Rage returns with The Devil Strikes Back

Rage returns with The Devil Strikes Back

Back at the end of February, I went to see the classic 1988-1993 lineup of Rage, who called themselves Refuge after their biggest hit. I wondered how I could have missed this band in my youth. Here were a bunch of guys, barely older than me, playing music that was right up my alley. Maybe I was distracted by grunge, or maybe without the internet, it was harder to find German bands not named the…

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Rage – The Devil Strikes Again (July 8, 2016)

Rage – The Devil Strikes Again (July 8, 2016)

The Devil Strikes Again is the name of the new album by the German metal institution Rage. With this record and a new line-up, consisting of the native Venezuelan, Belgian-by-choice guitarist Marcos Rodriguez and the German-Greek, ex-drum tech and best friend of his predecessor Chris Efthimiadis, Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos on drums, along with mastermind, frontman and bass player Peter “Peavy” Wagner, Rage report back – louder than ever. The Devil Strikes Again is an impressive testimony of…

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Refuge-era Rage Let Loose in Tokyo!

Refuge-era Rage Let Loose in Tokyo!

Refuge – Shinagawa Stellar Ball, Tokyo, February 28, 2016 Three guys and a stage – sometimes that’s all you need. In 2014, Peavy Wagner, who still fronts Rage, reunited with Manni Schmidt and Chris Efthimiadis to play a secret show in their hometown, Herne, under the name “Tres Hombres“. They later labeled themselves Refuge, after one of Rage’s best-known songs from the years 1988-1993, often considered the “classic” Rage lineup. So while Refuge may be an “extended…

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Sweden Rock-Meister’s Eurotrip 2015: June 6

Sweden Rock-Meister’s Eurotrip 2015: June 6

Sweden Rock Festival Saturday June 6, 2015 Today is also Sweden’s National Day, so there are events flavored as such and the blue and yellow colours of the Swedish flag are everywhere. We left Shawn at home today as he seemed a bit tired and even a little worse for wear and we headed off for the final day at Sweden Rock Festival 2015. The day began for us with The Sirens on the Sweden Stage,…

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