Johnny Gioeli


JOHNNY GIOELI Solo Debut 'One Voice' Out Dec. 7

Friday, December 7, 2018
If you are unfamiliar with the name Johnny Gioeli and the bands he is involved with, Hardline, Crush 40, and Axel Rudi Pell, then you have simply missed out on one of the most gifted voices to grace the hard rock genre in the past 25 years!
Gioeli will release his very first solo effort, entitled “One Voice”, via Frontiers Music Srl on December 7th. The title “One Voice” is a tribute to the fans who have supported Gioeli’s career for decades. Musically, of the album, Johnny says, “I love guitar driven rock. I love songs that have a direct impact, gets you thinking and puts you in a positive frame of mind.”
When asked why he decided to do a solo album at this point in his career, Gioeli says, “[c]reating music is my life. Starting with a pin needle of an idea and cultivating that idea into a song that has an effect on someone has always fulfilled me musically. When a young man in my hometown had a life changing accident leaving him paralyzed, I knew I wanted to do something special. I wanted to make this solo album to help him with some of the enormous costs associated with rehabilitation. I also knew that those who love the music I make are fans for life and I knew they would help too. It’s a testament to the beautiful hearts that circle this globe. I woke one morning with the title ‘One Voice’ in my head knowing that I need air from others to sing. I am so proud of this uplifting album. It’s been said that it is the ‘feel good album of the 21st century’. I’m grateful for those words.”
The aforementioned ‘young man’ is Joe Barber. A large portion of the money raised for this album through a Pledge campaign is going directly to Joe and his family to help him and his family with needs his recovery and the associated medical costs.
“‘One Voice’ is the sum of my efforts to bring a world together for the love of music”, muses Gioeli. “If you can imagine fans from all parts of the world. the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, Australia etc.all of them coming together to donate money to a kid they don’t even knowit’s a testament to the song ‘One Voice’. We are ‘One Voice’ together, we are love and hope forever, we are one world that matters, so let’s all just help each other.”
Of the team that helped him craft this album in the studio, Johnny says, “I have an extremely talented group of musicians performing with me on ‘One Voice’. Eric Gadrix on guitar, who wrote the musical compositions, Marco di Salvia on drums, Nik Mazzucconi on bass, and my Hardline bandmate Alessandro del Vecchio on keys, who is also my trusted producer, engineer and lil’ brother. A powerhouse band I will take on the road. Making this record was a labor of love, for sure. I spent countless days and nights in my studio thinking, singing, recording and making sure I loved it before you, the fans, got a chance to love it. I wanted to paint a picture I hope everyone wants to hang on their wall. ‘One Voice’ is that painting.”
“One Voice” Tracklisting:
1. Drive
2. It
3. One Voice
4. Mind Melt
5. Running
6. Deeper
7. Let Me Know
8. Hit Me Once, Hit Ya Twice
9. Price We Pay
10. Out Of Here
11. Oh Fathers
PRODUCED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
Johnny Gioeli: Vocals
Eric Gadrix: Guitars
Nik Mazzucconi: Bass
Marco Di Salvia: Drums
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards
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Robert Rodrigo Band ft. Johnny Gioeli - "Southern Skies"

Get ready to rock! This November 2nd the Robert Rodrigo Band releases its new album, Living For Louder! featuring 10 songs filled with energy and passion, and including instrumental tracks showing of the incredible musicianship this band has always brought to the stage.
Robert Rodrigo Band is: Robert Rodrigo on the guitar, side by side with his longtime companions Miguel Manjon on bass, Pako Martinez on drums, and joined by exceptional guests such as Gotxi Ibarra (Hammond) and the great Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axell Rudi Pell) on vocals.

AXEL RUDI PELL - "The Wild And The Young" (Official Lyric Video)

German Metal wizard AXEL RUDI PELL release a new digital single and lyric video for the song "The Wild And The Young" today. The song is taken from the current studio album "Knights Call".
Axel Rudi Pell says: 'The Wild And The Young' is, after the intro, the opening number of our latest longplayer 'Knights Call' and also the concert opener of our recent tour. Highly acclaimed by the fans, we will also open the second leg of our upcoming tour, which will last from October 18th till November 4th, with that track. I personally think, that this song is one of the strongest I wrote so far, very powerful and well equipped with a catchy chorus. We're looking forward to the tour and can't wait!"

BONFIRE Announce Double Covers Album To Accompany 'Legends' Tour

Friday, October 19, 2018
A special release by German hard'n'heavy legends BONFIRE! The band delivers an extensive covers album, titled "Legends", on October 19th.

Find out more about their upcoming "Bonfire And Friends" tour here:

01. Africa
02. Hold The Line
03. Rosanna
04. Man On The Silver Mountain
05. I Surrender
06. Stone Cold
07. Death Alley Driver
08. Black Masquerade
09. Burning Heart
10. Eye Of Tiger
11. Caught In The Game
12. Doctor Doctor
13. Lights Out
14. Rock Bottom
15. Child In Time

01. Jet City Woman
02. Silent Lucidity
03. Eyes Of A Stranger
04. Tears In The Rain
05. The First Time
06. Save Up All Your Tears
07. Hot Cherie
08. Dr. Love
09. Hallelujah
10. Rebellion
11. Heavy Metal Breakdown
12. Love Don't Lie
13. I Wanna Be Loved
14. King Of Dreams
15. Frei Wie Die Geier
16. Erinnerung
17. Alt Wie Ein Baum

Looks like the set will include the lead singers responsible for the hits listed above (Bobby Kimball, Johnny Gioeli, Joe Lynn Turner, Geoff Tate etc...) - as will the upcoming tour.


Friday, July 13, 2018
Johnny Gioeli and Deen Castronovo first played together on the debut Hardline album, “Double Eclipse”, which was released in 1992. 25 years later, the two were reunited in Italy to commence work on the debut Gioeli-Castronovo album, “Set The World On Fire”.
“It was so great to work with Johnny again, I’ve always loved his voice and it was a pleasure to be a part of this collaboration! It was like we’d never left each other,” says Castronovo.
“It was like the first day he tried to hold my hand and kiss me in 1992. Ha Ha!!! KIDDING! Seriously, I never left Deen. Deen never left me, so reuniting was easy. Counting our blessings were plentiful. Singing together was magical,” says Gioeli about working with Castrovo again.
Both men have continued on their musical paths since they last saw one another, with Gioeli continuing to lead Hardline, while Castronovo spent time with Ozzy Osbourne and had an extended tour of duty with the legendary Journey. Castronovo is currently active with The Dead Daisies and Revolution Saints in addition to Gioeli-Castronovo.
Gioeli’s vocal talents combined with Deen’s superb drumming abilities (and whom is also a fine vocalist in his own right) has made for a stunning album that is driving a driving hard rock record, while also chock full of uplifting melodies and poignant lyrical messages.
We’d tell you to sit back and enjoy this album, but you’ll be on your feet the second it starts, so stand up and take notice of this display of two immense talents doing what they do best!
Track Listing:
1. Set The World On Fire
2. Through
3. Who I Am
4. Fall Like An Angel
5. It’s All About You
6. Need You Now
7. Ride Of Your Life
8. Mother
9. Walk With Me
10. Run For Your Life
11. Remember Me
12. Let Me Out
PRODUCED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
STUDIO: Ivorytears Music Works Studios, Somma Lombardo, VA, Italy
RECORDED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
MIXED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
MASTERED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
Johnny Gioeli vocals
Deen Castronovo vocals, drums
Alessandro Del Vecchio keyboards, backing vocals
Mario Percudani guitars
Nik Mazzucconi bass
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HARDLINE Extend European Tour

Following last year’s successful Human Nature tour and selected 25th anniversary shows, frontman Johnny Gioeli has announced that Hardline will continue to tour in celebration of the anniversary of the band’s debut album, Double Eclipse.   The debut album which included Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo of Journey has long been considered a melodic hard rock classic, and shows are being planned into 2019 throughout Europe.  This year’s shows will highlight songs from the 1992 debut album Double Eclipse as well as fan favorites throughout the band’s five albums.  Gioeli says “Fans can expect to see us dig deeper into Double Eclipse as well as the other four albums.  We can never play it all, but we do want to listen to fan requests.  As an artist you can never forget or take for granted the fact that the fans put you where you are. “
The band will play three UK dates this summer along with the Masters of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic.  There is a mini German tour in December with support from Spanish bands Xtasy and DeVicious.  There will be more dates for the fall and winter announced soon.  Gioeli will also be a part of the upcoming “Bonfire & Friends Legends Tour” in November which will tour throughout Germany, performing select classic songs each night from the Hardline catalogue.  
Confirmed Hardline dates for 2018 are posted below.
6/1         Sheffield (UK) – Corporation
6/2         Pontypridd, Wales (UK) - Muni Arts Centre
7/13       Wolverhampton (UK) – The Robin 2
7/14       Vizovice (CZ) – Masters of Rock Festival
12/1       Jönköping (SE) -- Denim & Leather Rock Club
12/6       Hamburg (DE) – Logo
12/7       Bochum (DE) – Rockpalast
12/8       Morlenbach (DE) – Live Music Hall
12/9       Munich (DE) - Backstage
Video from the 2017 tour can be seen here:  



AXEL RUDI PELL New Album 'Knights Call' Out March 23

Friday, March 23, 2018
'I'd rather have long-term success than the hit album everybody is always referring to.' Axel Rudi Pell knows exactly what he is talking about. His solo career has lasted for almost three decades now. In the international hard rocking universe, Pell is nothing short of a phenomenon: a musician who flies under the radar, but certainly isn't invisible. He's an honest worker who has learned his skills from scratch. He's never experienced writer's block, has never followed trends or fashions. You know what to expect from him. 
So, what's new? 'Game Of Sins' from 2016 was a huge success and peaked at no. 11 in the German charts. Its successor is called 'Knights Call' and studio album no. 17 (in words: seventeen). That's a fact and more than a symbol of steadily releasing albums on SPV/Steamhammer, Pell's tried and trusted label since 1989. More than 1.5 million people worldwide have bought Pell's albums. What an impressive number! But there is no reason for the axeman to rest on his laurels. 'Why should I retire?' asks the 57-year-old. And answers his own question: 'As long as I can do what I like I'm the happiest man in the world.' 
Basically Pell is living his very own dream: He has turned his hobby into a profession. But there's also a lot of determination involved. His ongoing passion drives him all the time, he's always on the lookout for a better chorus, a better solo, a better bridge, a better song. 'Writing songs is like a lot of things in life: It's my way or the highway!' His confidence in his abilities is enormous, but he also knows that he can rely on his German-American dream team featuring singer Johnny Gioeli and drummer Bobby Rondinelli. And of course, his fans are very important to him. 'For me, direct feedback is essential. Playing only in the studio would be boring. Who would sign up for that?'

AXEL RUDI PELL 2018 is about more grooves, more melodies and more diversity. The mix between medieval mysticism and fantasy folklore is still there, but there's been a bit of fine tuning.
 4)   LONG LIVE ROCK 5:34
 6)   TRUTH AND LIES 4:48
 8)   SLAVES ON THE RUN 5:13
 9)   FOLLOW THE SUN 5:12
"Knights Call" will be released March 23rd, 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:
=> Ltd. DigiPak incl. Poster
=> Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition
=> 2LP Gatefold, 180 g, red vinyl with black swirls, printed inner sleeves, CD in paper sleeve
=> Download
=> Streaming
=> Ltd Boxset incl.: CD Digi, 2LP, Stainless Steel Skull Beer Mug , A1 Poster, Sticker, Photocard, Patch (Europe only)

Line Up:

• Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
• Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
• Ferdy Doernberrg - Keyboards
• Volker Krawczak - Bass
• Bobby Rondinelli - Drums

26.04. DE-Bochum - Zeche
27.04. DE-Saarbracken - Garage
28.04. DE-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
29.04. DE-Nurnberg - Hirsch
01.05. DE-Munich - Backstage
02.05. DE-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
04.05. NL-Weert - De Bosuil
05.05. DE-Erfurt - HsD
06.05. DE-Bochum - Zeche
08.05. DE-Berlin - Huxley's
09.05. DE-Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
10.05. SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
11.05. NO-Kopervik - Karmoygeddon Festival
13.05. SE-Stockholm - Klubben
14.05. SE-Malmo - KB
05.-07.07. ES-Barcelona - Barcelona Rockfest
08.07. DE-Manchengladbach - Sparkassen Park (with Deep Purple)



The Right To Rock Podcast - JOHNNY GIOELI

Monday, October 27, 2014
Categories: has issued their latest podcast interview (episode #212), featuring Hardline vocalist Johnny Gioeli.  Johnny took time out of his busy schedule to discuss Hardline's latest release Human Nature.  Johnny also discusses his early days of touring as well as his favorite place to compose.  Interview lasts approx. 60 min.
Time for another An Evening With... as the boys bring in one of their favorite vocalists, Johnny Gioeli from Hardline.  Johnny chats it up with the guys covering the spectrum of his massive career. Get the skinny on Hardline's latest release Human Nature, as well as some possible dates with the original line up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Double Eclipse.  Johnny also touches on his work with Axel Rudi Pell as well as his upcoming solo album. You can't miss this show because it's chock full of information you need to know.

