Krokus honored with giant stone for 45 years of band history
«From Solothurn into the world»
In 2019, Solothurn decided to finally pay tribute to its most famous sons. Krokus, the country’s most successful rock band with 15 million albums sold, were founded in 1975 in the ambassador city. The award, which was postponed due to Corona, has now been made up for.
The current cast of Krokus with the Ehrenstein in Solothurn (from left): Mandy Meyer, Flavio Mezzodi, Mark Kohler, Chris von Rohr, Fernando von Arb and Marc Storace.
Jean Claude Galli
Krokus have been honorary citizens of the US music stronghold of Memphis, Tennessee, since 1983. However, before their hometown of Solothurn honored the country’s most successful rock band with 15 million albums sold, significantly more water had to flow down the Aare.
“For a long time we weren’t really aware of what we had in them and just accepted their size,” said Mayor Stefanie Ingold (55) at yesterday’s unveiling of the giant Jura limestone on the Chantierwiese near Baseltor. “But we want to finally change that with this monument.”
The inscription on the occasion of 45 years of rock ‘n’ roll since the band was founded in 1975 is aptly written: “In Rock We Trust – From Solothurn to the world”. “I feel great joy and great gratitude,” says founder and bassist Chris von Rohr (70). «Here are our roots and the stone is as strong and powerful as our sound.»
“Crocus only possible in Solothurn”
The current band members with Chris von Rohr, Marc Storace (70), Fernando von Arb (69), Mandy Meyer (62), Mark Kohler (62) and Flavio Mezzodi (45) pose for the photographers in front of the imposing stone, just as moved as they are proud . The city nursery will plant the eponymous crocuses, which are still missing, next spring. “Krokus would never have been possible in Zurich, nor in Los Angeles or Miami, but only in Solothurn. The sound we make could only really have been born here,” they say.
In 2019, the city decided to honor its most famous export on the occasion of the 2000th anniversary before Corona shook everything up. Now, in addition to the award, the anniversary open air will also be rescheduled, where Krokus will be the first band ever to perform directly in front of the entrance of the venerable St. Ursen Cathedral on September 10th. The concert was sold out within 40 minutes. “We really hope that no bricks will fall down,” says singer Marc Storace, “because we won’t hold back. Compromises are not our thing.”
Not even on May 6, 2023, when Krokus will start again in Zurich’s Hallenstadion after their farewell show from 2019. «Corona kissed us awake. And the music is our medicine», the sextet says happily. Advance sales for Zurich are already in full swing.