Now for the big encore! After their sold-out farewell show from 2019 in Zurich’s Hallenstadion, Krokus want to go on tour again. Highlight: another concert in the Hallenstadion on May 6, 2023! “Sometimes things are different than you thought,” explains singer Marc Storace (70) the resignation of the resignation. The madness of the pandemic over the past two and a half years has made the band rethink and made it clear once again what life is really about, adds bassist Chris von Rohr (70). And that is making music with friends, celebrating rock ‘n’ roll with fans and enjoying life.
With the resurrection of Krokus, a unique history of Swiss music surprisingly receives another chapter. Since their founding in 1975, the Solothurn hard rockers have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Works such as “Metal Rendez-vous” (1980) and “Headhunter” (1983) catapulted themselves to the top of the charts in countries such as the USA and are still milestones in the genre today.
Zoff between Marc Storace and Chris von Rohr
Krokus also repeatedly had to accept setbacks, such as the early death of guitarist Thomy Kiefer (1952–1986). During a month-long tour of North America, Storace and von Rohr fell out, the latter leaving the group in exasperation. Later, the original guitarist Fernando von Arb (69) also gave up. In the ’90s, sometimes only one original member of Krokus was there.
In 2008 there was a surprising comeback in the original formation: Von Rohr, Storace and von Arb got together and ended up at number one in the hit parade with the hit “Hoodoo”. They gave their first concert after reunification in Bern’s Stade de Suisse. “It’s great that the boys are back,” said Motörhead’s late rock legend Lemmy Kilmister († 70). “Crocus are cool,” said shock musician Alice Cooper (74), “I have great respect for people who have a long career.” Krokus played at the biggest rock festivals in Europe and went on a US tour again.
They missed each other as a unit
But three years ago it was said: “Adios, amigos!” Crocus pulled the plug. They wanted to resign at the peak, explained von Rohr at the time. “Every party has to come to an end,” added von Arb. It was an unforgettable journey, he concluded.
Life in retirement seems to have become too boring for the Krokus retirees. “It really is,” says Storace. Corona and the lockdown would have reinforced this feeling: “We became more and more aware of how much we missed each other as a unit and how much we missed the fans.”
They are passionate musicians, “that’s what keeps us together and makes us happy,” adds Fernando von Arb. “Yesterday is history. Today is a gift. And tomorrow remains uncertain, »says Chris von Rohr philosophically. «So let’s rock a little more! We’re looking forward to our holiday together, yeah!”
Concert: May 6, 2023, Hallenstadion Zurich (advance sale at Ticketcorner on Wednesday, 2 p.m.)