The 4-day tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2014 are now down to "few left" and if you don't want to miss the Wednesday with bands like Magnum, Queensrÿche, Crowbar, Freak Kitchen etc it's time to but your ticket now!
Last four bands confirmed
Joe Bonamassa is arguably the superstar of contemporary blues rock. Since his debut in 2000 he has released ten studio albums (most recently "Driving towards the daylight" in 2012) with an eleventh one on the way. In addition there's been six live albums, not to mention the three albums he made with hard rock super group Black Country Communion. Being prolific hasn't depleted Joe's creative reserves, and his popularity just keeps on rising. His signature trait is not being mainly influenced by his American countrymen from the early days of blues, but by British 60s' and 70s' masters such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Rory Gallagher (OK, so he was Irish). Still, Americans like BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan have left their mark in Joe's sound. The end result is something very special that has made Joe Bonamassa the hottest blues man in ages. SRF will be his only Swedish appearance in 2014.
Symphonic, dramatic metal with soprano vocals. A prominent breed of hard rock, mainly thanks to pioneers Nightwish and Within Temptation. The latter Dutchmen debuted in 1997 and got their break in 2001, with the single "Ice queen" off the album "Mother Earth" (2000). The colossal choruses and Sharon den Adel's equally colossal vocals took the audience by storm and Within Temptation has become one of Europe's biggest metal bands in our time. Hit singles like "Stand my ground", "Frozen" and "Faster" are all but classics already, and the band's record sales in total exceed 3 million copies. Within Temptation's current and sixth album "Hydra" has reached #1 in six countries, Sweden included, and is quickly becoming their biggest success so far - not least in the US. And your only chance to see them live in Sweden this year, is to attend SRF.
Looking for a new favorite band in the Celtic folk punk category? Check out Sweden bases Sir Reg. The band was formed in 2009 by bona fide Irishman Brendan Sheehy (vocals, acoustic guitar) and his long-standing cohort Karin Ullvin (violin). Since then, their resumé has expanded to include three albums and touring with the Misfits, for instance. Sir Reg have always met with good reviews and their latest album "21st century losers" (2013) was nominated in the "breakthrough of the year" and "best Swedish album" categories at the Bandit Rock Awards (arguably Sweden's most influential rock radio station). If you're into Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, try Sir Reg.
Last year's hit project Rockklassiker All-Stars are back on the Rockklassiker Stage! After their success appearance last year, Swedish radio station Rockklassiker's "action reporter" Heavy is once again setting out to find guest stars to appear with the band at Sweden Rock. Who those guests are will be announced as they get confirmed during this spring. The backbone of the band will be the same as last year: Heavy (Dökött, Mimikry), Ian Haugland (Europe), Bosse Lindmark (Dalton) and Magnus Söderman (The Playboys).
More bands confirmed for Nemis Stage
Another seven bands confirmed for the Nemis Stage at Sweden Rock Festival 2014:
BEAST MAMONT EYES WIDE OPEN THE CRYSTAL CARAVAN FERAL VA!? SEASON ONE
Billy Idol, Black Stone Cherry and Pain of Salvation klara!
Queensrÿche to Sweden Rock Festival 2014. Will play Wednesday, June 4!
The "thinking man's metal" of the 80s and the progenitors of prog metal. Queensrÿche from Seattle released their first record in 1983, the universally lauded mega classic "Operation: Mindcrime" in 1988, and the chart-conquering "Empire" in 1990. Most of their later products are of a more alternative metal-like persuasion, making fans' opinion of them divided. In 2012, singer Geoff Tate was fired under spectacular circumstances, and two new Queensrÿches appeared. The version featuring the four "old" members plus singer Todd LaTorre (ex-Crimson Glory) went back to the Queensrÿche roots, to the delight of nostalgic fans. The album "Queensrÿche" (2013) became the band's most popular release in years. Now their new singer will get to prove his value in front of a crowd that truly love their Queensrÿche - the crowd at SRF.
