ARTISTS 2019

KISS US
From their first make-up period 1973-83, to their unmasked period in 1983-96, and finally their second and still ongoing make-up period. Through all these years and eras, Kiss remains one of the biggest and most renowned bands in rock. Now, however, they have declared that their fantastic story is coming to an end. "One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour" is to be the band's swan song and in 2019 said farewell tour arrives at SRF. An out of this world show is guaranteed as always from Messrs. Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Catman, a.k.a. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Not to mention immortal songs like "Detroit Rock City", "Rock and roll all nite", "Love gun" and "Shout it out loud", now to soar through the SRF night one last time. A historical event, not to be missed.
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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow UK/SP
The Rainbow story begins in 1975, when one of the world's biggest guitar heroes Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for a new project. Until 1984 Rainbow is a waterhole for some of the greatest musicians in hard rock, releasing seven studio albums packed with classics like "Man on the silver mountain", "Stargazer", "Long live rock'n'roll" and "Since you been gone". 1993-97 sees another round and another album, after which Ritchie changes direction with folk project Blackmore's Night, ending Rainbow. Until 2015, when Ritchie re-awakens the titan once more, bringing the likes of Swedish keyboard king Jens Johansson and Spanish killer vocalist Ronnie Romero into the folk. In 2018 new song "Waiting for the sign" is released, and 2019 sees Rainbow's highly anticipated SRF debut for one of only four select European concerts this season.
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Def Leppard UK/IRE
In 1977, Def Leppard were the wonder teens from Sheffield who spiked their hard rock with glam and glitter. Their album debut in 1980 ignited one of the greatest success stories that hard rock has ever seen. Commercially they peaked with "Pyromania" (1983) and "Hysteria" (1987), two of the best selling records of all time. However, their latest album "Def Leppard" (2015) was a feat of strength which made it clear that the band's creative spark still burns strong. Since 1992 Def leppard consists of singer Joe Elliott, guitarists Phil Collen and Viv Campbell, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen. The band has a large and devoted Swedish fanbase, and anyone who has yet to experience them live at SRF is in for a grand epiphany.
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Amon Amarth SE
Classic heavy metal with death metal vocals, or death metal with classic heavy metal riffs? Take your pick. Labeling aside, Amon Amarth have grown into one of Sweden's currently most successful metal exports, and have only got bigger with each new album since their 1998 debut. Their tenth and most recent album "Jomsviking" (2016) - the band's lyrics have been Viking-themed since the beginning - have broken all their previous sales-records and the highly anticipted follow-up is set to arrive in good time before Amon Amarth's appearance at SRF 2019.
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Demons & Wizards GER/US
One of the most talked-about power metal projects ever was formed in 1998 by singer Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and guitarist Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth). After two lauded albums, "Demons & Wizards" (2000) and "Touched by the Crimson King" (2005), the project was put on ice indefinitely, since both main men were so busy. But in 2017 Schaffer announced that he was writing another Demons & Wizards album, and the summer of 2018 fans were overjoyed to hear that in 2019, the band will play live for the first time since 2000. At Wacken Open Air, ProgPower - and now, Sweden Rock Festival.
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Arch Enemy SE/CAN
In melodic death metal Arch Enemy ranks among Sweden's, and the world's top acts. The band debuted in 1996 and definitely got on the map from 2000, when Angela Gossow became the new growler. Five blockbuster albums later, Angela passed the torch on to Alissa White-Gluz in 2014. Once more a successful move - Arch Enemy's ninth and tenth albums "War eternal" (2014) and "Will to power" (2017) have become massively popular. The latter also saw Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) assuming the position of second guitarist next to band leader Michael Amott.
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Hammerfall SE
Their debut "Glory to the brave" (1997) made Swedes Hammerfall spearheads of the so called power metal movement. Subsequent releases maintained their momentum - songs like "Heeding the call", "Renegade" and "Hearts on fire" have become classics and Hammerfall recognized as one of the most important bands in Swedish hard rock history. Following a couple of slightly more experimental relases around the early 10s, the band, to the delight of their fans, returned to their roots for their most recent albums "(r)Evolution" (2014) and "Built to last" (2016).
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Krokus CH
Switzerland's possibly most legendary hard-rock band formed in 1974 and reached their commercial peak in the early 80s, with albums like "Metal rendez-vous" (1980) and "Headhunter" (1983) and songs like "Bedside radio", "Long stick goes boom" and "Screaming in the night". Krokus have mostly maintained their patented style - like a heavier AC/DC - and have regained much popularity in the new millennium. But now the end is near. 2019 sees Krokus depart on their farewell tour and SRF will be one of the venues where the fans can take a last goodbye.
