German guitarist AXEL RUDI PELL and his solo band have finished recording their new studio CD which he calls "definitely our masterpiece!" He adds, "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."Pell and producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HAMMERFALL, RAGE) are currently finalizing the new album mix for a tentative spring release. In other news, AXEL RUDI PELL will release a new DVD called "One Night Live - Live At The Rock Of Ages Festival 2009" in Germany on February 19 and in the rest of the world on February 22. Pell states, "As the title [implies], [the disc] features our complete 75-minute performance [at] last year's Rock Of Ages festival in Germany. We definitely 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!!!" A "best-of" compilation from AXEL RUDI PELL was released last year via SPV in time for the second part of the axeman's "The Skull Crown Tour" which saw his band support HEAVEN & HELL on all five dates of their German tour. Entitled "Best Of - Anniversary Edition", the CD celebrated the ten-year anniversary of PELL's current lineup, the 20-year anniversary of Axel as a solo artist ("Wild Obsession" came out in 1989) and the 25th anniversary of Axel as a recording artist (the first STEELER record came out in 1984). "Tales Of The Crown" was recorded at Gelsenkirchen's Redhouse Studios by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, American vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. The album was produced by Axel Rudi Pell and sound engineer Charlie Bauerfeind, who also mixed the CD.