MANDY MEYER Rejoins KROKUS After 30 Years; New Album Out in February
Founder Chris Von Rohr and Fernando Von Arb are thrilled to have him back in the fold with Fernando proclaiming, “Now the Krokus family is complete again.”
Mandy Meyer replaced original guitarist Tommy Kiefer (RIP) for the remainder of 1980’sMetal Rendez-Vous tour and 1981’s Hardware tour and witnessed the growing popularity of Krokus worldwide including the band’s first US tour. Those two albums sold millions of copies around the world.
Mandy left Krokus and moved at the tender age of 22 years old to Los Angeles to pursue his musical dreams. And it worked out pretty good, as time would tell, playing with many superstars including Asia (recording the Astra album with them).
In the mid-nineties Mandy moved back to Switzerland and joined Gotthard, another successful Swiss band. In 2004 he left that band and concentrated on his solo career. Between 2005 and 2007 he toured with Krokus in support of the Hellraiser album, which he recorded and contributed to.
Towards the end of 2011 Chris Von Rohr approached Mandy and asked him whether he would be game to play a couple of shows in Japan. Recalls Mandy, “I agreed in a New York minute.” The concerts proved to be totally successful. “And we got along great, it was as if time stood still,” reminisces Mandy.
The last couple of months Mandy secretly recorded the forthcoming new album Dirty Dynamite, which is scheduled to be released at the end of February, with the rest of the band at Abbey Road Studios in London. Singer Marc Storace beams, “The collaboration with Mandy conclusively convinced us to complete our five-piece band by inviting him officially as our third guitarist. You never heard Krokus as powerful as on this new album!”
Bassist and producer Chris Von Rohr is excited about the newest events, “With Mandy rejoining Krokus our fans will be able to witness the best Krokus formation ever.”
Mandy Meyer is equally happy, “Everything is much better than before. Because these days we know exactly what we’re doing. We are ready for the next major coup.”