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SKID ROW US/SA
In the early 90s, Skid Row from New Jersey was one of the biggest bands in metal. Their first two albums "Skid Row" (1989) and "Slave to the grind" (1991) were multi-million sellers, producing classics like "Youth gone wild", "18 and life", "I remember you" and "Monkey business". Eventually the band fell apart, reuniting in 1999 without former singer Sebastian Bach. For some time, Skid Row had some trouble forging a new identity, and finding the right singer. They succeded with the former on part 1 of the record trilogy "United world rebellion" in 2013, and with the latter when ZP Theart (ex-DragonForce) officially assumed the position of lead vocalist in 2017. The final part of the aforementioned trilogy is expected to appear in 2019.
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At The Gates SE
They were progenitors of the so-called Gothenburg sound in the mid-90s - after having already profiled themselves as one of the most original and progressive-sounding death metal bands. Following the release of their fourth, most influential album "Slaughter of the soul" (1995) At The Gates folded. But to universal delight, they reunited in 2007, and the two subsequent albums "At war with reality" (2014) and "To drink from the night itself (2018) have proven At The Gates to be not just legends, but also a band for today.
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Annihilator CAN
More than three million records sold make Annihilator one of Canada's most successful metal bands ever. Their debut "Alice in hell" (1989), a groundbreaking blend of thrash metal and progressive rhythms, gave the band instant recognition and their own musical territory. This they have successfully defended with every record since, most recently "For the demented" in 2017 (their next and seventeenth studio album is due in 2019). Jeff Waters' superlative guitar playing and distinct songwriting is the basis of the band's sound and gives it its unique character.
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Magnum UK
Their debut "Kingdom of madness" arrived in 1978, their breakthrough album "On a storyteller's night" in 1985. For all these years, Birmingham's Magnum have reliably delivered timeless, melodic hard-rock tinted with mysticism, and have found an audience devoted even by metal standards. In 2018 the band released their 20:th studio album "Lost on the road to eternity" - one of their most successful ever. Sweden has long been one of Magnum's true strongholds, and here Bob Catley (vocals), Tony Clarkin (guitar) et al can always count on getting a royal reception.
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Joe Lynn Turner US
Joe Lynn Turner is one of the most recognizable and beloved singers in hard rock. His resumé includes Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, his more recent acts like Mother's Army, Sunstorm and Rated X have also done great things - and we haven't even mentioned his prolific solo career. Joe was supposed to perform at SRF 2018 but had to cancel due to a temporary illness. But all good things come to those who wait - now we'll get to see him in 2019 instead.
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Uli Jon Roth GER
He became famous in the 70s as Michael Schenker's replacement in the Scorpions. But since 1978 Uli Jon Roth has been his own master - first in Electric Sun and then as a full-fledged solo artist. He is one of the most legendary and influential guitarists of all time, with a unique, special style that made him a pioneer of neoclassic hard rock. 2018 has seen him celebrate 50 years on stage by touring with his prolific back catalogue, and 2019 will se this tour hitting SRF.
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Death Angel US
Their young age and technical chops combined helped make Death Angel one of the major names of the "second wave" of American thrash metal. They made three classic albums between 1987-90, but folded in 1991 in the wake of a traumatizing bus crash. However, they reunited ten years later and have since released five more studio albums. Another one, the follow-up to the lauded "The evil divide" (2016), is in the making and due to be out in good time before SRF.
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Demon UK
A flagship of the NWOBHM as well as a standing favorite with the SRF audience. Since 1981, Demon have released thirteen studio albums, encompassing traditional heavy metal as well as AOR and progressive rock. One of the most beloved ones is "The unexpected guest" (1982), containing such fan-faves as "Don't break the circle", "Sign of a madman" and "Deliver us from evil". This time at SRF, Demon will perform this very album in its entirety, and more, so Ronnie James Dio-soundalike Dave Hill will probably have to work harder than usual to sing louder than the crowd.
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Beast in Black FIN/GR
Guitarist Anton Kabanen got his breakthrough as a member of Battle Beast, whose first three - very successful - albums are written solely by him. Following his departure from Battle Beast in 2015 he formed Beast In Black, teaming up with the likes of Greek vocalist supreme Yannis Papadopoulos and guitarist Kasperi Heikkinien (U.D.O., Amberian Dawn). The debut "Berserker" (2017) consists of Kabanen's well-known brand of hook-laden power metal and has met with great praise from fans and reviewers alike.
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