HARDLINE Deliver 'Human Nature' October 14

Friday, October 14, 2016
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the return of HARDLINE with the brand new album “Human Nature”, set for release on October 14.
Following the rebirth of the band that happened with the release of “Danger Zone” in 2012, Hardline have regrouped around fabulous singer Johnny Gioeli with the excellent production and keyboard skills of Alessandro Del Vecchio (Rated X, Resurrection Kings, Revolution Saints), the shredding talents of guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm), and the powerful rhythm section made up of bassist Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen) and drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear, Jorn). All these musicians have an impressive pedigree, but what makes Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together.
The goal for their new album was to have a heavier and updated version of the original Hardline sound. Think debut album, 1992's “Double Eclipse” updated for the 21st Century, with a grittier and more straight ahead sound. Anthemic, hard rocking songs are what you can expect from this record and hook after hook, riff after riff, you’ll find yourself wowed by this absolute monster of an album!
When Gioeli and Del Vechhio got together to begin writing songs for the album, “[T]he plan was to create an album that emulates the feeling of "Double Eclipse" combined with the dynamics of modern day rock. Very heavy and in your face, but still with hitting melodies,” says Johnny. “I have a tremendous amount of Axel Rudi Pell fans that know me for the way I deliver a metal song too. So yes, it’s definitely the heaviest we have done since the debut. I see this album as the perfect mix of styles.”
“As a producer I pushed everyone to squeeze these songs and put as much attitude as we could on tape,” adds Alessandro Del Vecchio. “We wanted more of an in-your-face attitude than our softer albums. I think we understood we had something special in our hands when we finished “Take You Home”. Even if it's the ballad of the album I guess it's the focal point of the musical bond that Johnny and myself share with the whole band.”
“The guys put their heart and soul into their performances,” concludes Johnny “You can hear the essence of every drum strike and the sweat hitting the drums shortly after. Do it again, Cesco! HARDER, HARDER! Josh, Anna and Ale wouldn’t stop until their fingers said “enough”…and then……we did it again and again. That’s rock and roll man. Songs like “Where Will We Go From Here,” “Human Nature” and “Take you Home,” to me they are the essence of what I LOVE to sing and HOW I love to sing!”
“Human Nature” tracklisting:
1. Where Will We Go From Here
2. Nobody's Fool
3. Human Nature
4. Trapped In Muddy Waters
5. Running On Empty
6. The World Is Falling Down
7. Take You Home
8. Where The North Wind Blows
9. In The Dead Of The Night
10. United We Stand
11. Fighting The Battle
Johnny Gioeli – Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Josh Ramos - Guitars
Anna Portalupi - Bass
Francesco Jovino - Drums
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio
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AXEL RUDI PELL 'Game Of Sins' Chart Positions

Release Year: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
The new album "Game Of Sins" of german guitar wizard AXEL RUDI PELL entered the official german album charts at # 11 ( In the german Media Markt / Saturn Charts the album hit # 9 ( and in the new german MegaCharts # 12 (
In Switzerland the album entered the official album charts even one place higher at # 10 ( and in Austria at # 42 (
Furthermore with this album AXEL RUDI PELL entered the official british charts for the very first time. # 40 in the Rock & Metal Charts ( and # 11 in the Indie Breaker Charts (
"Game Of Sins" was released January 15th, 2016 (USA January 22nd 2016)  through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:

- DigiPak incl. 1 Bonus Track and Poster
- Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition
- 2LP Gatefold, 180 g, black Vinyl, CD in paper sleeve
- Download Version
- Ltd Boxset incl. Digi, 2LP, Miniatur Replica Fender Guitar 1:4 incl. ARP Gift Box Case, Poster, Sticker, Photocard

Line Up:

Johnny Gioeli >- Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums


"Game Of Sins" - Tour Part 1
with special guests MOB RULES

01.04.16 D-Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit 36
02.04.16 D-Karlsruhe - Substage
03.04.16 D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
05.04.16 D-Munich - Backstage
06.04.16 D-Berlin - Huxleys
08.04.16 D-Osnabrück - Hyde Park
09.04.16 B-Vosselaar - Biebob
10.04.16 NL-Zwolle - Hedon
12.04.16 D-Cologne - Live Music Hall
13.04.16 D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
15.04.16 D-Erfurt - Stadtgarten
16.04.16 CH-Pratteln - Z7
17.04.16 CH-Pratteln - Z7


30.07.16 D-Pyras - Pyraser Classic Rock Night
04.-06.08.16 D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air (sold out)

"Game Of Sins" - Tour Part 2

02.09.16 D-Bremen - Aladin
03.09.16 NL-Weert - De Bosuil
04.09.16 D-Bochum - Zeltfestival Ruhr
06.09.16 D-Saarbrücken - Garage
07.09.16 D-Hannover - Capitol
09.09.16 D-Leipzig - Hellraiser
10.09.16 CZ-Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
11.09.16 A-Vienna - SiMM City
13.09.16 D-Frankfurt - Batschkapp
14.09.16 D-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
16.09.16 D-Memmingen - Kaminwerk
17.09.16 I-Novara - Phenomenon
18.09.16 A-Wörgl - Komma

Tickets Germany:

Lyric Video:


AXEL RUDI PELL Prepares His 'Game Of Sins' For January

Release Year: 
Friday, January 15, 2016

- New Album "Game Of Sins" out January 15th 2016 (USA January 22nd 2016) -

It was to be the highlight of his career. And it is. When Axel Rudi Pell celebrated his first 25 years as a solo artist with a 3-hour-plus show in Balingen/Germany on 11 July 2014, he not only awed the 15,000 fans in front of the stage. Released on 24 April 2015, the live recording of this once-in-a-lifetime concert entitled “Magic Moments” went straight to # 1 in the German and Swedish DVD charts, # 4 in Switzerland, # 7 in Austria, and # 17 in the Netherlands. Anybody expecting Axel to rest on his laurels after that spectacular feat doesn’t know the man and his work ethic.

