History made during Sturm und Drang performance
The Judas Priest guitarist happened to be in Finland and went to Salo to meet the young band from Vaasa. He then decided to join André, Calle, Jeppe, Alexander and Henkka on stage to play the legendary British metal band’s classic hit Breaking the Law.
During the joint performance history was made: it was the first time ever that K.K. Downing played in public with any other band than Judas Priest.
Sturm und Drang's own remarkable story
Sturm und Drang’s own history is nothing but remarkable. The band was formed in the autumn of 2004 when the members were just 12 and 13 years old. They got a record deal with HMC – Helsinki Music Company in late 2005 and played with The Hellacopters from Sweden and opened for Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple) even before they released their debut single Rising Son last February (2007).
After extensive touring through Finland and Sweden, playing major rock festivals, they signed a European record deal with GUN-Records in Germany, the same record label that catapulted HIM to international fame. Only then their first album “Learning to Rock” was released in Finland (30.5.2007).
In August (2007), Sturm und Drang recorded a new version of Forever with Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., Accept) after he had heard the young band play at Sweden Rock festival and had proposed to work together with them. In addition they recorded a cover version of Judas Priest’s Breaking the Law. Both tracks were only released in Germany.
It is widely known that the Sturm und Drang members are big fans of Judas Priest.
U P D A T E Sturm und Drang's German website is reporting that the band will be supporting Apocalyptica on their European tour this October and November.
Sturm und Drang with K.K. Downing at VRock, Salo [WMV]
Sturm und Drang: official site – MySpace
K.K. Downing: official site
Judas Priest: official site – MySpace
U.D.O.: official site – MySpace
VRock (in Finnish)
Metal God's predictions – FREE! Magazine's interview with K.K. Downing
Releasing a violent storm of music – Interview with Mick Cervino about his Violent Storm project with K.K. Downing