GOTTHARD Get 'Defrosted' All Over Again

Call it insanity, love, passion or obsession: Not by any stretch of the imagination are GOTTHARD willing to keep their feet still. After the triumphant Silver/Anniversary Tour with 50 shows in front of 300,000 people, multiple chart records and prime time slots at every important festival, Leo, Freddy, Marc, Hena, and Nic are releasing the next sensational news: Precisely 20 years after the release of the “DEFROSTED” album, GOTTHARD are gleefully whetting their instruments to get the legendary live experience back on the road in 2018.
In the late 90s, the release of the spectacular unplugged live album “DEFROSTED” rang the bell for a whole new era: After an impressive rocket launch with headliner tours and their first #1 albums in Switzerland, GOTTHARD went all in again with an unplugged live album. Successfully. “DEFROSTED” reached double platinum sales after three months, and the accompanying tour across sold-out clubs and onto massive festival stages went on for two years instead of the originally slated two months due to overwhelming demand – additionally providing the boys with a brand-new fan base. Because of its extraordinary intimacy and atmosphere, the “DEFROSTED UNPLUGGED TOUR 1997” is still iconic today and a main topic throughout all media and fan communities.
Upping the ante is a matter of honor for the ultimate unplugged experience’s new edition. On the face of it, GOTTHARD have again selected the finest small clubs and secured the biggest festivals – however, on the inside, of course, the band is now equipped with over 20 years of additional experience and a truck load full of additional hits. The “DEFROSTED UNPLUGGED TOUR 2018” offers high fives with current and former guest musicians, all-time faves as well as new hits like “Heaven”, “Lift U Up” and “Anytime, Anywhere”, which weren’t even written in 1997 – and all of this wrapped in brand-new acoustic arrangements for a unique party full of great moments, quiet memories and much loved riffs.
Those, who don’t want to risk waiting another 20 years, should keep a few nights clear in 2018 and watch out for the next newsletter: All dates of the “DEFROSTED UNPLUGGED TOUR 2018” will be announced here first.



New GOTTHARD Studio Album Due January 13

Friday, January 13, 2017
Quarter of a century ago, GOTTHARD set out to conquer the world with pure, straightforward rock and gigantic ballads and they’ve pulled off the trick: With 15 No.1 albums and plenty of multi-platinum awards, they’re not only the most successful Swiss band but also a staple in the global spotlight. Especially the much-deserved Swiss Music Award from last year has shown that the band’s nowhere near finished: GOTTHARD’s past 25 years have only been the first round – it’s definitely time for a new album in 2017!
GOTTHARD are currently refining their 12th studio album at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The title will be served straight to your desktop as soon as it’s decided. The third album with lead singer Nic Maeder is produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Helloween, Blind Guardian among others) and Leo Leoni – so the dream team’s at it again: “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!” The record will be released on January 13, 2017 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally via PIAS – which means that the first Friday the 13th next year won’t spell bad luck. Quite the opposite.
Immediately after the release, the tour’s kicking off at full speed as well: From February 9, the big “25th Anniversary” tour is champing at the bit to turbocharge the new record with plenty of live rock ’n’ roll. The tour starts in Ravensburg and lays rubber all across Europe with full entourage. Danish rock band Pretty Maids will be Special Guests at all shows – the presale of this milestone birthday is already in full swing. Those who haven’t secured tickets yet, should check out Leo’s message again: “25 years of GOTTHARD – that means 150 songs to chose 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!”
02/09/2017    DE – Ravensburg, Oberschwabenclub
02/10/2017    DE – Regensburg, Airport Obertraubling
02/11/2017    DE – Ulm, Ratiopharm Arena
02/13/2017    DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
02/14/2017    DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
02/15/2017    DE – Hannover, Capitol
02/17/2017    DE – Osnabrück, Hyde Park
02/18/2017    DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
02/19/2017    DE – Freiburg, Zäpfle Club
02/22/2017    IT – Milan, Alcatraz
02/24/2017    ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
02/25/2017    ES – Madrid, La Riviera
02/26/2017    ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
03/02/2017    DE – Munich, Tonhalle
03/06/2017    AT – Vienna, Gasometer
03/07/2017    DE – Nuremburg, Löwensaal
03/08/2017    DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
03/10/2017    DE – Balingen, Volksbankmesse
There won’t be a dry shirt left when the ultimate Swiss rock package GOTTHARD & 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!
03/03/2017    Bern, Festhalle (Double-Headline-Show with Krokus)
03/04/2017    Zurich, Samsung Hall (Double-Headline-Show with Krokus)
03/12/2017    Lausanne, Salle Metropole (with Very Special Guest Krokus)

