A record 150,000 people attended British artist Ed Sheeran’s two Prague concerts on July 7 and 8. The concerts count as the most visited shows ever held in the Czech Republic, organizers told CTK on Tuesday.
Ed Sheeran has four Grammy awards, five BRIT awards, and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2017. His four sold-out shows at Wembley were the biggest solo performances the UK has ever seen.
The sheer magnitude of Sheeran’s importance can be best described on his third album ÷ (Divide). Published last year, Divide has so far won a Grammy, sold more than 15 million copies, and practically destroyed every chart it entered, mostly thanks to hits like Shape of You (third best-selling single in British history, the single most streamed song on Spotify), Castle on the Hill, Galway Girl, Perfect, or Happier. It’s safe to say that Divide is another milestone in pop music history, following the footsteps of + (Plus, 2011) and x (Multiply, 2014).
Danish heavy metal and rockabilly band Volbeat is coming to Prague’s 02 Universum on Oct. 31, with Baroness and Danko Jones as the opening acts. 02 Universum is a side space adjacent to O2 Arena.
Tickets go on sale to Live Nation Club members May 22 at 10 am and to the general public May 24 at 10 am.
Volbeat will release their seventh album called Rewind, Replay, Rebound on Aug. 2. “The whole point for us going into the studio is because you still have something to prove: not just for the fans, but mostly for yourself,” said vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, who also co-produced the album. “We would not be able to do this record if it wasn’t for the work we have done in the past. No matter how old the band gets or how many records we do, there is always going to be that signature sound.”
Poulsen produced the new album along with long-time collaborator Jacob Hansen and the band’s lead guitarist Rob Caggian, formerly of Anthrax.
This is the first studio album with bass player Kaspar Boye Larsen. The final band member is drummer Jon Larsen, who like Poulsen has been with the band from the beginning.
Volbeat has been one of Denmark’s most successful rock bands for the past two decades. They have been working successfully since in 2001 and have six studio and two live albums. In Denmark all their studio albums have reached gold or platinum status. Their popularity has long gone beyond the borders of their native country, making them one of the world’s top rock festivals.
Their unique style comes from a combination of rockabilly, metal and original rock ’n’ roll in the style of Elvis Presley or Johnny Cash.
American heavy metal band Baroness has been around for 15 years, with lead vocalist and guitarist John Baizley as the only original member left. They current lineup has Gina Gleason on guitar, Nick Jost on bass and Sebastian Thomson on drums. They released several EPs before their first studio album in 2007.
Baroness first came to Prague in 2012 with their third album, Yellow & Green, and they were back in Prague at Lucerna June 2018. Their fifth album, Gold & Grey is slated to be released in June 2019
Toronto’s Danko Jones is one of the most-watched bands of the Canadian rock scene. The band is named after its frontman.
Formed 23 years ago, Danko Jones performs melodic, riff-filled rock songs. The trio has already released eight albums, and this year it is preparing a new release called A Rock Supreme. Frontman Danko Jones has been callede a soul singer with a punk background.
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Author: Raymond Johnston