Steve Lee - The Eyes Of A Tiger - A Gotthard Tribute To Our Unforgotten Friend

GOTTHARD

GOTTHARD - Steve Lee - The Eyes Of A Tiger - A Gotthard Tribute To Our Unforgotten Friend

Released on: 2020-10-02

“For me, everything’s always been about making music and writing songs – but not to be famous. We’re just trying to find ourselves, after all.” Steve Lee, 2010 How do you honor a legend? Someone, who has become immortal through his songs, his voice, and his nature – and ten years after the tragic accident, is still vivid in the hearts of friends, colleagues, and fans. What do you say about a singer among the world’s finest of his genre, who never lost touch with the real world? It’s only possible with music. For the 10th anniversary of STEVE LEE’s passing, GOTTHARD bow to their frontman with THE EYES OF A TIGER and offer two unreleased tracks – among them the eponymous EYES OF A TIGER in two different takes – as well as eleven stripped-down versions of well-known songs: performed by GOTTHARD – sung by STEVE LEE. Lee was born in 1963 in Horgen, as the son of a British father and Swiss mother and later moved to the Canton of Ticino with his family. Although buying his first drum set at the age of 12 and knowing his life would revolve around music early on, the grounded young man completed a goldsmiths apprenticeship before becoming a drummer at 25. “When I saw Steve for the first time, he was sitting behind his drums singing ‘Child in Time’, the classic by Deep Purple,” Leo Leoni recalls. “I was impressed by the way he sang the song and knew immediately: This is a voice that can conquer the world.” Everybody wanted a singer like STEVE LEE – his musicality, passion, and integrity could change an entire song and thrilled colleagues, producers, and audiences alike. And this, without ever aiming for the frontman position: Because his first band’s singer had left the group at short notice, Steve was persuaded to take the mic and was actually shocked being the lead singer in front of 8000 people. Even later – during his 18 years with GOTTHARD, including their rise to Switzerland’s most successful band, its 14 No.1 albums, and global headliner tours as well as with Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, or AC/DCLee never was too sure. “He believed in his talent well enough,” Leoni explains, “but he was skeptical as well. I always encouraged him to make the best of his instrument. He had a gift.” – The rest is music history. On October 5, 2010, from one second to the next, history turned upside down when STEVE LEE died in an accident, leaving the rock world gasping for breath, far beyond Switzerland’s borders. The fact that GOTTHARD survived the unthinkable loss of their singer against all expectations was just short of a miracle – enabled by the deep love for their music, which always connected Lee with Habegger, Leoni, Lynn, and Scherer, as well as the fortune of finding a full-fledged family member with Nic Maeder instead of just a replacement. With Maeder on backings, GOTTHARD honor their unforgotten friend with eleven songs, never before presented in this distilled form, as well as two unreleased tracks. Apart from TAROT WOMAN, there are two versions of the 1982 “Rocky” classic EYE OF THE TIGER – one of Steve’s absolute favorites, which will be released as the tribute’s first single in time for his birthday on August 5. “We had a memorial concert planned for a long time when Covid-19 changed everything. So, we came up with the idea of putting together a tribute album with Steve for our fans and us – as an additional reminder of this singular, unforgettable singer. We want to light a beacon that he still is a part of this band and will be forever!” When the goosebump recordings emerged from the band’s archives, they proved to be a treasure that had to be shared with the world. With infinite love to detail, a magical album developed – not least because of the nearly transcendental possibility of hearing STEVE LEE sing again: “I never thought it would be possible to make an album with his unique voice again. Recording the bass lines was very emotional for me,” shares Marc and Freddy adds: “Steve’s last recorded session brings back so many memories – of our shows, but also of what a great singer he was.” With the tribute album THE EYES OF A TIGER, GOTTHARD take off on a highly emotional journey through time starting October 2, and they are inviting everyone who has ever been touched by STEVE LEE. A trip that spans stages across the world and didn’t end on the ‘Highway to Hell’ in Nevada ten years ago. Because in the words of Nic Maeder: “Steve is loved – truly loved. By many people.”

Track list Total runtime
1 - One Life One Soul 3:45
2 - Let It Be 4:21
3 - In The Name 3:32
4 - Lonely People 3:24
5 - Heaven 4:23
6 - Need To Believe 4:03
7 - Lift U Up 3:32
8 - Hush 3:33
9 - First Time In A Long Time 4:34
10 - Tarot Woman 3:01
11 - And Then Goodbye 3:27
12 - The Train 3:46
13 - Eye Of The Tiger 3:53
14 - Eye Of The Tiger (electric version) (bonus) 4:48
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