One On One With Mitch Lafon - GOTTHARD & KEN MARY

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In episode 115 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by GOTTHARD vocalist, Nic Maeder.

Nic sits down with Mitch to discuss the band's new Live & Bangin' album, their plans for a new album, playing shows with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick & doing those Paul Stanley vocals, covering the Plastic Bertrand song 'Ça Plane Pour Moi', being GOTTHARD's vocalist, on touring North America and much more.

Quote from the interview:

On doing the KISS songs with Bruce Kulick: "Paul Stanley sings insanely high. It was super challenging."

On his place in Gotthard: "It is my band now."

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty.

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In episode 117 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by drummer extraordinaire, KEN MARY.

KEN sits down with Mitch to discuss his overall career including being signed to Simmons Records (owned by KISS bassist Gene Simmons), producing and playing with such notable artists as ALICE COOPER, ACCEPT, HOUSE OF LORDS, IMPELLITTERI, BONFIRE, KIP WINGER, NORTHERN LIGHT ORCHESTRA and much more.

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On his audition for HOUSE OF LORDS: "It was put together Gregg Giuffria and Gene Simmons. I had to go through an audition process and one of the other drummers that auditioned was Matt Sorum. I ended up in House Of Lords and he ended up in Guns N' Roses. Who got the better end of that deal?"

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty.

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GOTTHARD Bang Out An Official Bootleg

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Friday, June 12, 2015
GOTTHARD have just announced a new live album via their newsletter:
“We’ve recorded this album on our "Bang!" tour in Baar, Switzerland in 2014 and decided that we wanted to release it as a limited special edition just for you. This album is exclusively dedicated to you guys!” Nic Maeder,Spring 2015

“LIVE & BANGIN” is a massive THANK YOU for the last four years, in which you have kept the faith with GOTTHARD – because without you, there probably wouldn’t have been a future after the tragic death of Steve Lee end of 2010. “LIVE & BANGIN” will not be available in stores, but instead sold solely in the GOTTHARD fan shop and at merchandise stalls on the upcoming festival tour, strictly limited. Exclusively for Fanclub members there’s a pile of CDs autographed by the band waiting to be unleashed. “LIVE & BANGIN” will be officially released 12th of June – however, pre-order aficionados may take a turn here:

How to order if you are a Fanclub member: Every Fanclub member can order 1 signed copy each. Ordering more copies is possible but the other copies will be unsigned then. You can easily order in the fan shop with the link above. We will recognize you as a Fanclub member by your name on the invoice.


There’s not a second wasted on “LIVE & BANGIN”: Almost like on an official bootleg, there are close to 75 minutes of the Tessin platinum rockers’ sound – unaltered, live and pure. With the premium digipack and a 16-page booklet packed with first hand live images “LIVE & BANGIN” really feels like a “Bang!” tour flashback. You could actually call its track list a set list, because the songs on “LIVE & BANGIN” are a perfect cross section of the tour-show including a lifelike instant mosh pit in your living room.


