Who cares about the Olympic flame that will start to burn in London soon? Today, on Friday the 1st of June, the brand-new GOTTHARD album “Firebirth“ comes out. It can be considered a musical “back to the roots” fireworks and new singer Nic Maeder’s baptism by fire at the same time. The release is being accompanied by several summer festival shows of the band. Moreover, with the release of “Firebirth“, the much-frequented online countdown comes to an end. For four weeks the cooperation partner iTunes exclusively offered pre-release downloads of a few songs from the new record. Everybody who has taken the offer and has already bought the songs will get them credited when downloading the whole album via iTunes. Within the past weeks, the confederates have already warmed up on a “Firebirth” tour through South America. After an exclusive German live premiere in the course of a Rock Antenne showcase in Munich, whole Europe will be able to enjoy “new” GOTTHARD live from next weekend on: on the 8th of June, the band will perform at the Sweden Rock Festival as one of the main acts, followed by festivals in France (Hellfest), Italy (Gods Of Metal), Belgium (Graspop), Czech Republic (Masters Of Rock) and Switzerland. In July, GOTTHARD will play the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany as co-headliner as well as the legendary “Moon And Stars” in Locarno (Ticino), Switzerland. Get your „Firebirth“ copy at the Nuclear Blast Webshop: http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/shop/artikel/gruppen/51000.1.nuclearblast.html?article_group_sort_type_handle=rank&custom_keywords=Gotthard%20Firebirth Videoclip „Starlight“: http://youtu.be/brwD1xlI92g Gotthard on iTunes: www.itunes.com/gotthard More infos under: www.gotthard.com | www.nuclearblast.de/gotthard