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Metal-Trails.com conducted an interview with guitarist Ken Hammer of Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which was held August 1-3 in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.

PRETTY MAIDS‘ latest album, “Motherland”, was released on March 22 in Europe and March 26 in North America via Frontiers Records.

After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, PRETTY MAIDS celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release, “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)”, in 2012. “Pandemonium” showed the world that PRETTY MAIDS were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the “Future World” / “Red Hot And Heavy” era of the Eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated PRETTY MAIDS as strong as ever.

In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow-up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins explained: “We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow. I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like ‘Future World’, we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that’s what became ‘Motherland’.”

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE) for the new CD. Ronnie said: “Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the ‘Pandemonium’ album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about ‘Motherland’. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than ‘Pandemonium’ and absolutely, as far as I’m concerned a worthy follow-up.”

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Video footage of EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet talking about working with Eric Martin (MR.

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After Biff Byford (Saxon), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween/Unisonic), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS/ex-Meatloaf), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Ex-Vengeance), Tobias Sammet has announced another guest star for the forthcoming new Avantasia LP in legendary former Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Joe Lynn Turner. In addition, the track listing for the “Mystery of Time” LP, due out in March, has been revealed to be: 1.

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Avantasia mastermind Tobias Sammet announced the next special guest for the forthcoming LP “The Mystery of Time,” this time its Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins. The announcement reads as follows:

“After Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf) and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg another participent can now be announced: It’s Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins who will sing a role on the new Avantasia Metal Opera “The Mystery Of Time” (out in March 2013).”

Tobias commented on the addition of Atkins: “I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on the Metal Opera in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy. Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!”

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Singer Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on “The Mystery Of Time”, the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA project.

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On April 11, Jason Saulnier of the MusicLegends.ca web site conducted an interview with singer Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS.

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Danish traditional metal band Pretty Maids announced that the band will celebrate its Thirtieth Anniversary with the release of a double live CD and DVD package entitled “It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)” on March 23, 2012 (EU) and March 27, 2012 (North America).

The press release reads: “Following the highly acclaimed 2010 album “Pandemonium”, Danish melodic hard rockers, Pretty Maids have been touring more or less constantly throughout 2010/2011. They undertook a full scale European tour in 2010 and have since played several festivals and occasional gigs. The overwhelming response to the new songs and the ongoing requests coming from the fans prompted the band to take their chance and record a live 2CD/DVD last October 1st 2011. Pretty Maids gathered in Pratteln, Switzerland with an enthusiastic and highly explosive crowd of die hard fans and followers to fulfill the demand, for an energetic and memorable performance which was recorded with a fully equipped mobile studio and cameras.

” ‘Riding on the success of our previous studio album Pandemonium and with maybe the strongest line up ever, we thought that we’d make some kind of a live document of what this band is all about in the present time’ tells singer Ronnie Atkins. ‘It Comes Alive is purely and simply a tribute to all our fans and supporters throughout the world, who gave us so many memorable moments, so much pleasure and making our childhood dreams come through’.

” ‘The band’s spirit during the last couple of years has been better than in a long long time’ says Atkins. And ‘It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)’ shows the band at the top of their game, performing songs from a 30 year long career.

” ‘It’s always difficult to make a set list that satisfies everyone’ continues the singer, ‘It’s a combination of what the crowd expect us to play and what we like to play ourselves ! But of course there are songs like ‘Future World’ and “Red Hot and Heavy’ that we have been playing for the last 25 years so, they still get a new life every time we play ‘em and still seem to please our audience. But basically what you will find on this Live album are the songs that we toured with on the Pandemonium tour, with a few exceptions’.”

Pretty Maids is scheduled to play the 2012 edition of the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, Georgia this September. The track list for “It Comes Alive (Maid In Switzerland)” is as follows:

CD1:

1. Pandemonium
2. I.N.V.U
3. Hell on High Heels
4. Wake Up to the Real World
5. Destination Paradise
6. Another Shot of Your Love
7. Scream
8. Walk Away
9. It Comes at Night
10. Queen of Dreams
11. Savage Heart
12. Clay

CD2:

1. Yellow Rain
2. Rock the House
3. Back to Back
4. Rodeo
5. Lovegames
6. Future World
7. Little Drops of Heaven
8. Please Don’t Leave Me
9. Red Hot and Heavy
10. Lethal Heroes (Bonus Track)

DVD Contents:

1. Pandemonium
2. I.N.V.U.
3. Hell on High Heels
4. Wake Up to the Real World
5. Destination Paradise
6. Another Shot of Your Love
7. Scream
8. Walk Away
9. It Comes At Night
10. Queen of Dreams
11. Savage Heart
12. Yellow Rain
13. Rock the House
14. Back to Back
15. Rodeo
16. Love Games
17. Future World
18. Little Drops of Heaven
19. Please Don’t Leave Me
20. Red Hot and Heavy

Also includes Rockumentary (incl. backstage footage and interviews with the band)

A trailer for the release can be seen here:

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Vocalist Ronnie Atkins of long-running Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS was interviewed on the August 2, 2010 edition of the “Metalzone” radio show with Kostas Purevil Kyriakakis and Helena Mihailidou.

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Tracy “G” Grijalva (DIO), Rowan Robertson (DIO, DC4), Chuck Garric (ALICE COOPER, DIO), Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), Ron Keel (KEEL) and Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM) are among the rockers from around the world who shared their memories and expressed their sorrow at the loss of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio on a very special edition of “Hard Rock Nights”.

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On May 19, Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with vocalist Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS.

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