NEWS 2010 ARCHIVE

31/12 2010: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

23/12 2010: ACTIVITIES IN 2011/HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

LOTS OF GIGS FOR CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND, GERMAN TOUR AND NEW LIVE DVD, MORE N3 GIGS AND MAD&HUNGRY BACK IN BUSINESS!

A lot of gigs are already confirmed for next year: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band will be reharsing for the January 18 gig at the Colozahl-Bar in Aschaffenburg, Germany, this is going to be filmed for DVD-production. They will play Madam Felle's in Bergen prior to that, on Friday January 14. There are several other gigs happening in January, then a tour of Germany in March/April and the annual Madam Felle's shows last weekend of April.

There will also be at least four shows with N3 (the project with Terje Rypdal, Ronni Le Tekro and Mads) this spring - 2010 was rather quiet for that project with only one gig (at the Beiarn Jazz Camp), in sharp contrast to the 17-date tour that took place in 2009 (see reviews in the archives).
2010 was a rather slow year for Mad&Hungry too, primarly because of John Magnar "Hungry John" Bernes' commitments to Bergen Blues Band, who had a highly succesful 30th anniversary album and tour. M&H will do their first shows in a year at Madam Felle's in February and will start writing new material for a new album soon.

This is what's happening the first couple of months:

JANUARY

January 14: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at Madam Felle's, Bergen, Norway
January 18: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at Colozahl-Bar, Aschaffenburg, Germany
(for dvd recording)
January 21: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at Radisson Blu Caledonian Hotel, Kristiansand, Norway
January 22: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at private show (Logen, Bergen)
January 28: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Corporate show, Oslo, Norway

FEBRUARY

February 4/5: Mad&Hungry at Madam Felle's, Bergen, Norway
February 17: N3 at Hammerfest Kulturhus, Hammerfest, Norway

MARCH

March 23: N3 at Gjøvik Kulturhus, Gjøvik Norway
March 24: N3 at Ringerike Kulturhus, Ringerike, Norway
March 25: N3 at Buddy's, Drammen, Norway
March 27 - aprox. April 10: German tour Chris T./Mads E. Band (some of the gigs are already confirmed, but we'll bring you the details when it's all settled)

APRIL

April 29/30: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band + special guest (TBA) at Madam Felle's Bergen Norway

There is also quite a few confirmed and not-so-confirmed gigs right up until November 2011, we'll keep you informed when we have all the facts. 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND KEEP SHREDDING!

Happy holidays to all of you out there who keeps an eye at us.
Keep shredding and have fun!;-)

08/12 2010: NOT WORTHY

Since 2010 is coming to an end, we bring a picture from a private gig that Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band did on October 16 where two partcipants have dropped to their knees in classic (and we dare say, suitable) " We are not worthy" fashion during Mads' solo. We hope to see similar incidents happening a lot in the year to come..
We will bring details about next years gigs very soon - a lot of gigs throughout the year are already confirmed.
We are not worthy

PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE

Mads is interviewed in the Christmas edition of the popular The Good Times magazine in Germany- The free CD that comes with the magazine has a special Christmas edit of the track Praying For A Miracle from Mads' latest CD, complete with bells and all.

The original idea was that Chris Thompson and Mads should write a Christmas song together for the CD, but this proved impractical, so they have contributed one song each.
The Good Times magazine has a circulation of 30,000 copies.

In the article you can read about the origin of the track as far as Mads' Christmas tradition. Time to brush up your German!
You can buy it here: The Good Times magazine

The full track of Praying For A Miracle is now out on Mads' MySpace profile.

29/11 2010: NEW WORKSHOP - MARCH 2011

The great Stefan Grossman will visit Bergen once again and give a workshop in cooperation with Mads Eriksen Gitarskole - this time alone. Stefan Grossman delivered a highly succesful workshop in May last year together with another legendary guitar player, John Renbourn. They also gave a concert at Madam Felle's in which Mads was invited on stage for a humorous jam.

The workshop will take place on Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19 next year. Stefan Grossman will also give a solo concert at Madam Felle's on Thursday March 17.

Stefan Grossman is one of the greatest exponents of the acoustic guitar an has remained so for more than four decades. He has worked an recorded with some of rock's greatest artists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Paul Simon to name but a few - he has also released and produced numerous tutorial tapes, books and CDs/DVDs.

For more info, contact Mads at mads@madseriksen.com 

11/11 2010: PICTURES

Vidar Grønland sent us some photos from the Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band concert at Gjøvik Kulturhus, October 14. Thanks Vidar!
You can see more photos here.

(Photos: Vidar Grønland)

26/10 2010: NEW GIGS

NEW GIGS

Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band will play at the Marshall F. center in Varel (near Oldenburg) in Germany on Saturday October 30. This will probably be the last show in Germany this year, exept for a private gig in Leipzig on New Years Eve. Plans for next year include concerts and dvd filming in January as well as a German tour from late March until mid-April.

