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Last Saturday Hungarian modern metal band AWS performed their anthem “Viszlát nyár” (watch the video below) at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, in Lisbon (Portugal), as only metal entry of this year’s edition.
“Our victory in the Hungarian preselection show A Dal showed that the metal scene can achieve great things when it comes together. We are grateful for all the support we got from the scene ever since we first appeared on the show” – says guitarist Bence Brucker. And support from the scene just kept on coming. A few days before the first semi-final of the contest, the organizers of Wacken Open Air festival contacted AWS and helped to get the band’s message to their massive audience. But the real surprise came only at the press conference after the semi-final performance, where the band was told that they are invited to perform at this year’s Wacken Open Air.
“This opportunity is a dream come true for us. We always fantasized about W:O:A, but never thought that we actually get the chance to play there as a band with lyrics mainly in Hungarian. But it is happening now, and we are super excited, it is a huge thing for the band, but also for each one of us as metalheads” – said singer Örs Siklósi.
So, even if AWS reached only the 21st position, the band already won with taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest. Congrats!
AWS stated, after the contest:
“We are very grateful for all the support, all the votes and for standing by and helping us.
We achieved much more than we expected, we got much more positive energy than we could have thought! Good news is: we have no time to stop! The upcoming shows, the new album and other surprises are on their way! And now we can finally get back to where we really belong: to smoky bars – back to you, where we feel good. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!“
“Lonely Planet”, a song co-written by BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi which was recently chosen as Armenia’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, placed 18th in the competition’s final, which was held this past Saturday, May 18 in Malmö, Sweden.
Iommi wrote the music and Vardan Zadoyan penned the lyrics for the track, which was performed live by DORIANS. Each year member countries submit songs to be performed live on television and radio and then votes are cast to determine the most popular track in the competition.
Iommi recently told Birmingham Mail that he was surprised when the Armenians chose “Lonely Planet” — a song he wrote more than five years ago — as their Eurovision contender.
“I was as shocked as anybody when they came knocking,” he said. “They got in touch with me because of the charity work we’ve been doing out there, building a new music school to replace one wrecked by an earthquake. They asked if I’d got any spare songs. Well, I write loads of songs and they just get put away. They lie on a shelf because either they’re not suitable for SABBATH or for another project, and never see the light of day. I searched out ‘Lonely Planet’ — it’s a bit of a power ballad — and sent it off. I was surprised when it made the shortlist and gobsmacked when the people of Armenia voted for it. With a little luck, who knows, it might win.”
Iommi and DEEP PURPLE/ex-BLACK SABBATH singer Ian Gillan have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988.
Norwegian metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN performed a version of their song “The Divine Land” with Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner Alexander Rybak last night (Saturday, January 15) as the intermission act during the first semifinal of the Norwegian national Eurovision Song Contest competition “Melodi Grand Prix”. The track, which was not part of the competition but was included in the show as an additional number, can be viewed below. Source: Blabbermouth.net