Rock & Roll Is Dead, the acclaimed new album from Swedish rockers, THE HELLACOPTERS - whose multiple Grammy awards and Gold records in their home country have helped the quintet build a rabid fan base not only in their native Europe, but around the entire world - will be released in America on Jan. 24, 2006. It marks the third HELLACOPTERS title in as many years for Liquor and Poker Music; an MP3 of first single, “I’m In The Band,” has been posted on the label’s website, www.liquorandpokermusic.com.
THE HELLACOPTERS’ sixth album, Rock & Roll Is Dead, was released in Europe in June, at which point the quintet kicked off a six-month continental tour. Highlights included performances at Rock Im Ring/Rock Am Park - Germany’s largest annual music festival ??" as well as Hungary’s Sziget Festival, a weeklong event with nearly 400,000 attendees. The band’s travels will extend to the rest of the world in 2006, including their first American tour in four years.
Having been described as “the best rock band in Sweden” (Alternative Press) and “the freshest-sounding ‘geetar’ band around” (Rolling Stone), THE HELLACOPTERS recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. With six acclaimed studio full-lengths and European tours alongside household names KISS, THE ROLLING STONES and FOO FIGHTERS under their belts, it’s clear the group has come a long way since its early days as a side project of then-ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson and BACKYARD BABIES co-founder Dregen.
Recorded in THE HELLACOPTERS’ hometown of Stockholm with longtime producer Chips Kiesbye (SAHARA HOTNIGHTS, MILLENCOLIN), Rock & Roll Is Dead features guest appearances from THE HIVES’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist and THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES’ Mattias Barjed. The North American version of the album will be an enhanced CD included two bonus tracks not found on any other version of the album, as well as bonus music video clips for both “I’m In The Band” and “Everything’s On T.V.”