KROKUS SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH SONY MUSIC:
February 19, 2009
Krokus has come “full circle”. Almost 30 years later, the most successful rock band of Switzerland returns in its original line-up to the label they worked with during the hey days of their biggest success in the early 80’s. Partnered with Ariola and Arista, KROKUS became an international success and ran up the charts with their hit albums “Metal Rendez-Vous” (1980), “Hardware” (1981), “One Vice At A Time” (1982), “Headhunter” (1983 – #25 in the US Billboard Charts), “The Blitz” (1984) and “Change Of Address” (1986). On a regular basis KROKUS reached “Top 40” status in the USA, Great Britain and Germany and charted always on the Top in their native Switzerland.
Vocalist Marc Storace, bassist (and producer) Chris Von Rohr, lead guitarist Fernando Von Arb, rhythm guitarist Mark “Koki” Kohler and drummer Freddy Steady signed with Sony a woldwide contract. The release date for their first new product – long anticipated by fans as the “real KROKUS album” – is planned towards the end of this year. The popularity of the return of the originals was clearly demonstrated during their first reunion concert last August. Over 10,000 euphoric fans welcomed KROKUS at the “Stade De Suisse” in Bern.
Julie Born, General Manager Sony Music Switzerland: “The Signing represents a milestone for our label. We are totally excited that the most successful Swiss Rock Band of all times decided to sign with Sony Music.”
Krokus: “We’re back – the home of our greatest successes worldwide. For us it was important to find the combination of a relaxed and inspiring work environment. With Sony Music by our side, we have the strongest local partner on our side and at the same time a worldwide release guaranteed. Truly a “win – win” situation.”
With over a million units sold alone in their country of origin, KROKUS is the most successful band in Switzerland’s rock history. Worldwide, the band sold in excess of 30 million albums. With the new, reunited originals the next chapter of KROKUS history will be written.
The long wait is over – welcome back home!