Tres bandas más que se han incorporado al cartel del Sweden Rock 2010 y que son grandes clásicos del rock: WASP que presentan su último trabajo Babylon; Yesterday & Today con Dave Meniketti al frente y Ratt que intentan desde 2006 recuperar viejas glorias. Para noticias anteriores, venta de entradas, etc, pincha en este enlace Sweden Rock Festival 2010. Esta son las bandas confirmadas hasta ahora.

Traditional, though intensely heavy rock with a deadly groove - the recipe for the success of Canada's first internationally renowned hard rock act Bachman-Turner Overdrive, creators of such albums as "Not Fragile" (1974) and hits like "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", "Takin' Care of Business", "Let It Ride" and "Roll on Down the Highway". The band's classic front-duo consisted of guitarist and chief song-writer Randy Bachman and bassist Fred Turner, a.k.a. "the man with the Harley-Davidson voice". These two were permanently separated after Bachman's departure from BTO in 1991, but nearly two decades later, the duo Bachman-Turner have reunited and is currently working on their first common album since 1984! And their festival debut will take place on SRF. Where else?

W.A.S.P. (US)
Blackie Lawless & Co is one of those bands that Sweden, and not least the SRF-crowd, never seems to get enough of. When W.A.S.P:s eponymous debut arrived in 1984 Sweden was one of the regions where the band's glam-laden heavy metal caused the biggest sensation, and where their spectacular horror show rattled the parental generation the most. Since then, W.A.S.P. have kept releasing albums that remain popular to this day, but obviously that earliest period is still very special to the band's fans. Now here's a reason for them to cheer - W.A.S.P's setlist at SRF 2010 will consist EXCLUSIVELY of songs from the two first albums "W.A.S.P." and "The Last Command" (1985)! Nothing but golden oldies like "I Wanna Be Somebody", "Wild Child", "Blind in Texas" and "LOVE Machine" throughout the entire show - how's that for a great gift to every devoted W.A.S.P.-fan out there?

Melodic rocker Rick Springfield got his first hit as a solo artist in his native land Australia as early as 1971, but after moving to Hollywood the following year fiasco followed fiasco for several years before he finally got his break in 1981. But that break was a double one: as a musician with mega-hit "Jessie's Girl", and as an actor in soap opera "General Hospital". More US-hits followed, including "I've Done Everything for You", "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Human Touch", but in 1985 Springfield took a time-out to be with his family after which Europe more or less lost track of him. However, to his fellow Americans (he is an Australian-American citizen since 2006) he is still a well-known character, and melodic rockers of all nationalities hold him in such high esteem that he should actually be considered a quite reputable addition to SRF 2010.

They brought down the house at SRF 2008 - now Ratt, one of the biggest glam metal-bands in history, return to Sweden and the festival. In the 80s, the band were the main competitors of Mötley Crüe, creating a multitude of classic tracks like "Round and Round", "Lay It Down", "You're in Love" and "Wanted Man". Then came an extended period during which Ratt came and went with ever-changing line-ups, none of which came close to the stature of the original band. Order was restored in 2007, when the band resumed touring with three of the five classic members, including vocalist Stephen Pearcy. And in April 2009 Ratt signed a new record deal with Roadrunner, where their highly anticipated comeback album "Infestation" will be released Spring 2010. No doubt about it anymore, the band is back and they're hungry again!

Sabaton is without a doubt one of the most talked-about Swedish metal bands of today - in their home country they may even have superseded the mighty Hammerfall as the most popular defenders of traditional, 80s metal-values. Ever since the band's explosive Swedish breakthrough with "Primo Victoria" in 2005, their popularity has kept increasing with succeeding albums "Attero Dominatus" (2006) and especially "The Art of War" (2008). The latter even led to Sabaton being invited to perform in Turkish TV, thanks to the song "The Cliffs of Gallipoli". There's no doubt that the band is one of the fastest growing stars in the Swedish hard rock heavens, and their return to SRF has been eagerly anticipated - to put it mildly.

D-A-D (DK)
After ten studio albums D-A-D is one of Denmark's biggest rock bands of all time, with a very characteristic sound influenced by both country and punk. The quartet peaked commercially in the late 80s-early 90s with the albums "No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims" (1989) and "Riskin' It All" (1991), containing classics like "Sleeping My Day Away", "Bad Craziness" and "Laugh 'n a ½". But that does not mean that D-A-D should be labelled as has-beens, since many claim that their most recent outputs "Scare Yourself" (2005) and "Monster Philosophy" (2008) represent a second golden age. Not least in Sweden, where brothers Jesper and Jacob Binzer (vocals/guitar and guitar, respectively), Stig Pedersen (bass) and Laust Sonne (drums) have been established as a great cult band for many years.

Few artists have combined the progressive with the hit-oriented as successfully as Canadian quintet Saga. The group debuted in 1978 and peaked commercially in the early 80s with such albums as "Worlds Apart" (1981) and "Heads or Tales" (1983), particularly in Germany and Puerto Rico (!). "Full Circle" (1999) heralded something reminiscent of a second golden age for the band, since both this and consecutive albums are held in high esteem by old and new Saga-fans alike. The departure of singer Michael Sadler in 2007 was a potentially devastating blow to the band's career, but happily the audience has reacted positively to new front-man Rob Moratti as well as "The Human Condition", the first Sadler-less Saga-album in history - the band's twentieth studio product to date!