1. Let Me In Katie
2. Bang!
3. Get Up ‘N’ Move On
4. Sister Moon
5. Right On
6. Master Of Illusion
7. Feel What I Feel
8. The Call
9. Remember It’s Me
10. What You Get
11. The Train
12. C’est La Vie
13. That’s It (Car Crash)
14. Mountain Mama
15. Lift U Up
16. Thank You
17. Anytime Anywhere
“LIVE & BANGIN” is the adequate warm-up for GOTTHARD’s upcoming festival dates. The final leg of the “Bang!” tour kicks off June 19th, when Nic, Leo, Freddy, Hena and Marc want to thank you in person – live and eye-to-eye. This summer is all about you, be there and celebrate yourself!
19. June     I        Alpen Flair / Natz
11. July      CZ     Masters of Rock / Vizovice
18. July      CH     Sion sous les étoiles / Sion
25. July      D       Zeltspektakel / Winterbach
01. Aug      CH    Tenero Music Nights / Tenero
04. Aug      CH    Heitere Open Air / Zofingen
05. Aug      CH    Stars in Town / Schaffhausen
07. Aug      D      RockFels / Loreley
08. Aug      SK    Rock Pod Kamenom / Snina
15. Aug      D      Rock am Strand / Eckernförde
11. Sep      B       Olensfest / Olen
12. Sep      F       Raismes Fest / Raismes
23. Oct       UK    London / o2 Islington
24. Oct       UK    Rockingham / Nottingham



GOTTHARD Say 'Thank You'; New Live Album Due In May

Friday, May 29, 2015
2 words. Only 2 words. And yet they mean so much. Especially when you can’t find the right ones to say. But certainly in combination with music, which gives the missing words a melody and therefore equally affects the heart and soul.
Leo Leoni was inspired by them to create a beautiful rock ballad. His thoughts were clearly with his mother. She was still able to hear the song and its message before she passed away. As you can see, you can never say «Thank You» too soon. And it always comes at the right time.
Therefore Gotthard’s Thank You goes beyond the close family ties. It is also a Thank You to all mothers and women of the world and at the same time a warm Grazie and Merci to the many Gotthard fans around the globe.
"Thank You" from May 8th 2015 onwards available as single bundle.
From this date onwards, 'Thank You' will be downloadable on iTunes and other digital platforms as a bundle: the radio-edit, taken from Bang! which won "Best National Album“ at the Swiss Music Awards 2015, as well as the long version, a more than 10-minute live-track, recorded in November 2014 in Baar.

Live Album
But there is more exciting news. Gotthard have a special treat for their fans: The live album "Live & Bangin’" of the succesfull BANG! Tour will be available end of May in a limited edition and can only be ordered at the Fan-Shop on

One on One with Mitch Lafon - GOTTHARD

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In episode 60 of One On One with Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by guitar-hero Leo Leoni of GOTTHARD. Formed in 1992, Gotthard have achieved great success in South America, Asia, Australia, Europe (scoring 11 consecutive #1 albums in Switzerland). However, North American success has eluded this veteran band. Guitarist Leoni and Mitch explore this question as well as discuss the band's new album Bang!, the untimely death of (lead singer) Steve Lee, new vocalist Nic Maeder, Leoni's restaurant GROTTHARD, musical influences and much more.

Co-hosting with Mitch this week is MATT BRADSHAW of Australian band, Dressed To Chill. The band appears on the A World With Heroes KISS tribute and Matt can be found further on the A World With Heroes follow-up EP. Matt also knows Gotthard singer, Nic Maeder. Dressed To Chill is currently in studio recording an all acoustic KISS covers album.

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One on One with Mitch Lafon - GUNS N ROSES, BODY COUNT and GOTTHARD

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In episode 30 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-host Mark Strigl Of Talking Metal.

This episode features Dizzy REED of GUNS N' ROSES who discusses the band's new 'Appetite For Democracy - Live At The Hard Rock Casino' Blu-Ray, his long standing tenure as Guns N' Roses keyboardist, the infamous Guns N' Roses Montreal Riot from August 1992, his new band The Dead Daisies and more.

