Axel Rudi Pell

Axel Rudi Pell (* 27 June 1960 in Bochum ) is a German hard rock and heavy metal guitarist, also contributes his band name.

  • 2.1 Studio albums
  • 2.2 Live albums and compilations

Work & life


In 1984 the debut album of Pell's first band, Steeler, on the market, simply called Steeler. It was followed by three more albums with the titles Rulin ' the Earth (1985 ), Strike Back (1986) and Undercover Animal ( 1987). Singer of the band was the later EMI Manager and comedy producer Peter Burtz. In 1989, the band broke up.

Axel Rudi Pell

In the same year appeared wild obsession, the first album of Pell's new band, which was formed under his name. In addition to Pell were on their debut album, Charlie Huhn, from Gary Moore's backing band, and the band Victory, Volker Krawczak Steeler, Jörg Deisinger of Bonfire, Bodo Smuszynski, Jörg Michael of the Mekong Delta and Running Wild, George Hahn and Rüdiger König hear. Producer of the recording was Uli Pösselt.

1991 appeared the second album Nasty Reputation, harder than its predecessor. There had been a number of line-up changes. Instead of chicken Rob Rock took over the vocals of Impellitteri, Deisinger and Smuszynski had left the band without replacement. Instead cock and King now took Kai Raglewski the keyboard parts.

In 1992, Eternal Prisoner on the market, on the Jeff Scott Soto had replaced Rob Rock. Then Raglewski left the band. Julie Greaux was hired as a substitute and played until 1996 on a live and two studio albums. Drummer Jörg Michael, meanwhile, had in addition to his AR Connected Pell - work of the band Stratovarius. In Magic 1997 was with Christian Wolff again a new keyboardist heard. Meanwhile, you could hear clear influences of Deep Purple and Rainbow, especially from the recordings.

1998 Soto left the band. Johnny Gioeli Hardline debuted as the new singer on Oceans of Time. The wear and tear on keyboard players continuing played Ferdy Doernberg now from Rough Silk instead Wolff on the album. That same year, the longtime drummer Michael left the band. They found replacement in Mike Terrana, who had already played with Yngwie Malmsteen and Tony MacAlpine, and was also active with Rage. In the following years a series of albums was released in this lineup. In addition, the band at various German music festivals, such as 2005 at the Wacken Open Air and at the Bang Your Head played. In August 2006, Mystica has been published. Recorded it was from the occupation, which had taken the last three plates.

On 28 September 2007 appeared Diamonds Unlocked, the first cover album by Axel Rudi Pell. Besides well-known hits such as "In The Air Tonight " by Phil Collins and U2's " Beautiful Day " Axel and the rest of the band have made ​​eight more songs and missed them the typical ARP sound. On 22 February 2008, the second double DVD released by Axel Rudi Pell Live Over Europe with names. During the second DVD is an official Bootleg, and contains mostly " unprofessional " recordings can be found on the first recording of the performance at the " Rock Hard" Festival on May 27, 2007.

On 24 October 2008, the album Tales of the Crown appeared. At the end of the song Riding on an Arrow, you can hear the four year old son of singer Johnny Gioeli. He sings the last chorus. During the tour for this album, the band has performed as the opening act for Heaven And Hell and at the Wacken Open Air

The subsequent album The Crest appeared on April 23, 2010. September 23, 2011, the compilation The Ballads IV purpose at the end of August, the single Hallelujah addition appeared was ( a cover of the song by Leonard Cohen ) posted to it for the first time since 1994 music video is.

2012 appeared the new album Circle of the Oath. In 2013 there were no concerts. The band will return to the stage in February 2014. However, Pell announced on July 9, 2013 via Facebook that Mike Terrana has to leave the band after 15 years due to scheduling problems. Successor is Bobby Rondinelli (including ex- Black Sabbath ), who will also play on a new album which will be released in January 2014. This is recorded since July 22, and is to appear on January 17, 2014. It is called Into The Storm.

For the 25th anniversary in 2014 will play Axel Rudi Pell on the Bang Your Head Festival, a special Axel Rudi Pell & Friends show. He will also appear with his former band Steeler.


Studio albums

Live albums and compilations

  • 2002: Knight Treasures ( Live and more ) (Double DVD )
  • 2008: Live Over Europe ( Double DVD )
  • 2010: One Night Live
  • 2013: Live on Fire ( Circle of the Oath Tour 2012 ) (Double DVD )

All of these albums and DVDs were released on Steamhammer / SPV.

Work as a journalist

Between 1986 and 1993, Pell worked for the then still based in Dortmund magazine Metal Hammer. At first he was a freelancer and in 1988 image editor. Occasionally, he wrote articles and reviews under the pseudonyms Winfried Kuhl and Dirk Schreiber. When the Metal Hammer was sold to the Swiss publisher Jürg Marquard in 1993, the editors moved to Munich, Pell announced.