I have complained many times that ticket prices have gotten way out of hand, and in 2013, I think I would consider paying higher prices, simply due to the lack of quality rock shows. Yes, there are many music festivals, and some very good ones in 2013, but I am talking about the multi-city rock tours that usually take place every summer.
When I look at the schedule for our local venue Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, there are a few rock shows. Rush, Bad Company with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Stone Cherry, and Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Uncle Cracker, Heart with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. That is it.
There are no metal acts on the summer schedule, and not enough hard rock for my tastes. I guess have been spoiled by the KISS/Motley tour, Iron Maiden & Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Poison etc. from years past. 2013 is definitely missing a major multi-band rock show. Is it time for a promoter to start-up another Rock Never Stops or Monsters of Rock tour? I think so!
There is a great void on the summer tour schedule this year. No KISS, No Aerosmith, No Def Leppard, No AC/DC on the summer bills. Nickelback is nowhere to be seen, and Metallica is missing in action too. It seems like all of the major rock acts are taking the year off (at least in the U.S. anyways).
I am grateful for festivals like M3 where I can get two fantastic days of rock, but I don’t want this to be my last live rock experience of 2012 either. Bring on the rock shows!!!
The walls are shaking. KROKUS rehearse at full throttle in the living room of bassist/producer Chris von Rohr’s 103-year old villa for the upcoming tour dates.
“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 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,” says 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 a handful of smaller venues in Switzerland, starting May 2nd, KROKUS are scheduled to play huge festivals throughout Europe (see Krokus Tour dates here). 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.