AXEL RUDI PELL Covers MICHAEL BOLTON; Audio Available

German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell has posted the fourth MP3 snippet from his upcoming "Diamonds Unlocked" covers album.

Commented Axel: "['Fool's Game'] was done originally by Michael Bolton and it's on his very first record. Not much people know that he played rock music in the beginning of the '80, before he became a soul diva... Of course, our version is heavier than his."

Download the "Fool's Game" one-minute sample at this location.

Axel Rudi Pell is scheduled to release "Diamonds Unlocked" on October 1, 2007 (Germany: September 28; USA: October 9), his first album consisting exclusively of compositions by other musicians, proving his expertise when it comes to the history of rock and pop music. Axel Rudi Pell has recorded ten cover songs, among them surprising new versions of real classics. "I have always stressed that I don't have a hard rock and metal fixation," he points out. "I don't think in terms of pigeonholes. If I like a track for whatever reason, I don't care about its stylistic direction. Every song on this album made me want to cover it at some stage when I heard the original."

"Diamonds Unlocked" was recorded by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. Pell produced the album single-handedly, and Charlie Bauerfeind took care of the mix.

"Diamonds Unlocked" track listing:

01. The Diamond Overture
02. Warrior (RIOT)
03. Beautiful Day (U2)
04. Stone (CHRIS REA/THE LAW)
05. Love Gun (KISS)
06. Fool's Game (MICHAEL BOLTON)
07. Heartbreaker (FREE)
08. Rock The Nation (MONTROSE)
09. In The Air Tonight (PHIL COLLINS)
10. Like A Child Again (THE MISSION)
11. Won't Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)

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