2012-05-27 - RockHard Festival 12, Amphitheater, Gelsenkirchen

May 27th, 2012


unisonic rockhard festival 2012This is another date for the new tour to promote the debut album Unisonic.

Rock Hard Festival statement about Unisonic: "Michael Kiske together with his old partner in crime Kai Hansen will rock the Rock Hard festival. UNISONIC continues musically right there, where they once stopped with Helloween. The first songs were celebrated in the Internet enthusiastically. At the RHF 2012 the two-metal legends UNISONIC will play their first show in Germany!"

The festival is scheduled to be in May between 25th and 27th 2012! But Unisonic will play on 27th.

Rock Hard Festival is a metal festival sponsored by the Rock Hard magazine. It is held annually in Gelsenkirchen, Germany since 2003. Its seventh edition will take place on June 10 – June 12, 2011.

The festival was initially planned for the 20th anniversary of the magazine in 2003 as a one-time event. But the fans voted it as the best metal open-air in Germany and so they continued. The festival is still held at the amphitheater next to a canal and a park. The amphitheater has a maximum capacity of 7,000 people.

Michael Kiske about RockHard Festival 12: "We are on stage playing - who would have thought that right? So far, we have a lot of fun live. If this continues, it should be cool. We are playing mostly new material and as a bonus just a few old things that we won't let out, of course - in this situation"



Rockhard festival is held each year at Amphitheater in  Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The amphitheater is next to a canal and a park.

The maximun capacity of 7,000 people. If you're interested and you buy a ticket you'll find the option to use the camping which is beside the venue.

Here is Amphitheater website with more information about the location.


Running order

Autograph session:

17:00 to 17:45 UNISONIC


21:30 - 23:00 W.A.S.P.
19:45 - 21:00 UNISONIC
17:40 - 18:40 MAGNUM
16:15 - 17:10 GIRLSCHOOL
15:10 - 15:55 GRAVEYARD
14:05 - 14:45 HIGH SPIRITS
13:00 - 13:40 ´77
12:00 - 12:40 ALPHA TIGER

Videopromo Rock Hard Festival


01. Intro: The Ride of the Valkyries
02. Unisonic
03. Never Too Late
04. King For A Day
05. My Sanctuary
06. March Of Time
07. Souls Alive (Guitar solos as introduction)
08. Star Rider
09. We Rise
10. Never Change Me
______________________________________ Encore

11. Future World
12. I Want Out

Rockhard Festival 2012 official tshirts

Brigitte review

The concert started at 19:45 with Götz Kühnemund introducing Unisonic as co-Headliner. Then the known Wagner intro sounded and another great concert started. I could manage to be at first row. Michael was again in perfect vocal shape and Kai of course was funny as always and really enjoyed playing in Germany again. The band itself seems to be growing more and more together and very often changed their positions. I stood nearby some speakers, but the sound was quite ok. The mixing of the vocals could have been a bit louder maybe, but the whole sound was better than of some other bands who played before. The audience sang with the band during several songs. Of course the whole crowd went wild during the old Helloween classics. Michael again left the stage to shake several hands in the audience and a fantastic but sadly too short concert ended.

Signing session

Unisonic did a signing session before the show at 17:00 to 17:45.

Here you have two different videos. Video on the left you can watch Kiske concentrated at backstage probably checking other bands which were playing in that moment. And in the video on the right, you can see Unisonic musicians with some family talking and waiting for the signing session.

Concert videoclips

00. Unisonic being introduced by Götz Kühnemund:

Kiske talking to the audience of Rock Hard Festival 2012 and introducing 'King For A Day':

04. 'King For A Day', two different versions:

06. 'March Of Time', two different versions:

07. 'Star Rider', two different versions:

11. 'Future World':

12. 'I Want Out':

Press stuff

Here is the photo album of Brigitte, click here. Another photo album by Uli Bechstein, here. The label EarMusic/Edel uploaded a photo album, check it here! A great and big photo album by rocknroll-reporter.de, check here. You can find another photo album here. DerWestern.de did a long review about the festival, in German language here. Another in German by Soulseller, here. A review in German by Hard-radioshow.de with some pictures here. A photoalbum at koncertfotosonline.de, click here. Another photo album by metal-experience.com, check it here. The-Pit.de uploaded a photo album, click here. Here is a review by musikreviews.de, click here. Metal-inside.de did a nice review, read it here. The-Pit.de uploaded a photo album, click here. Review by MetalImpressions, click here. Here is the review done by Metal-exposure.com, click here to read it. Venue.de did a giant photo album, check it here. Live-Frenzy.de photo album, here. Joachim Ziebs photo album here. Neckbreaker review here. Photo album by Lautundinfarbe.de here. Vampster.com review here. Icevajal.com review here.

Rock Hard festival 2012 Broadcasting/TV footage

The whole festival was filmed as usually (not always) happen in RockHard Festival. Continental concerts & management GmbH published in their official site, the following statement:

"....High on the posters are the glam rockers WASP, which celebrate the band's anniversary with a special show. In addition, two Germany premieres are in focus: Unisonic the new metal all-star band with the former Helloween members Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske and cult denim rockers Turbonegro who play their first festival with new singer Tony Sylvester .
.... Equally convinced of the concept of the festival is the WDR Rockpalast, who will document the event scene again."

The broadcast date on German WDR was on 2012-07-16  from 0:15 - 03:15. The broadcast took place in the night from 15. to 16. July 2012 (00:15-03:15) and it is part of the 'Rockpalast' show. First they will broadcast a report of the festival, followed by 2 live specials from Graveyard and Unisonic with 30 minutes each.

Here is the exact time scedule:
00.15 Doku Rock Hard Festival 2012

They broadcasted 29:55 minutes of Unisonic show. 'King For A Day', 'March Of Time', 'Souls Alive', 'Star Rider', 'We Rise' and 'Never Change Me'. You can watch the proshoot here. Or directly here: