Rock Hard Festival 2012

After the “Latin America tour 2012”, Unisonic started today (2012/05/27) the first festival date in Europe; RockHard Festival 2012 at Amphitheater, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It was the first show in Europe with Kai Hansen in the line-up. Unisonic played at 19:45 since 21:00. They shared stage with bands like Magnum, W.A.S.P., Girlschool, Graveyard…

Before the show, at 17:00 at 17:45, Unisonic did a signing session for all the fans.

After this show in Germany, they will make another five dates in festivals; Hellfest Open Air 2012 (June 15th) in France, Gods of Metal 2012 (June 21st) in Italy, Rockwave Festival 2012 (July 1st) in Greece, Masters of Rock 2012 (July 13th) in Czech Republic and Skogsrojet Festival 2012 (August 10th) in Sweden.

 

The setlist:01. Intro: The Ride of the Valkyries
02. Unisonic
03. Never Too Late
04. King For A Day
05. My Sanctuary
06. March Of Time (Guitar solos)
07. Souls Alive
08. Star Rider
09. We Rise
10. Never Change Me
__________________________________Encore

 

11. Future World
12. I Want Out

 

Brigitte review

The first 2 days we had a great weather in a very nice location nearby a river. Sadly most of the bands playing during the first 2 days were not my cup of tea, so I enjoyed more the weather. On the 3rd day you could see less Black/Death/Thrash Metal shirts and more people with traditional Metal shirts. I was also glad to see several people wearing Unisonic shirts. The bands playing on the 3rd day were also more into the traditional Metal and Hard Rock style. A lot of people joined the signing session to get autographs from Unisonic and luckily all 5 band members were there. The signing session started a few minutes after 17:00. It was not allowed to take pictures directly in front of the signing place and we were also told only to get 2 items signed. I let them sign my Unisonic editions, which were not yet signed. I also brought an old picture of Michael with me and he took some time for it and said a few words about it to the others. I also talked a few words with Kosta and Kai.

 

The concert started at 19:45 with Götz Kühnemund introducing Unisonic as co-Headliner. Then the known Wagner intro was played and another great concert started. I could manage to be at first row. Michael was again in perfect vocal shape and Kai of course was funny as always and really enjoyed playing in Germany again. The band itself seems to be growing more and more together and very often changed their positions. I stood nearby some speakers, but the sound was quite ok. The mixing of the vocals could have been a bit louder maybe, but the whole sound was better than of some other bands who played before. They played the South American set-list with the exception of the songs ‘Renegade’, ‘I’ve Tried’ and sadly one of my favorites ‘Over the Rainbow’. They kept the 3 Helloween songs ‘March of Time’, ‘Future World’ and ‘I want Out’. The audience sang with the band during several songs. Of course the whole crowd went wild during the old Helloween classics. Michael again left the stage to shake several hands in the audience and a fantastic but sadly too short concert ended.

 

Press stuff

Here is the photo album of Brigitte, click here. Here is the photo album of Brigitte from the signing session, check here. Another photo album by Uli Bechstein, here. The label EarMusic/Edel uploaded a photo album, check it here! A great and big photo album by rocknroll-reporter.de, check here. And another fantastic photo album from live-frenzy.de can be found here, check here.

Videoclips

Unisonic musicians talking and waiting for signing session at Rock Hard Festival 2012.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXtIZUemjws

Michael Kiske preparing backstage for signing session:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxgDCkVuGgc

Rockpalast TV Live Special (King for a Day, March of Time, Souls Alive, Star Rider, We Rise, Never Change Me:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dchxdmb6NM

Introduction of Unisonic

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwFWD4MQVE4

Michael Kiske talking to the audience:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xxZEOwabsw

‘King For A Day’:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmXH8w9ffPE

‘March of Time’:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc3mUqRUXFo

‘Star Rider’:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eABOK5pMozI

‘Future World’:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz4S7VUfzrQ

‘I Want Out’:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT8Nd_msV9g