Axel Rudi Pell - 'Live On Fire'

 

THE BAND:
Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums

 

 

 

 

 

 










SETLIST:
CD 1:
1.) "THE GUILLOTINE SUITE" (Intro)
2.) "GHOST IN THE BLACK"
3.) "STRONG AS A ROCK"
4.) "BEFORE I DIE"
5.) "THE MASQUERADE BALL" / "CASBAH" / "DREAMING DEAD" / "WHOLE LOTTA LOVE" / "DREAMING DEAD"
6.) DRUM SOLO
7.) "MYSTICA" / "MISTREATED" / "MYSTICA"
CD 2:
1.) "OCEANS OF TIME"
2.) "CIRCLE OF THE OATH"
3.) "FOOL FOOL"
4.) KEYBOARD SOLO / "CAROUSEL" / JAM / "CAROUSEL"
5.) "TEAR DOWN THE WALLS" / "NASTY REPUTATION"
6.) "ROCK THE NATION"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discography:
 1989 'Wild Obsessions'
1991 'Nasty Reputation'
1992 'Eternal Prisoner'
1993 'The Ballads'
1994 'Between The Walls'
1995 'Made In Germany' (live)
1996 'Black Moon Pyramid'
1997 'Magic'
1998 'Oceans Of Time'
1999 'The Ballads II'
2000 'The Masquerade Ball'
2000 'The Wizards Chosen Few' (best of)
2002 'Shadow Zone'
2002 'Knight Treasures - Live And More' (DVD)
2002 'Knights Live' (live)
2004 'Kings And Queens'
2004 'The Ballads III'
2006 'Mystica'
2007 'Diamonds Unlocked' (cover versions)
2008 'Live Over Europe' (DVD)
2008 'Tales Of The Crown'
2009 'Best Of- Anniversary Edition' (best of)
2010 'One Night Live' (DVD)
2010 'The Crest'
2011 'The Ballads IV'
2012 'Circle Of The Oath'
2013 'Live On Fire' (DVD/CD live)

 