Avatarium to Sweden Rock 2014
Leif Edling is the doom metal king of Sweden. As bassist and leader of Candlemass he's one of the most influental Swedish metal musicians ever, and in addition his resumé includes Krux, Nemesis and Abstrakt Algebra. His new band Avatarium is unmistakably him, but at the same time more strongly influenced by 70s' hard rock. The amazing, blues-influenced singer Jennie-Ann Smith is aslo a key ingredient in the distinct Avatarium sound. Along with guitarist Marcus Jidell (ex-Royal Hunt, Evergrey), drummer Lars Sköld (Tiamat) and keyboardist Carl Westholm (Krux, Candlemass), they released their lauded debut "Avatarium" in 2013. In 2014 they will be seducing doom metal lovers from the stage as well.
Tesla and Danger Danger to Sweden Rock!
The late 80s melodic hard rock scene was dominated by hair metal and glam. And then there was Sacramento's Tesla, proud and brilliant defenders of traditional, blues-based songwriting. Their first four records, released 1986-91, were great successes and spawned such classics as "Love song", "The way it is", "Signs" and "Edison's medicine". Tesla split up in 1996 but returned triumphantly with the album "Into the now" in 2004. As this is being written the band is working on their seventh studio album, that with any luck will be available in good time prior to SRF.
Casual viewers mistook them for a generic hair metal band. However, Danger Danger from New York were world class musicians and the albums "Danger Danger" (1989) and "Screw it" (1991) have acquired legendary status. Songs like "Naughty naughty", "Bang bang" and "I still think about you" won many fans even at their time of release, but then the band's career was undermined by new musical trends and internal turmoil. In 2004 they reunited with original singer Ted Poley and appeared at SRF - a concert that is often mentioned as one of the most classic in the festival's history. Many have yearned for Danger Danger's return to SRF. That time is now upon us.
Canned Heat to Sweden Rock!
In the US of the late 60s, the hippy era if you will, Canned Heat were one of the major rock bands. Their recipe of success was based on the most traditional of blues sounds with some psychedelic rock vibes on top. Around this time, Canned Heat appeared at the legendary Monterey and Woodstock festivals and had big hits like "Going up the country" and "On the road again". Over the years the band has endured a lot of hardships and several members have moved on to the big jamsession in the sky. Canned Heat's cult status remains intact, however, and these days the flame is being carried on by veteran members Fito de la Parra (drums), Larry Taylor (bass, vocals, guitar) and Harvey Mandel (guitar), joined by Dale Spalding (guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals).
Heaven's Basement confirmed!
Tough rock'n'rollers Heaveb's Basement formed in 2008 and opened for Bon Jovi even before their debut EP was released. Through years of relentless touring the band cultivated a large fanbase in their native Britain. 2012 saw the arrival of single "Fire, fire", followed by debut album "Filthy empire" in February 2013. Both were very well received on the international market and also met with great reviews. The album has since produced follow-up singles "Nothing left to lose" and "I am electric". With a brand of rock both modern and timelessly gritty, Heaven's Basement are currently one of the hottest bands around.
Kvelertak till Sweden Rock!
Kvelertak (stranglehold in Norwegian) is currently one of the hottest metal acts in Scandinavia. The six-piece featuring three guitarists play a remarkable hybrid of heavy metal, punk, black metal and rock'n'roll - and with Norwegian lyrics. Their debut "Kvelertak" (2010) went gold in Norway and also achieved international recognition. James Hetfield of Metallica is one self-proclaimed fan of the band, and not least their singer Erlend Hjelvik. The second album "Meir" (2013) went to #1 in Norway and met with success all over Europe.
Pretty Maids confirmed!
Since their beginnings in 1981, Pretty Maids have stuck to their own thing: traditional, melodic hard rock bordering on heavy metal. This has given them a very devoted fanbase and a position as one of Scandinavia's most legendary hard rock bands. The first golden age of Pretty Maids is the mid-80s and the albums "Red hot and heavy" (1984) and "Future world" (1987). Their second golden age would actually be the present. Their two most recent albums "Pandemonium" (2010) and "Motherland" (2013) have been enthusiastically received by old and new fans alike - we're talking classic Pretty Maids, stylistically and qualitywise. Singer Ronnie Atkins, guitarist Ken Hammer and cohorts are in for an even warmer welcome than usual at SRF 2014.
