Two years ago, the Swiss hard rock legends KROKUS have postponed their final concerts in the United States and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the world. The 13-date trek was originally scheduled to begin at Canton Hall in Dallas, Texas on September 18, 2020 and end at Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on October 10, 2020. Interviewed in a new interview with Rock Show Review if ever the North American dates arrive, KROKUS singer Marc Storace said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, if that were to happen, I’d be here. No worries. But I have to say actually… Two years ago we would have continued and finished the [farewell] to visit, ‘Farewell my friends’. We would have been playing dates in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK and God knows what, because while you’re doing this other dates are coming. But those two years of COVID really killed the whole spirit. And everyone does their thing… Let’s see. Maybe if we get the call again and everyone has time to think about it. I do not know. But right now, I don’t see it happening, as you’re asking me right now.”
In a hurry to know why KROKUS has toured America so little over the past 20 years, Mark says, “Well, it starts with the work permits. And they cost money. Then the tax. Then the reservation fees, the percentages, the rental of equipment, the buses, the hotels and everything. So, if you have to do a club tour, you can’t even pay all that. It’s been a long time since we’ve been there, so we’re not planning to come and do a headlining tour in the stadiums, we is still a long way off. meanwhile there’s a lot of water under the bridge. And that’s how it is. The status is sinking because there’s no more promoters who believe you’re gonna get the money for it I guess that’s how it is. It’s like a vicious circle. You have to come back one day and get the ball rolling and then come back the next year and the next year to reach the status you’re used to. And you have to also release a new album to accompany And the new album is not enough The albums no longer sell. Spotify – all these parasites around – streaming, which doesn’t give you what you pay for.”
When KROKUS first announced their decision to embark on a farewell tour in September 2019, the band explained in a statement: “KROKUS shows have always been special and should remain so. That’s why we decided to stop when it’s still really good. That’s how the fans should remember us.”
Established in 1975, KROKUS has sold over 15 million records, toured the world, and received gold and platinum records in the United States and Canada. KROKUS were also the first Swiss band to sell out Zurich’s legendary Hallenstadion and received a diamond disc for selling one million albums in Switzerland alone.
During his legendary career, KROKUS rocked over 2,000 shows across five continents, countless cities, unique venues, crazy gigs and loyal fans.
English rock journalist Malcolm’s Dome rightly: “If you look at the long-term production of this group, KROKUS is clearly one of the best hard rock bands of the past 40 years.”
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