Biography

K R O K U S  IS:

MARC STORACE

Lead Vocals

Marc Storace

CHRIS VON ROHR

Bass, Vocals

Chris Von Rohr

FERNANDO VON ARB

Guitar, Vocals

Fernando Von Arb

MARK KOHLER

Guitar

Mark Kohler

MANDY MEYER

Guitar

Mandy Meyer

FLAVIO MEZZODI

Drums

Flavio Mezzodi

MARC STORACE

Marc Storace
MARC STORACE


Vocals

1980 - 1988
1994 - 1995
2002 - Now
Marc Storace started out early in his native Malta with local bands like "Stonehendge" and "Cinnamon Hades". Soon he expanded his musical ambitions and moved further north, ending up eventually in Switzerland. In 1970, at the tender age of 19 years, he joined Swiss rock band TEA and recorded with them 3 albums between 1971 and 1974. TEA was the #1 Swiss rock band at that time and Marc got to know the KROKUS musicians while they played multiple gigs in support of TEA.

After the demise of TEA Marc moved to London and worked there with a band called "Easy Money" (their song "telephone man" was released on a "best of rock" album).

In late 1979 Marc was courted by KROKUS to become their vocalist and after a little persistence from KROKUS' side he commuted for a while from London to Switzerland and back. The "Metal Rendez-Vous" album was already written and Storace sang the parts along with arranging chorus melodies, making his recording debut with KROKUS. The 1980 release of that album catapulted KROKUS to the International music scene with Marc's trademark vocal prowess. Touring in support of the album followed and Marc was happy to return back to the UK and play legendary Reading Festival and later in years even headline the Hammersmith Odeon.

The success continued with 1981's release "Hardware", followed by 1982's "One Vic At A Time" and culminated in the 1983 blockbuster album "Headhunter" with the signature hit "Screaming In The Night". Especially America could not get enough of KROKUS and they headquartered for years at their manager's farm in Arkansas, when not on tour.

KROKUS and Marc continued their quest for success with the 1984 "The Blitz" release, followed by 1986's "Change of Address". The same year their first "live" album was released under the title "Alive And Screaming".

Next followed the release of 1988's "Heart Attack", followed by an extensive tour through the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, upon completion of the 1988 "Heart Attack" tour KROKUS effectively split, when Von Rohr and Storace walked out of the door. The continuos touring without breaks finally took its toll.

In the early 90's, Marc teamed up with ex-Toad guitarist Vic Vergeat and released in 1991 a critically acclaimed album entitled "Blue". This was Marc's first solo attempt and this album was released twice, sold out every time and is today a hard to find gem.

In 1994 Marc and Von Arb resolved their differences and announced a more spectacular reformation of KROKUS. They were joined by Maurer, Kohler and Steady and recorded a four track EP CD, covering the BTO hit "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet". That led to the 1995 release of "To Rock Or Not To Be", which sold heavily in Switzerland and Europe. A planned European tour in support of the album did not materialize. Marc was out of the picture once again. He recorded with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame & Manfred Ehlert a CD/project called "Amen", with a second one to be released in 1996.

Marc re-emerged in 2000 to create his new act "DC World". Bearing in mind the AC/DC comparisons that had dogged KROKUS throughout their career, "DC World" was a brave move. The entire "DC World" was a medley of AC/DC songs with Marc taking on the vocal parts of the late Bon Scott and "Stampede" singer Peter Tanner the ones of Brian Johnson. The band also featured bassist Tony Castell and guitarist Dominique Favez. That same year he sang together with the well known Swiss band "China" (Patrick Mason played in that band after his short stint in KROKUS - and so does Marc's partner in the "Acoustical Mountain" project) and that recording was released the same year. And he recorded a single with Haslinger called "One World" (Rock Meets Classic). A very busy year for Marc creatively.

In the meantime Marc recognized more and more that grunge is out and rock is back in. In 2002 KROKUS announced the return of Storace and started working on the 2003 release "Rock The Block", followed by the second "live" album in KROKUS' career called "Fire & Gasoline", recorded in 2003 but released in 2004.

