On October 10, Jason Saulnier of the MusicLegends.ca web site conducted an interview with STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
STRATOVARIUS‘s new DVD, “Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere”, recently entered the Music DVD chart in Finland at position No. 1.
The news of drummer Jörg Michael‘s departure from the Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS in September 2011 was a shock for all of the band’s fans.
To say goodbye to a friend, hero and member who characterized STRATOVARIUS‘ sound for over a decade, the group embarked on a five-show farewell tour of Finland in November of last year.
Before coming back with a brand new studio album in 2013, STRATOVARIUS released a two-hour DVD filmed and recorded in Tampere, Finland on November 19, 2011. This is one of the very last shows the band played with Michael.
Released on June 29 via earMUSIC, “Under Flaming Winter Skies – Live In Tampere” marks the end of an era as well as a new beginning. Hits and classics like “Under Flaming Skies”, “Speed Of Light” and “Hunting High And Low” as well as exclusive bonus material (30-minute documentary about the band’s history, exclusive interviews with each member as well as a special comment from Jörg Michael about the reasons to leave the band) makes it a must-have for every fan and a real collector’s item not to be missed.
STRATOVARIUS in June announced the addition of 24-year-old drummer Rolf Pilve to the group’s ranks.