Plots out world domination for 2015… just in time for that Charles Manson wedding, speaking of Lucifer’s pals!
By Uncle Blurt
It was a self-titled debut that quaked 1970 – or at least caused your ol’ Uncle here a few teenage heart palpitations. We’re talking Britain’s Lucifer’s Friend, and the album in question, described as “heavy and majestic… a pioneer release of progressive rock genre.,” was quite the debut. Several more near-classic albums would follow, although in 1976 vocalist John Lawton quit to join the higher-profile likes of Uriah Heep, and the band soldiered on until 1982, reuniting briefly in 1994 for their ninth album Sumo Grip.
Never fear, fanbase: the band has just announced plans for a 2015 compilation featuring some new material, Awakening, in March of 2015 via Cherry Red (pre-orders will net you an “exclusive signed item”), plus an appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival, with more dates definitely to be announced.
Co-founding member Peter Hesslein said: “Over the years I have been asked many times, by all sorts of people, regarding a re-union / re-formation of Lucifer’s Friend. As there are currently several international bands releasing cover versions of our old songs and in particular creating a “Hype” about Lucifer’s Friend amongst the skateboarder’s world-wide, we thought that before it really is too late, to give our fans, especially the younger ones, a chance to experience a part of the founder members of Hard Rock…“
Dieter Horns added: “When I received the first call regarding a re-union of Lucifer’s Friend, on the spot I was wide awake and electrified. In recent decades we often discussed the possibility of a restart, made contact with studios and record companies, but now it should finally come true.”
John Lawton also added: “The reformation of Lucifer’s Friend has been a long time coming, but we all feel that the time is right…To get back together with the guys with whom I had worked together for so many years and recorded albums that have in many respects stood the test of time, is for me, an upcoming highlight. We’re joined by Yogi Wichman on keyboards, who played on our last album Sumo Grip, but unfortunately the original drummer Addi Rietenbach died many years ago, so we will be introducing drummer Stephan Eggart into the band line-up…”
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