Adrian Vandenberg’s recently revived eponymous band Vandenberg have announced details of their first record in 35 years, ‘2020’.
The follow-up to 1985’s ‘Alibi’, ‘2020’ (not to be confused with Bon Jovi’s upcoming ‘2020’) features 10 tracks – nine originals and a remake of Vandenberg’s defining anthem ‘Burning Heart – and it will see the light of day on Friday 29th May via Mascot Records.
As revealed when Vandenberg returned to the fore in January, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow vocalist Ronnie Romero lends his phenomenal pipes to ‘2020’, while the band line-up also features bassist Randy van der Elsen (of NWOBHM heroes Tank) and drummer Koen Herfst, (Bobby Kimball, Epica and Doro).
Additionally, bassist Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Dio, Queensryche) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner, Billy Idol) guest appear on ‘2020’.
Have a listen to new track ‘Shadows of the Night’ here:
Explaining how Ronnie Romero became involved, Adrian Vandenberg said: “I needed an incredible singer in order to make the use of the Vandenberg name make sense and Ronnie more than fits the bill.
“We got chatting through Facebook, and I asked him if he’d be interested in being in the band. It turns out he is a big fan, as I am of him, so we met in Madrid, where he lives, to see if we could get along, and we really connected.
“As soon as I knew Ronnie was on board, I wrote the songs to suit Ronnie’s amazing vocal capabilities. We then met up again in Madrid to demo songs using my iPad, which is the way I do things.”
Enthusing about his new gig, Ronnie Romero says: “The reason why I started singing when I was in my teens is when I heard the live acoustic album ‘Starkers In Tokyo’ by David Coverdale and Adrian Vandenberg. So you can imagine that I am very excited and honoured to be the vocalist for the band Vandenberg.”
‘2020’ was produced by the esteemed Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie). Vandenberg says: “I went to Los Angeles to meet a few potential producers.
“Bob was one of these, and his melodic yet hard rocking approach fitted in well with what I was after and we had a great connection right away. We spent three weeks working at Bob’s own studio in LA, and then I spent a little more time finishing things at my home studio.”
The ‘2020’ track-listing is as follows:
1) Shadows of the Night
2) Freight Train
3) Hell and High Water
4) Let It Rain
5) Ride Like The Wind
8) Light Up The Sky
9) Burning Heart – 2020
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Here is ‘Burning Heart’, a track from Vandenberg’s MoonKings’ upcoming acoustic album ‘Rugged and Unplugged’
Inspired by the short acoustic intermezzo in the MoonKings live shows came the idea to strip a bunch of songs back to their pure essence: the song and the performance. Jan Hoving and Adrian Vandenberg doing what they do best and love the most: playing music straight from the heart
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