Krokus Plan to Release New Songs Before Quitting
Chris Von Rohr says Krokus will release new music prior to splitting up at the end of 2019.
The veteran Swiss band had already announced plans to “stop when it’s still really good,” saying they’d quit after a farewell tour.
“We are about to write some new songs,” Von Rohr told Appetite for Destruction in a recent interview. “We are preparing our farewell tour because we want to stop on top, make it a great goodbye, still in full steam.”
He added that he was writing his memoir, to be titled Heaven, Hell and Rock and Roll, which would also be released in 2019.
You can watch the full interview below:
The discussion explored the theme of conviction and how it applies to Von Rohr’s career. Citing the example of 1983 Krokus album Headhunter, he recalled, “We had these great songs and sound. But the cover artwork – the record company came up with some stupid shrink-heads on the front. We said, 'No, no … this is too macabre. This is anti-commercial; this is bullshit. We have more the vision of a platinum dead-head … silver shining dead-head picture in a reddish kind of atmosphere, really something which looks little bit classier.’
“They had a lot of fights, … I had to fly to New York from Switzerland to explain that exactly and push it through. In the end, really, a legendary cover came to a realization," Von Rohr said. "It was worth the fight, but it was a pain in the ass big time, because we had to convince people and tell them, 'That's the vision. That's the way we go.' I fought for that because nobody is going to do it for you. You have to do it for yourself.”
He added, "You need conviction – you need to risk something. Without that, you're a loser. That's it."