Swiss hard rockers GOTTHARD are putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled twelfth studio album at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The third disc with lead singer Nic Maeder was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, BLIND GUARDIAN) and Leo Leoni and will be released on January 13, 2017 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally via PIAS.
"We were all very happy with the workflow and the result of the 'BANG!' production — so it was pretty clear that we wanted to give the great collaboration another shot!" GOTTHARD stated about working with Bauerfeind again.
Immediately after the new GOTTHARD album's release, the band will kick off the "25th Anniversary" European tour in Ravensburg with support from Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS.
Says Leo: "25 years of GOTTHARD — that means 150 songs to choose from, not mentioning our new album — that's not going to be easy! However, we'll select only the best for a proper anniversary party!"
"25th Anniversary" tour dates:
Feb. 09 - DE - Ravensburg, Oberschwabenclub
Feb. 10 - DE - Regensburg, Airport Obertraubling
Feb. 11 - DE - Ulm, Ratiopharm Arena
Feb. 13 - DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Feb. 14 - DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
Feb. 15 - DE - Hannover, Capitol
Feb. 17 - DE - Osnabrück, Hyde Park
Feb. 18 - DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
Feb. 19 - DE - Freiburg, Zäpfle Club
Feb. 22 - IT - Milan, Alcatraz
Feb. 24 - ES - Bilbao, Santana 27
Feb. 25 - ES - Madrid, La Riviera
Feb. 26 - ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 02 - DE - Munich, Tonhalle
Mar. 06 - AT - Vienna, Gasometer
Mar. 07 - DE - Nuremburg, Löwensaal
Mar. 08 - DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
Mar. 10 - DE - Balingen, Volksbankmesse
There won’t be a dry shirt left when the ultimate Swiss rock package GOTTHARD and KROKUS celebrate their joint stage debut at "Rock Monsters Of Switzerland", and that's before the festival season even started. With double headliners delivering a lot more than just double the speed, the Festhalle in Bern and the Samsung Hall in Zurich are lucky if more than the exterior walls will be left once the dust settles. These two "monster shows," as well as the night with KROKUS as very special guest in Lausanne, shouldn’t be missed by any means — it's going to be jam-packed, hot and damn loud!
Mar. 03 - Bern, Festhalle
Mar. 04 - Zurich, Samsung Hall
Mar. 12 - Lausanne, Salle Metropole
GOTTHARD's 2012 album, "Firebirth", marked the band's first release with singer Nic Maeder, who was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and "Down Under."
GOTTHARD's previous vocalist, Steve Lee, was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.