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Epitaph - Sympathy (Five Decades Of Classic Rock - Out Now!)

Bob Smith
Published on 12 Feb 2021 / In Music

Part of the box set "Five Decades Of Classic Rock". Order now: https://epitaphband.lnk.to/bestof

FIVE DECADES OF CLASSIC ROCK – EPITAPH celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2020 and are celebrating it with a new "Best Of" (3-CD box) and a tour. Their studio album „Long Ago Tomorrow“, a very varied and personal musical statement released in 2019, marked the highlight of a long journey through five decades of rock, from the cellars of the Fantasio in Dortmund to the haunted house of the Black Hills and the skyscrapers of Chicago.50 years on, EPITAPH is still a first-rate, classic rock band with an amazing stage presence.

The new 3-CD box „Five Decades of Classic Rock“ represents a cross-section of 50 years of the band’s history and is due for release in Summer 2020.

Only a handful of German rock bands deserve the epithet legendary and EPITAPH is one of the first. They were the first German band to do multiple tours of the USA, and produced their „Outside The Law“ album in Chicago in 1974. They made their name in Germany with TV appearances on Beat Club and Rockpalast.

Touring with Joe Cocker, Rory Gallagher, Golden Earring and ZZ-Top, as well as countless festival appearances, EPITAPH became one of the most popular German rock bands, with a cult following that remains to this day.

Over the past 50 years EPITAPH have released a total of 18 studio and live albums. Including digital re-releases, they now total 23. The band retired from the limelight in the 80s and 90s, but returned in full swing in the new millennium. The 21st century studio albums „Remember The Daze“, „Dancing With Ghosts“, „The Acoustic Sessions“, „Fire From The Soul“ and „Long Ago Tomorrow“ are examples of a timeless rock music that are a delight for both new fans and those still faithful from the old days.
Another delight for fans is the CD/DVD box „Live At Rockpalast“ featuring all three Rockpalast concerts, plus the Beat Club recordings as bonus material. „The Acoustic Sessions“ made Place 31 in Germany’s ECLIPSED magazine’s top 100 rock and pop albums of 2014, ahead of such icons as the Foo Fighters, Joe Bonamassa or the legendary Wishbone Ash. Following its unplugged stage success the band released a live CD/DVD box „A Night At The Old Station“ in 2016.

The current line-up consists of the founding members Cliff Jackson (guitar/vocals) and Bernd Kolbe (bass/vocals), as well as Heinz Glass (guitar), who joined in the 70s. New to the band is drummer Carsten Steinkämper. A native of Dortmund, he studied percussion at the Maastricht Conservatory from 1997 to 2001, before appearing with various formations. Carsten replaces Scottish founding member Jim McGillivray.

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