Blues Pills to Sweden Rock. You got to listen to this!
A new star has appeared in the Swedish rock'n'roll heavens, in the area where the heritage of the great 60s and 70s are being preserved. Swedish/American/French constellation Blues Pills was formed in December 2011 and their debut mini album "Devil man" appeared in October 2013. The band has been praised by both critics and such prominent colleagues as Amorphis, Witchcraft and Orchid. Their sound could have come straight out of the 1967 when Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Janis Joplin and Fleetwood Mac ruled. The performance is classy, the groove is impeccable and Elin Larsson sings superbly. At times even in Swedish.
Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel to Sweden Rock 2014!
Jake E Lee is, rightly so, remembered as one of the seminal guitar heroes of the 80s. He secured his place in metal history as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist on such classic songs as "Bark at the moon", "So tired" and "Shot in the dark". Later he formed cult band Badlands with fellow luminaries Ray Gillen (RIP) on vocals and Eric Singer on drums. Now Jake makes his long awaited return with his new project Red Dragon Cartel. An album is on its way, featuring guest stars Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) and Maria Brink (In This Moment), and on their first world tour the band will make a stop at... you guessed it, SRF 2014.
Black Sabbath to Sweden Rock!
One of the biggest hard rock bands ever, and without question the most influential one. Few are the subgenres of hard rock that don't derive from Black Sabbath. The Birmingham behemoths changed the map of hard music for ever. Tony Iommi's detuned, ultra-heavy riffs, Geezer Butler's distorted, pulsating basslines, Bill Ward's explosive drumming, Ozzy Osbourne's unique, wailing vocals... The combination was totally unprecedented. In 1970-78 this lineup released eight albums, filled with dark and at times controversial classics. "Black sabbath", "Paranoid", "Iron man", "Children of the grave" and many more. After the original band broke up, Black Sabbath still kept creating stellar music, fronted by such legendary singers as Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes and Tony Martin. Still, the fans were obviously excited beyond belief when the classic lineup eventually reunited. And finally, in 2013, their comeback album "13" was released. The success actually surpassed everybody's expectations - and at this point in time, we announce Black Sabbath to SRF 2014. Which will also be the only Swedish appearance that year for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Paul DiAnno vs Blaze Bayley to Sweden Rock!
Paul DiAnno vs Blaze Bayley (UK)
SRF introduces a blissful occasion for Iron Maiden-aficionados, Wednesday June 4. Paul Di'Anno sang on the band's two first albums "Iron Maiden" (1980) and "Killers" (1981) - heavy metal history in spades. He has since moved on to such acts as Praying Mantis and Killers. Blaze Bayley, in turn, was drafted from Wolfsbane to front Iron Maiden in the 90s, more specifically on the dark and ominous-sounding "The x factor" (1995) and "Virtual XI" (1998). He is nowadays a highly respected solo artist. This concert, featuring the two Iron Maiden singers on the same stage, will be the first of its kind in Scandinavia - and the last. Paul Di'Anno has announced his retirement from music after 2014, making this SRF event his farewell to his Nordic fans. Another reason for every trur Iron Maiden-fan to be there to salute two bona fide heavy metal heroes.
Confirmed dates updated
We can now confirm day for the two last bands. Q5 will play Friday, June 6 and Cloven Hoof will play Thursday, June 5. Besides that, Vdelli have moved to Wednesday June 4 and The Hawkins to Saturday June 7.
Ted Nugent to Sweden Rock. This will be his only show in Europe 2014!
He had his first hit, "Journey to the center of the mind", as a member of the Amboy Dukes in 1968. 1975 marked his official debut as a solo artist. Today, Ted Nugent is a long established icon in American hard rock history. He's one of the major guitar heroes. Songs like "Stranglehold", "Motor city madhouse", "Dog eat dog" and "Cat scratch fever" are classics and perennial faves with fans of fat and groove-based rock. To date, Ted Nugent has sold around 30 million albums and made way over 6 000 concerts. In 2014 he returns to SRF, teamed up with his classic vocalist/rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Greg Smith (ex-Alice Cooper, Rainbow) and drummer Mick Brown (ex-Dokken) - which will also be his one and only European performance this year.
