Inför Sweden Rock 2015: Intervju med Refuge



Med 16 dagar kvar till Sweden Rock Festival fortsätter vi med serien ”Inför Sweden Rock 2015”. Nästa band ut är REFUGE. Rocknytts Effie Trikili fick chansen att ställa några frågor till Peavy Wagner (sång & bas).

Om namnet Refuge är obekant, är namnet Rage desto mer välkänt. De sistnämnda är som bekant ett av de stora namnen inom tysk heavy metal, och en av de perioder som fansen håller högst är 1988-94. Då utgjordes Rage av, förutom huvudmannen Peavy Wagner (sång/bas), gitarristen Manni Schmidt (även ex-Grave Digger) och trummisen Chris Efthimiadis (även ex-Running Wild). Nu återupplivas denna sättning för att lira sina klassiker under namnet Refuge, eftersom dagens Rage ännu lever och har hälsan. För de som missade, eller vill återuppleva, en nyckelperiod i Rages historia på scen, är SRF den enda chansen att göra det i Sverige.

The original line-up of RAGE, reunites for the summer of 2015 as REFUGE and for the first time visit Sweden Rock Festival as the only Swedish show. What can we expect from you?
P: We´ll give you a good mix of our cxlassic Rage material first time again since twenty years to be heared in the original versions.

Have been in Sweden before? What are your expectations from the Swedish audience?
P: Of course I´ve played in Sweden before, also on the Sweden Rock Festival. I know the swedish audience as very musical educated people with a great taste. Its always fantastic to play for people who understand what its about..

Do you have any plans on releasing new material?
P: Yes, we already started to work on new ideas. But we can´t really say when we will have enough cool material together to record an album. Refuge is our little Fun-side-band, that we do for our pleasure and old friendship. We can´t work with it like a professional band, that does nothing else but music. So it will take us way longer than those full time bands to get it all together. We take all the time we need and don´t rush the things.

You did a “secret” show as Tres Hombres in 2014, which was the first time in twenty years you three shared the same stage again; can you describe how it felt and what was going on your mind during the show?
P: It was a very moving moment for all of us. The old magic was right back and there was a special vibe between us and the audience as well. And then, when Manni´s son Yannik entered the stage to join us on “Light into the darkness” we all had some tears in our eyes. There were (are) so many great memories that stick us together. In this moment we knew that we would do more together in the future…

Are you staying during the festival? What bands are you seeing?
P: I don´t know our exact flight schedule and if we´ll have time to see other bands, I really hope so. Unfortionately we play another festival in the Czech Republik on the next day…

What kind of setlist can we expect? Any surprises?
P: Maybe some surprises even for us ? Haha, actually we have a plot of lots of fine songs we can do. We probably decide the final list very shortly before…

Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the Sweden Rock Festival-crowd?
P: Thank you so much for having us on the Festival and joining us on our trip through our personal history. It´s great to have fans like you! See you soon!!! Best, Peavy

Refuge spelar lördag 6 juni 19:45 – 20:45 på Rockklassiker Stage

Sweden Rock Festival äger rum i Sölvesborg och det är 3-6 juni som ska markeras i kalendern. Klara band är bl.a Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Toto, Slash, Ace Frehley, Backyard Babies, Five Finger Death Punch, The Darkness, Ghost, Behemoth, Airbourne, Opeth, Meshuggah, Extreme, Hammerfall, D-A-D, Children Of Bodom, Gojira, Dokken, Michael Monroe, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Molly Hatchet, Fish, Mustasch och Lucifer’s Friend.

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