HAIL!: Scandinavian Shows Announced

Hot on the heels of its recent shows in Turkey, Greece and Austria, metal supergroup HAIL! — the new all-star project featuring guitarist Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH) and bassist David Ellefson (F5, MEGADETH) — has confirmed the first dates of its much-anticipated Scandinavian tour this September. They are as follows:

Sep. 04 - Luftslottet, Grimstad, Norway
Sep. 05 - Glassheim, Jevnaker, Norway
Sep. 07 - The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep. 08 - Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark

Ellefson beamed: "The Scandinavian fans have always been tremendous to all of us and it is with great pride that we return to say hello to these hardcore maniacs. We will be touring for two full weeks and it remains our intention to play as many smaller cities as we can. It looks like we have more dates and we'll announce the rest of them very shortly, but in the meantime we wanted to let everybody know we are coming and we can't wait to see you all real soon."

The members of HAIL! have some special treats up their sleeves, as several high-profile guests are expected to join the band onstage.

"This is going to be great!" said Ripper. "The world of metal has always been a tribe and HAIL! has provided a wonderful opportunity to unite that tribe. We've received offers to play all over the world, in some really unbelievable places that have never even had a concert before, and it makes me feel really good to know that people are so supportive of what we're doing. We're really looking forward to this."

Added Kisser: "Scandinavia has produced some amazing bands — black metal started here, extraordinary musicians like Mikkey Dee from MOTÖRHEAD and Yngwie came from here, and bands like OPETH, DIMMU BORGIR, GORGOROTH, MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND, LORDI, NIGHTWISH, ARCH ENEMY, MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and even bands like ABBA, THE HIVES, H.I.M. and EUROPE have all made their mark on the music world. For a relatively small area of land, these countries have created some amazing and diverse music — it's a honor to play there."

Fan-filmed video footage of HAIL! performing cover versions of METALLICA's "Whiplash" and BLACK SABBATH's "Neon Knights" on May 1, 2009 in Vienna, Austria can be viewed below (courtesy of "FotherMucker00").

HAIL!'s setlist for the recently completed European mini-tour was as follows:

01. Ace Of Spades (MOTÖRHEAD)
02. Territory (SEPULTURA)
03. Symphony Of Destruction (MEGADETH)
04. Grinder (JUDAS PRIEST)
05. Fucking Hostile (PANTERA)
06. Walk (PANTERA)
07. Balls To The Wall (ACCEPT)
08. Neon Knights (BLACK SABBATH)
09. Wrathchild (IRON MAIDEN)
10. Green Manalishi (JUDAS PRIEST)
11. Metal Gods (JUDAS PRIEST)
12. Paranoid (BLACK SABBATH)
13. Peace Sells (MEGADETH)
14. Refuse/Resist (SEPULTURA)
15. TNT (AC/DC)
16. Whiplash (METALLICA)

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