Already collecting ideas in the summer of 2014, he ensconced himself in the studio again in fall 2015. “Everything went according to plan,” he smiles. So nothing went wrong? Nothing new on the ARP front? Again, the objective observer doesn‘t know Axel. Anyone assuming that he would invite his numerous festival guests on his next studio album for another anniversary celebration knows nothing about the man. ARP can do it on his own. And he wants to do it on his own. “I never even thought of having guest musicians on this album,” he explains. And why should he? Since Bobby Rondinelli (ex-Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Blue Öyster Cult) joined the ARP fold in 2013, the band sounds tighter than ever because Bobby fits like a glove“. Pell pooints out that Rondinelli is the perfect drummer who always knows exactly what to play; on “Game Of Sins” even more so than on the predecessor album “Into The Storm” (released in 2014, # 5 in Germany). So it comes as no surprise that Axel’s 16th studio recording featuring original material is a definite winner. “Everybody involved agrees,” he grins. “There’s not a single filler on the album.” Which apparently was not the case on some of his previous offerings, as he admits with a smirk. “Game Of Sins” is way harder, grittier, the songwriting even more accomplished, experience meeting excellence again.

Especially sound-wise, ARP appears to have made a quantum leap: “Looking back, I have to admit that the drums on the last album stayed too much in the background,” a fact which has changed for the better: they sound much fuller and much more aggressive this time around and have been adapted to suit the new songs. Having said that, this album is a must-have not only for air drummers riff fetishists and solo aficionados will also love ARP’s new material. And it’s no secret that vocalist Johnny Gioeli counts among the best of his profession. All in all, “Game Of Sins” presents a band at the peak of its powers. Although the sleeve and the intro “Lenta Fortuna” (Latin for bad luck) may suggest that this is a concept album about gambling it is not. “Game Of Sins” is ARP at his best: the sirens in the metallic opener “Fire” are a perfect wake-up call, “Sons In The Night” with its “Sons Of Anarchy”-inspired lyrics pays tribute to the NWOBHM. The title track is the longest number on the album, nine minutes of those epic structures and Arabian scales which Pell is so fond of. “Falling Star” once again refers to the early 80s.

Is there an ARP album without a ballad? They may well be one day, but as long as Axel writes beautiful specimen such as “Lost In Love”, there’s bound to be one. Among the recording’s highlights features “The King Of Fools” with its his five minutes of pure emotion, a perfect symbiosis between steeliness and melody, with an unbelievable performance by Gioeli, but don’t forget to listen to Axel’s guitars on the verses! “Till The World Says Goodbye” again presents Pell in his element: an epic, almost dark and doomy ballad, a moving soundtrack for the Judgment Day. “Breaking The Rules” is another melodic rock song, before the regular album finishes with a slow number called “Forever Free”. But the crowning glory is included in the Digipak format: ARP is the first musician to successfully deliver a real hard-rocking version of the almighty Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix classic “All Along The Watchtower”; which has been his heart’s desire for a long time, as Axel explains. “That song is far from easy to arrange, but the result is definitely worth the effort.” Or, to be more precise: “Everything went according to plan.” What more can you ask? “Game Of Sins” is doubtlessly another highlight in ARP’s career. And there are many more to come. 


1)   LENTA FORTUNA  (INTRO)  01:24
2)   FIRE  05:34
3)   SONS IN THE NIGHT  05:07
4)   GAME OF SINS  08:43
5)   FALLING STAR  05:14
6)   LOST IN LOVE  06:07
7)   THE KING OF FOOLS  04:58
10) FOREVER FREE  08:29
11)  DigiPak Bonustrack: ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER  06:03

"Game Of Sins" will be released January 15th 2016 (USA January 22nd) through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:

- DigiPak incl. 1 Bonus Track and Poster
- Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition
- 2LP Gatefold, 180 g, black Vinyl, CD in paper sleeve
- Download Version
- Ltd Boxset incl. Digi, 2LP, Miniatur Replica Fender Guitar 1:4 incl. ARP Gift Box Case, Poster, Sticker, Photocard

Line Up:

- Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
- Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
- Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
- Volker Krawczak - Bass
- Bobby Rondinelli - Drums


