Homegrown Alive in Lugano
DataReleased September 2011
Genre Melodic Rock
N of discs 2
Edition date September 2011
Label Nuclear Blast/Warner Music
REVIEWER: RAYMOND COONEN
'Gotthard - (A)live In Lugano' is recorded during their 'Need To Believe' tour and is one of the last recordings with Steve Lee, one of best frontmen in the world. It has been recorded in Italy on the 17th of July 2010 to be precise.
With this energetic live album, that catches Gotthard at the top of their game, the band proves over and over again that they are one of the best live acts around the globe. Just take a listen to the opener 'Unspoken Words' and his follow-up 'Gone Too Far'. Songs that make your speakers melt. In this set, Gotthard plays six tracks of their last (master piece) studio recording 'Need To Believe' and two songs from the 'Domino Effect' and 'Lip Service' albums. So I can honestly say that the second chapter (with guitarist Freddy Scherer) of the Gotthard story is well represented .
'Alive in Lugano' starts sort of where Gotthard left us with their 'Live In Switzerland' album and gives a nice summery of what these guys have recorded since 2006. The powerful, energetic songs hit you like a steam train on full speed. Even the “older” songs like 'Top Of The World' (from 'Human Zoo') and the Deep Purple cover 'Hush' (from 'Gotthard') shows no cracks and stand the test of time. It takes seven knock–you-out-of–your-socks songs before Steve Lee and his gang slow down for an acoustic break. A medley of the songs 'Angel' and 'One Life, One Soul'. Just to pick their steaming rhythm up with 'Shangri La' and 'I Don’t Mind', before the Swiss train slows down for one last time with the only ballad on 'Alive in Lugano', the brilliant 'Heaven'.
Steve Lee gets the crowd of their feet with the Swiss football theme anthem 'Lift U Up' and leads the Gotthard express safely home with 'Sister Moon' and one of my favorite Gotthard tracks all time 'Anytime, Anywhere'.
'Alive In Lugano' also includes one new studio track called 'The Train'. In my opinion not the best track Gotthard ever recorded but it showcases again the unique voice of Steve Lee and makes me realize about the great songs that now always will stay unwritten and unsung.
With the release of 'Alive In Lugano' the sadness about Steve Lee's death might ease your pain a little. The melodic hard rock scene will miss him forever…