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***‘MELODIC HARD ROCKERS’ ‘PIMP YOUR PAST’ ALBUM RELEASED OCTOBER 28th ON STEAMHAMMER /SPV***

Germany’s leading Melodic Hard Rockers Fair Warning have lined up the release of their latest ‘Pimp Your Past’ studio album, featuring 2016 versions of the most outstanding tracks from the band’s first three studio albums, on Steamhammer / SPV on October 28th. Eleven classic songs drawn from ‘Fair Warning’ (1992), ‘Rainmaker’(1995) and ‘Go’ (1997), have been completely re-recorded, and in some cases significantly re-arranged, using bang-up-to-date modern studio technology, by a band whose proficiency is patently much developed since those early days.

Bassist Ule Ritgen states that “When our Japanese record company approached us with the request for this kind of album, we were skeptical to start with. But once we had made up our minds to not simply re-record the material but furnish it with a few fresh arrangements, the project gained momentum and we were gripped by a kind of eagerness to explore the possibilities. Especially since the new recordings are very energetic and sound excitingly different in parts while their essence has remained the same. You can tell that the originals have a lot of substance and that their quality is extremely robust.”



Ritgen notes that “As Tommy’s voice has lost none of its range or brilliance in the past 25 years, we didn’t have to change the key on any of the re-recordings. Lots of bands have to pay tribute to the passing of time by playing their early hits two or three half-tones lower. That doesn’t apply to us. ‘Pimp Your Past’ presents all songs in the same key as in the mid-Nineties.” What has changed, or rather, been refreshed, are various musical details; “If you compare the new and the old versions, you will discover differences between the performances,” guitarist Helge Engelke points out, continuing “We all have continued to grow as musicians, we’re much more laid-back today and in some ways also more proficient artistically than we were back then.” Ule Ritgen adds; “Our love of detail has always been typical of Fair Warning. Today, this is complemented by our musical maturity and the love of new inspirations.”

And obviously also by their increased self-confidence, as ‘Rain Song’, among others, reveals, the musicians having stripped the track down to its bare essentials and recorded it completely without keyboards. Engelke; “Now you can hear that the vocal melody and guitars carry the song all by themselves. In addition, as a musician and composer these days I’m into a more natural sound and clear contours, real guitar sounds and organic drums.”

On the subject of the album’s unusual cover artwork, Helge jokes that “We’ve run out of dragons, unfortunately they’re extinct,” but getting to the core of the matter, continues “Of course people may wonder what this ‘arty stuff’ is all about. In view of the term ‘pimp’, a cover featuring old cars would probably have been the logical thing to go for. But honestly: who wants something normal? And after all, monkeys also stand for an early stage of the evolution of man, so the album title and the cover fit together really well. To put it in a nutshell: we played with our origins on ‘Pimp Your Past’, which was not only a lot of fun but is also expressed in this particularly humorous artwork.”

Pimped ­ Roland Hyams on 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
roland@workhardpr.com
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16th September 2016


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FAIR WARNING


***‘MELODIC HARD ROCKERS’ ‘THE BOX’ 5 CD BOX-SET RELEASED JUNE 30TH ON STEAMHAMMER /SPV***

Germany’s foremost Melodic Hard Rockers Fair Warning have confirmed the release of ‘The Box’, containing 5 back catalogue CD’s - ‘Go’, ‘Live And More’, ‘Four’, ‘Brother’s Keeper’ and ‘Aura’ - which have been unavailable for a long time, at a very nice price, on Steamhammer SPV on June 30th.

Fair Warning were formed in 1991 by former V2 vocalist Tommy Heart and former Zeno / Uli Jon Roth bassist Ule W. Ritgen. The band burst out of the starting blocks with 1992’s self-titled debut album, which firmly established the band in Germany and went platinum in Japan.

Fair Warning then went on to win over many more rockers around the rest of Europe with their ‘Rainmaker’, (1995), ‘Go!’ (1997), ‘Live And More’ (1998) and ‘Four’ (2000) albums, following tour support slots across the continent with the likes of Status Quo, Giant, Blue Oyster Cult, Saga and Whitesnake.