Madam X and Skillet confirmed to play Sweden Rock Festival 2014!
MADAM X (US)
Madam X was part of the 80s' spectacular glam metal scene, spearheaded by Mötley Crüe, WASP and Twisted Sister. However, Madam X released only one album, "We reserve the right" (1984). This on the other hand became a favorite among metalheads, not least in Sweden where the single "High in highschool" is hailed as a classic. Madam X consisted of two guys and two girls, and their imahe was highly sexual, bordering (sometimes entering) the pornographic. Now the band is reuinited, featuring all the original four: singer Bret Kaiser, bassist Chris "Godzilla" Doliber and sisters Maxine and Roxy Petrucci (Vixen) on guitar and drums respectively. This will be Madam X' debut in the Sweden where they have semi-mythological status - yet another piece of SRF history.
Skillet from Memphis formed in 1996 and is now a successful and established band in the American market. The band have released eight studio albums and received a platinum award for their second most recent, "Awake" (2009). Their sound was originally very grunge-influenced and has since expanded to include, for instance, alternative metal and nu metal. The members' Christian belifes are an important influence on their lyrics and image. Singer/bassist John Cooper is the mainstay in Skillet, and his wife Korey (guitar, keyboards), complete the frontduo of the hard working live act that is Skillet.
Foghat and Flotsam & Jetsam to Sweden Rock!
In 1970, three quarters of blues rockers Savoy Brown departed together. The following year, the three formed Foghat, which in turn became one of the biggest heavy blues rock bands of the 70s. In 1972-79, they released eight studio albums, a blockbuster live album and numerous hit singles, including "Slow ride", "Fool for the city" and "Drivin' wheel". To this day Foghat maintain their blues- and boogie roots, on stage and on record. Two of the classic members have passed away, so today drummer Roger Earl and bassist Craig MacGregor get admirable assistance from guitarist Bryan Bassett (ex-Molly Hatchet) and masterful vocalist Charlie Huhn (ex-Ted Nugent, Gary Moore).
FLOTSAM & JETSAM (US)
In 1986, Phoenix' Flotsam And Jetsam debuted with "Doomsday for deceiver", an album that caused a sensation with thrash metal-fans. After bassist Jason Newsted departed to a certain Metallica, Flotsam And Jetsam released their next album "No place for disgrace" (1988). Henceforth the band's sound developed into more progressive heavy metal, but their two first albums remains the thrash crowds' favorites. In 2014, the Flotsam And Jetsam lineup that created "No place for disgrace" is back. The band has re-recorded the now highly collectable album and will play in Sweden for the very first time at SRF. Guess which era of their history that the setlist will be based on?
Lynch Mob and Backstreet Girls confirmed to play June 4!
Lynch Mob (US)
George Lynch was a member of Dokken in the 80s and is one of the most famous guitarists of that era. In 1989 he left Dokken to form his own band Lynch Mob. These in turn created two albums of well-crafted melodic hard rock, "Wicked sensation" (1990) and "Lynch Mob" (1992). Lynch Mob folded in 1994 but George has resurrected the band on several occasions. At present Lynch Mob are working on their seventh studio album and are about to make their SRF debut. Their current lineup is a starstudded one: George, original vocalist Oni Logan, bassist Robbie Crane (ex-Vince Neil, Ratt) and drummer Brian Tichy (ex.Foreigner, Whitesnake and many, many more).
Backstreet Girls (Nor)
Backstreet Girls are entirely unconnected with a certain boyband of a similar name. The Norwegian ensemble has been around since 1984 and their influences bear names like Ramones and Rose Tattoo. In their homeland, Backstreet Girls are somewhat legendary after lauded albums like "Boogie til you puke" (1988), "Party on Elm Street" (1989) and "Sick my duck" (2003). 2014 marks the band's 30th anniversary. This will be celebrated by, for instance, releasing a 13th studio album and debuting at SRF. A given highpoint for you who appreciate fast-paced, groove-laden and tough rock'n'roll, spiced with boogie and punk.
