HAIL!: More Scandinavian Tour Dates Announced

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HAIL! — the new all-star project featuring guitarist Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ICED EARTH), and bassist David Ellefson (F5, MEGADETH) — has scheduled the following Scandinavian tour dates:

Sep. 01 - Blaest - Trondheim, Norway
Sep. 02 - Garage - Bergen, Norway
Sep. 03 - Rush - Stavanger, Norway
Sep. 04 - Luftslottet - Grimstad, Norway
Sep. 05 - Glassheim - Jevnaker, Norway
Sep. 06 - Feelgood - Halden, Norway
Sep. 07 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep. 08 - Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
Sep. 10 - House Of Culture - Helsinki, Finland
Sep. 11 - Wasteland - Gavle, Sweden
Sep. 12 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden

"This is going to be amazing!" exclaimed Ellefson. "After just playing Sweden Rock and a bunch of dates with Ripper in Europe last month, we can't wait to come back! Everywhere we went the response was amazing and we are really excited to give all the Scandinavian fans a chance to see HAIL! play."

"We want to give the fans something extra special as a way of saying thank you for their tremendous support," added Ripper, "and after getting the chance to hang out with so many old friends a few weeks ago, wait until you see who we have jumping up as surprise guests on this run! We've also been discussing a bunch of new songs for our setlist and we can't wait to come play for everybody. It's going to be great and we're really looking forward to it."

Kisser explained, "We intentionally booked some shows in smaller cities because we realize that SEPULTURA and JUDAS PRIEST and MEGADETH could never play in some of these places, so we wanted to make the effort to give everybody a chance to come hang out with us and enjoy the show. It's going to be killer, so hang on, Scandinavia — we'll see you soon!"

STONE SOUR/ex-SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga will join HAIL! on the Scandinavian tour.

Due to previous touring commitments with ALICE COOPER, regular HAIL! drummer Jimmy DeGrasso is unable to make the trip but had this to say: "Although I would love to join the guys for this tour, I will be in Australia and New Zealand with ALICE at that time. Roy is a great drummer and the shows will be amazing."

Mayorga's ties to HAIL! run deep, having played with guitarist Andreas Kisser while filling in for the entire SEPULTURA 2006 European tour and also taking part in the Roadrunner Records 25th birthday bash in December 2005 with both Kisser and HAIL! frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Commented Owens: "I jammed with Roy on KING DIAMOND's 'Abigail' and ANNIHILATOR's 'Alison Hell' and then we all played with Andreas on SEPULTURA's 'Roots Bloody Roots'."

Stated Mayorga: "That was such a fun show. I also got to play 'Refuse/Resist' and SLIPKNOT's 'Surfacing' with Andreas that night too."

Added Owens: "And then me and Andreas did MERCYFUL FATE's 'Curse Of The Pharaohs' together, so maybe we'll add that one to our setlist for this tour."

Commented Kisser: "I've known Roy for a long time and he's great, so when this situation came up to find a sub for Jimmy, we knew Roy would fit in perfectly and we plan on having a lot of fun together. We're changing around our setlist and adding a bunch of new songs specifically for Scandinavia so this tour is going to be really exciting."

Mayorga enthusiastically concurred: "When the guys asked me about playing these shows with them, I was thrilled! It is so cool what they are doing and to be able to help them out and fill in for Jimmy is truly an honor for me. This is going to be awesome and I can't wait!"

Fan-filmed video footage of HAIL! performing a cover version of 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)

Video footage below is from HAIL!'s January 24 show at Havana club in Concepcion, Chile (clip courtesy of Chilean newspaper El Sur).



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