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).
Bands announced so far out of a total of 80!
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.
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.
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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.