There are no live shows planned for 2013, but the Band will return on stage in Feb. / March 2014 !
Axel Rudi Pell - Official Site
"CIRCLE OF THE OATH" -
cover and tracklisting revealed!
1) THE GUILLOTINE SUITE (INTRO)
2) GHOST IN THE BLACK
3) RUN WITH THE WIND
4) BEFORE I DIE
5) CIRCLE OF THE OATH
6) FORTUNES OF WAR
7) BRIDGES TO NOWHERE
8) LIVED OUR LIVES BEFORE
9) HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS
10) WORLD OF CONFUSION
(THE MASQUERADE BALL PT. II)
All the recordings are finished now and the final touches regarding mixing and mastering will be made this week.
"Circle Of The Oath" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on March 23rd in Germany, March 26th in Europe and on March 27th in the USA/Canada, followed by the first european leg of the tour.
ADDITIONAL SHOW AT
ZECHE BOCHUM ON MAY 6th 2012 !!!
ZUSÄTZLICHE SHOW IN DER
ZECHE BOCHUM AM 6.MAI 2012 !!!
Both shows in BOCHUM ZECHE on May 4th and 5th are completely SOLD OUT, so we decided to play an additional Show on Sunday, May 6th ! Get your tickets soon !
Da die beiden Shows in der ZECHE BOCHUM am 04. und 05.Mai 2012 bereits komplett ausverkauft sind, haben wir uns dazu entschlossen, eine zusätzliche Show am Sonntag, 06.Mai zu spielen ! Sichert Euch die Tickets rechtzeitig !
Happy New Year !
The whole Band would like to wish you
and yours a merry christmas
and a happy new year 2012 !
Thank you so much for your ongoing support !
We´re very close to finish the work on our new album "CIRCLE OF THE OATH", which will be released in late March 2012, followed by the first part of the tour. The show in Bochum - Zeche May 5th is already completely sold out, so get your tickets for the other shows soon !
Also we will appear at next years ROCK OF AGES Festival in the summer. Stay tunes for more dates soon !
NEW ALBUM: CIRCLE OF THE OATH !
We´re proud to announce that Johnny, Mike ,Ferdy , Volker and Axel will enter the studio in late November with Engineer and Co-Producer Charlie Bauerfeind, to record the next studio album, titled "Circle Of The Oath", 2 years after it´s successful predecessor "The Crest". Axel: "I´m more than excited ! I just finished the songwriting for all 10 songs including the compulsory Intro and will concentrate on completing the lyrics in the next couple of days. This will be a hell of a record and you won´t be disappointed ! It will have everything you expect from a true ARP record with all it´s magical moments and a few surprises... !"
"Circle Of The Oath" will be released by SPV in late March 2012, followed by the first leg of the tour. Stay tuned for more Info soon !
DMAX Rockinvasion TV: Watch me at home, see my office, my guitars,my working and writing place and my Party room, the "Black Knight Bar"! LONGER online version (12 min.) - German language Have fun !!!
THE BALLADS IV HITS THE CHARTS
in the first week of it´s release:
GERMANY at # 29
Switzerland at # 53
Norway at # 65
Thanks to all who bought the album and supported us, YOU ROCK !!!
We got a lot of requests from Internet Radio stations, who would like to make a special about Axel Rudi Pell and are asking for permisssion to play more then 3 tracks. We CANNNOT give any permisssion for that, sorry ! Please follow the GEMA and GVL rules, thanks for understanding.
Here are 2 pictures for you to download in Hi-Res format. Print it out and try to let the Band sign it on the next tour ! The presales for the first part of the 2012 tour are already seling fast, so make sure you´ll get your ticket in time ! Tour Info: The following tour will support the next studio album and not the Ballads IV release, as reported somewhere else, so stay tuned for a Rock show !
Here are the dates for the first
part of the 2012 Tour:
April 20 - (D) HANNOVER / Capitol
April 21 - (NL) WEERT / De Bosuil
April 22 - (GB) LONDON / Underworld
April 24 - (D) LANGEN / Neue Stadthalle Langen
April 25 - (D) SAARBRÜCKEN / Garage
April 27 - (D) NÜRNBERG / Hirsch
April 28 - (D) KAUFBEUREN / All-Karthalle
April 29 - (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
May 1 - (D) ERFURT / HsD
May 2 - (D) BERLIN / Columbia Club
May 4 - (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
May 5 - (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
August 02 - August 04: WACKEN OPEN AIR
The Band will also appear on some Festivals in the summer. Don´t worry if you don´t see any dates near you, the tour will be continued in the fall of 2012 !
