The Bavarian Rock legends BONFIRE go back to their ‘Roots’ on the upcoming album – a classic single from the legendary 1987 album ‘Fireworks’ morphed into a classy modern almost unplugged version. The timeless song and hooks can survive the years, but now have been upgraded by an up-to-date audio production. It’s a year of anniversary for Bonfire – they’re turning 35! Therefore let’s celebrate this old classic and new version of ‘American Nights;’
Hans Ziller came up with a very interesting idea to include some guitar licks from some of his musical influences into the songs. They are tastefully woven through the entire album. They are all in the original keys and really makes for some interesting listening.
BONFIRE earlier released their single ‘Love Don’t Lie’, a song written in 2008 for the ‘The Räuber’, a cooperation between the Theater Ingolstadt and the band – it is their most successful theater piece coop, with 3 seasons, 55 sold-out shows and 50 thousand spectators. The new version of the song, beautifully arranged, comes as a stunning duet with Alexx Stahl and Lydia Panè, wife of guitarist Frank Panè.
Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOb5rjRH0wQ
It’s been more than two years now since Bonfire, following the outstanding debut of their current vocalist Alexx Stahl on ‘Byte The Bullet’ (2017), were unanimously celebrated for their following album ‘Temple Of Lies’ (2018). Two years which saw the band rock countless stages at home and abroad before going on to set the bar even higher with their latest offering: Fistful Of Fire was definitely one of the toughest Bonfire albums ever and has been released in March 2020.
As everybody knows, this album release was ill-fated by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic – stores closed shortly after the release and the tour had to be cancelled in the end. It’s a fact, that the band did not play one single show with their new album to this day.
However, the band from Ingolstadt is now looking forward. New plans arose for an upcoming project. It was summer 2020 when the band again hit Flatliners Recording Studios to start recording the new longplayer ‘Roots’, a magnificent ‘almost unplugged’ album with 24 tracks recorded again and interpreted in new ways. It includes recent ballads like ‘When An Old Man Cries’ and old evergreens like ‘You Make Me Feel’, contains old rock hits like ‘Ready 4 Reaction’ and ‘American Nights’ but also rousing rock hymns like ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, so every fan of this band will find something in this album. On top of that, it features 5 brand new songs that have been created while a crowdfunding campaign as remittance works for fans.
With this release and the new campaign on StartNext the band tries to get some money into their empty band accounts and offers quite some musical delicacy with regards to the content. Besides various merch items, living-room concerts, VIP Tickets for their streaming release show and special rarities like original master tapes or guitar amps, the new album “Roots” can be ordered here: https://www.startnext.com/bonfire-back-to-the-roots
Let’s hope for better times, in which live-concerts can take place again and let us support and celebrate one of Germany’s biggest rock bands in alternate ways until that day.
Tracklisting: CD1 01 Starin’ Eyes CD1 02 American Nights CD1 03 Let Me Be Your Water CD1 04 The Price Of Loving You CD1 05 Comin´ Home CD1 06 Ready 4 Reaction CD1 07 Give It A Try CD1 08 Sleeping All Alone CD1 09 Who´s Foolin´ Who CD1 10 Why Is It Never Enough CD2 01 Fantasy CD2 02 When An Old Man Cries CD2 03 Love Don´t Lie CD2 04 Lonely Nights CD2 05 Under Blue Skies CD2 06 You Make Me Feel CD2 07 No More CD2 08 The Devil Made Me Do It CD2 09 Without You CD2 10 Your Love Is Heaven To Me CD2 11 Piece Of My Heart CD2 12 Youngbloods CD2 13 Our Hearts Don´t Feel The Same CD2 14 Wolfmen
Alexx Stahl (Vocals), Hans Ziller (Guitar), Frank Pané (Guitar), Ronnie Parkes (Bass), André Hilgers (Drums)