NEWS ARCHIVE 2004

29/12 2004: MADS' PARTICIPATION AT GOL CANCELLED

Due to a severe back injury, Mads have had to obey doctor's orders and cancel his participation in the annual "Christmas Jam" ("julejam") at Per's Hotell at Gol. Mads is really disappointed about this, as he had looked forward so much to once again meet with the wonderful Gol audience and share the stage with two of his heroes, Ronnie LeTekrø and Terje Rypdal. At the moment, Mads has to stay in bed, but promises to come back strong later.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

Back injury aside, this has been a busy and positive year for Mads, Chris and all the others that Mads has been working with, and we like to thank all our fans who have supported us.
Keep on rockin' through the new year!

07/12 2004: CHRISTMAS JAM AT GOL

TERJE RYPDAL, RONNIE LE TEKRO AND MADS JOIN FORCES FOR  THE "CHRISTMAS JAM" AT GOL

Ronnie and Mads did the Christmas Jam ("julejam") at Per's Hotell at Gol last Christmas in front of a packed audience of over 600 people. This year they will be joined by Terje Rypdal on the show that takes place at December 29th. It is expected that the three guitarists will play individual sets and also take the stage together. A lot of local talents will also appear on the show. Mads is thrilled with the oppurtunity to play with some of his favourites: "Ronnie has been a good friend for years and one of the best guitar players in his genre", says Mads "and Terje has been an international guitar icon and a unique musical force for more than three decades, so I feel honoured to be assoiciated with these gentlemen". 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT IN CHURCH

Mads will participate in a Christmas concert in Laksevåg kirke on December 12. He also played on a similar concert last year. Mads will play his own set as well as playing along with the Laksevåg mixed Choir on some of their carols.   

GIGS IN DECEMBER

December 12: Christmas concert in Laksevåg kirke
December 17-18: "Ricks", Bergen (The Rolling Clones)
December 29: Christmas Jam ("julejam") at Per's Hotell at Gol
(Terje Rypdal, Ronnie Le Tekrø and Mads)

30/11 2004: REDISCOVERY RELEASED IN GREECE

The "Rediscovery" album was released this month in Greece on the record label COSMIC STORM. Until now the album has only been released in Norway. The plan is to get distribution for the album in several countries, including Germany and the rest of Scandinavia, in 2005. There will be some slight alterations before the album is released anywhere else.
Further plans for the "Rediscovery" project involves filming of the concert as presented at the "Ole Blues" -festival in Bergen in April for DVD production. This is likely to take place late 2005/early2006.

05/10 2004: NEW CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN GIG

Chris and Mads will play the newly opened Opus Cafe at Os south of Bergen at Saturday October 23, the day after their show in Salhushallen. The gig in Salhushallen is in cooporation with "Rediscovery" sponsor BKK and "Åsane Kulturdagar".

31/08 2004: FALL GIGS

HI EVERYONE!

Hope you all have had a great summer! I've had some really busy months, lots of practising, rehearsing and gigging - no rest for the wicked! Luckily, it has all gone really well - Chris Thompson and I and our regular band had some really good shows in Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim late July, and in Florø and Matre in August - thanks to everybody who has written nice e-mails and texts about the gigs! In between I also participated in the "Rockquiem", which is a rock opera variation on Mozart's "Requiem", which was real fun to do - it was a huge production with opera choir, symphony orchestra, rock band, dancers and soloists. We did 4 shows outdoor at the Bergen Castle to 3400 people. This fall will be really busy too, "Mad&Hungry" will be touring in September, and there will be more gigs with Chris, The Rolling Clones, my trio and my old buddies in "Sharks&Whales". 

MORE CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN GIGS

Chris and Mads will at least to three more shows this fall, the first will be in Mallorca, Spain on Sunday September 12, then the "Tiendebyttet" festival in Mosjøen on September 19 and a concert for BKK, one of the sponsors of the "Rediscovery" project, in "Salhushallen" on October 22 (there will probably be more gigs around that time - stay tuned!) 