4 Crossfire 5:22
5 Touching My Soul 6:32
6 Emotional Echoes 5:07
7 Riding On An Arrow 5:55
8 Tales Of The Crown 8:21
9 Buried Alive 5:43
10 Northern Lights 6:22
THE BALLADS IV - BIG ANNOUNCEMENT !
So finally here we go with all the Infos for the release of "The Ballads IV":
Another 7 years passed by after the release of the “The Ballads III”. Seven years of writing, recording and collecting even more emotional and melancholic songs. To keep our tradition, we decided to record 3 brand new tracks for this ballad compilation. Here is a short introduction to every new song in the specific running order:
1) WHERE THE WILD WATERS FLOW - My own composition in the true ARP ballad style. This song is not about love, it has a more mysterious content and it captures the long and hopeless journey of human beings trying to get away from some dark mights. One can apply this to many different thoughts and situations nowadays. I definitely think that this song is one of the strongest ballads I´ve ever written with a hookline that will stick to everyone´s ears !
2) HOLY DIVER - As everybody knows, my soul mate and friend Ronnie James Dio sadly passed away last year. It was very clear to me using one of his songs to pay him tribute. It had to be a song, which was very easy recognizable as one of his tunes and therefore I picked “Holy Diver”as the ultimate choice. Of course the original track isn´t a ballad, so I decided to re-arrange the song completely and we made a Piano version out of it, featuring some Orchestra strings, a Cello and a clean and melodic guitar solo. Johnny gave his very best vocal performance and after the track was finished, there were lots of tears in many eyes
3) HALLELUJAH - At least one of the best ballads around. Originally written and released by Leonard Cohen in 1984, it wasn´t his version giving me the idea to cover this tune. Actually it was all the good and bad performances of some TV casting show participants, who gave me the real kick to create one of the, hopefully, ultimate versions of this song. We recorded a children´s choir for this, which fits perfectly to Johnny´s emotional and soulful voice. There are 2 different versions of this track: the CD album version which features a slightly wilder guitar solo and the “Single” (and downloadable) version which features a calmer guitar solo.
The Tracklisting of “THE BALLADS IV”:
1) WHERE THE WILD WATERS FLOW
2) HOLY DIVER
4) NORTHERN LIGHTS
5) NOBLESSE OBLIGE (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile)
6) LOVE GUN
7) GLORY NIGHT
8) IN THE AIR TONIGHT
9) TOUCHING MY SOUL
10) LIKE A CHILD AGAIN
11) NO CHANCE TO LIVE
12) HAUNTED CASTLE SERENADE (Opus #4 Grazioso E Agresso)
13) THE CURSE OF THE DAMNED
Release dates: September 23rd - Germany, September 26th - Europe, September 27th -- USA
The band will shoot a video clip for the single version of HALLELUJAH in July. Stay tuned for some news and photos from the shooting !
A special package including the "The Ballads IV" album CD plus the single CD of "Hallelujah" will be avalable at EMP Mailorder exclusively. www.emp.de The single will contain 3 tracks: 1) Hallelujah (Album Version), 2) Hallelujah (Single Version), 3) Glory Night. Stay tuned for the Artwork of the single very soon !
The work on "THE BALLADS IV" is done completely
Everything went very smooth, we had lots of fun doing it and we are more than happy with the final result !!!. In a few days we´ll be posting the tracklist and the cover artwork here... so stay tuned !
THE BALLADS IV
The Band will be in the studio in May to record 3 new songs for the upcoming "The Ballads IV" album, which will be released on September 23rd (Germany), September 26th (Europe) and September 27th (USA). It will feature 13 songs.
The 3 new somgs will be 2 cover versions and 1 brandnew written ARP composition. Stay tuned for more news !
Here are the last dates of the "The Crest" Tour:
July 14th 2011 - Bang Your Head Festival (Pre Festival headlining Indoor Show ! )
July 15th 2011 - Osnabrück - Hydepark
July 16th 2011 - Kerkrade (NL) - Rodahalle ~ Special Guest for WHITESNAKE
Thanks to all the fans who came and saw us playing in January and February ! We really had a blast !!!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody !
We would like to thank you for your support and are looking forward to see you on the road in 2011 !
There is a big chance that the band will play a show in MOSCOW in January, we´ll keep you informed at the beginning of January, so stay tuned, also the pre-sales of the upcoming tour are very high already, so get your tickets very soon !
OUT TODAY !
