NEWS 2011 ARCHIVE

31/12 2011: NEW YEAR

GREETINGS FROM MADS

Just wanted to say thanks to everybody who has followed my site this year and and big thank you to all of you who listen to my music and come to our shows. I'm happy to say that 2011 has been another busy year for me. It seems fitting that we will be rounding up the year with Chris Thompson in Berlin on New Year Eve, we've done 45 gigs together this year and have done two tours as well as festivals and corporate shows in Germany and the German audiences have been really wonderful to us.

The year started a bit difficult - we recorded our show in Aschaffenburg on January 18 for DVD production, but due to technical failure only 7 tracks were usable. They ended up on the album CHRIS THOMPSON - LIVE IN BERLIN together with a double CD recorded at Radio Berlin's facilities in April. The recordings from Berlin are totally unhampered with, it is completely live - what happened that night is what you hear (even my glorious mistake on the riff after the solo on Mighty Quinn was left in, creating a "jazzy" vibe.. I hope).

We also had 7 shows with the N3 project, where I have the pleasure of sharing the stage with two of my  favourite guitarists Terje Rypdal and Ronnie Le Tekrõ. We managed to do a couple of shows with Mad&Hungry at Madam Felle's in Bergen, which is always a pleasure - we hope to be able to start working on a new album soon. Speaking of Madam Felle's, I'm very pleased to see that they keep on going, even if there was talk about closing down last year. MF has become our "home ground", all the projects I'm involved with play there regularly and we just had two sold-out dates there on November 11 and 12 with The Rolling Clones, that have kept on rolling throughout the year.

A personal highlight for me was course that my album Just What The World Needs was selected as Album Of The Month and got a five-stars-out-of-five review in the January 2012 edition of  the Guitar Techniques Magasine.

Hopefully, 2012 will be busy to - plans at this stage involve German tours with Chris T in April and October as well as festivals in the summer, gigs with N3, hopefully starting on an new album with Mad&Hungry and a 30-year anniversary party for The Rolling Clones!! Hope to bring solid details very soon.

A big thank you to my musician mates Chris, Frank, Gunnar, Steinar, Zsolt, Terje, Ronnie, Paolo, Hungry John, Bård, Pytten, Beinet, Bøggen, Ronny, Hans and Mykle for all the good times this year. Thanks also to Tomas Hovland, our sound engineer in Norway, Graeme and Andreas (our crew in Germany), Pål, Lars and Jann (N3 crew) Joe Casella and my good friend and personal manager Stig Nedreberg - as well as my helpers on the web, Stein Høgseth and Linda Lossius Iversen. 

CHRIS THOMPSON LIVE IN BERLIN WITH MADS ERIKSEN BAND ON NEW YEARS EVE!!

Chris Thomspon will perform live backed by Mads Eriksen Band on New Years Eve at the RBB (radioBERLIN) stage at Strasse des 17. juni in Berlin. The "Jahreswechsel" celebration in Berlin is one of the biggest events of it's kind in the world, and around 1 million is expected to take the streets that night.

CT/ MEB will start playing at 10:30 pm.

23/12 2011: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

A great Christmas to all of you! Thanks to everybody who has posted nice comments about the Guitar Techniques review.

01/12 2011: ALBUM OF THE MONTH

Just what the world needs has been elected ALBUM OF THE MONTH in "Guitar Techniques Magazine", the biggest guitarmagazine in Europe. The album was rated 5 out of 5 stars and was rated album of the month ahead of Joe Satrianis Chickenfoot and Rage Against The Machine (4 stars each.. by all means, very good too;-)).
You can see the whole page here (pdf).
This is the second time one of Mads' albums have been selected as Album Of The Month in a major guitar magazine. Storyteller (1991) won the title ahead of Eric Clapton's Rush album and LA Blues Authority (featuring George Lynch and Zakk Wylde) in the June 1992 edition of "Guitar For The Practising Musician", at that time the biggest guitar mag in the USA.
(See "PRESS"). You can order the CD here.

22/11 2011: LEARNING TO PLAY

Just a little reminder for those of you who are interested in learning the guitar; download information about Mads Eriksen Gitarskole
(Word/doc-file, norwegian only)

13/11 2011: LIVE IN BERLIN

The new live CD/DVD "Live in Berlin" with Chris Thompson backed by Mads, Gunnar Bjelland, Frank Hovland and Zsolt Meszaros is out!! The two-CD live recordings are from a show at Radio Berlin in April this year. It is totally live as it went on air, with no fixes or overdubs. There is also a live DVD in the package with 7 tracks from a show at the Colosaal Bar in Aschaffenburg in January.
Check it out: "Live in Berlin" CD/DVD

02/11 2011: MORE REVIEWS AND PHOTOS

Time to brush up on your German language skills, two more reviews from the tour in Germany:

Review from concert in Bruchsal, Germany.
Review from the concert in Kröv, Germany.