PROMINENT GUEST

We are very happy to aknowledge that no other than Mr Joe Satriani has signed the guestbook with a nice comment on Mads' music! Thanks, Joe! 

UPCOMING GIGS THIS FALL

SEPTEMBER:

September 3-4: "Madam Felle", Bergen (Mad&Hungry)
September 12: Mallorca, Spain (Chris and Mads)
September 14: "Ovenpå", Stavanger (Mad&Hungry)
September 15: Sandnes Bluesklubb, Sandnes (Mad&Hungry)
September 16: "Stationen", Bryne (Mad&Hungry)
September 17: "Garveriet", Lindås (Mad&Hungry)
September 18: "Mobergsvikjo", Os (Mad&Hungry)
September 19: "Tiendebyttet", Mosjøen, Norway (Chris and Mads)

OCTOBER:

October 22: "Salhushallen", Bergen (Chris and Mads)
October 23: "Opus Cafe", Os

NOVEMBER:

November 5: "Madam Felle", Bergen (The Rolling Clones)
November 6:  Os (The Rolling Clones)

DECEMBER:

December 12: Christmas concert in Laksevåg kirke
December 17-18: "Ricks", Bergen (The Rolling Clones)
December 29: Christmas Jam ("julejam") at Per's Hotell at Gol
(Terje Rypdal, Ronnie Le Tekrø and Mads)

07/07 2004: REVIEW FROM FAROJOURNALEN

"Rediscovery" gets a nice review from the well respected music magazine Farojournalen. You can find it under press in the stuff section (in norwegian). If you prefer, you can download it (pdf)

26/06 2004: LOTS OF GIGS!

CHRIS AND MADS PLAYS BERGEN, OSLO AND TRONDHEIM IN JULY

In support of their new release "Rediscovery", Chris Thompson and Mads will do concerts in the major Norwegian cities this summer. Anyone who couldn't get tickets to the sold-out concerts in Bergen on the "Ole Blues" - festival in April, will get another chance on Thursday 29. The duo will appear alongside Frank Hovland (bass), Gunnar Bjelland (keys) and Steinar Krokstad (drums) in the intimate atmosphere of the club "Madam Felle" at Bryggen. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday June 30 through Ticketmaster or at the club (tel. +47 55 54 30 58). The day after they will play in the considerably more spacious "Rockefeller" in Oslo, before going to Trondheim on  Saturday July 31.
Thursday July 29: "Madam Felle", Bergen
Friday July 30: "Rockefeller"; Oslo 
Saturday July 31: "Kjelleren", Olavskvarteret, Trondheim
Live dates in August:
Friday August 20: "Kraftspela", Matre
Sat August 21: "Haavebua", Florø

MADS PLAYS BRANN STADIUM!

Mads has been engaged through one of the sponsors of the "Rediscovery" project, BKK, to give a brief performance with renowned singer Marianne Juvik Sæbø before and during the break in the Sunday June 27 football match between Brann and Lillestrøm. This will be Mads' largest audience ever! It is a well-kept secret that Mads was goalkeeper for Brann in his footballplaying youth, but hearing the riff of "Jumping Jack Flash" in 1975 caused an early retirement  from the football field for young Eriksen (age 12)....

ROCKING WOLFGANG

Mads will appear on a rock vertion of Mozarts Requiem called the "Rockquiem" with the Bergen Opera at the Bergen Castle ("Festningen"). There will be 4 shows - August 4, 5, 6 and 7. Trusty ME stalwarts Gunnar Bjelland and Frank Hovland are also in the band

TOURING WITH HUNGRY JOHN (MAD&HUNGRY) IN SEPTEMBER

"Mad&Hungry", the band that combines the talents of the famous blues singer/harmonica player John Magnar "Hungry John" Bernes, will tour in the southwestern part of Norway in September. Here is a complete list of live dates in September with M&H:
September 3-4: "Madam Felle", Bergen
September 14: "Ovenpå", Stavanger
September 15: Sandnes Bluesklubb, Sandnes
September 16: "Stationen", Bryne
September 17: "Garveriet", Lindås
September 18: "Mobergsvikjo", Os 