AXEL RUDI PELL - Magic Moments, Live (Review)

information persons: 
Produced By: 
Axel Rudi Pell
Release Date: 
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Release Year: 
Axel celebrated his 25th Anniversary last year with an all-star concert event featuring guests from throughout his esteemed career.
From his early days in Steeler, to his early solo career with Jeff Scott Soto, through to today, continuing on with Johnny Gioeli.
The concert takes a cool snapshot of that entire span in chronological order.
Unfortunately it starts with the worst segment of the night, the Steeler reunion, all mainly due to the rough and largely unlikable vocalist Peter Burtz.
Thankfully we go from the basement to the penthouse after just 4 tracks, when Rob Rock jumps onboard for Nasty Reputation, the title track of the album he fronted.
Then it’s on to Jeff Scott Soto, who slays the crowd as usual with Warrior and Fool Fool.
The current ARP band is then ushered to the stage to deliver some Axel goodness. 3 of the next 5 tunes are over 9 minutes in length and one is 7. It’s Axel at his epic best, with Johnny singing his heart out. Strong As A Rock and Long Way To Go are both high energy delights and a 9 minute Hey Hey Now Now is the very definition of epic.
30 minutes of crossover tracks and live favourites follow until a few more covers appear – Montrose’s Rock The Nation is short, sharp and to the point; Ronnie Atkins joins in for Black Night; Tush features John Lawton and a 14 minute Mistreated features Doogie White, Tony Carey and Johnny Gioeli.
Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White tear down Since You’ve Been Gone, with Long Live Rock n Roll and completely over the top Smoke On The Water close out this truly epic event.
3CDs or DVDs might not be enough for flag waving ARP fan club members, but for the general populace, it’s more than enough and a fitting high quality way to pay tribute to one of Germany’s finest ever guitarists and metal legends.
Truly one for the fans here.

AXEL RUDI PELL's 25th Anniversary Show 'Magic Moments' Due on CD/DVD

Friday, February 20, 2015

- "Magic Moments - 25th Anniversary Special Show" - the anniversary concert out in April -

It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning Wrong song, wrong place! But the weather gods smiled on Axel Rudi Pell on that memorable magic evening of July 11th 2014:  There had been a severe weather alert, but in the end the floodgates of heaven opened only during the last song of his regular set, the Rainbow classic “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. “That was Ronnie James Dio crying from above,” promoter Horst E. Franz speculated while bidding his farewells to the almost 15.000 drenched- but-happy fans at the festival site.

Three hours before the sun went down, creating a beautiful atmosphere at the ´Bang Your Head´ festival in Balingen/Germany, where Axel Rudi Pell celebrated his 25th anniversary as a solo artist with a once-in-a-life-time performance. The CDs and DVDs document a show that is unlikely to ever be seen again in this constellation - a special present the protagonist had worked hard for. It took almost a year to set everything up: “The actual organisation started in the summer of 2014 when the promoter and I went public with the idea of this event,” Axel tells with obvious relief. He´s still happy about how things have turned out. With a little help from his friends at his booking agency, the Bochum guitarist set up an extraordinary line-up. “It was mostly all about personal contacts”, because after more than 30 years in the business Axel Rudi Pell is not only well-known, but also well-respected in the worldwide rock community, so the affix “& Friends“ is not one of those usual exaggerations. Almost all of his favoured candidates agreed on this one July date.

As Axel is an early bird, the whole organisation was fairly easy. Of course there were rehearsals, but only one day before the show. Over fifty minutes worth of footage from those remarkable sessions are featured on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this package. During those sessions Axel realized that something unique was happening. “Everybody involved had a blast and was right on track,” he remembers. Unfortunately, Doogie White had a prior engagement with Michael Schenker on that rehearsal day, but was replaced with ARP frontman Johnny Gioeli. And except for Charlie Huhn, who had already agreed to play a gig in the USA with his current band Foghat, Axel´s former singers turned out in full force: Rob Rock (1991) and Jeff Scott Soto (1991-1997) together with long-time ARP drummer Joerg Michael (until 1998) took the stage by storm after a historical four-song Steeler reunion at the beginning of the show.

Axel´s current line-up put on a best-of show with a blisteringly atmospheric version of the Neil Young classic “Hey Hey My My“ and a few epic ARP classics like “Mystica“, “The Masquerade Ball“, “Casbah“ and “Into The Storm“. You could feel those goose bumps spring up, and the climax was still to come: after a furioso battle between drum gods Vinny Appice and Bobby Rondinelli, a long list of rock legends took the Balingen stage: stepping in for Joe Lynn Turner, who was tied up with business affairs, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins performed a superb version of Deep Purple´s “Black Night“, including audience sing along. Then John Lawton, the former voice of Uriah Heep, demonstrated why he still deserves a lot of “Sympathy“ (Uriah Heep), and he was still looking for some “Tush“ (ZZ Top). When ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey joined in for an emotional “Mistreated“, the now available Doogie White and Johnny Gioeli set the roof on fire. Graham Bonnet, another Rainbow veteran from the glorious “Down To Earth“ era, remembered the good old times with “Since You Been Gone“ and, of course, the aforementioned “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. At the end of those three hours plus all guests (and friends!) gathered on stage for the grand finale “Smoke On The Water“. A legendary evening drew to a spectacular close. Are you happy, Axel? “Of course! I could have played at least for another hour.” Did anything go wrong? Notthing, but there was no way we could have prevented those long change-overs in between.“ But at least the weather gods smiled

