We’ve had to cancel the remaining German, Swiss and Austrian shows due to Linton having a virus affecting his vocal chords.
The tour was going great until 20 minutes before we were due onstage in Stuttgart when Linton went to have his usual voice warm up and discovered he could hardly sing.
It was a shock to all of us ( especially Linton himself) because he didn’t have any noticeable symptoms that would cause this.
No cold, no hoarseness, no sore throat.
When he talked he sounded perfectly normal and he felt fine.
He was taken to the hospital that night and after examination it was discovered he had a virus that was attacking his vocal chords and was told to rest his voice for 48 hours and hopefully this would take care of things.
We were told that unfortunately there is no treatment for a virus like this and only time will heal.
The following day was an off day in Mühldorf so Linton could rest his voice.
The next day he gave it right up until showtime hoping that things had improved but to no avail and the show had to be cancelled.
Rather than continue like this every day for another 4 shows it was decided that we should cut the tour short and give this virus time to run it’s course so that Linton could be fit to do the shows in Finland next week.
Our Agents have been talking with the promoters of the cancelled shows and we are hoping to come back and play these shows end of March, beginning of May in 2015.
We would like to thank everyone for the support they gave us on this tour and especially the people who showed us their understanding on the cancellations.
All the best, Nazareth.
Please see below the official press release from Union Square Music as regards the new, Rock ‘N’ Roll Telephone, album. We have been waiting for official conformation on release dates and all that sort of thing.
As you’ll see, the album will be available as a CD, Double CD with bonus tracks and also a Double Gatefold Vinyl release.
We have also filmed a few interviews with the band talking about the new record, which may be used as a special download in the future.
The interviews were filmed at The Sub Station where the album was recorded.
More information on this will be available when we have it.
It has been very gratifying that so many people are as excited about the new album as we are.
As always, thanks for the support.
The band has been busy rehearsing with Linton and we look forward to getting back on the road soon.
Thanks for sticking by us, and we hope you enjoy the new record.
Peace and Love, Brothers and Sisters.
Album release date (UK): 9 June 2014
With a career spanning 45 years and 22 albums, Dunfermline rockers Nazareth are back with Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone, which is released on tbc 2014 via Union Square Music.
The band’s 23rdstudio album, their first since 2011’s Big Dogz, features 11 original heavy rockers and bluesy ballads. The Deluxe Digipack edition will include a second disc with two additional studio recordings and five live tracks, and will also be available in a double LP gatefold vinyl version.
A welcome return to form, this may be the last album to feature original singer Dan McCafferty, who has had to stand down from touring duties due to ill health. If this does prove to be Dan’s last stand, he retires on a high note with his legacy as one of rock’s greatest vocalists assured.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone proves that the boys from Dunfermline, who determinedly walked to London for a chance at a career in music over four decades ago, perhaps weren’t taking quite such a risk as it may have seemed at the time.
Having initially broken in to the London-dominated music scene of the ‘70s with their unique brand of rock (they were named Melody Maker’s ‘Brightest Hope’ in 1973), the band have spent over forty years touring the world and releasing new music. One of rock’s most enduring acts, they have played everywhere from America and Russia to a mountain top gig in the Austrian Alps last year, and continue with a resilience and longevity that is almost unmatched.
The band have sold in excess of 30 million albums worldwide and have cracked the Top 10 in the U.S., Canada and Europe, having had many number 1s in countries too numerous to list. Nazareth are an acknowledged influence on superstars Guns ‘n’ Roses and countless other hard rockers who have followed in their wake, assuring their place amongst the greats of rock ‘n’ roll.
Deluxe 2 CD and Double Vinyl Track Listing:
Disc / LP 1
- Boom Bang Bang
- One Set of Bones
- Back 2B4
- Winter Sunlight
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone
- Punch A Hole In The Sky
- Long Long Time
- The Right Time
- Not Today
- God Of The Mountain
Disc / LP 2 BONUS TRACKS
- Just A Ride
- Wanna Feel Good?
