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8th March 2017

axel rudi pell

Axel Rudi Pell, German virtuoso Heavy Metal guitarist supreme, is to release a brand new digital single and video, 'Love's Holding On', featuring special guest star Bonnie Tyler, via Steamhammer/SPV, on March 31st.

The song contains a stunning duet between Bonnie and long-time Axel Rudi Pell band singer Johnny Gioeli and is one of four new recordings included on 'Ballads V', part five of ARP's successful ongoing ballad compilation album series. It's due out on April 21st.

Axel tells us:

"Bonnie Tyler only records songs she personally likes, so I wrote this tune just for her and she really loved it. She came to the studio and we recorded it within a couple of hours; the result is amazing!"

'Ballads V' follows on from ARP's most recent studio album, 'Game Of Sins', which charted high in the national album charts in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and The Czech Republic and also breached the UK's Rock and Metal chart when released in January 2016.

'Ballads V' also contains a sublime new eight-minute-long song, 'On The Edge Of Our Time', as well as Axel's rocking cover version of Ed Sheeran's composition 'I See Fire', the theme track of 'The Hobbit' movie.

"I always liked that tune, but I wanted to hear it Pell-style, so we took a piano instead of the acoustic guitar and added a beautiful solo at the end," says the leading light on the European melodic Metal scene.

A previously unreleased live recording of 'The Line', from the Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany, which Axel co-headlined at the end of July last year, is also included.

Among many other highlights are a live cover of Deep Purple's mighty 'Mistreated', recorded during Axel's monumental 25-year anniversary show in Balingen in July 2014, with Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, MSG) on vocals and former Rainbow keyboard legend Tony Carey also performing.

"It was a fourteen-minute emotional ride for everybody involved on that stage that night," recalls Axel.

Mention must also be made of Axel's atmospheric take on Neil Young's 'Hey Hey My My', inspired by the legendary TV series 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

'Ballads V' will be available as a Digipak CD (with poster), double purple 180 gram vinyl gatefold LP (with printed inner sleeves + CD in a cardboard sleeve), and limited (1,000) edition Boxset (containing Digipak CD, CD single, 5,000 mAh ARP branded powerbank, sticker and photo postcard).

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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