Label: Ariola - 74321 13471 2,BMG Ariola München GmbH - 74321 13471 2 • Format: CD Compilation, Remastered, Repress • Country: Germany, Austria, & Switzerland • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Krokus are a hard rock and heavy metal band from Switzerland. They enjoyed great success in North America during the s. Krokus was formed in as a primarily progressive rock act. The group's original lead singer, Peter Richard, left before the first album was recorded, leaving lead guitarist Tommy Kiefer to handle lead vocal duties for the band's self-titled debut album.
However, Chris von Rohr, originally the drummer, would switch to lead vocals for the follow-up record, To You Allremaining in this capacity into the late s along with playing keyboards and percussion.
With this incarnation, Krokus became successful in Switzerland, touring throughout the country and releasing a third album, Painkillerin Since von Rohr possessed limited vocal abilities and was not capable of hitting the third octave, the band decided to hire a new lead vocalist. With the new line-up in place, the band recorded and released the album Metal Rendez-vous inwhich was Krokus' first hit and brought the band international recognition.
The follow-up album, Hardwarewas recorded at the Roundhouse Studios in London and featured such songs as "Easy Rocker" and "Rock City", which are still a part of the band's live repertoire today. Lead guitarist Tommy Kiefer was forced to leave the band due to a heroin addiction early into the tour supporting Hardware and was replaced by newcomer Mandy Meyer ex-BM Smith.
Kiefer died on December 24, Klaven and Keiser would both subsequently join Krokus. Meyer went on to join Asia and formed the short-lived Katmandu although he would return to the Krokus line-up some years later. Jamison would take the place of Dave Bickler and go on to massive success with the band Survivor. Nevertheless, Krokus became increasingly popular in Europe and began to receive attention and success in the United States.
The album was Krokus' most successful album to date, both commercially and critically. It boasted the hit power ballad "Screaming in the Night", which saw heavy rotation on MTV and would become one of the band's most recognizable songs. The tour for this album featured Mark Kohler returning to his main instrument, with Andy Tanas, formerly of Black Oak Arkansas, joining on the bass. These shows also featured Loverboy 's Doug Johnson on keyboards. Pushed into a corner by their own management and record company, saw the band move in a Glam rock direction with The Blitzwhich featured a cover of Sweet 's hit " The Ballroom Blitz ".
Though a commercial success, the album was panned critically. The band hit the Billboard Hot with "Midnite Maniac" from that album, becoming the first Swiss act to do so.
Capitalizing on the wave of success enjoyed by heavy metal in the mids, the band then released Change of Address inwhich featured a cover of the Alice Cooper standard " School's Out ". The album production was way too clean and polished for Krokus and it became a commercial failure. To counterbalance this, Krokus soon released a live album entitled Alive and Screamin' while the band transitioned from Arista Records to MCA for the release of their Heart Attack album in Heart Attack was a Stayed Awake All Night - Krokus - The Dirty Dozen +++++ desperate attempt to keep the band together.
However the Swiss flagship of international heavy rock needed time out. Fernando and Marc had endured 8 years of constant writing, recording and touring with hardly any time off.
Coming dangerously close to a burn-out they went on hiatus at the end of Guitarist Fernando von Arb would remain the sole original member throughout most of Stayed Awake All Night - Krokus - The Dirty Dozen +++++ s as Krokus carried on with ever-changing line-ups. Inthe band released Rock the Block with the new line-up Uncovered And Proud As Fuck - Wormrot - Abuse Marc Storace on Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad - Various - Ibiza Lounge 2, Fernando von Arb on lead guitar, bass and keyboards, Dominique Favez on rhythm and lead guitar, Tony Castell on bass and rhythm guitar, and Patrick Aeby on drums and percussion.
In the same line-up released the live CD Fire and Gasoline. Mandy Meyerwho had played with the band in the early s, replaced von Arb in the then current line-up.
The new formation Storace, Meyer, Favez, Castell, Stefan Schwarzmann and Dennis Ward recorded the studio album Hellraiser inwhich went to gold in Switzerland on the first day of sales. It generally received very good reviews. In an interview inMarc Storace stated that Krokus was becoming Stayed Awake All Night - Krokus - The Dirty Dozen +++++ and more "metal". Prior to the album's release date, the band already released the ballad "Angel of My Dreams" as a downloadable MP3. This led to their reunion concert on August 2, with the addition of Mark Kohler.
It was announced on April 20,that the classic lineup of Chris von Rohr, Fernando von Arb, Freddy Steady, Mark Kohler and Marc Storace had reunited, and would be releasing a new studio record in with a supporting world tour. On August 2,the band performed live in the Stade de Suisse in Bern.
Krokus performed the official anthem of the Ice Hockey World Championshipshosted by Switzerland. The song was entitled "Live for the Action". On March 3,the album Hoodoo including a cover version of Steppenwolf 's " Born to Be Wild " and ten other songs, was released.
In Decemberit was announced guitarist Mandy Meyer was once again rejoining the band after having filled in for an ailing Fernando von Arb at the Loud Park Festival in Japan in October Fernando von Arb was not be part of that tour, as he cannot travel for long distances and Krokus performed as a 5-piece band. This was another reason why Mandy Meyer was brought back into the fold in as second lead guitarist. Mark Kohler also needs to take longer leaves of absence from the band and in his place Dominique Favez will play once more rhythm guitar.
The band's 18th studio Close To You - Bobby Vinton - The Best Of Bobby Vinton, a covers album entitled Big Rockswas issued in January In SeptemberKrokus announced their retirement and would embark on their farewell tour in On June 25,The New York Times Magazine listed Krokus among Stayed Awake All Night - Krokus - The Dirty Dozen +++++ of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal fire.
The band name Krokus is German for crocusa flower common throughout Europe. Early in the spring ofband founder Chris von Rohr observed a field of these flowers while traveling by train. He was returning from L'Ecole des Chefs located Stayed Awake All Night - Krokus - The Dirty Dozen +++++ France after an aborted career in the culinary arts, and it was around this time the idea for the band was formed.
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