26/06 2004: LIST OF UPCOMING GIGS

Here is the complete list of live gigs we know of so far:

JUNE:

June 16: John Magnar "Hungry John" Bernes and Mads Eriksen - duo appearance at "Kommandantboligen", Gravdal
June 17: Mads Eriksen Band at "Elvatun"
June 18-19: "Rolling Clones", "Rick's", Bergen
June 19: Mads Eriksen Band at Torvalmenningen ("Kollektivtrafikkens Dag")
June 27: Football match between Brann and Lillestrøm...!

JULY:

(Chris and Mads, Rediscovery project)
July 29: "Madam Felle", Bergen
July 30: "Rockefeller", Oslo 
July 31: "Kjelleren", Olavskvarteret, Trondheim

AUGUST:

August 4, 5, 6 and 7: "Rockquiem" with the Bergen Opera at the Bergen Castle ("Festningen")
August 20: "Kraftspela", Matre (Chris and Mads)
August 21: "Haavebua", Florø (Chris and Mads)
August 30: "Bankettsalen", SAS hotel Norge, Bergen (ME band)

SEPTEMBER:

September 3-4: "Madam Felle", Bergen (Mad&Hungry)
September 12 : Mallorca, Spain (Chris and Mads)
September 14: "Ovenpå", Stavanger (Mad&Hungry)
September 15: Sandnes Bluesklubb, Sandnes (Mad&Hungry)
September 16: "Stationen", Bryne (Mad&Hungry)
September 17: "Garveriet", Lindås (Mad&Hungry)
September 18: "Mobergsvikjo", Os (Mad&Hungry)
September 19: "Tiendebyttet", Mosjøen, Norway (Chris and Mads)

11/06 2004: ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF INTERVIEW

For our non-Norwegian friends, we can offer an English translation (pdf) of the interview with Mads in Bergensbladet - thanks to Trude Lines who has been generous enough to do the translation. You can also find it in the stuff section under press.
The "Rediscovery" album will be on sale on monday june 14 - the Bergen Newspaper Bergensavisen concludes that it "showcases Mads Eriksen's massive guitar talent....."

02/06 2004: MP3 TEASERS FROM "REDISCOVERY"

We have put out two mp3 files from Rediscovery; Girl from Opononi and Music Rocks, they can be found in the albums section..enjoy!

UPDATE - We have also, by popular demand, put out Victory, from the earlier album The Plough Boy.

01/06 2004: "REDISCOVERY" LAUNCH

"Rediscovery" should hit the stores in two weeks, so we have updated the album section. The album contains about 72 minutes of music so be sure to check it out at the music stores...

29/05 2004: MADS INTERVIEW IN BERGENSBLADET

Brand new interview with Mads in the Internett-based magazine Bergensbladet. Mads speaks at length about his music, his collaboration with Chris Thompson.....and the new album, "Rediscovery".

26/05 2004: NEW RELEASE DATE FOR "REDISCOVERY"

The strike among journalists and transportation workers are now over, which means that we again read about the dresses the royals were wearing in the Royal Spanish Wedding, buy diapers in the shops....and release albums. The new release date for "Rediscovery" will be June 1.

21/05 2004: RELEASE OF "REDISCOVERY" POSTPONED

Due to the ongoing and escalating strike among journalists in Norwegian newspapers, Voices Music & Entertainment have decided to postpone the release of "Rediscovery". The album was to be released on May 24. "It's impossible to send out anything at the moment" says Voices Music rep Ketil Sveen...exact details about the release will follow later.

"RADIO WAVES" FIRST SINGEL FROM "REDISCOVERY"

"Radio Waves" featuring Manfred Mann's Earth Band, is the first singel from the "Rediscovery" album and will be sent out for radio promotion next week.