Y & T (US)
San Francisco's Y&T caused a sensation within the metallic underground when they released "Earthshaker" in 1981. The album, and its successors "Black Tiger" (1982), "Mean Streak" (1983) and "In Rock We Trust" (1984) are all timeless classics with an equally melodic and aggressive heavy metal-sound and songs from the top drawer and then some. Sadly Y&T never played in Sweden during this golden age, so the expectations were immense when they finally arrived at SRF in 2003. The performance was a resounding success, which repeated itself on the band's return the following year. And now guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti, bassist Phil Kennemore and guitarist John Nymann, accompanied by (relatively) new drummer Mike Vanderhule, will return to the scene of this double triumph - at about the same time as Y&T's first new album in 13 years (!) sees the light of day.

Better late than never! Lauded documentary "The Story of Anvil" has given a tremendous career-boost to one of the most underrated bands in heavy metal history. Anvil formed in Toronto in 1978, and their most acclaimed albums, "Metal on Metal" and "Forged in Fire", arrived in 1982 and 1983 respectively. The band had a huge influence not least on the growing thrash metal-movement spearheaded by Metallica and Slayer, but the big break eluded Anvil themselves. Still the band, centered around vocalist/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner, refused to give up or compromise, and now they are finally rewarded for their obstinacy. Pending the release of Anvil's fourteenth studio album "Juggernaut of Justice" public expectations are higher than ever, and SRF-attendees are guaranteed a breathtaking display of superlatively brutal, traditional heavy metal.

How heavy metal-fans have waited, and pined! Now classic Helloween-vocalist Michael Kiske finally returns to the realm of metal, in a new project with prolific producer and Pink Cream 69-bass player Dennis Ward. The two have previously released two albums with the AOR-inspired Place Vendome, but this is the first time Kiske joins a heavy metal-band - and even marks his actual return to the live-stage - since his departure from Helloween in 1993. Unisonic also consists of Ward's partner in crime from Pink Cream 69 and Place Vendome, Kosta Zafiriou, on drums, plus guitar-king Mandy Meyer (Asia, Krokus, Gotthard etc.), and their debut album will be released before the festival.

Mother's Finest from Atlanta are most famous for the funk/disco classic "Baby Love" off "Another Mother Further" (1977), but are also one of the earliest and best examples that colour makes no difference for how hard you can rock! In the 80s, the band supplanted their radio-friendly approach for uncompromising, raw and funky hard rock, and mainstream listeners lost sight of them for good. Among hard rock connoisseurs, however, albums like "Iron Age" (1981) and "Black Radio Won't Play This Record" (1992) are heralded masterpieces, and Mother's Finest have also proven themselves as an extraordinary live act supporting the likes of Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, REO Speedwagon and Aerosmith. Bassist Jerry "Wyzard" Seay and vocal duo Glenn Murdock and Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy constitute the band's core trio, and the latter's voice must be heard to be believed! In short, this is the band you didn't know you needed - but trust us, you do!

Canadian AOR-hero Aldo Nova is best known internationally for the hit single "Fantasy", that propelled his debut "Aldo Nova" (1982) to double platinum status in the US. "Monkey on Your Back" off "Subject" (1983) was a decent hit as well, but Aldo Nova retired as a solo artist after his third album "Twitch" (1985) sold alot less than the previous two except in - Sweden! He has since gained greater recognition as a professional composer, creating massive hits for artists like Céline Dion and Clay Aiken. Over the years, he has also released a few more solo albums, for instance the superb, guitar-oriented "Blood on the Bricks" (1991) where he wrote most of the songs together with Jon Bon Jovi. Apart from being a fantastic song writer he is also known for being a marvelous guitar player. His new album "Too Much Sex", due for release in early 2010, finally brings him to Sweden and Sweden Rock Festival!

Bigelf from Los Angeles has enjoyed massive cult status in Scandinavia since the release of their full-length debut "Money Machine" in 2000. The band's heavy, psychedelic and progressive hard-rock is dominated by front-man Damon Fox' grandiose keyboard-work and influenced by Beatles and Pink Floyd as well as Black Sabbath and Atomic Rooster. Though their second album and major-label debut "Hex" (2003) sadly didn't produce the global breakthrough Bigelf had hoped for, their loyal fan-base remained by their side and Bigelf's return with "Cheat the Gallows" in 2008 was met with the same well-deserved praise as their previous releases. And after supporting Dream Theater in both Europe and the US, Bigelf is arguably hotter than ever when they return to SRF after nine years.

Raven from Newcastle is one of the most legendary and long-lived bands from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Centered around brothers John (vocals, bass) and Mark Gallagher (guitar) they delivered well-crafted and, for its time, delightfully brutal music on their first three, classic albums "Rock Until You Drop" (1981), "Wiped-Out" (1982) and "All for One" (1983). And excepting a more melodic, US-courting period in the mid-80s, Raven have continued to deliver bona fide heavy metal, disregarding musical tends - to the delight of their fans. An accident in 2001, severely injuring Mark Gallagher's legs, forced the band to take an extended, but in 2009 they returned with the new album "Walk Through Fire". And in 2010, it gives us great pleasure to welcome one of the great names of British metal to their SRF-debut!

Norwegian Jørn Lande is one of today's most renowned hard rock vocalist in the traditional, blues-inspired vein associated with David Coverdale, Paul Rodgers, Joe Lynn Turner et al. His resume includes noticeable stints in Vagabond, Ark, Beyond Twilight and especially Masterplan, but he is arguably most famous for his own project Jorn, which so far has released five self-composed studio albums since 2000 - the latest being "Spirit Black" (2009) - all packed with classic hard rock in the spirit of Whitesnake, Rainbow and Thin Lizzy. Since Lande is also a charismatic front-man it is hardly surprising that Jorn have gathered a loyal, consistently growing fan-base, not least in Sweden.

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