The winners in our annual band competition!
We have the result in our band competition.
The three bands that got most votes and will get a spot at Sweden Rock Festival 2014 are:
THE HAWKINS - SWEDEN KINGS OF THE SUN - AUSTRALIA VDELLI - AUSTRALIA
And our WILD CARD goes to:
RIOT HORSE - SWEDEN
We like to thank all the band that participated and all of you who voted for your band!
There is a great future for rock music out there!
1-day tickets released!
The 1-day tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2014 are now released. 1-day tickets will only be available in a limited number.
Bombus (S), The Rainmakers (US), Turisas (FIN), Royal Republic (S) and Black Trip (S) Confirmed!
Ammotrack confirmed for Nemis Stage (New Music In Sweden)
Swedish Ammotrack released their second album "Come die with us" in 2011 and it was rewarded with 9/10 points in the big Swedish web zine Rocknytt and the album was a success much because of the single "Living like an angel". Ammotrack will compete in the Swedish leg of Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song "Raise your hands", written by Ammotrack singer Mikael de Bruin tillsammans med Jari Kujansuu, Thomas "Plec" Johansson och Kalle Kindbom. In March the band will release their new album and head out on a Scandinavian tour that will have one stop at the Nemis Stage at Sweden Rock Festival 2014!
Winers of a bass signed by At The Gates and a guitar signed by Devin Townsend!
Alexander Ljungberg, Kristianstad - At The Gates
Mia Hult, Örebro - Devin Townsend
Volbeat to Sweden Rock!
Danes Volbeat have, among many other things, made two important points. Originality pays off, and even in our times an artist can still become really, really big.
In their native country, Volbeat made it big even with their debut "The strength/The sound/The songs" (2005). Since then, their career has not suffered one commercial setback. Each consecutive album - "Rock the rebel/Metal the Devil" (2007), "Guitar gangsters & Cadillac blood" (2008), "Beyond hell/Above heaven" (2010) an "Outlaw gentlemen & shady ladies" (2013) - has outsold its predecessor. Today, Volbeat are big on both sides of the Atlantic and boast arena status in Europe.
So what's their secret? Firstly, their musical recipe is ingenious and palatable - Johnny Cash meets Metallica, with all kinds of spicings from groove-based rock and brutal metal. Secondly, main man Michael Poulsen (ex-Dominus) is both a great songwriter and a brilliant frontman with a great knack for keeping a crowd spellbound. The SRF audience, who has long watched the band grow, is very aware of this - and in the SRF 2014 website poll Volbeat is the fourth most wanted band (beaten only by the giants AC/DC, Metallica and Iron Maiden). Many must have predicted it, now it will happen. Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano (ex-Anthrax), bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen are one of the main attractions at SRF 2014, as superstars of the present and the future.
Freak Kitchen finally back at Sweden Rock!
Van Halen on laughing gas. There's an attempt, however feeble, to summarize Swedish eccentrics Freak Kitchen. Their sound blends shrewd melodies, manic progressiveness and crazy mixtures of styles, from pop to jazz to world music. Their lyrics are porne to tackle clever topics with a twisted sense of humor. However, there's method to the madmess of singer/ingenious guitarist Mattias "Ia" Eklundh and Freak Kitchen have achieevd cult status since their 1994 debut. Their eighth studio album "Cooking with pagans" is due in early 2014, months before one of Sweden's arguably most celebrated live bands return to SRF.
We regret to inform you that there will be no Phenomena concert at Sweden Rock Festival 2014.
Our contract for Phenomena's appearance at Sweden Rock, which was signed by the person who sold us the show, clearly states that a specific line up would be participating. Unfortunately it has come to our knowledge that, contrary to our what we were previously lead to believe, no deals between the Phenomena representative and some of these specific artists were ever finalized, and a couple of these key performers have let us know that they will not be able to participate. We have also been made aware that two different parties are claiming to own the rights to the name Phenomena, and that the person who signed the deal with us may not have had the right to do so. In the light of all this, we have decided to cancel the Phenomena concert.
We deeply regret having to make this decision, but we feel that these musicians are such a vital part of this project that it would not be right to our audience to let the show go on without them.
