AXEL RUDI PELL
INTERVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJALA
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND PICS BY PATRICK CLEMENT
Axel Rudi Pell is a German melodic metal guitarist. Axel started off with the band Steeler in 1984 before leaving to start his solo career in 1989. During the years his band has included many well- known musicians like vocalists Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen Talisman, Journey), Rob Rock (Driver, Impellitteri) and drummer Jorg Michael (Stratovarius, Running Wild). However, today the band consists of Pell, vocalist Johnny Gioeli, bassist Volker Krawzak, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg and drummer Mike Terrana. This line up has been stabile since 1998. The band has released altogether fifteen studio albums and the latest CIRCLE OF THE OATH came out on the 23rd, March 2012. In June 2012, Pell returned once again in Swedenrock; this was the third time here since 2004. This time we finally had a pleasure to sit down with the man himself and discuss various topics including the past, the future, the Steeler years, as well as other interesting topics ….. Read on!