To get an idea what really happened that night, here is "Black Night" - live feat. Ronnie Atkins:


Call Her Princess - Steeler
Night After Night - Steeler
Rockin´ The City - Steeler
Undercover Animal - Steeler
Nasty Reputation - Rob Rock, Joerg Michael
Warrior - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael
Fool Fool - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael

(Current Arp Band)
Burning Chains
Strong As A Rock
Long Way To Go
Hey Hey My My
Into The Storm
Too Late / Eternal Prisoner / Too Late
The Masquerade Ball / Casbah
Rock The Nation
Drum Battle - Vinnie Appice, Bobby Rondinelli
Black Night - Ronnie Atkins
Sympathy - John Lawton
Tush - John Lawton
Mistreated - Doogie White, Tony Carey, Johnny Gioeli

Since You Been Gone - Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White
Long Live Rock´N´Roll Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey
Smoke On The Water All Guests

Axel Rudi Pell
- Guitars
Johnny Gioeli - Vocals
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli Drums

Steeler: Peter Burtz (v), Tom Eder (g), Roland Hag (b), Jan Yiridal (dr)

Rob Rock (v), Jeff Scott Soto (v), Joerg Michael (dr), Vinny Appice (dr), Ronnie Atkins (v), John Lawton (v), Tony Carey (k, v), Doogie White (v), Graham Bonnet (v), Michael Voss (v)

Configurations / Release Dates:

Digipak 3 CD, Digipak 3 DVD (NTSC, code free), Blu-ray and download - out in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th through SPV/Steamhammer


FNA Records Releases BRUNETTE Rarities on 2 CDs

Thursday, October 30, 2014
In a few short years, the band had amassed a vast and varied catalog of demo recordings which can now be heard here on the FnA Records ( new releases entitled DEMOS 1989-1990 and Rough Demos
PRE-Hardline band Brunette release two albums on FnA Records
Undoubtedly, Brunette was one of Hollywood’s greatest unsigned treasures; despite the fact that every big-wig A&R guy had the 80’s hard rock band on their radar.  The coveted major label deal was just around the corner, and Brunette had definitely paid their dues.  Relentless cross-country touring, Standing-room only showcases, sold out shows, and ingenious marketing schemes had the band prepared to jump to the next level.  Unfortunately for Brunette, the oft-used excuse of “Creative Differences” stopped this fast moving machine dead in its tracks.

In 1987, The Gioeli brothers had put together a solid powerhouse band that went by the name of Killerhit in Pennsylvania.  On the advice of good friend and fellow Pennsylvania native Bret Michaels (Poison), they packed up their bags and headed out to Los Angeles where their cream of the crop craftsmanship could be better noticed.  When they got to L.A., they had taken notice that the most successful bans all had a blonde front man.  Since they didn’t follow the well-recognized blue print of having a blonde lead singer, let alone a blonde in the entire band, they changed their name to Brunette.

The band also struck down the blue-print of taking every gig you could get in Hollywood.  Instead, they played once every other month which created a great demand and led to many Sold Out shows.  In between those L.A. gigs, the band didn’t just sit idle, instead they criss-crossed the country building a name for the band in all markets. This was definitely a hard-working band.

In 1988, Brunette masterfully executed an ingenious marketing campaign.  They hired a plane to fly banners (which read “Brunette Rocks” and “Brunette Attacks in August”) over the L.A. Coliseum during Van Halen’s set at the Monsters of Rock Festival, exposing 90,000 plus onlookers to the band.  Also, speaking of Van Halen, Brunette would eventually break Van Halens all-time single-weekend attendance record at Gazzari’s night club.

In a few short years, the band had amassed a vast and varied catalog of demo recordings which can now be heard here on the FnA Records ( new releases entitled DEMOS 1989-1990 and Rough DemosDemos 1989-1990 have stellar recordings of the bands most popular songs while Rough Demos showcase some rough recordings and the direction the band was heading.  The song “Hot Cherie”, later done by Hardline, is also featured on Rough Demos.  Be sure to head over to FnA Records and pick up these two must not miss CD’s!!!

At the top of their game, Brunette called it quits due to Creative Differences.  This would lead to the Gioeli Brothers teaming up with Neal Schon (Journey) and the creation of the Melodic band HARDLINE and their MCA released album Double Eclipse
Johnny Gioeli would later go onto sing for Axel Rudi Pell and most notably became the singing voice of the cartoon character Sonic The Hedgehog. Other members of Brunette went on to work with Vince Neil, Bangaloire Choir, Cinderella and Big House.

