The official web site of the veteran Swiss hard rock band KROKUS has been updated with the following message:
"As previously reported, the 'classic' [KROKUS] line-up minus Tommy Kiefer performed a playback medley for the incredibly popular six-part Swiss TV series 'Greatest Swiss Hits Of All Time' ['Die grössten Schweizer Hits']. The medley consisted of the songs 'Tokyo Nights', 'Bedside Radio' and 'Heatstrokes', all originally released on KROKUS' first album featuring 'the voice' Marc Storace. That album ('Metal Rendez-Vous') put KROKUS on the map internationally.
"During the Swiss TV show, the [KROKUS] musicians, much to their surprise, were presented by BMG (record label) with the 'diamond record award' for overall record sales in Switzerland during their tenure with the label (mainly in the '80s). This is an extremely rare award to be handed out. To put this into perspective, the 'diamond record award' equals receiving 40 'gold record awards' or 20 'platinum record awards' in comparison.
"Now 'Bedside Radio', originally released in November of 1979 as a single in Switzerland, is back in the 'Swiss Hitparade' ohart (equivalent to the U.S. Billboard chart). It shot from zero to #58 immediately in its first week after the broadcast.
"While the nostalgic fans got their three-minute and 45-second fix, the current line-up consisting of Marc Storace, Mandy Meyer, Dominique Favez, Tony Castell and Stefan Schwarzmann are working on new song material for their follow-up album to 'Hellraiser'. The 'Hellraiser Tour', in support of the current album, started in 2006 and is still going… and going… and going (you get the picture) with two more concerts in mid-December. When it's all said and done, the 'Hellraiser Tour' will be the most extensive European tour KROKUS ever has performed in their 30-plus-year band history. Another milestone for KROKUS!"
WKROKUS's November 18, 2007 performance on "Die grössten Schweizer Hits" can be viewed below.
KROKUS is one of the first confirmed bands for next year's Rocklahoma festival, which will be held July 11-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. KROKUS' participation in the event was announced on November 19 by the festival's organizers, Catch the Fever Music Festival, via KMOD radio in Tulsa.