It is time to celebrate the 25th Anniversary for German power metallers Edguy and the 20-year Anniversary of their 1997 debut Kingdom of Madness. It wasn’t too long ago when frontman Tobias Sammet hinted at this while reflecting on his Avantasia project. Today, the band unveiled the upcoming monstrous release of Monuments, out July 14. The 3-disc package includes new and old material along with a bonus DVD highlighting their monumental career.
The band announced the following on their Facebook:
“25 YEARS OF EDGUY: “MONUMENTS” out JULY 14th
Folks, this is our 25th anniversary this year. TWENTY FIVE YEARS OF EDGUY! And right now we’re working on a big release 3-disc anniversary release, containing new stuff, old stuff, the best stuff we have, embracing our history, unveiling unreleased material of long forgotten times and as if that was not enough – as a bonus – a DVD containing our video clips and a full live show filmed in 2004 during the Hellfire Club tour. And we’ll play some Best Of shows, based on the material of our entire career. Tickets are available NOW at our official website www edguy net.
Stay tuned for more information! Here’s the official press release:
In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe!
Today, 25 years later, founding members Tobias Sammet (AVANTASIA) and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias “Eggi” Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and top 10 chart entries from all over the world.
To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, EDGUY will get back on the road. And while the live program will only contain the best material of their entire career, the new release will not be just a ‘Greatest Hits’ album one would expect to accompany such a tour: The 2-CD/DVD-package »Monuments« (release: July 14th) will include brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before! In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from their»Hellfire Club« tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of their video clips. The limited edition will include an extensive coffee-table book containing material from throughout the entire history of EDGUY!
Frontman Tobias Sammet states: „Whilst collecting all of this picture material together we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any line-up changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we’re not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and all of a sudden we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn’t think about what happened while things were happening…
But if you look back now, you will realise how lucky we were! It’s now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We’ll celebrate our quarter century with the release of »Monuments« and LIVE in some selected cities! We’ll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! The first quarter century is over and we want to honour these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!“
25 Years – The Best Of The Best
»Monuments« Tour 2017
16.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
15.09. D Bremen – Aladin
16.09. D Hamburg – Markthalle
17.09. D Bochum – Zeche
19.09. D Frankfurt – Batschkapp
20.09. D Saarbrücken – Garage
22.09. D Cologne – Essigfabrik
23.09. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
24.09. D Munich – Backstage
26.09. D Erlangen – E-Werk
27.09. D Berlin – C-Club
29.09. CH Pratteln – Z7
30.09. D Memmingen – Kaminwerk
03.10. D Fulda – Wartenberg-Oval
More shows in other countries to be announced soon…!”