"Marc Storace and Krokus want to thank fans for 30 years of music." – Interview

I was a huge ‘80’s music fan, thankfully growing up in that era. What I loved about the decade was not only the kick ass hair and spandex, but the great music that came along with them. Fast forward 30 years later and you’ll see a slew of bands making a comeback. Krokus is one of them. However, according to frontman Marc Storace, he’ll tell you that Krokus never really went away. He recently chatted Krokus up, talked about the new album, “Hoodoo,” and personally thanked fans for sticking with them during all this time.

Q – Krokus was huge back 20 years ago. It seems like a lot of bands from that era are making a comeback. Why did the original members decide to get back together?

A - The Reunion of the Originals was quite unintentional. I was out on the road promoting the "Hellraiser" album during the longest European tour in the history of this band, out of the blue, my personal manager informed me of this offer to participate in a Music Show called "The Biggest Swiss Hits Of All Times.” Swiss National Television insisted on having "the original" Krokus formation from the “Metal-Rendezvous” era. Seeing the huge promotional potential behind this, I joined, and we performed a painless 3 minute medley of our songs – “Tokyo Nights,” “Heatstrokes,” “Bedside Radio” - which ended with a hysterical standing-ovation from the “live" studio-audience. This spectacle was witnessed by a million TV-viewers!!! The feedback was so sensational that it led to the friendly reunion of the *Krokus - Class of 82.* (smile)

Q – Bands like Aerosmith and Metallica changed their music styles throughout the year but never really left the public eye. When a band like Krokus is huge years ago and then comes back 20 or so years later, how does it recapture the audience and popularity it had at the height of the band’s career?

A - Krokus never totally left the public eye. The reunion of 1994 saw the present team back together, minus bassist Chris Von Rohr. That was for the album "To Rock Or Not To Be." Krokus has a history like a revolving door that made some fans unhappy! I mean, even for me it was always saddening to establish a relationship with a new band-member and be wishing him the best for his future only a short time later. From that point of view, it felt great to finally be reunited with my old buddies.

(Pics courtesy of Krokus Online)

Q – Since coming onto the scene in 1980, how has Krokus’ music grown and changed?

A - There’s an old profound saying which goes "Uproot a wild flower, and you influence the whole universe." The same goes for football teams, record companies and bands. You replace one team member and the new guy influences the whole game. What I mean to say is, the growing and changing of the band’s music was in our case heavily influenced by the numerous band member changes that Krokus went through, or should I say, suffered!

Q – What is the band’s approach this time around? What do you want to accomplish this time?

A - We basically want to enjoy playing together. There is nothing in this world which is more satisfying for a musician than to play to thousands of hysterical fans. The present team just proved again that we can do it! We are not one of those reunion-bands that lie on their laurels and bathe in nostalgia. We just wrote and released a hit album which entered the Swiss Album Charts at No.1 and is still, 2 months later, up there at No.3. “Hoodoo” even achieved remarkable placing in Germany, Sweden, Greece and the rest of Europe. We are very happy that Sony International will release “Hoodoo” in the USA on their SIN label pretty soon too.

Q – Krokus is Switzerland’s biggest export. I can’t really think of anyone else from Switzerland that made it as big as you guys. What’s different about Switzerland’s outlook on music than the United States’?

A - After London, I first set foot in Switzerland back in the 1971 and was greeted by a very clean and organized, naturally beautiful country, with a good social system and flourishing economy. At first glance, I did not make it out to be the perfect breeding ground for rock bands at all! I doubted whether I could make a living out of playing music alone here. Back then there seemed to be too small a market for local bands. However, being geographically situated in the hub of Europe (most international bands made a stop here to play at least one concert and still do so today) I strongly believed one could get a good band over the borders into the international market, and that’s what actually happened later.

By the time I joined Krokus in 1979, I noticed that there was a bigger following for local rock music here than before. However, Krokus first enjoyed its real local massive acceptance after first touring Europe, the USA and Canada. No other Swiss act had toured as far as the USA before. In 1982 we became the first Swiss act to sell out the Hallenstadion in Zurich. The crowd was hysterical!

Q – How would you describe the musical landscape today with the implementation of the Internet and shows like “American Idol?” Do you think there is a better advantage to ‘make it’ now then when you first came onto the scene?

A - I am no fan of those big so called Idol seeking shows! I mean, real idols cannot be created in this way. This is a fad created for television and I don’t see any long lasting effect. Only a handful of participants ever make a big impression because of any special talent they might portray. This kind of show sends the wrong message to budding artists who are better off focusing on the real thing.

I think the odds are harder today. Although my two teenage children are musically talented, I never insist for them to make a profession out of it. They are also good at school. In the end they are free to choose their own way in life, and they will always have my support.

Internet is now a practical part of our daily lives and is helpful in communicating and expanding our knowledge of whatever we wish to know about artists just by logging onto their websites and more. It almost makes buying newspapers or CD's irrelevant today, but that is fortunately not the case. Downloading songs for example, will never surpass the pleasure of owning the real CD. By adding that new CD to your collection, you get the artwork, lyrics, photographs and sometimes videos or posters of your favorite artists.

Q - The new album is called “Hoodoo.” How is this one different than the rest of Krokus’ albums?

A – “Hoodoo” was a conscious attempt to recapture our early 80`s sound, yet adding that slightly modern touch. It contains no fillers and the longest track is the magnificent ballad "Ride Into The Sun" at 4 minutes and 59 seconds. Each song is straight to the point; no frills but more thrills!

Q – What do you want to say to the fans that have been with you since day one?

A - Dear ‘Day One’ fans,

“It wasn’t easy establishing this long relationship with you all in the first place, and I can assure you that your lasting loyalty is not something I take for granted. 30 years is a helluva long time to stay friends! I hope we can all stick around to enjoy this friendship for a few more years to come, before moving on to happier hunting grounds (smile). Apart from enjoying your love so much, let me tell you that I nowadays also enjoy the love of your offspring attending our concerts. Thank you for passing down the real handcrafted sounds in the face of a world saturated in plastic. Fingers crossed, I hope the band and I will be able to re-visit the United States very soon, in order to meet you all ‘live’ at our concerts once again.”

Rock On and God Bless,

Marc Storace

For updates concerning Krokus visit: www.krokusonline.com.

BYLINE:

Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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