* PÁGINAS Y AGENDAS
FREEDOM CALL regresa con “M.E.T.A.L.”. El disco que estabas esperando,
el heavy metal melódico en estado puro llega de la mano de Chris
Bay y los suyos. Este próximo 23 de agosto, a través
de SPV/Steamhammer, la banda lanza un nuevo disco del que ya hemos podido
escuchar su single homónimo “M.E.T.A.L.”.
Tras su exitoso paso por ROCK THE COAST, Freedom Call regresa a los
escenarios en Madrid, Barcelona y Pamplona el próximo mes de febrero.
Freedom Call vuelven para inflamar tu corazón y hacerte levantar
los brazos con orgullo al ritmo de “Metal Is For Everyone”, “Warriors”
o “Pride & Glory”. Y es que pocos músicos, como Chris Bay, han
declarado de forma más clara y optimista su amor por el heavy metal
y la amistosa relación que nos une a tod@s los seguidores del estilo.
Les acompañan TAKEN, que lejos de ser una promesa son ya una
de las mejores bandas del panorama rockero nacional. Su disco “Unchained”,
que también tuvimos el honor de escuchar en el festival malagueño,
ha sido un rotundo golpe en la mesa gracias a la calidad, compromiso y
magnífico directo de los navarros.
Una auténtica heavy metal party nos espera los dias 21, 22 y
23 de febrero de 2020 gracias a Freedom Call y Taken.
FREEDOM CALL + Taken
21 de febrero, 19:30 hrs. Sala Totem (Pamplona)
22 de febrero, 19:30 hrs. Sala Caracol (Madrid)
23 de febrero, 19:30 hrs. Sala Bóveda (Barcelona)
Fotos: J. E. Gómez © IndyRock
Granada, Anfiteatro Maracena 05-06-02 + Blind
Chris Bay and Dan Zimmermann first met in the year of 1988. At this time,
the members of Daniels Cover-Rock-Band "China White" where looking for
a new singer. Chris was the right one for China White, to make a good job
in the cover scene of the southern part of Germany. From this point on,
Chris and Dan played together in several cover bands (e.g. "Lanzer") for
some years. There where also times, when they went seperate ways, but finally
they came together again.
Both guys talked very often about once having an own band togetherand in
January 1998 their visions became reality: Chris asked Dan to write some
songs together and came up with some most promising ideas. So they started
putting their ideas together on tape. In the beginning of1998,there was
a lot of free time for Daniel to do different things, because Gamma Ray
had a long break at this time and in summer they played just a few festivals.
The cooperation between the two guys was really harmonic and after a few
weeks, they could finish their first 6 song demotape. In the person of
Charlie Bauerfeind,- Chris and Dan knew him since a couple of years, they
found the right one to produce the songs with. He listened to the tape
and liked the songs very much. He offered the tape to several record companies
and the responses where pretty positiv.
At the same time, the Freedom Call line up was completed by Ilker Ersin
on the Bass guitar and Sascha Gerstner on Guitar. Chris and Dan saw Sascha
in the beginning of 1998, playing in one of the numerous cover bands in
the south of Germany. They where impressed about his precise and variable
guitar playing and asked him immediately to join the band. Ilker was well-known
for being a reliable and engaged musician. Chris played with him together
in a band called Moon?Doc for some years.
In summer of 1998 another 5 songs where finished. In autum 1998 the contracts
with our record companies in France, Japan, and Germany where fixed and
Freedom Call began to rehearse all the songs. On January 2th, one year
after Freedom Call was founded, the recordings to the first album called
"Stairway to fairyland" began and lasted for 2 ½ month.
At the 25th of May the guys had their official Live debut during a France
tour as support band of Angra and Edguy, in Grenoble.
The France tour was very successful and in the reader polls of the Hard
Rock magazine in France Freedom Call were chosen as the second best Newcomer
of the year 1999. During summer '99 the band played some single shows and
festivals like Wacken or Cologne (at the Pop Komm, together with Savatage).The
rest of the time the guys spent on writing new songs. In the end of August
Freedom Call started recording the 5-track Mini LP called "Taragon", with
new songs, a cover version of Ultravox' "Dancing with tears in my eyes",
a new-sung version of the "Stairway to Fairyland" Japanese bonus track
called "Kingdom Come" and a new version of "Tears of Taragon" with Biff
Byford, singer of Saxon narrating the "Tale of Taragon" on it. In November
1999 Freedom Call played 17 Shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France
and Switzerland as support of Saxon, during their Metalhead tour. The reactions
of the audience to the Freedom Call performances were very good.
Right after finishing the Saxon tour, Freedom Call prepared to enter the
studio again to record the the second album called "Crystal Empire". On
the 17th of December 1999, the drum-recordings started in Hamburg. The
whole production lasted until the middle of September 2000. There were
several breaks in between and so the guys could play some shows and festivals,
e.g. in Fulda with Edguy, in Bourges (France) with Stratovarius and Rhapsody,
in Pratteln (Switzerland) with Saxon, U.D.O., in Bologna (Italy) with Gamma
Ray and Labyrinth.
In October 2000 Freedom Call were asked to support Hammerfall and Virgin
Steele on their Renegade World Crusade tour 2001 from the 10th of January
to the 28th of February. In the beginning of the year 2001 Freedom Call
will play 40 shows all over Europe: Norway, Sweden, Danmark, Germany, Belgium,
Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Slovakia,
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