- Big Boy
- Kentucky Fried Blues
- Expect No Mercy
- God Save The South
Nazareth are delighted to officially announce that we have found a new vocalist and frontman.
We would like to introduce you all to Linton Osborne.
After extensive auditions, the band was knocked out by Linton’s voice, presence and style.
And he’s a thoroughly good guy!
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in Rosyth near Dunfermline, 41-year-old Linton has been singing and performing professionally for as long as he can remember.
A long time fan of Nazareth and Dan McCafferty, on his selection as Nazareth’s new singer Linton simply says, “It’s better than winning the lottery!”
As well as a passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll and singing, Linton also enjoys Kickboxing and likes to stay in shape.
His enthusiasm and energy has been a shot in the arm for the band, and a real boost after the keen sense of loss and sadness at the sudden retirement of our dear friend and brother, Dan.
Dan was pleased to hear that Linton, a ‘local lad’, had been chosen to follow in his footsteps.
The two singers have met and get on very well.
It seems that they have a lot in common, not least a love for old time Rock ‘n’
Roll, with the legendary Little Richard being a firm favorite of them both.
Dan was heartfelt in expressing his feelings toward Linton and the band, wishing them good luck, safe travels and success in the future.
We love you Dan.
Linton is thrilled to be a part of the bands continuing story and is excited about taking the music forward.
Nazareth are now able to move ahead with rehearsals and will be back on the road very soon.
See you out there….
New Interview with Classic Rock Magazine
Martin Kielty at 10:48am August 29 2013
Dan McCafferty retires from Nazareth
Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty has retired from the band as a result of the health issues which forced them to cancel two sets of live dates.
The veteran vocalist collapsed on stage in Switzerland at the weekend, resulting in rumours that he’d had a stroke. Last month he collapsed in Canada. Both incidents caused the band to call off further appearances.
Now he’s shouted down the stroke story – but admits a lung disease has brought an end to his 45-year live career.
McCafferty tells Classic Rock: “I’ve not had a stroke. That’s completely untrue – thank goodness and touch wood. I’m not in hospital in Switzerland at all. I don’t know how these things get started.
“I’ve got Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it’s been getting worse over the years. You don’t know when it’s going to come on, but suddenly you can’t breathe.
“I was going on stage at Summerfest in Switzerland thinking, ‘This is great – our first festival in a few months and it’s a lovely day.’ We couldn’t have asked for better.”
Three songs in he suffered an attack of COPD, leaving him out of breath and unable to continue. He decided at that moment to retire with immediate effect.
“When I came off stage I said to the boys: ‘I can’t keep doing this to the band.’ I can’t embarrass the boys and the fans. If you can’t do the job you shouldn’t be there – Nazareth’s too big for that.”
McCafferty’s decision came after he’d taken a break following his collapse in Canada, which was caused by a burst stomach ulcer. “I thought I’d be fine,” he says, “But you lose so much blood when that happens.”
He admits he and his bandmates are “a wee bit emotional” and haven’t come to terms with the news, but he says: “The music we’ve made over the years is more important than any member of the band. We always felt like that, and I can’t see that’s changed just because I’ve left.
“I really hope they get someone else. I’m sure they can.”
Naz recently completed recording work on their 24th album, not yet titled. “To go into a studio and sing isn’t like doing a gig,” says McCafferty. “I could always make another record, but getting up to do an hour and three-quarters, and get people to pay money to come and see me – I can’t do that.”
He’s going to take time out to consider his future, but says a solo album might be a possibility. As to the chances of a farewell show, he jokes: “It could be like, ‘I’ll sing for ten minutes, everyone go for a pint, than I’ll sing for another ten minutes.’ I don’t know how well that would work!”
McCafferty adds: “Let everyone know I appreciate they’ve been there for all these years.”
Naz formed in Fife, Scotland in 1968, with McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew the only members to feature in all lineups until now. Other members included Manny Charlton, John Locke, Zal Cleminson and TeamRock Radio Blues Magazine Show host Billy Rankin. The last lineup to feature McCafferty had been stable since 2002, with guitarist Jimmy Murrison and Agnew’s son Lee on drums.