MADS ERIKSEN BAND PLAYS AT "DAMSGÅRDSDAGENE" SATURDAY MAY 22

Like last year, Mads Eriksen Band will participate in "Damsgårdsdagene" in Laksevåg on Saturday May 22. Mads will take the stage along with Frank Hovland (bass) and Zsolt Mescaros (drums) at around 22:00. This will be a good opportunity to see Mads live for anyone not old enough to get in on the venues that Mads is normally playing.

10/05 2004: THE NEXT ERIKSEN GUITARHERO?

We added two pictures to the Ole Blues photo gallery; Øystein, Mads' 15 year old son, who challenged his father to a guitar duel on "Mighty Quinn" at the end of the 2nd concert. A talent to be watched...
Thanks to Paul Bearfield who sent us these photos.

07/05 2004: OLE BLUES PICTURES

We have a new photo gallery from the Ole Blues concert. They can be found in the stuff section. Thanks to Karen Økland for the pictures!

03/05 2004: SUCCESSFUL ALBUM LAUNCH

The launching of the Rediscovery - album went better than anyone could hope for, with two sold-out shows at Bergen's Logen teater, which has a 550 audience capacity. The audience reaction was overwelmingly positive, and more liveshows are planned for this summer/fall.
Official release date for Rediscovery in Norway will be May 24.

29/03 2004: OLE BLUES CONCERT SOLD OUT! XTRA CONCERT

The Rediscovery project couldn't be off to a better start - today all the tickets for the gig on April 29 were sold out, and an xtra concert has been added on April 30. It will be on sale from March the 30. Concert start on the second show is 21:30 and it takes place at Logen Teater, like the first one. 
Chris and Mads are thrilled by the high demand for tickets - those concerts marks the start for the Rediscovery project and launching of the album, which at first will be a single CD to be followed by a full-length double CD later this year. The record will be distributed through VoicesMusic in Norway.

08/03 2004: DATE SET FOR OLE BLUES FESTIVAL

The release concert for Rediscovery, the new album from Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen, is taking place on April 29 in Logen teater, Bergen. At the present time, Chris and Mads are mixing the album in Auckland. At the Ole Blues gig they are accompanied by Steinar Krokstad (drums), Gunnar Bjelland (keyboards) and Frank Hovland (bass), but two of the Kiwis participating in the project, Gail Tippane and Bill Urala ("King Kapisi"), will come over from New Zealand to guest on the show. For tickets and more information, see Ole Blues festival

15/01 2004: HEADING SOUTH

Mads is off to New Zealand again to finish recordings for the Rediscovery - project with Chris Thompson. They will be recording for the next 2 weeks at York Street Studios in Auckland, where they started recordings in march and april 2003. Mixing will be in march, and the finished product, probably a 2 CD package due to the vast amount of material recorded, will be released at the Bergen Music Fest (Ole Blues) in april 2004.

GIGS

There will probably be less opportunities to see Mads live this spring since the album Rediscovery is the main priority this spring, but some gigs is already definite:
Mad&Hungry:
february 13 : Hol,
february 14:  Aurland
16.-17. april: Madam Felle, Bergen
25.-26. june: Den Stundesløse, Bergen

Concert with Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band in connection with album release will be late april (29th or 30th) on the Bergen Music Fest. Keep posted for more gigs! 

08/01 2004: ACOUSTIC SOLO CONCERT

Mads starts the new year with an acoustic solo concert at Madam Felle in Bergen friday january 9. Mads will present music from his entire 15-year running recording career. 

07/01 2004: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. With a new album coming out, this should be an exciting year for Mads, Chris and their fans. And to repeat; you can buy Mads' CD's Journey, Storyteller, M.E, Intermission Troldhaugen and Redhanded directly from us. Orders can be directed to mads@madseriksen.com
We charge NOK 150,- ($20) per item, which includes shipping and handling - and a signature!

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