Also some photos from the gig in Weert, Holland

27/10 2011: REVIEW

Nice German review from concert in Wolpertshausen (German, pdf).

25/10 2011: PICTURES

Pictures from the concert in Bruchsaal, Germany.

12/10 2011: GERMAN TOUR

The German tour with Chris Thompson starts tomorrow, with 9 gigs in Germany and one in Holland. See "CONCERTS" page for full details.

11/10 2011: MAIN GUITAR

Below is Mads' main guitar: "Eugen Mads Eriksen Signature Tele". Click the pictures to see larger version. Specs are under the pictures.


Above: Mads' main guitar, "Eugen Mads Eriksen Signature Tele"
- Swamp ash body
- Maple neck
- Pau Ferro fingerboard
- 25 1/2" scale
- 6105 Dunlop frets
- slim U neckshape
- soft heel neckjoint
- EMG pickups, 81 (bridge) and 85 (neck)
- ETS tremolo system
- Schaller Security locking tuners

15/09 2011: MORE GIGS, MADS AND CHRIS

Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band: German tour in October extended, Mad&Hungry and The Rolling Clones are grinding their axes for Madam Felle shows..
 
October 8: Mad&Hungry, Madam Felle's, Bergen (NOR)
October 13: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Merhzweckhalle, Wolperthausen (GER)
October 29: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, Festhalle, Plauen (GER)
November 5: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at Rauma Kulturhus, Åndalsnes (NOR)
November 11 and 12: The Rolling Clones at Madam Felle's, Bergen

25/07 2011: REVIEWS FROM GERMANY

Good reviews from recent gigs in Germany: Bergheim and Schleswig.

15/06 2011: NEW GIG THIS WEEKEND

Chris Thompson and Mads Eriksen will play at the Aland Palais music club in Osnabruck, Germany on Saturday June 18, in between gigs in Dexheim (Friday 17) and Kiel (Sunday 19) as announced earlier.

02/06 2011: NEW GIGS

Summer festivals for Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, N3:

June 24: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band "Harley Days", Hamburg, GER
June 25: N3 (Terje Rypdal, Ronni Le Tekro, Mads Eriksen + Band) at Vestfoldspillene, Tønsberg, NOR
July 16: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band at "Summer in the city", Bergheim, GER
August 12: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, festival in Hemnes, NOR
August 20: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, "Under Brua"-festivalen, Hamar, NOR
August 26: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, "RETRO" festival, Lillestrøm, NOR
August 27: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, "Dachsbergfest", Premnitz, GER

As always, see "Concerts" for the complete gig-list.

04/05 2011: MORE GERMAN GIGS

Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band will play at the Sternfahrt Festival in Heidepark, Soltau (GER) this Saturday, May 7.
More German dates will follow soon.

27/04 2011: TORSTEIN FLAKNE GUESTING

TORSTEIN FLAKNE FROM STAGE DOLLS GUESTING WITH CHRIS THOMPSON/MADS ERIKSEN BAND

On the annual Madam Felle's gig on April 30 this year, singer/guitarist/songwriter Torstein Flakne from the Norwegian rock band Stage Dolls will be special guest. Stage Dolls had massive international success in the 80's and early 90's with hits like "Love, don't bother me", "Soldier's Gun" and "Love Cries". His participation means that 2/3 of the original Stage Dolls will be on stage that night, since drummer Steinar Krokstad also was a founding member of the group.
Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band will play guest-less on Friday April 29.

05/04 2011: REVIEW/PICTURES FROM GERMANY

Time to brush up your German language skills, review and pictures from Mads and Chris tour in Germany.

25/03 2011: N3

Concert with N3 at Øvre Årdal, article in porten.no (Norwegian)

11/03 2011: MADS ON FACEBOOK

You can now follow Mads on Facebook too. Search for Mads Eriksen (Artist) on Facebook, and click the "Liker"/"Like" button and you will get notes and updates on upcoming gigs.

10/03 2011: MORE GIGS, CT, N3, ROLLING CLONES

New gigs for N3, Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band and The Rolling Clones:

March 22: N3, Årdal Kulturhus, Årdal, Norway
May 12: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band, private show for Allianse Versicherung, Lisbon, Portugal
May 13 and 14: The Rolling Clones, Madam Felle's, Bergen, Norway
May 20: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band in Odda, Norway
May 21: Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band private show for Clamp-On, Bergen Norway

See "CONCERTS" for full updated gig-list.

29/01 2011: LOTS OF GIGS

NEW DATES FOR CHRIS THOMPSON W/MADS ERIKSEN BAND INCLUDING SUPPORT CONCERT FOR JOE COCKER

Lots of upcoming gigs for Chris Thompson/Mads Eriksen Band this year, check out "CONCERTS" menu for more info.

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