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Drummer’s album finally out

Bernhard Welz CD front

“Stay Tuned” is the title of Austrian drummer Bernhard Welz’ first solo album released on December 18 2010.

It features a slew of prominent guest musicians, including Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Don Airey, Ian Paice (live drum solo 2002) and Jon Lord – along with Neil Murray, Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Mark King, Katrina (Ex-Katrina and the Waves) and many more.

The album was originally planned for release in May 2010, but things didn’t go according to plan, explains Bernhard Welz:

– Due to some unforeseen technical problems and hardware failures in the mixing process, we had a very long delay, for which I want to apologize to everybody, who pre-ordered the album. We tried our best to finish the additional editing and mixing during our short tour breaks, which we finally did now. Thank you again for your patience and I hope you will enjoy the record.

Jon Lord features on a limited edition of 1.000 copies, that include a bonus live recording of “Child In Time” with the late Steve Lee on vocals (Gotthard) and Bernhard Welz on drums. This was recorded with the Nota Bene Symphony Orchestra in Zürich, Switzerland January 2009.

The studio tracks were recorded between April 2009 and March 2010. Most of the international guests recorded their parts at home, but not all, explains Bernhard Welz.

– I worked in the studio with Steve Lukather, Mike Stern, Ernesto Ghezzi (Zucchero, Eros Ramazotti), Kaitner Z Doka, and most of the local artists.

– There was one funny incident. When I recorded with Steve Lukather in Frankfurt, I had come straight from a show in Stuttgart. We talked about travelling and then he asked me “did you do it in A440″. I said “no A81″. I meant the motorway I’d used to get there. He meant tuning the guitar in 440 Hz! He looked at me like I was a ghost, then he said: “Ah, nevermind, I play everything.”

Sales of the album supports the Childhood Foundation, founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden.

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4 Comments to “Drummer’s album finally out”:

  1. 1
    Ralph says:

    Yeah, that certainly gives another meaning to “Stay tuned”. hehe. But great to see it out now and that many Purple guy’s tributed to this album. Can’t wait to hear it

  2. 2
    Joanna says:

    It sounds great. I look forward.

  3. 3
    Monika says:

    Has anybody actually recieved this CD? I’ve ordered (and paid for) it last year in February/March, and even though it was announced for release on 18 December, and then a bit later for last week (again a month delay) – still nothing in my mailbox!
    This record gives the word ‘elusive’ a completely new meaning…

  4. 4
    Rasmus Heide says:

    Copies of ths CD have started to arrive in people’s mail boxes. Yay! 🙂
    Please tell us how you like it.

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