Fair Warning re-united after a five year hiatus to release the powerful ‘Brother’s Keeper’ album in 2006, and then the incredibly well-received ‘Aura’ in the Spring of 2009, an album even more steeped in old-school first class, classic, melodic rock than its predecessor.

Following the release of ‘Aura’, Fair Warning hugely impressed the audiences of various major European Festivals before jetting off to Japan to play at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo and then a totally sold out national tour of Japan.

The Loudpark Festival appearance was filmed, recorded and released as a CD and DVD ‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’ late in 2010. Guitar Techniques Magazine reviewed the CD in their Spring 2011 issue:- “Although little is known of Fair Warning here in the UK, on home soil (Germany) and in Japan they are huge. They have turned melodic heavy rock into something their very own and are fully at home in a stadium sized gig. They were welcomed in Japan in 2009 in response to sales of their ‘Aura’ album in 2009. Their sound is exciting and huge and if you still enjoy the power and performance of what is essentially 80’s rock then you’ll love this. Tommy Heart is a great singer and frontman and Helge Engelke does all the soaring and shredding you could want a guitarist to do. On the continent, this style of performance has never really gone away so it’s hardly surprising that some of the best hard rock bands today also come from there. In the current British musical scene this is heavy relief; loud, proud and exciting!”


Boxed ­ Roland Hyams on 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
roland@workhardpr.com
www.fair-warning.de
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28th May 2014


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FAIR WARNING


***‘TALKING AIN’T ENOUGH – FAIR WARNING LIVE IN TOKYO’ LIMITED EDITION TRIPLE LIVE CD, DOUBLE DVD AND BOX SET RELEASED NOVEMBER 22ND ON STEAMHAMMER /SPV***

Tommy Heart – vocals
Helge Engelke – guitars
Ule W. Ritgen – bass
C.C. Behrens - drums

Germany’s foremost Melodic Hard Rockers Fair Warning have inked a deal with Steamhammer / SPV to release ‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’, as a triple CD, double DVD and limited edition box set on November 22nd.

Following the release of their incredibly well-received last studio album, ‘Aura’, in the Spring of 2009, Fair Warning hugely impressed the audiences of various major European Festivals before jetting off to Japan to play at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo. In January 2010, Fair Warning returned to play a totally sold out national tour of Japan, where they have enjoyed superstar status since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1992.

‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’ perfectly captures the band’s awesome live sets at the Loudpark Festival 2009 and at their own headline concerts in Tokyo in January 2010.

‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’ will be available as a triple CD digipak containing CD1 ; Tokyo January 2010, CD2; Tokyo January 2010 and CD3; Loudpark 2009.

‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’ will also be released as a double DVD digipak, containing DVD1; Tokyo January 2010 (approximately 120 minutes live footage) and DVD2; Loudpark 2009, (approximately 60 minutes live footage plus approximately 15 minutes of private footage and shots).

‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’ will also be manufactured as a limited edition (3,000 worldwide) hard cover box set containing all three CD’s and two DVD’s, plus a deluxe booklet and exclusive alternative cover artwork.

Fair Warning formed in 1991 and burst out of the starting blocks with 1992’s self-titled debut album, which firmly established the band in Germany and went platinum in Japan. Fair Warning then went on to win over the rest of Europe with their ‘Rainmaker’, (1995), ‘Go!’ (1997) and ‘Four’ (2000) albums, winning tour support slots across the continent with the likes of Status Quo and Whitesnake. After a break of five years they reformed to release the powerful ‘Brother’s Keeper’ album in 2006, and then ‘Aura’, an album even more steeped in old-school first class, classic, melodic rock than its predecessor.

‘Talking Ain’t Enough – Fair Warning Live In Tokyo’ faithfully documents the fun and spontaneity this exceptional Melodic Hard Rock group had, fully firing on all cylinders
at two of their finest, most focused, fluid, intense concerts ever.

Reasonable Notification ­ Roland Hyams on 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
roland@workhardpr.com
www.fair-warning.de
www.spv.de

12th October 2010


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