So here we are, 25 years in the making, and the fans are getting what they have long been asking for, two official releases on FnA Records (



AXEL RUDI PELL Releases New Trailer For Second Leg Of 'Into The Storm' Tour

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AXEL RUDI PELL releases a new trailer for the second part of the successful "Into The Storm-Tour" and adresses a statement to the fans:

"Now that the Deluxe Edition of 'Into The Storm' is released, we're very close to go out on the road and play some shows again. Our last show at the 'Zeche' Bochum on October 6th might be the last show of the 'Into The Storm' tour and we hope that a lot of people will show up for the final live celebration of this very special year of 2014.

ARP had the highest chart entries ever and we really had a blast playing as Headliners at the 'Bang Your Head' Festival back in July, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of my solo career. So get the album and come to the shows, we want YOU to rock with us !!!"

You can see the trailer here:

Also to celebrate the second part of the 'Into The Storm' Tour, the chart album 'Into The Storm' got a deluxe treatment with a bonus CD consisting of brandnew live recordings and the latest video as an enhanced part. On top the deluxe edition has a new cover and a new extended 16 page booklet with new photos and new liner notes by Axel Rudi Pell and is out now!


"Into The Storm"-Tour 2014 Part 2
special guests: REBELLIOUS SPIRIT

19.09. CH-Pratteln - Z7
20.09. NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij
21.09. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
23.09. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
24.09. D-Munich - Backstage
26.09. A-Vienna - Szene
27.09. CZ-Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
28.09. CZ-Prag - Matrix Music Club
30.09. D-Berlin - Huxleys
01.10. D-Bremen - Aladin
03.10. D-Karlsruhe - Substage
04.10. B-Vooselaar - Biebob
05.10. D-Bochum - Zeche (sold out)
06.10. D-Bochum - Zeche (new)

Ticket-Hotline Germany:  METALTIX +49-(0)4627/183838,
Touragency: Continental Concerts

Line Up:

Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

After unbelievably topping both the German (#5) and Swiss (#9) charts with the latest album Into the Storm and selling out 7 dates of the first part of the Into the Storm-Tour in February there is still so much more to come from Axel Rudi Pell.

He released a new video 'Long Way to Go' and revealed the guest list for his 25th anniversary headliner gig on July 11th at the BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL in Balingen, Germany. Not only will he be joined on stage by Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen), John Lawton (Uriah Heep), Tony Carey (Rainbow), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) and the former ARP singers Jeff Scott Soto and Rob Rock, but he will also be reunited with the original members from his former band STEELER.

This show is not to be missed!

To celebrate the second part of the 'Into The Storm' ' Tour , the Bochum show is already sold outt again, the successful album 'Into The Storm' gets a deluxe treatment with a bonus CD consisting of brandnew live recordings and the latest video as an enhanced part. On top the deluxe edition has a new cover and a new extended 16 page booklet with new photos and new liner notes by Axel Rudi Pell. Release dates are for Scandinavia August 20th, Germany August 22nd, Europe August 25th and USA September 2nd.

Then Axel Rudi Pell will continue with the second part of the Into the Storm-Tour. Once again, they will be supported by young German newcomers REBELLIOUS SPIRIT, who were so impressive on the first part of the tour, they've been invited back.

Tracklisting Digipak

CD 1


 2) TOWER OF LIES   4:26

 3) LONG WAY TO GO   5:32





 8) HIGH ABOVE   4:49

 9) HEY HEY MY MY   5:02

10) INTO THE STORM   10:35

11) WHITE CATS (Opus #6 Scivolare)   4:54 (Bonus Track)

12) WAY TO MANDALAY   7:52 (Bonus Track)

CD 2

1. NASTY REPUTATION ' livve 2014 ( 05:45 min.)

2. STRONG AS A ROCK ' live 2014 ( 07:55 min.)

3. MEDLEY: Too Late / Call Her Princess / Eternal Prisoner / Too Late ' live 2014 ( 13:30 min.)

4. LONG WAY TO GO - enhanced video (04:47)


AXEL RUDI PELL released a new video for the song "Long Way To Go", taken from "Into The Storm". The video was directed by Tim Assmann (Kingdom Come and others).

You can see the video here:

"Into The Storm"-Festivals 2014
11.07. D-Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
12.07. A-Kufstein - Open Air am Fischergries (special guest of Deep Purple)

"Into The Storm"-Tour 2014 Part 2
special guests: REBELLIOUS SPIRIT
  19.09. CH-Pratteln - Z7
20.09. NL-Zoetermeer - Boerderij
21.09. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
23.09. D-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
24.09. D-Munich - Backstage
26.09. A-Vienna - Szene
27.09. CZ-Zlin - Masters of Rock Cafe
28.09. CZ-Prag - Matrix Music Club
30.09. D-Berlin - Huxleys
01.10. D-Bremen - Aladin
03.10. D-Karlsruhe - Substage
04.10. B-Vooselaar - Biebob
05.10. D-Bochum - Zeche (sold out)
 Ticket-Hotline Germany:  METALTIX +49-(0)4627/183838,
Touragency: Continental Concerts


Line Up:

Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums

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