Two years in the past, Swiss arduous rock legends KROKUS postponed their last-ever concert events in USA and Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic that’s sweeping the globe. The 13-date trek was initially scheduled to kick off at Canton Corridor in Dallas, Texas on September 18, 2020 and conclude at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on October 10, 2020. Requested in a brand new interview with “Interviewing The Legends With Ray Shasho” if KROKUS will ever carry out once more, singer Marc Storace stated (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We consciously stated we’re gonna cease whereas the going was good, whereas the band degree is kickass and we’re all standing and delivering and finish on a superb observe. In 2019, in December, we performed the Hallenstadion in Zurich, and after that we performed the Monsters Of Rock cruise. After which got here the pandemic. So we had all these dates in England along with SAXON and we had dates in Canada, we had dates within the USA and in addition Mexico. And the entire pandemic went on for 2 years, so what do you do? You possibly can’t maintain on to [the shows]. We let every thing go, and I used to be, like, ‘Okay.’ That was it. Bye. [Laughs] Within the meantime, I labored on my [solo album], ‘trigger I get too stressed at house doing nothing. Which was nice, and I am so glad. I’ve had nice opinions and the band is nice and I am doing my factor and having fun with rehearsals and having fun with the gigs.
“So we nonetheless have gigs that we owe — KROKUS nonetheless owes gigs; followers purchased tickets and so forth and so forth,” he continued. “So just lately — this was a few weeks in the past — I bought along with Fernando [Von Arb, guitar] and Chris [Von Rohr, bass], and we had been saying it is shit, how we will not let COVID kick our ass, sort of. We did not like the way it had to finish, how we had been pressured to say, ‘We won’t come.’ … So now we’re filled with this hatred in opposition to COVID, and we have gotta hit again by perhaps doing one thing once more. So we left it at that. ‘Okay, let’s have a look at. We’re speaking an excessive amount of. We’re dreaming once more.’ I stated, ‘We’re not dreaming. If we resolve [to do it], I am all in. I am in there.’ So let’s have a look at. We’ll be coming again collectively, ‘trigger I will be taking part in in Solothurn with my band, KROKUS‘s hometown, they usually’re all gonna be there, VIPs, and [we’ll] meet backstage. So the feelings, I suppose, will lead us in that path, I am hoping. So we’ll see what occurs. Suppose optimistic.”
Final month, Storace defined to Rock Present Critique why KROKUS has toured America so sometimes over the course of the final 20 years. He stated: “Effectively, it begins with the work permits. And so they value cash. Then the tax. Then the reserving charges, the chances, the renting out of kit, buses, lodges and every thing. So when you’ve gotta do a membership tour, you may’t even pay for all that. We’ve not been there for an extended whereas, so we do not count on to return over and do a headliner tour in stadiums; we’re removed from that once more. As a result of within the meantime, there’s a whole lot of water beneath the bridge. And that is how it’s. The standing sinks as a result of there isn’t any longer promoters who imagine that you simply’re gonna carry within the a refund for that. I suppose that is the best way it’s. It is like a vicious circle. You need to come over someday and get the ball rolling once more after which come again the following 12 months and the following 12 months to succeed in the standing that you’re used to. And it’s a must to additionally launch a brand new album to accompany that. And the brand new album is not sufficient. Albums do not promote anymore. There’s Spotify — all these parasites round — streaming, which do not offer you your cash’s value.”
When KROKUS first introduced its resolution to embark on a farewell tour in September 2019, the band defined in a press release: “KROKUS reveals have at all times been particular and may keep that method. That is why we determined to cease when it is nonetheless actually good. That is how the followers ought to keep in mind us.”
Fashioned in 1975, KROKUS has bought over 15 million data, toured the world, and acquired gold and platinum discs within the USA and Canada. KROKUS was additionally the primary Swiss band to promote out the legendary Hallenstadion in Zurich and has acquired a diamond disc for promoting a million albums in Switzerland alone.
In the midst of its legendary profession, KROKUS has rocked over 2,000 reveals on 5 continents, numerous cities, distinctive places, loopy gigs, and dependable followers.
English rock journalist Malcolm Dome fairly rightly stated: “When you take a look at the long-term output of this band, KROKUS is clearly among the best arduous rock bands of the final 40 years.”
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