The Deluxe Edition of THE CREST is out TODAY in Germany and will be released on next MONDAY in Europe !
AXEL MET JON LORD AND DOOGIE WHITE
Axel attended the "An evening with Jon Lord" show on November 15th at the Philharmonie in Essen, Germany and met Mr. Jon Lord and Doogie White after the show.
THE CREST DELUXE EDITION
During our last shows I extended the guitar solo of the epic track “Dreaming Dead” and it was very well received by the audience. So as the idea came up from SPV, to release some kind of a “Special Edition” of “The Crest”, I entered the studio in September to record the “extended guitar solo” for “Dreaming Dead”. I think this new longer version makes this song, which is one of my favorites, even more epic and I really think that you´ll be more than satisfied too.
Also a lot of people kept on asking for another Live album, so we decided to give this bonus on Disk 2 to you in form of the audio files from our last DVD “One Night Live”, which was recorded at the “Rock OF Ages” Festival in July 2009.
This new release will be a Digipack with a larger 24 page booklet and includes new photos too. It will be released by SPV on NOVEMBER 19th in Germany and NOVEMBER 22nd in Europe.
MONEY RAISED FOR THE RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND
The sum of € 8,200 (about $ 10,000) was raised during the "A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio" concert on July 12th, where Axel played 3 tracks ("Mistreated", "Still I´m Sad" and "The Temple Of The King") with ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White backed by Ferdy Doernberg on Keys, Volker Krawczak on Bass and Tim Husung on drums. A lot of other well known artists like Doro Pesch, Martin Kesici (who did an amazing version of the track "Heaven and Hell"), took part and the evening was a big success. All musicians played for free and the net income will be forwarded by "Zeche" Manager Torsten Sickert, who organized the evening, to the "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund". Thanks to all who attended the show !
LIVE AT THE MASTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL CZ
We really had a blast at our 2 summer shows playing at the MOR Festival in the Czech Republic and the "Oxygen" in Bad Endbach during July. We´re very much lookiung forward to the next part of "The Crest Tour". Hope to see you there !
THE CREST" RELEASED ON VINYL
As a lot of you already noticed.... "The Crest" is available on double Vinyl since July and contains the Live Bonus track "Snake Eyes", taken from the "Knights Live" CD.
DREAMING DEAD "LIVE"
Here´s a Live version of "Dreaming Dead", filmed at the "Zeche" on May 15th 2010. It was shot with 1 camera from the balcony so we appologize for the quality...
R.I.P. RONNIE JAMES DIO
We´re totally shocked and sad about the loss of a true legend and one of the nicest guys in the whole Music business. Our deepest condolences to Ronnie James Dio´s family and friends.
"Ronnie was and ever will be one of my heroes. I remember when he said "Axel my son, let me hug you" at the beginning of last years Heaven & Hell German Tour, where we´d been the special guests. It was such a great honor for us to open for them and we really enjoyed the tour. I met Ronnie a couple of times during the last ten years and he always was very friendly and nice to me, my wife and my band...
Ronnie... thank you so much for all your music, lyrics, inspirations and friendship, you will live on forever in my heart and in my music. Someday we will meet in Heaven or Hell..."
The Crest German Chart Entry # 22 !
"THE CREST" will enter the Official German Media Control Top 100 Album Charts at postion 22 this week ! Thanks to all the fans for their ongoing support !
TV SPOT FOR "THE CREST"
Thanks to all who mentioned that the new CD "The Crest" is already available for illegal downloading. But how stupid can someone be and post the link for that in the Guestbook ???We are aware of all those illegal download pages and platforms and we are also aware of the illegal posted songs on YouTube. YouTube is informed about the copyright violation and we will definately find out very soon who is responsible for all that illegal shit, every single computer has a specific IP number... Believe me, this guys will have a very tough time in the near future. Those guys are poor creatures who don´t understand how the business works. Everybody wants to have everything for free.... but soon they´ll find out, that there will be no music any longer. If every new Cd got stolen and offered for illegal download, nobody will get paid for it. Not the artists and not the record company ! So the next logical step will be, that no record company will pay any musicians to make a new record, because it will be available for free anyway... Think about it and blame the Muthaf*****s who are responsible for that !Respect and honor to all who will buy "The Crest" legal, you are the REAL fans, Thank you !
AXEL RUDI PELL ON BRUCE DICKINSON´S RADIO SHOW !