During the summer of 2004 Marc spent time in L.A. to record as guest vocalist with the US (studio) band "Warrior".

Taking time out from KROKUS's schedule, Marc also introduced his side project "Acoustical Mountain" in 2004 at the Verbier Xtreme Snowboarding competition. Then followed an appearance in his original homeland of Malta at the sixth annual "Music Marathon" to benefit various children charities, played at "Simon's Pub" in his hometown of Sliema.

In February of 2005 Von Arb announced his departure from KROKUS for health reasons. Now Marc was left as the only remaining member of the heydays and had to take charge all by himself on behalf of the project "KROKUS" to keep things moving along. His first task at hand was to find a replacement for Fern and he welcomed Mandy Meyer back into the fold. He still found time to add guest vocals to the German (studio) band "Biss" for the "Face Off" album before embarking in September of that year on the first KROKUS US tour in 17 years.

In 2006 the new album, first one without Von Arb since 1977, was released under the title "Hellraiser". That song was written and composed by Marc all by himself and originally served as a song on a soundtrack for a Swiss movie. The title song was re-recorded with the then current KROKUS line-up for the "Hellraiser" release. The same year he also found time in his busy schedule to guest-vocal on another "Biss" album entitled "X-tension".

November 18th, 2007 marked another milestone in Marc's KROKUS career with the reunion of the originals (Storace, Von Arb, Von Rohr & Steady) taking part in a Swiss TV show called "The Greatest Hits Of All Times". Although the medley was recorded in a playback format, the band received a standing ovation from the crowd. This was a "one time" event and he continued touring with the "Hellraiser" line-up for the remainder of the year and into early 2008. After the last concert of that tour in Gozo/Malta on February 2nd, 2008, he informed his band mates the following day that he wants to disband this line-up and continue KROKUS with the originals of the 1982 line-up.

August 2nd, 2008 saw the band reunited and "live in concert" at the "Stade De Suisse" in Bern, Switzerland. With the addition of Mark Kohler a true return of the 1982 formation took place. A truly "magical" moment in KROKUS history.

On February 26th, 2010, Sony Music released "Hoodoo", the first cd recorded by the originals since the 80's. Co-written by Marc, it includes the Steppenwolf cover "Born To Be Wild".

February 23rd, 2013, Sony Music released "Dirty Dynamite". The CD was produced again by Chris Von Rohr. Vocals were recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, hence the Beatles cover song "Help".


And as we speak, history is in the making...... (to be continued)

Performed On The Following KROKUS Recordings:


2013 DIRTY DYNAMITE

01 Hallelujah Rock'n'Roll
02 Go Baby Go
03 Rattlesnake Rumble
04 Dirty Dynamite
05 Let The Good Times Roll
06 Help
07 Better Than Sex
08 Dög Song
09 Yellow Mary
10 Bailout Blues
11 Live Ma Life
12 Hardrocking Man
2013 Dirty Dynamite

2010 HOODOO


01 Drive It In
02 Hoodoo Woman
03 Born To Be Wild
04 Rock N' Roll Handshake
05 Ride Into The Sun
06 Too Hot
07 In My Blood
08 Dirty Street
09 Keep Me Rollin'
10 Shot Of Love
11 Firestar
2010 Hoodoo

2006 HELLRAISER


01 Hellraiser
02 Too Wired To Sleep
03 Hangman
04 Angel Of My Dreams
05 Fight On
06 So Long
07 Spirit Of The Night
08 Midnight Fantasy
09 No Risk No Gain
10 Turnin' Inside Out
11 Take My Love
12 Justice
13 Love Will Survive
14 Rocks Off!
2006 Hellraiser
2004 FIRE & GASOLINE (live)


DISC ONE:
01 Heatstrokes
02 Mad World
03 Flying Through The Night
04 American Woman
05 I Want It all
06 Bad Boys, Rag Dolls
07 Tokyo Nights
08 Stayed Awake All Night
09 Down The Drain
10 Fire
11 Rock'n'Roll Tonight