Our second interview features ERNIE C of BODY COUNT. He talksabout the band's new album, Manslaughter, lead singer ICE T, playing the Heavy Montreal festival this August and more.

And in a very special third interview, Mitch sits down with GOTTHARD frontman, NIC MAEDER. The pair discuss the band's latest effort, BANG!, the band's success in Europe, Nic's former band with his brother, MAEDER, and much more.

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GOTTHARD - Bang! (Review)

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Bang! is another album that suffers from being too long for its own good – especially with added bonus tracks in some editions, but it's a big step back in the right direction for the band and an album that carries the classic Gotthard sound more closely than Firebirth. This puts my interest in the band fully back into focus after losing it following the last album.
A classic is now expected next time lads! 

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Monday, June 16, 2014


Gotthard overcame the tragic death of charismatic frontman Steve Lee by taking a couple of years off and recruiting Aussie import Nic Maeder as their new singer. Nic's job was an unenvious one, but he's handled it will class and style.
The band was at the top of their game when Steve died and their comeback album Firebirth carried massive expectations. It was however was pretty average to these ears and only featured a few really strong tunes. Some disagreed of course and loved the rawer, under produced style, but the overall fan reaction was tepid. The songs just weren't there.

Bang! is a much better Gotthard album in all respects. The production is much better – crisper and smoother and more commercial than Firebirth. This is a more traditional sounding Gotthard album and picks up where Steve Lee left off. The band could still use a little help on the choruses – but the songs here are far stronger than the last album – even if there are still maybe 2 or 3 fillers.

Bang! is a strong rocker to open the album. Initially I thought the chorus was simply daft, but as simple (and silly) as it is, it's catchy and has grown on me quite nicely over the weeks.
Get Up 'n' Move picks up the tempo even further. It's a frantic, organ drenched rocker with a hard edge riff and a thumping beat. I like it.
Feel What I Feel is another cracking Gotthard tune – an instant classic I think – with a memorable, commercial friendly, feel good chorus that you just can't help but sing along to.
I guess it is time for a ballad and C'est La Vie is just that. An acoustic driven piece, with a nice pleasant feel about it and a soft, raspy vocal from Nic. It has a very “French provincial” feel. It is a bit of a pace killer though, I might have waited another track or two to drop this in.
Jump the Gun is a groove heavy hard rocker with a darker tone. The chorus isn't a stand out, but the groove is what drives the track – that and the heavy guitar and strong vocals. Some nice organ in there too.
Spread Your Wings has a classic Deep Purple 70s rock vibe to it. Drenched in organ, the song has a definite style of its own, but it's a filler to these ears.
I Won't Look Down is another 70s influenced track, this time it has a Led Zeppelin feel to it. Sadly another filler as far as I'm concerned. It simply doesn't go anywhere.
My Belief is a much better track. A moody track again, but a more free flowing song and one that carries with it the feel of classic Gotthard. And while the chorus isn't massive, it does stand on its own, mainly due to the comforting familiarity in the style.
Time to break the tempo a little and the next ballad Maybe is a duet with unknown American Melody Tibbits, who has a very pleasant voice. Good song, if not a little strange to hear a female lead on a Gotthard record!
Red On a Sleeve is a fierce, hard rocking song with maximum impact. The tough exterior and a good fit for this part of the album, but not the best chorus ever.
What You is less intense as its predecessor, but rocks just as hard. I like this track a lot. Good chorus too.
Mr. Ticket Man is another uptempo rocker with an ok chorus and some prominent organ. A decent album track, but not a highlight.
Thank You is perhaps the most 'out of skin' Gotthard tune ever. This epic track runs 11 minutes in length and combines a full orchestral intro before launching into a heartfelt piano ballad that builds in intensity with the orchestral backing come back into it. The song continue on to a powerful guitar drive climax with orchestra in full flight. Marvelous stuff!

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