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7th and 8th July 2012 (Saturday/Sunday)
National Stadium Vasil Levski

On 8th of July (Sunday) for the first time in Bulgaria Axl Rose and his band will perform on stage at the Stadium Vasil Leski as a headliner of Sofia Rocks 2012.

Thanks to Balkan Entertainment Company the thousands of Guns N’ Roses fans will have the chance to see them live as a part of the line up of the two days festival which will also include some more popular rock bands that have never played in Bulgaria before.

On 8th of July (Sunday) three more bands will play for the first time in front of their Bulgarian fans – Godsmack on 7th of July and Iggy and The Stooges, Ugly Kid Joe on 8th of July.

Guns N’ Roses
The world tour of the band Guns N’ Roses after the release of their album “Chinese Democracy” has been extremely successful up till now. The band has ended up the last year with all their fully sold out US and Canadian concerts. During their tour they have played in Bucharest in front of over 30 000 fans at Romexpo.
Guns N’Roses was found in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The best-selling album is “Appetite for Destruction”, with over 38 million copies sold worldwide. After 1993, the band was abolished but in 2008 they released a comeback album.
The current line-up comprises: Axl Rose – lead vocals, piano; DJ Ashba – guitar; Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals; Tommy Stinson – bass guitar, backing vocals; Chris Pitman – keyboards, backing vocals; Richard Fortus – guitar; Frank Ferrer – drums, percussion; Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – guitar.

Iggy and the Stooges

The godfather of punk and his band, Iggy and the Stooges open the long list of performers who will play at the Sofia Rocks 2012 festival for the first time in front of their devoted Bulgarian fans.
They’re coming so that the fans could try to outscream Iggy during “Raw Power,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” and “Search and Destroy.” They’re coming to show the youngsters how it’s done. Iggy and The Stooges – pioneers and punk-rock legends, synonymous with on-stage antics and the sheer vital force of rock and roll.
Oh, how we want to be dogs right now – announcements like these truly deserve a howl of joy!
Iggy and the Stooges whose raw power and incendiary live performances are the stuff of rock n' roll legend.  Iggy Pop is a genuine musical icon and an influential innovator of rock n roll so expect Iggy and the Stooges sound to reverberate all over Bulgaria.
A Stooges show is unlike any other. It's like the chase scene in an action film. It's like watching a boxing match that goes the distance. It is not just another night out - it is a chapter of your life.
More info for Iggy and The Stooges

The Stooges (also known as Iggy and the Stooges) is an American rock band first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are widely regarded as instrumental in the rise of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music at large.
It’s a real Renaissance period for veteran punk rocker Iggy Pop. At 64, he is surfing a tsunami-sized wave of diverse projects that began with the recent rerelease of Raw Power his 1973 classic with his old outfit The Stooges.

In February of 1995, after being behind the drums for more than 23 years, Sully Erna decided to start a new band. It was only a matter of time before he realized he needed to take charge and step out from behind the kit to front the band himself.
One year and a couple of member changes later Godsmack was born. Sully Erna, Robbie Merrill and Tony Rombola hit the studio and recorded their first CD titled All Wound Up. They did this over one weekend for a measly twenty six-hundred dollars.
Over the next two years, the band played throughout the Boston scene with drummer Joe Darco and began earning a strong reputation of being a great live band. The noise they were making in the New England area created a snowball effect like no other.
Godsmack began drawing in bigger and bigger audiences to their live shows. Their CD began circulating through the streets of Boston and eventually landed in the hands of a DJ for WAAF, a Boston radio station. WAAF put "Keep Away" into heavy rotation and it quickly soared to the #1 spot at the station. Newbury Comics, a New England record store chain, agreed to sell the CD on consignment and the grind continued.
Shortly after the success of "Keep Away" Godsmack went back into the studio and recorded a single titled "Whatever", which became the new local favorite on WAAF. It took off in the blink of an eye and the race was on.
As a result of the single doing so well, Godsmack's CD began selling hundreds of copies per week, and soon escalated to more than one thousand copies per week, becoming the second best selling CD in that chain of stores. Godsmack's live shows began selling out throughout New England, which in return created more requests for their music on the local radio stations and more CD sales. On and on it went until the summer of 1998 when Republic/Universal stepped up and signed the band to their label.
Joe Darco was soon replaced by Tommy Stewart, All Wound Up was re-mastered and the artwork was changed. The finished self-titled debut CD Godsmack hit the shelves six weeks later.
Godsmack hit the road on their first headlining tour, The Voodoo Tour. The bands strong live performances, coupled with high record sales and growing number of fans, landed them time slots on Ozzfest 1999 and 2000, a European tour with Black Sabbath and an appearance at Woodstock 1999.

In 2000, Godsmack released their second CD, Awake. This album's title track dominated rock radio and broke chart records throughout 2000 and 2001. The CD's instrumental track "Vampires" earned the band its first Grammy nomination.
Godsmack toured Awake selling out arenas and outdoor venues nationwide. They gave their fans their moneys worth with a gothic stage, video and pyro; lots of pyro!
In 2002, Sully was asked to A&R the soundtrack for the motion picture The Scorpion King, the third installment in the Mummy saga. The song Godsmack wrote and performed lived up to its title: "I Stand Alone" became the #1 single at Rock Radio and the most played Active Rock song in 2002 for 14 weeks straight.
After spending over four years on the road the band decided to take a break before heading back into the studio. It was during this break that Shannon Larkin, a friend of Sully's for 15 years, formerly of Wrathchild America, AMEN and Ugly Kid Joe, was asked to replace Tommy Stewart.
The new line up headed to Miami to write and record the bands third CD. Faceless was released in April of 2003 and became the #1 selling record in America of that week. Faceless also brought another tour that ran 23 months strong inlcuding two more Grammy nominations for "I Stand Alone" and an 11 month international arena tour with the kings of metal, Metallica!!
In March of 2004, Godsmack released their first acoustic EP, The Other Side which included new versions of previous hits like "Keep Away", "Re-Align" and a haunting new version of the Navy's recruit song, "Awake"!
This also spawned a side tour of its own. Godsmack filled in breaks from the big stage with Metallica with intimate storytelling acoustic shows giving their fans the explanation behind the title, The Other Side.
With rich velvet curtains, stone gargoyles and strings of Christmas lights illuminating theatres around the country, fans had a whole new experience of the true talents of this unique foursome. Stripped down to nothing, Godsmack continued to deliver one of the best acoustic performances of our time.
Godsmack ended 2004, and two CD cycles, with a nostalgic New Year's Eve performance at the Hard Rock Café, in Orlando, Fl. During this amazing three hour performance, Godsmack rolled through just about every song in their catalog as well as a few well known cover songs.
The band released Godsmack IV on April 25, 2006 and their latest album, The Oracle, hit the streets on May 4, 2010.

More bands for Sofia Rocks 2012 on 7th and 8th of July to be announced soon...