If a Phenomena live show with a relevant cast, that can be verified independently by all parties involved, is put together in the future, we will naturally do what we can to give our audience the chance to see Phenomena then instead.
T.N.T. with Tony Harnell back behind the microphone to Sweden Rock!
Black metal is all good and well, but in the 80s it was the melodic TNT who were the metal kings of Norway. The band's most prominent characteristics included the voice of Tony Harnell, seemingly capable of hitting any note with ease, and the neck-breaking, neo-classically tinted guitar playing of Ronni Le Tekrø. TNT reached international success with the albums "Knights of the new thunder" (1984), "Tell no tales" (1987) and "Intuition" (1989), featuring such classics as "Seven seas", "Everyone's a star", "10 000 lovers" and "Caught between the tigers". Following Tony Harnell's departure in 2006, TNT fortunately acquired an equally great replacement, Tony Mills (ex-Shy). He in turn announced his departure in August 2013, followed by the news of Tony Harnell's return in October. To the delight of TNT fans far and wide.
Dark Angel to Sweden Rock. Only show in Scandinavia!
Faster, harder, more intricate. In short, Dark Angel's koncept for thrash metal equals "extra everything". In 1985-91 this L.A. outfit released four studio albums, the three most recent being historical milestones of thrash: "Darkness descends" (1986), "Leave scars" (1989) and "Time does not heal" (1991). The band split up in 1992 and ever since, their reunion has been high on the wishlists of young and old thrash lovers alike. Now, after a multitude of hiccups, singer Ron Rinehart, guitarists Jim Durkin and Eric Meyer, bassist Mike Gonzales and drum legend Gene Hoglan are back. I.e. the "Leave scars"-lineup - the most successful Dark Angel incarnation of all. No thrash enthusiast could wish for a more exclusive SRF debut. Only show in Scandinavia! Only show in Scandinavia!
Death SS confirmed!
Just so we're clear: the name "Death SS" has no connection with Nazism but is an abbreviation for "In Death Of Steve Sylvester" - the latter being the band's founder and singer. Death SS is without question Italy's most legendary metal band and pioneers of shock rock. Theatrical costumes, occultism and horror movies are buliding blocks of the band's image. Their music was, at the time of their debut "In death of Steve Sylvester" in 1988, a melting pot of virtually every metal subgenre invented at the time. Further along, Gothic and industrial ingredients were added to the mix, while the unique "scary" atmosphere of Death SS was maintained. In 2013 the band released their first studio album in six years, "Resurrection", and in 2014 they will make their SRF debut. A theatrical and luxurious stage show is guaranteed.
Rob Zombie confirmed to play Sweden Rock Festival 2014!
Rob Zombie (US)
Admittedly, it wasn't so long ago that this shock/industrial rock icon graced SRF with his presence. But firstly, that show was such a tremendous success, and secondly, it had to be executed with a reduced stage show since the stage set got stuck in Finland. So by popular demand, we bring back Rob Zombie to perform in front of the SRF crowd with his entire stage show. In atmospheric darkness as well. Would you like to dedicate your entire Thursday evening to shock rock? If so,we recommend you to go directly from Rob's performance - the final one at Rock Stage for the day - to the Festival Stage where his old touring companion and inspiration, Alice Cooper will continue with the horror. Who knows? Maybe we will see them on stage together. Perhaps we should also mention that this will be your only chance to see Rob live in Sweden this summer.
Annihilator confirmed to play Sweden Rock!
Melodic thrash metal with progressive overtones. That's one way to summarize Annihilator, one of the most legendary names in Canadian metal. The band, centered around phenomenal guitarist Jeff Waters, caused a sensation with their first two albums "Alison hell" (1989) and "Never, neverland" (1990). The 90s were tougher on them, due to a changed musical climate and countless lineup changes. But Annihilator rode the storm out, to enter a new golden age from "Criteria of a black widow" in 1999. The year 2003 also saw them reach stability, with singer/guitarist Dave Padden becoming Waters' sideman. To date Annihilator have released fourteen studio albums - most recently "Feast" (2013) - and sold two million records.