"We had a lot of fun on the Agora Stage and I was really blown away about the fantastic performance of the musicians. A big thanks to all of you - that rocked! Also a big thanks to all the fans who came to support us. We're looking forward for the next shows! During summertime we'll work on new music and we plan to go into the studio this year. Stay tuned for the latest News."For all who don't know yet, here's the line up of ALMANAC:
Andy B. Franck – Vocal
the baptism of fire is close: On Frankfurt Music Fair I´ll present my new band ALMANAC.
ALMANAC is the continuation of the concept, which I started back in 2013 with LMO. The well-known faces of LMO stay the same: both female singers Jeannette Marchewka and Dana Harnge, as well as the Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. On top of that I am proud to announce that we also have two outstanding male singers joining us: Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69)! All of them offer me the possibility to add more variety and a new musical dimension to the new tracks’ arrangements. I´ve also decided who plays bass and drums, but this is still a little secret till our performance in Frankfurt. ALMANAC will perform on April 16th at 17.30 CET on the Agora Stage.
Furthermore, I plan to enter the studio even in 2015 and record our debut album. More info will follow about that shortly.
On April 17th and 18th - Meet & Greets at 14:00 CET at ENGL - Hall 4.0/H39 and from 17:00 CET at CORDIAL - Hall 5.1/B68.
Interview with Victor in Russian magazine “In Rock”
Workshop with Victor in Czech Republik
check the dates for more shows
Victor plays at the 3. International Guitar Festival “From Classic to Rock” on a fantastic sold out show in Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
“It was a great pleasure for me to play on such a great festival and I would like to thanks all my fans who have been there.
"Straight To Hell Or To Paradise"
English e-book version
Since end of January the English e-book version of Victor Smolski's book "Straight To Hell Or To Paradise" is available at Amazon. The slightly other biography about Victor will present fascinating insights into the metal - and classic world, into the fascination motorsport, interviews with Andy Siry (Nuclear Blast) and Peavy Wagner (RAGE) among others, first time original notes and tabs from RAGE songs, everything available on more than 300 pages with more than 200 pictures. At Amazon you can get the e-book to a price of 16,99 Euro.
Here some reading out of Victors book "Straight To Hell Or To Paradise".
Mike Borrink / "ROCK HARD" magazine:
"...this detailed insight into the life of a good-natured crazy genius is highly readable..."
"He provides a disarmingly honest take on his career progression (from early family life to his first musical steps, right up to the beginnings of professional fame) and lots of handy tips about guitar personality, being a musician and practicing. But he also looks at the temptations of the music business in a sober, objective way without pointing the pedantic finger. A book to browse which will prove to be great worthwhile reading for any rock guitarist."
"For somebody who dreams of a career as a professional musician it serves as a compendium that confronts the dream with the facts..."
"guitar & bass" magazine / 11. 2014:
"Fans of VICTOR SMOLSKI, the virtuoso string artist from Belarus, can pick up a whole lot of details from the just published STRAIGHT TO HELL OR PARADISE.
In this book written by Axel Werbach, the Rage guitarist and solo artist eloquently talks about coolness, success, peace, beliefs, ignorance, privacy, politics & society, rock music & groupies, touring life, practicing and of course his other passion: motorsports.
Axel Werbach (Autor):
Composing songs for the next CD, driving races on Nürburgring circuit, set up the upcoming concert-tour, planning lessons at his "Unity Music School", compiling the setlist for the next "RAGE" and "Lingua Mortis Orchestra" concert, getting free for privat and family activities, giving interviews for the media world, writing notes for classical scores, next to that mixing a power-metal-song in studio, playing at Wacken in front of 80.000 people, teaching 20 students in his masterclass, playing a guitar-workshop at the music-fair… Here we are talking about the guitarist, the ambitious hobby-race-driver and father of a family Victor Smolski, who loves doing all this voluntarily and real successfully.
The first Dates for “A Night of electric guitars” are confirmed. More dates will follow soon.
On stage Thomas Blug, Uli Jon Roth and Victor Smolski
featuring: David Readman (vocals), Raoul Walton (bass), Bernie Wittmann (keys) and Wolf Simon (drums)
Check out the "Dates" section.
Here you find parts of Victors interviews with the Japanese Burrn and Young Guitar Magazine
From 15th up to 18th of January 2015 Victor will start at the Ice race in Austria in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee together with the team “Quer”.
Victor as guest at the anniversary show of Axxis.
“I wish you another 25 years of fun and success! Victor”
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