     Axel Rudi Pell’s career began in 1980 with the band, Steeler, who sold over 30,000 copies of their commercially most successful release, 'Strike Back', and brought out their fourth and final album, 'Undercover Animal', in 1988. In November of that year, Pell formed his own group together with Jörg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire), drummer Jörg Michael, bassist Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O.) and the American vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory). Their debut album, 'Wild Obsessions', arrived at the stores one year later, followed by 'Nasty Reputation', for whom Pell enlisted the American frontman, Rob Rock (M.A.R.S, Impellitteri), who was replaced during the subsequent German tour by former Malmsteen vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto. With Soto as a new member, the third album, 'Eternal Prisoner' (1992), was undeniable proof that the band had found their own, unmistakable style. One year later, Pell brought out 'The Ballads', an album featuring his most accomplished rock ballads. 'With Between The Walls' (1994) and the live recording, 'Made In Germany', the guitarist from Bochum held on to his typical style even in the post-grunge era. The subsequent 'Black Moon Pyramid' (1996) was the second Pell album in succession to make the German album charts. 1997 saw the arrival of Pell’s eighth offering, 'Magic', featuring a thematically consistent concept based on supernatural stories. 'Magic' also entered the charts, followed by 'Oceans Of Time', the commercially most successful album at that time by the Axel Rudi Pell band, and the continuation of Pell’s ballad concept ('The Ballads II', 1999). Following the departure of Jeff Scott Soto, Pell enlisted American vocalist Johnny Gioeli (ex-Hardline) for the production of 'Oceans Of Time', The Ballads III and his 2000 release, Masquerade Ball. His characteristic voice also enhanced the subsequent releases, 'Shadow Zone' (2002) and 'Kings & Queens' (2004), as well as the highly accomplished 'Mystica' (2006) and the covers album, 'Diamonds Unlocked'. 'Tales Of The Crown' (2008), the most recent studio recording by the ARP Band, surprised with a number of innovations and made no. 41 of the German album charts. 'The Crest  is set to repeat this triumphal march.
Despite having planned his career meticulously over the past 25 years or so, even in the camp of German hard rock master Axel Rudi Pell surprises cannot be ruled out: Before playing in front of a sold out Cologne crowd on the second leg of his wildly successful 'Circle Of The Oath'-tour the opportunity arose for taping the whole show, with cameras being all over. Well, Axel gave it a try. And that was a good move. Ten years after his last live album 'Knights Live' (2002) you can - again - be a witness of a complete concert from the Bochum based guitar virtuoso and his German-American all-star band. To round out the Axel Rudi  Pell live package, the recording of the co-headlining gig at last year´s 'Rock Of Ages' festival was added to 'Live On Fire', the name of his newest live oeuvre. Obviously a live album doesn´t have the same importance and significance as a new studio output, but it nevertheless is a perfect snapshot in time, because 2012 was the most successful year in Axel Rudi Pell´s solo career by far! 'Circle Of The Oath', album No. 14, was released on March 23rd and rode high on the charts all over Europe: in his homeland Germany the critically acclaimed disc made it up to No. 16 in the first week, Switzerland welcomed good old Axel on No. 30, Austria on No. 55, Norway on No. 69 and in Sweden he went up to No. 51. The land of the elks even honoured the German guitarist with a Gold disc for selling well over 10.000 copies of the single 'Run With The Wind'! And last but not least he received another Gold Award for selling out three consecutive nights at the famous 'Zeche' venue in his native Bochum. Apart from that he rocked the summer crowds at the legendary 'Sweden Rock' and 'Wacken' festivals, as well as the open air 'Rock Of Ages' in Germany together with his band. Not only have those performances disqualified you from criticizing him – but on stage Axel Rudi Pell always delivers the goods in absolutely astonishing hard rock manner. And remember: no f***ing overdubs, guaranteed! Even though Axel loves the composing part at home and the recording business in the studio, home is where the heart is and that´s being on stage. Being musically socialized in the Golden Age of hard rock (the Seventies) he´s probably a bigger fan of live albums than he would admit. As they say: Applause is the performer´s meat and drink. But without sometimes being anarchistic spontaneously and playing with the audience´s emotions, without the sweat coming off the ceiling and the priceless energy being trapped in the middle of an adventure that is called live concert, when the lights go down and every amp is on fire – the life of a true rocker would be incomplete. Speaking of which: besides his success Axel Rudi Pell has always been that down-to-earth guy and mainly the fan he was turned into when he first heard Deep Purple´s 'Fireball' back in the day. With 'Live On Fire' he accomplishes a long-desired wish and gives his fans what they desperately want for quite some time. No surprise at all that the main focus is set on the newbies: here´s the striking chords of fast and furious opener „Ghost In The Black', the hard rocking pounding of „Before I Die' and without a doubt one of Axel´s best songs written in a decade: the brilliant 'Circle Of The Oath' which would made Jimmy Page cry out loud.  But there´s more to listen to on 'Live On Fire': the passion for medleys ("The Masquerade Ball"/"Casbah"/"Dreaming Dead") combined with some all-time classics here and there (Zeppelin´s 'Whole Lotta Love' or Purple´s „Mistreated'). And don´t forget his own hits like 'Fool Fool', 'Nasty Reputation' or 'Rock The Nation'! You´ll see (and hear) how well attuned this steady ARP line-up is. And they aren´t finished yet and will enter the studio in autumn of 2013, with a tour coming up in February/March of 2014. This could be something, as after a quarter of a century as a successful solo artist Axel Rudi Pell and his mates are still  'Live On Fire'!     

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Filmed  in
Cologne, Essigfabrik on October 18th 2012.  Disc I track five consisted of a medley that included opened with  Axel's "The Masquerade Ball"/"Casbah" and "Dreaming Dead".  Right in the middle of "Dreaming Dead" the guys break into the Led Zeppelin hit, "Whole Lotta Love".  The band just play a few measures of the cover  however it's enough to blow you away.  There is a drum solo after the medley.  It's like Tommy Lee & Carmine Appice said once, unless you are doing the solo with flare there kind of a waste of concert time.  Not that Mike's a bad drummer it's a great solo however that is one less song the band gets to play.  In the middle of "Mystica" the band breaks into a cover of Deep Purple's "Mistreated".  The way the guys led into this was amazing!  Though their version isn't as good as Deep's is.  It still is one of the best cover songs I've ever heard!!!!  Both tracks four & five of disc II consisted of medley's.  Track 4 opened with a keyboard solo before going into "Carousel".  Like I mentioned earlier though the drum & keyboard solos are great solos and I know why bands do them.  They are still a waste of great concert time.  Though the solo's aren't a downfall there the only things with this live release I can find fault in.  This is an absolute must for all Alex Rudi Pell Fans!