Guitarist Victor Smolski of the German power metal band RAGE has issued the following update:
"On Saturday, October 20, the great TV total Stock Car Crash Challenge will start again. At 8:15 p.m, ProSieben will broadcast that motorsport-event live out of the Gelsenkirchener Veltins-Arena, where Stefan Raab and co. will again risk their necks as living Crash-Test-Dummies in their pimped up racing cars.
"At the first TV total Stock Car Crash Challenge 2005, DICKS ON FIRE (Stefan Raab, Rick Kavanian and Max Mutzkedie) rocked the arena with their song 'I Want Rock'. Now, they want to celebrate their comeback. Stefan Raab invited Victor Smolski to support DICKS ON FIRE together with RAGE on stage. Look out for a real great show!!!
"For the next TV total Stock Car Crash Challenge, Victor already announced his interest for taking part as a driver."
RAGE is currently auctioning the band's original backdrop from the Black In Mind tour in 1995. The backdrop, which is 2 x 2.80 meters large, will go to the highest bidder at [email protected] Deadline is November 11.
RAGE has set "Carved in Stone" as the title of its new album tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Carved in Stone", "Drop Dead", "Gentle Murders", "One Step Ahead" and "Without You".
RAGE's new DVD, entitled "Full Moon in St. Petersburg", was released on February 23 via Nuclear Blast. The double DVD set was filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia last year in front of 15,000 fans. "Full Moon in St. Petersburg" contains the complete concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, plus a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and material from personal archives.
RAGE's upcoming CD will be the band's first since the addition of drummer André Hilgers (AXXIS, SILENT FORCE) to the group's ranks. "During [the recording sessions for] the Nuclear Blast anniversary album, we were very surprised how perfectly André's style matched our new song, 'Terrified'," the group wrote on its web site. "So it was obvious that we jammed through the RAGE classics and the sparks flew immediately. André had a lot of new ideas that fitted perfectly our style and the understanding among us was harmonically. He brings a lot of fresh blood and power to the band and we have loads of fun again playing our music."