There will probably be a new N3 tour in 2011, look out for further details.

ROLLING CLONES

will "tour" Bergen before Christmas:
November 26/27: Rick's, Bergen
December 3/4: Madam Felle's, Bergen

05/08 2010: VIDEO FROM ESCHWEILER GIG

Here is a video from the Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band gig in Eschweiler, July 30:

02/08 2010: REVIEW AND PHOTOS

CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND PLAYED TO 4500 ECSTATIC FANS I ESCHWEILER

See review and pictures from the memorable gig in Eschweiler in Germany on Friday July 30

29/07 2010: MORE GIGS AND REVIEWS

NEW DATES FOR CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND

JULY 30: Markplatz, Eschweiler (near Düsseldorf), Germany
AUGUST 13: Varangerfestivalen, Varanger, Norway
OCTOBER 14: Gjøvik Culturehouse, Gjøvik, Norway

GOOD REVIEWS FROM GERMAN GIGS WITH LEO SAYER AND FISH

The gigs in in Germany with Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band and special guests Fish and Leo Sayer went down really well, as this review (German, pdf) will show you. Here you can read about "Saitenhexer" Mads Eriksen and Chris Thompson's "gewaltiges Stimmorgan" (no, it's not naughty, it is in fact very, very good..)

Review and pictures from the July 9. gig

31/05 2010: MORE GIGS FOR CHRIS AND MADS

CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND

Thu 23 September: Elverum Culturehouse, Norway
Fri 24 September: Buddy's, Drammen, Norway
Sat 25 September: Buddy's, Drammen, Norway
Sat 9 October: Parkhotellet, Voss, Norway

05/05 2010: TONS OF GIGS

TONS AND TONS OF GIGS - GUEST PERFORMANCES BY FISH AND LEO

We have a lot of new gigs to announce: Most of them with Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band who just finished a highly succesful tour of Germany and two sold-out nights at Bergen's Madam Felle last weekend. Leo Sayer was special guest on those nights as he was in 2005. CT/MEB have quite a few gigs lined up for them in Norway, Spain and in Germany, where Leo Sayer will once again be featured guest along with ex-Marillion frontman Fish, who participated int the annual gigs at Madam Felle in 2008.

NEW DATE FOR NØTTERØY KULTURHUS, NORWAY

A new date has been set for Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at Nøtterøy Kulturhus. The show scheduled for April 8 had to be cancelled due to a severe throat problem for Mr Thompson, who has not cancelled a show for 40 years. The new date is October 15.

CT/MEB AT GRESSVIK ROCKWEEKEND - AGAIN

For the third year in a row CT/MEB will perform at the Gressvik Rock Weekend.The show last year drew 750 people and became the most succesful Friday in the festival's history.

Here are the gigs so far (more TBA soon):

June 5: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Braunschweig (near Hannover), Germany
June 6: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Ehmkendorf (near Rostock), Germany

June 11.-12: The Rolling Clones, Rick's, Bergen, Norway

June 18: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Valencia, Spain
June 19: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Bad Urach, Zittelstadt (near Stuttgart), Germany

July 3: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Open Air Sportgelände Allmed, Rathshausen, Germany
July 8: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band with Fish and Leo Sayer, Lorsch Zeltfest, Lorsch, Germany
July 9: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band with Fish and Leo Sayer, Ziesar (near Berlin), Germany

August 6: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Gressvik Rock Weekend (near Fredrikstad), Norway
August 7: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Lillesanddaene, Lillesand, Norway
 
September 10: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg Germany
September 11: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Nierstein, Classic Rock Festival, Germany
 
October 8: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Herøy Kulturhus, Herøy, Norway
October 15: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Nøtterøy Kulturhus, Norway 

04/05 2010: TV LINKS

These links are from the program "Førkveld" on NRK1 on Thursday April 29 at 18.00:

http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/211535

http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/211553

27/04 2010: CONCERT AND TELEVISION

Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band plays at Madam Felle on Thursday April 29 (Friday April 30 and Saturday May 1 with Leo Sayer as special guest, as announced earlier).

MADS ON NATIONAL TELEVISION THURSDAY APRIL 29

Mads will be profiled in the program "Førkveld" on NRK1 on Thursday April 29 at 18.00. Mads and the band will play music from Mads' new album and will be joined by Chris Thompson for one song.

12/04 2010: GREAT REVIEWS OF MADS' ALBUM!

See musikkavisen.no and heavymetal.no

11/04 2010: CONCERT OF THE YEAR

Another great review (Norwegian), from the Friday April 9 show.

