Swiss hard rock veterans GOTTHARD have released the following statement:
“Dear GOTTHARD fans — it gives us great pleasure to announce that we have found a new singer. The successor to Steve Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident last year, is Nic Maeder and is Swiss-born. Nic was born in 1971 in Lausanne, lived in Melbourne, Australia and grew up between Switzerland and ‘Down Under.'”
Commented guitarist Leo Leoni: “Nic not only has a great voice and is a fantastic musician, but we also have a great person in our midst. We can rock again at last.”
Added the band: “During the months after the decision to carry on was taken, we received a huge amount of applications from all over the world; it was really overwhelming!
“At this point we would really like to thank everyone, especially the candidates, to whom we were not able to send a personal message.
“Thank you for your understanding and we wish all of you lots of luck and success in the future!”
Stated drummer Hena Habegger: “The search took a long time but it was clear to all of us when we met Nic that he was the right guy. With him we can enjoy the music again and celebrate new success. I’m really happy that we are continuing.”
The final decision for Nic Maeder was unanimous.
“We noticed straight away that the chemistry, both musically and personally, was right. For us, he is the new member of the family,” said guitarist Freddy Scherer.
Nic Maeder, who besides his singing position also plays guitar and piano, is a very talented and creative person. His songwriting ability also means he fits perfectly into the GOTTHARD family. He is the missing piece in the puzzle.
“Music has been my companion all my life and always was an important part of it. It is a great feeling to be able to share in the birth of a song and to see how it keeps growing. I can experience that with GOTTHARD and it makes me happy. I am making music with friends,” says Nic Maeder.
The band concluded: “Of course, you can write a lot about a new singer, but in the end there is nothing better than seeing and hearing him sing. We therefore decided to produce a song plus video [see below] as a thank you to our fans, which can be downloaded free of charge. It is dedicated to all our fans who didn’t lose their faith and trust in GOTTHARD. You have supported us with all your strength during the past months. Thank you so much!”
Said bassist Marc Lynn: “With Nic, we have taken the right decision for GOTTHARD. A lot of courage is needed to step into the footsteps of such a great singer. For that, Nic has earned our respect. Let’s never forget this and make Nic welcome in the family. We are in the studio at the moment and are working with renewed energy and enthusiasm on songs for a new album, which will be released in the spring of 2012.”
Steve Lee was killed on October 5, 2010 in what has been described as a freak road accident in Nevada.