Vendredi 26 Avril 2019 - Samedi 27 Avril 2019 @ Lauda-Königshofen - Tauberfrankenhalle :
► CANDLEMASS (SWE)
► A TRIBUTE TO Mark Shelton * (U.S./SWE/DE/GRE/ITA/PORT/POL)
► ARIA (RUS)
► SATAN (U.K.)
► REVELATION 23 (U.S.) - Featuring AGENT STEEL's John Cyriis
► CULPRIT (U.S.)
► CITIES (U.S.) - Reunion - First European show ever
► TEXAS METAL LEGION (U.S.) - Texas all star band **
- ► RITUAL (U.K.)
► SOLSTICE (U.K.)
► SACRED RITE (U.S.) - Reunion - First European show ever
► JUGGERNAUT (U.S.) - First European show ever
► SAVAGE MASTER (U.S.)
► IDLE HANDS (U.S.)
We are happy to announce one headliner of KEEP IT TRUE 2019
We are very proud, that CANDLEMASS feat.
Original Singer Johan Längqvist will be our saturday headliner at KEEP IT TRUE 2019.
Let's hope the icelandic volcanos will allow it this time!!!
* A TRIBUTE TO Mark Shelton :
Almost exactly [two and a half] month[s] ago we lost MARK SHELTON.
He was an icon of Epic Metal and an idol for us all.
The scene lost a genius musician, an idol and a friend to many.
The fans were always the most important for Mark.
He took time for everyone and had a good joke all the time.
The sadness in the underground scene was all over, the condolences reached the level of Dio and Lemmy.
Shortly after his tragic passing, Bryan, Ross, Neudi and I (Oliver) met at Neudis house and we cried, told stories and laughed on all the funny times we had together.
In this moment we came up with the idea to do an epic tribute to him, which only could happen at KIT.
We want to celebrate and honor the legacy of Mark Shelton with all his friends and fans. Thats why we thought about it a long time and only invited his close musician friends.
Here is the list so far:
Kostas"H.K." Tzortzis (BATTLEROAR)
Eric "Kalli Coldsmith" Kaldschmidt (REVENANT, MASTERS OF DISGUISE, ABANDONED)
Gianluca "The Ancient" Silvi (BATTLE RAM, DOOMSWORD, BAPHOMET'S BLOOD)
João "Tann" Fonseca (IRONSWORD, ADAMANTINE, ex-ALASTOR)
Phil Ross (MANILLA ROAD)
Jarvis Leatherby (NIGHT DEMON)
Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS, KRUX, THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM, ex-NEMESIS, ex-ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA, ex-AVATARIUM)
Rick "Ziggy" Fisher (RIDDLEMASTER, ex-MANILLA ROAD)
Randy "Thrasher" Foxe (HELLWELL, ex-MANILLA ROAD)
Neudi (MANILLA ROAD, TRANCE, ROXXCALIBUR, ex-EXCESS, ex-SUDDEN DARKNESS, ex-MASTERS OF DISGUISE, ex-SEDUCTION)
Bryan "Hellroadie" Patrick (MANILLA ROAD)
Tim Baker (CIRITH UNGOL)
Marta Gabriel (CRYSTAL VIPER, BÖRN AGAIN)
Jake Rogers (VISIGOTH, GALLOWBRAID)
Alexx Stahl (BONFIRE, ROXXCALIBUR, ex-MASTERS OF DISGUISE, ex-SEDUCTION)
Deathmaster (DOOMSWORD, ex-FIURACH)
Maybe we can add another famous singer to this line up.
There is only one musician, who deserves to get a Tribute Show as the headlining act at KEEP IT TRUE: Mark Shelton.
We will meet in April 2019 to hear these epic Manilla hymns one last time!!
UP THE HAMMERS my friends!!
** TEXAS METAL LEGION line-up :
Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, IGNITOR, ex-WATCHTOWER)
Bob Catlin (JUGGERNAUT, ex-S.A. SLAYER)
Art Villareal (KARION, MILITIA, ex- S.A. SLAYER, ex-Rhett Forrester)
Scott Womack (JUGGERNAUT)
Chip Alexander (MILITIA, ex-KARION)
Unfortunately RITUAL have to cancel their show at KIT.
A few days ago we got an email from a so called personal manager of the bandleader Gypsy.
We dealt everything with Gypsy himself and had no clue about personal managers etc.
Many of you already thought, that this band is not reliable and they did it again.
We are very sorry, to not have listened to you, but all deals were fixed properly with Gypsy, we did not expect a stunt like this.
Somehow you know why many bands will never have any success.
But anyways, lets look forward now to our epic headliner announcement tomorrow and dont waste our time with unreliable musicians.
Here is the email we got... make up your own thoughts:Dear Mr.Weinsheimer, my apologies for not contacting you sooner,but i have been away on business matters. I was only informed of your festival booking offer to my client Gypsy Re Bethe, yesterday on my return. It is standard practice as you know,that all arrangments and bookings, have to be approved by me.This is my legal obilgation to all artistes, contracted to our agency. I do not represent the act"Ritual" who, to my knowledge, ceased to be active in 1996. And for the purpose of a live appearance, it would be a one off "reunion" of the members,not an ongoing concern from that event. However,the founder member,of that act, Gypsy Re Bethe is contracted to our company under personal management. He is one of our most accomplished,and valued solo performers. Gypsy Re Bethe is now 66,and has recently had health issues,and although now well recovered,has been advised to restrict travelling and stay in the UK, for the immediate future. Thorsten at High Roller Records will confirm this,as he recently bought all the rights to Ritual albums, from Gypsy Re Bethe during his illness. I had no part in this arrangement, only to read and approve the contract. Therefore regretfully, i am unable to release this particular artiste, from his contractual obilgations due to pending arrangements, at this time. The KIT festival dates,unfortunately clashes with,the planned filming, for a UK TV BBC documentary which includes Gypsy Re Bethe,i am sure you will understand,this as a priority. Gypsy Re Bethe has been informed of my decision today. I wish you much success with the KIT festival,and hope you find a suitable replacement act. regards Max Bernstein.