Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently interviewed longtime Krokus frontman Marc (The Voice) Storace. Strorace spoke about his new solo album coming out Dec 8 2021, his upcoming documentary and he also gave an update on the status of Krokus.
How did the new solo album come about?
“I feel in a hole of lockdown Covid boredom, so I said I am going to get creative, I opened my drawer and I had a pile of lyrics and Ideas and I thought I had enough material for something. I needed a guitar player. ‘Live and Let Live’ was written with this guitar player that was a neighbour of mine and I used to go over to his place which was a little studio and we spent hours writing songs. We came out with about 20 of them. I’m not trying to be like Krokus at all. “
Tell us about the musical direction of your solo album
‘It’s Energetic, heavy melodic hard rock. There are also a couple of ballads, then there is something out of the ordinary, a blues song and the last song (should be), is quite acoustical and lighthearted. Now I am nervous and excited for the release date for the 8th of December and we are also doing our first gig at The Mascotte in Zürich, Switzerland. Plus on May 21 2022 we are opening up for the Scorpions in Zurich.”
Tell us about your relationship with the Scorpions over the years
“Scorpions and I go back to the days when they produced some of their early works from the days of Rock You Like a Hurricane with Dieter Dierks in Cologne Germany.
In those days I was in the band Tea. Dieter signed Tea up as a kind of experimental guinea pig to use his new gadgets and effects and so on. It was a great experience and it was like my first step into the professional world of music. We opened for the Scorpions and I also opened for them in Krokus a couple of times.”
Is the Krokus farewell Tour really the end ?
“Apparently it’s quite serious with Krokus actually with some members anyway. I’m not one of those and I think Chris von Rohr isn’t one of them either. We owe the other side of the pond a tour. We also have to do Mexico and Canada, I hope we can do it, Now that I have been working on my solo stuff I’m going to do a load of gigs here and the USA is calling for me for a few gigs as well. So if i don’t come over with Krokus I am going to be over by myself maybe by next Autumn. Hopefully then Krokus will follow suit in 2023. It would be nice. “
What stage are you at on the upcoming Marc Storace Documentary
“I got this documentary I am working on which is so far behind unfortunately due to Covid. The idea was to follow my old footsteps, Malta then London (Easy Money band) and the bands I was in and then come to Switzerland , then TEA, the Krokus thing tell some stories and have some guests and so on. This is where we are at right now. We had a release date but it changed because of Covid and got pushed out. In the meantime the director got involved with my solo project and he already did the first trailer with the intro of the song ‘Live and let live’ on it and a couple of days ago we shot the first video for the solo album. Which is a video of the song Live and let Live. “
Possibility of Krokus putting out a new album?
“I love doing the studio stuff but I don’t know who knows what is going to happen. One thing is for sure is Fernando von Arb will not and cannot take the flight over the big pond he doesn’t want to do the big tour thing. At the most he will do the short flights we have in Europe or take the train. he loves playing, he loves going on stage.”