Iron Maiden´s Bruce Dickinson played "Too Late", a new track from our
forthcoming album "The Crest", on his BBC Radio Show ! Click here to
hear the complete show on the Internet:
Anlässlich der VÖ seines neuen Album „The Crest" trifft Uwe Lerch den Gitarrenhexer aus dem Ruhrpott in malerischen Schlosshotel Kronberg und entlockt dem schwarzen Ritter dunkle Geheimnisse. In der gediegenen Suite mit Blick über den Taunus erzählt Axel Rudi Pell alles über die neue Produktion, die bevorstehende Tour und seinen doppelten Vornamen. Das Ganze in zwei Teilen, 23./24.04.2010 jeweils ab 20:00 Uhr.
NEW LIVE PROGRAM
Recently Axel and the band worked on the setlist and the running order of the songs for the upcoming tour. "We never played so many songs of a new record "live" before, of course we´ll play some ARP classics... but: watch out for a real "very special" tune, which will surprise EVERYBODY ! Looking forward seeing you on the road, have fun !"
The show at the Zeche Bochum on May 15 is SOLD OUT now ! Get your tickets soon for the other shows ...
AXEL RUDI PELL Autogrammstunde während der Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Samstag, 27. März, am FENDER Stand (Halle 4.0 Stand EO8) 13:00 - 14:00 Uhr !
AXEL RUDI PELL signing session at the Musicfair in Frankfurt, Saturday March 27th at the FENDER booth (Halle 4.0 booth EO8) 1PM - 2PM !
PRE-LISTENING OF THE BRANDNEW TRACK "DEVIL ZONE" !!!
Here´s the complete song "Devil Zone" from the forthcoming album "The Crest" for your listening pleasure !
"It was very hard for me to pick only 1 song from our next record to give you a first listening impression, because every song has a different speed and character and all tracks are my favorites, so here we go...ENJOY!"
Axel Rudi Pell will release the brandnew studio album called "The Crest" via SPV on April 26th 2010 (Germany: April 23rd 2010). It will feature 10 brandnew songs which run approx. 57 min. "This is definately our Masterpiece so far, it has everything to become a real classic in the long ARP history ! A record packed with energy and emotions ! In a few weeks we will put one complete track on this site for your listening pleasure, so stay tuned !" Axel and the band will start their next tour in May. "We will split the tour in different sections, so the dates for MAY are only the first part. We will definately do more shows in the fall around October and a few summer dates as well"! Look at the Tourdates section !
1) PRELUDE OF DOOM (INTRO)
2) TOO LATE
3) DEVIL ZONE
4) PRISONER OF LOVE
5) DREAMING DEAD
6) GLORY NIGHT
7) DARK WAVES OF THE SEA (OCEANS OF TIME PT. II: THE DARK SIDE)
8) BURNING RAIN
9) NOBLESSE OBLIGE (OPUS #5 ADAGIO CONTABILE)
10) THE END OF OUR TIME
Produced by Axel Rudi Pell. Recorded by Torsten Sickert at W:A:T: Studios Bochum. Mixed by Charlie Bauerfeind at Mi Sueno Studios, Tenerife Spain and Twilight Hall Studios, Grefrath Germany. Cover artwork by Martin McKenna.
PREVIEW of the track "Strong As A Rock" taken from the new DVD "One Night Live" ! Release dates: February 22nd 2010 (Germany February 19th), ENJOY !!!
Stay tuned for some NEWS about the new CD very soon ...
NEW DVD AND NEW ALBUM UPDATE
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ! We´re very sorry that it took so long for another News update, but the Band still´s working on the new CD. "This will be definately our masterpiece! Everybody in the band is so excited about the new songs and I really can say that it will be our best album by far. The recordings are completely finished now and Charlie Bauerfeind and I will finish the mix next week. In the meantime enjoy the new DVD called "ONE NIGHT LIVE - Live at the Rock Of Ages Festival 2009" which will be released in Germany on February 19th and in the rest of the world on February 22nd 2010. As the title says it features our complete 75 min. performance of last year´s Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany. We definately didn´t do any overdubs, so what you hear and see is what really happened that night, with all the mistakes and "blue" notes ! But that´s Liv(f)e !!!"
Stay tuned for some more info on the next studio album soon!
DVD COMING, STUDIO RECORDING SOON
"I´m still in the process of getting the finishing touches to the new songs. We will be in the studio for the recordings starting at the end of November. All I can say is that I´m damn proud of the new material, a few of the best songs I ever wrote.
There will be a new DVD coming out this year, called "ONE NIGHT LIVE" and will feature our complete performance of this years´s "Rock Of Ages" Festival. Stay tuned for the cover and the release date very soon."