AXEL RUDI PELL   New ballads album THE BALLADS VI out on 21 April 2023  European tour starts in April

AXEL RUDI PELL New ballads album THE BALLADS VI out on 21 April 2023 European tour starts in April

27th January 2023 0 By Jon Deaux

Ballads play a very special role in the history of rock music. Firstly: They document the emotional side of the genre and show that behind (almost) every rocker`s hard chest beats a soft heart. Secondly: Those quieter songs are being played by radio stations without rock affinity – and are loved by listeners for their emotional depth. And thirdly: In an increasingly hectic world, ballads offer brief moments of pause, of reflection on the essential things in life. So it`s no wonder that the ballad compilations of the Axel Rudi Pell band are an absolute success. Over 250,000 copies been sold of ‘The Ballads I’ (1993) to ‘The Ballads V’ (2017) alone. And nine (!) of the current Top-10 most streamed Pell songs on Spotify are ballads! More than enough reason, therefore, why fans of the Bochum guitarist and songwriter regularly push for a continuation of this release series. Successfully: On April 21, 2023 ‘The Ballads VI’ will be released on CD, double vinyl LP, and as a digital download, as always via Steamhammer/SPV. And – as expected – the release will come with a few small surprises. Not only is ‘The Ballads VI’ the latest edition of the popular ARP ‘The Ballads’ series, but also the direct successor of the studio album ‘Lost XXIII’, which managed to rank #2 in the official German album sales charts at April 2022.

In view of the new ballads compilation, which comes with a total of 13 ballads “made by ARP” with five of them being brand new recordings, Axel Rudi Pell sums up his growth as a songwriter and musician: “Looking back, there is not a single ballad during the almost 35 years of my solo career that I need to be ashamed of, quite the contrary: some of them are still among my favorite songs today.”


1) Revelations 2:34 (new instrumental)
2) Diamonds And Rust 5:19 (new cover version)
3) Morning Star 7:34 (new song)
4) Dust In The Wind 4:33 (new cover version)
5) Hidden Secrets 6:05 (new instrumental)
6) Gone With The Wind 8:56
7) She’s A Lady  4:04
8) Room With A View 4:12
9) Fly With Me 5:42
10) As Blind As A Fool Can Be 6:14
11) I Put A Spell On You  4:24
12) Beyond The Light 7:45
13) Quarantined 1  7:03

The new ballads album “The Ballads VI” will be released on April 21st, 2023 worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer as CD DigiPak (incl. poster), 2LP Gatefold (trans orange black vinyl), CD/LP bundle with shirt (only at the Steamhammer Shop), download and stream:

Line Up:

• Johnny Gioeli – Lead and Backing Vocals
• Axel Rudi Pell
– Lead and Rhythm Guitars
• Ferdy Doernberg
– Keyboards
• Volker Krawczak
– Bass
• Bobby Rondinelli
– Drums


24.04. DE-Cologne – Essigfabrik

25.04. DE-Saarbrücken – Garage

27.04. DE-Bochum – Zeche

28.04. DE-Singen – Stadthalle

29.04. CH-Bern – Bierhübeli

01.05. DE-Munich – Backstage

02.05. DE-Langen – Neue Stadthalle

03.05. DE-Berlin – Huxleys

05.05. SE-Malmö – KB

06.05. SE-Stockholm – Fryshuset

07.05. SE-Gothenburg – Pustervik

09.05. DE-Hamburg – Fabrik

10.05. DE-Hannover – Capitol

11.05. DE-Karlsruhe – Substage

12.05. DE-Leipzig – Hellraiser

13.05. NL-Drachten – Iduna

14.05. DE-Bochum – Zeche (sold out)

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