which symbolically rises “from the ashes to the sky” — this line expresses what each GOTTHARD fan feels and underlines the turbulent time that GOTTHARD has gone through in the past months.