CoreLeoni release their new single and video for ‘Queen Of Hearts‘ on 16th August as a preview to their new album, ‘CoreLeoni II’, on 27th September on AFM Records.
The man behind CoreLeoni, and Gotthard founding guitarist, Leo Leoni is one of the truest and most passionate Rock musicians of the last decades. He named his band CoreLeoni after his passion for big, timeless Classic Rock and for pure music nostalgia, and has added a modern sound. Along with Gotthard songs from the early days, the new album contains two brand new tracks and a cover of John Lee Hookers ‘Boom Boom Boom’.
CoreLeoni is a high class band ensemble consisting of close friends and long-term colleagues of Leo Leoni, also pioneers during that period and have made a lot of memories with him. Together with Rainbow-singer and Lords Of The Black founding member and ex-singer Ronnie Romero, Hena Habegger (drums, Gotthard), Jgor Gianola (guitar, ex-Gotthard/U.D.O./Jorn Lande) as well as Mila Merker (bass, Soulline) Leoni shows that Classic Rock doesn’t need to be old fashioned.
Leoni had the idea to found CoreLeoni when Gotthard were celebrating their 25th anniversary. “When we play shows, we nowadays have to leave out a lot of the old songs as there are so many new ones that have to find their place in the setlist“, Leo explains. “But especially a lot of the old songs really mean a lot to me and will always be a big part of me. That’s why I decided to record them again and bring them back into the current times, sound-wise.“
CoreLeoni proved how well it all worked during a tour last year. Press and fans were equally enthusiastic about it and amongst the musicians it quickly became obvious: CoreLeoni needed to be continued.
The Tessin musician is amongst the best international Rock guitarists and part of the most successful Swiss band Gotthard. Every studio album after the debut reached number 1 in the national charts and all albums have been received several platinum awards. Gotthard are also holding a rare diamond award for selling more than 1 million records in Switzerland. Guitarist Jgor Gianola has been part of Gotthard during the early days as well before he decided to move on to U.D.O. Also drummer Hena Habegger is a founding member of Gotthard.
Singer Ronnie Romero was born in Chile and was the singer of rock band Lords Of The Black but since 2016 he became part of Rainbow, legendary Richie Blackmore’s band. With this big step in his career, he fulfilled a long-term dream and several months ago he was touring big stadiums with Rainbow and can look back to several admirable festival shows such as Monsters Of Rock. Bass player Mila Merker was born in Swiss Bellinzona and is a long term friend of Leo and Jgor. His own band is called Soulline well-known for playing a technical challenging form of Melodic Death Metal.
‘II’ Album tracklist:
01. Waltz No. 2 (Dmitri Shostakovich Cover)
02. Standing In The Light (Gotthard Cover)
03. Love For Money (Gotthard Cover)
04. Open Fire (Gotthard Cover)
05. Angel (Gotthard Cover)
06. She Goes Down (Gotthard Cover)
07. No Tomorrow (Gotthard Cover)
08. I’m Your Travellin’ Man (Gotthard Cover)
09. Make My Day (Gotthard Cover)
10. Mountain Mama (Gotthard Cover)
11. Queen Of Hearts
12. Don’t Get Me Wrong
13. Il Padrino (Nino Rota Cover)
Bonus tracks on the digipack:
14. Don’t Get Me Wrong
15. Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker Cover)
16. Il Padrino (Nino Rota Cover)