The forthcoming Scandinavian tour by Swedish eurodance star E-TYPE and his current backing band, which includes MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee, has been officially dubbed "Euro Metal Tour 2003".
The two-month trek, which will see the group perform "thundering heavy metal" versions of all the biggest E-TYPE dance hits, will kick off on Jan. 17 in Gothenburg and will run through early March.
In addition to rehearsing for the upcoming tour, the group entered the studio early last week to record a song to be released only to radio stations and used in conjunction with possible TV appearances.
E-TYPE has been one of the country's most successful artists over the past decade, with record sales in the million range. E-TYPE (real name Martin Eriksson) himself was a metal drummer in the Eighties, playing with the thrash/power metal combo HEXENHAUS. Now he has decided to return to his roots by turning his eurodance songs into guitar-laden heavy metal numbers and performing them live.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 17 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Valand
Jan. 23 - Sälen, SWE @ HC
Jan. 24 - Hultsfred, SWE @ Metropol
Jan. 31 - Västerås, SWE @ TBA
Feb. 01 - Härnösand, SWE @ FP
Feb. 07 - Vemdalen, SWE @ TBA
Feb. 08 - Karlskoga, SWE @ Nobelhallen
Feb. 14 - Karlskrona, SWE @ Valvet
Feb. 15 - Munka Ljungby, SWE @ Ekebo
Feb. 22 - Hudiksvall, SWE @ Statt
Feb. 28 - Gävle, SWE @ CH
Mar. 01 - Överlida, SWE @ TBA
Mar. 03 - Sälen, SWE @ Högis
Mar. 06 - Umeå, SWE @ Idunteatern
Mar. 07 - Karlstad, SWE @ Blixen
Mar. 08 - Ljungby, SWE @ Garvaren