Guitarist Herman Li and drummer Dave Mackintosh of U.K. based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have just completed a guitar and drum clinic tour of China, Indonesia and India. At each clinic, Herman and Dave performed a number of DRAGONFORCE tracks, answered questions from fans and demonstrated techniques followed by an autograph/photo session.
The clinic tour was sponsored by Ibanez guitars and Tama drums, with Herman kicking it off in Kunming in southern China, making its way north and back finishing in Guangzhou. Dave‘s drum clinics started two days earlier in Indonesia before joining Herman in Chengdu China, pairing up for the rest of the Chinese tour.
Apart from individual dates, Herman and Dave also performed at the Palm Expo 2011, China’s largest and most established event for music and technology, the second largest event of its kind in the world.
After China, Herman completed the tour on his own with his first-ever appearances in India.
An interview with Herman Li conducted by Suyash from LIVEnDIRECTent on June 4, 2011 in Mumbai, India can be viewed below. This clip also contains performance footage.
DRAGONFORCE will play a special “up-close-and-personal” concert on Tuesday, October 18 at The Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
DRAGONFORCE will return to the U.S. after a two-year absence to perform a special one-off intimate set to give fans a unique opportunity to preview the band’s new singer, Marc Hudson, and brand new songs from their highly anticipated forthcoming album before moving to the big stage with full production on their world tour which commences early 2012. This will be the only show in western North America this year and tickets will be strictly limited to two per person.
After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, DRAGONFORCE in March welcomed 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the group in March of last year.
Born in Oxford England, Marc was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Marc has been building his vocal skills gigging with bands in the U.K. underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.
The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. The follow-up to 2008’s hugely successful “Ultra Beatdown” album will be highly anticipated, with top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy nomination in the United States setting the precedent. With Marc brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees DRAGONFORCE prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.
The new album is expected to hit the shelves in September.