DISC TWO:
01 Throwing Her China
02 Screaming In The Night
03 Rock City
04 Easy Rocker
05 Backseat Rock'n'Roll
06 Rock The Block
07 Long Stick Goes Boom
08 Eat The Rich
09 Bedside Radio

DVD (Europe only):
01 Long Stick Goes Boom
02 Mad World
03 American Woman
04 I Want It All
05 Fire
06 Down The Drain
07 Screaming In The Night
08 Stayed Awake All Night
09 Rock City
10 Rock'n'Roll Tonight
11 Easy Rocker
12 Heatstrokes
13 Bedside Radio 
2004 Fire & Gasoline

2003 ROCK THE BLOCK


01 Mad World
02 Leading The Pack
03 I Want It All
04 Open Fire
05 One For All
06 Looking To America
07 Go My Way
08 Hot Shot
09 Raise Your Hands
10 Night Of The Snakes
11 Throwing Her China
12 We'll Rise
13 Freedom
14 Rock The Block
2003 Rock The Block

1995 TO ROCK OR NOT TO BE



01 Lion Heart
02 Flying Through The Night
03 To Rock Or Not To Be
04 In The Dead Of Night
05 Natural Blonde
06 Doggy Style
07 Talking Like A Shotgun
08 Soul To Soul
09 Stop The World
10 You ain't Got The Guts To Do It
11 Wagon Gone
12 Stormy Nights
1995 To Rock Or Not To Be
1994 YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET (EP CD)

01 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
02 Down The Drain (live)
03 Shy Kid (live)
04 You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - Chesslete

Live Recordings At Rock Chutz, Solothurn February 3rd, 1994
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet EP CD

1988 HEART ATTACK



01 Everybody Rocks
02 Wild Love
03 Let It Go
04 Winning Man
05 Axx Attack
06 Rock'n' Roll Tonight
07 Flyin' High
08 Shoot The Night
09 Bad, Bad Girl
10 Speed Up
1988 Heart Attack

1986 ALIVE AND SCREAMING (Live)


01 Long Stick Goes Boom
02 Eat The Rich
03 Screaming In The Night
04 Hot Shot City
05 Midnite Maniac
06 Bedside Radio
07 Lay Me Down
08 Stayed Awake All Night
09 Headhunter
1986 Alive & Screaming

1986 CHANGE OF ADDRESS


01 Now
02 Hot Shot City
03 School's Out
04 Let This Love Begin
05 Burning Up The Night
06 Say Goodbye
07 World In Fire
08 Hard Luck Hero
09 Long Way From Home
1986 Change Of Address

1984 BLITZ


01 Midnite Maniac
02 Out Of Control
03 Boys Nite Out
04 Our Love
05 Out To Lunch
06 Ballroom Blitz
07 Rock The Nation
08 Hot Stuff
09 Ready To Rock
1984 Blitz

1983 HEADHUNTER


01 Headhunter
02 Eat The Rich
03 Screaming In The Night
04 Ready To Burn
05 Night Wolf
06 Stayed Awake All Night
07 Stand And Be Counted
08 White Din
09 Russian Winter
1983 Headhunter

1982 ONE VICE AT A TIME


01 Long Stick Goes Boom
02 Bad Boys, Rag Dolls
03 Playin' The Outlaw
04 To The Top
05 Down The Drain
06 American Woman
07 I'm On The Run
08 Save Me
09 Rock'n roll
1982 One Vice At A Time

1981 HARDWARE


01 Celebration
02 Easy Rocker
03 Smelly Nelly
04 Mr. 69
05 She's Got Everything
06 Burning Bones
07 Rock City
08 Winning Man
09 Mad Racket
1981 Hardware

1980 METAL RENDEZ-VOUS


01 Heatstrokes
02 Bedside Radio
03 Come On
04 Streamer
05 Shy Kid
06 Tokyo Nights
07 Lady Double Dealer
08 Fire
09 No Way
10 Back Seat Rock'n Roll
1980 Metal Rendez-Vous

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