01/04 2010: GREAT REVIEW

Great review (Norwegian) of Friday March 26 show

19/03 2010: MINICONCERT/AUTOGRAPH SIGNING

MINI CONCERT AND AUTOGRAPH SIGNING AT 4SOUND BERGEN

On Tuesday March 23 Mads and band will give a free miniconcert at the 4SOUND music store (Hagstrøm Musikk) in Strandtg. 197. Mads' new album Just what the world needs will be on sale, as well as his debut album Journey, which was released exactly 20 years earlier, in February 1990. It starts at 16.30.

15/03 2010: ACOUSTIC GUITAR WORKSHOP

MADS ERIKSEN'S GUITAR SCHOOL ORGANISE WORKSHOP WITH TWO LIVING GUITAR LEGENDS

We are proud to announce that Mads, together with friend and guitar afficionado Egil Kjerstad organise a 2-day workshop with two of worlds foremost acoustic guitar players on May 12 and 13 in Bergen. Stefan Grossman (from whose GUITAR PLAYER- columns in the 70's Mads learned the alternate thumb style as explored in songs like "Memphis-Elvis-Travis" and "Hopeless Romantic" on the Redhanded album) and John Renbourn will in addition give a concert in the evening of Thursday May 13 at Madam Felle in Bergen.
More info on the workshop (Norwegian, pdf)

18/02 2010: NEW WEBSITE!

After 9 years with the old website we have decided to brush things up a bit. The old site has served its purpose well, but frankly it was getting a bit long in the tooth. There is still some work to do, so if things seems to be missing, they will probably show up eventually..

15/02 2010: 3 NEW SONGS

from Mads' upcoming album on MySpace!!! One hard ("Destroyer"), one sweet ("In the streets and alleys of the town") and one strange ("Yukon River") for your listening pleasure.

10/02 2010: MORE GIGS

MADS ERIKSEN ON ELM STREET
 
As a part of a string (no pun intended) of gigs to launch Mads' new album, Mads and band will play at Elm Street in Oslo on Thursday, March 4.
 
MORE CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND
 
Fri March 26: Hardanger Hotell, Odda, Norway
Sat March 27: Stord Kulturhus, Stord, Norway

DOUBLE GIG: CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND AND N3!!!
 
At Beiarn Jazz Camp Festival on Thu August 5, Beiarn Norway 

29/01 2010: RELEASE AND CONCERTS

NEW RELEASE DATE - RELEASE PARTY AND PROMO GIGS!
 
Just what the world needs, Mads' new album, will be released on March 1 on MTG Music. On Thursday February 25 Mads and the band (Frank Hovland, Gunnar Bjelland and Zsolt Meszaros) will host a release party and concert at Mads' favourite stage at Madam Felle's in Bergen. They will then play Per's Hotell at Gold and Buddy's in Drammen on February 26. and 27., respectively. More gigs around that time might occur.
 
The original release date was February 15, but it was labeled as an akward date as it would collide with the annual By:Larm festival taking place in Oslo around that time.. (you see the problem, don't you? By:larm being totally overshadowed by Mads' new release..)
 
LEO SAYER GUESTING WITH CHRIS AND MADS AT MADAM FELLE'S ON APRIL 30 AND MAY 1
 
Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen Band are proud to announce that Leo Sayer will be special guest at their annual shows at Madam Felle's in Bergen on April 30 and May 1. Leo Sayer's also performed with Chris, Mads and the boys in May 2005 in two shows that broke the attendance record at the club, a record that still stands today.
 
NEW TOUR OF GERMANY AND NEW SHOWS IN NORWAY
 
2009 turned out to be the busiest ever for Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band. They will go on tour in Germany in April and play several Norwegian gigs and festivals in the summer. Inbetween Mads also finds time to sling his Tele-caster down low and rock out with The Rolling Clones.
 
Here are the dates so far:
 
January 30: The Rolling Clones, Logen Theater, Bergen
February 25: Mads Eriksen Band, release party, Madam Felle's, Bergen
February 26: Mads Eriksen Band, Per's Hotell, Gol
February 27: Mads Eriksen Band, Buddy's, Drammen
April 8: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Nøtterøy Kulturhus, Norway
April 9: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Buddy's, Drammen, Norway
April 15: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Rostock Ursprung, Germany
April 16: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Neubrandenburg Guterbahnhof Germany
April 17: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Cunewalde, Germany
April 18: tba (Germany)
April 21: tba (Germany)
April 22: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Hildesheim, Germany
April 23: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Krøv mehrzweckhalle, Germany
April 24: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Heidenheim, Germany
April 30 and May 1: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band + special  guest Leo Sayer
 
May 14/15: The Rolling Clones, Madam Felle, Bergen Norway
 
July 3: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Rathausen Festival, Germany 

08/01 2010: STARTING OFF

Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band start off the new year with a show at a festival in Augsburg, Germany, Saturday January 9. Also playing that night are Slade, Sweet and Suzi Quatro.

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