Hello from rainy Sweden where I’m about the play show #36 of U.D.O.’s Decadent World Tour tonight in Gothenburg. The tour has been excellent so far, with shows in Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, The UK, France, Spain, Austria, and more. The band is killer and getting tighter every night and I’m making some great friends in the process. We have 10 shows to go with a few more in Sweden, followed by Norway, Lithuania, and Finland. Then I’m very happy to say that I’ll be returning to the stage with Doro and the band for a few shows at the end of May including the Rock Hard Festival before I resume my keyboard duties with U.D.O. as we rock festivals all over Europe all Summer long including the holy grail of festivals, Wacken on July 31 with the German Military Brass Orchestra. Keep up with all my tour dates on the SHOWS page and thanks for your support!
It seems like April’s chugging along at a record pace, so you know what that means – May is just around the corner. And with it, Doro’s two epic anniversary shows at CCD Halle in Dusseldorf, Germany. Friday night, May 2, we’ll be playing alongside a full orchestra – I must say, I’m insanely excited for this – and Saturday night, May 3, we’ll be doing a full on rock show. Both nights include an amazing amount of surprises and special guests and will be filmed for a future DVD release. Also, I’m extremely happy to say that they will both be simulcast live on the internet as they happen, so that all our friends and fans around the world can join us on these two amazing nights. For more info and to reserve your virtual tickets, CLICK HERE for the Orchestra Night and CLICK HERE for the Full Metal Show.
In other, equally exciting news, the new Earth Minor album is finally DONE! After almost four years of dreaming, scheming, and concocting, I’m so proud of what we’ve put together. There are a lot of very exciting things in process regarding this album, so it may take a little bit longer to reach your ears than previously expected, but trust me when I say, it will be worth your wait.
Hope Spring’s treating you well. I can’t wait to get back to Germany, France, Spain, The UK, and beyond next month. SEE YOU SOON, PLANET EARTH! – HY
Well, I’m less than 24 hours home from another great tour with the Metal Queen, Doro, celebrating her 30th Anniversary in rock across Europe, this time with some of our favorite fans in Germany, The Netherlands, and Czech Republic. It was a quick one, only 7 shows, but each were unique and great and we want to thank you all for making us feel so at home while on the road.
I’m coming back to a lot of exciting things, personally and musically. The first of which is an almost entirely finished brand new Earth Minor album which I’ll be making some major announcements about soon. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to, and I’m very happy to say that you’ll be able to hear it soon!
And also, I’m glad to have one final show booked this year on American soil before I take off with Doro again in December. The Harrison Young Quartet will make our triumphant return to the beautiful Hat City Kitchen in NJ on Saturday, November 23 at 8pm. Check out the shows page or http://www.hatcitykitchen.com for all the details. We hope to see you there!
Ok – time to get offline and back into the studio to continue mixing the new EM stuff. Talk to you soon and Happy Fall! -HY
After an amazing Summer and year playing shows and festivals all over the world with Doro, I am finally home. The memories I’ve made and experiences I’ve had this year are completely unparalleled in my life and I want to thank the entire Doro family for bringing me on such a wild ride. From Europe, to Russia, to all the incredible festivals, and of course, Wacken, I can’t even believe what I’ve just been a part of. I can’t wait to get back to it in October and beyond.
But for the time being, I’m very happy to be home in the US and setting my sights on some projects that have truly needed some love while I’ve been away. Mainly, I’m very happy to announce that I am finally back at work on the new Earth Minor album, which is significantly closer to being finished than I’d realized, so you can look for a release some time in early 2014.