Nazareth tour updates are now online,
new dates added including
Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Romania, Brazil, Norway, Russia, Germany and Finland.
30th / Jul / 2014 Vallemagia Blues festival Cevio Switzerland
08th / Aug / 2014 Picture on Festival, Bildein, Austria
15th / Aug / 2014 Rathausbuhne Vaduz Liechtenstein
16th / Aug / 2014 Open Air Spalt Germany
22nd / Aug / 2014 Bucharest, Romania
23rd / Aug / 2014 Fortress of Suceava, Suceava, Romania
18th / Sep / 2014 Porto Allegre, Brazil
19th / Sep / 2014 Caxias do Sul, Brazil
20th / Sep / 2014 Curitiba, Brazil
21st / Sep / 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
25th / Oct / 2014 Dark Days Festival Kristiansand Norway
28th / Oct / 2014 – 11th / Nov / 2014 Russia venues TBA
21st / Nov / 2014 Rostock, Germany
22nd / Nov / 2014 Magdeburg, Germany
23rd / Nov / 2014 Coln, Germany
24th / Nov / 2014 Nürnberg , Germany
26th / Nov / 2014 Würzburg, Germany
27th / Nov / 2014 CH – Zug, Germany
28th / Nov / 2014 CH – Biel, Germany
29th / Nov / 2014 Mannheim, Germany
01st / Dec / 2014 Stuttgart, Germany
03rd / Dec / 2014 Mühldorf, Germany
04th / Dec / 2014 CH-Rubigen, Germany
05th / Dec / 2014 A-Rankweil, Germany
06th / Dec / 2014 Erfurt , Germany
08th / Dec / 2014 Dresden, Germany
12th / Dec / 2014 Pviljonki, Jyvaskyla, Finland
13th / Dec / 2014 Lappi Arena, Rovaniemi, Finland
Union Square Music is proud to present Nazareth’s first studio album since 2011, Rock ’n’ Roll Telephone, on 9th June (UK, 6th June in Germany, 3rd June in North America).
Likely to be the last album featuring original Naz vocalist Dan McCafferty, who has been forced by health issues to retire from live performance, Rock ’n’ Roll Telephone features 11 blistering vocal performances by the man Classic Rock magazine recently described as “one of the all-time great rock singers”.
The UK’s Power Play blog said that the album shows that Nazareth “are still operating at the peak of their powers, sounding fresh, vital and enthused by their own music”, and awarded it a 9 out of 10 rating.
To celebrate the album’s release, USM are offering you the chance to win one of 12 fantastic signed Nazareth prizes including copies of the Rock ’n’ Roll Telephone 2 CD deluxe digipack which includes 7 bonus tracks, drum heads suitable for hanging on the wall, a signed guest pass and other memorabilia, and the grand prize, bagpipes used on stage by Dan McCafferty and seen in many photos and on video.
To enter this great prize-draw competition,
Click here to enter your details
and as they say around the band’s stomping ground of Dunfermline, get it up ye!
Closing date is Friday 27th June, with the winner announced here on Monday 30th when the next competition will commence. Good luck!
Please check the gigs page for more info…
Recently added are dates for Canada and Brazil,
more details and info on the venues will be added
as soon as they are available.
June 25, Duncan, BC at Cowichan Theatre with Headpins
June 26, Courtenay, BC at Sid Williams Theatre
June 27, Vernon, BC at Funtastic
June 28, Vancouver, BC at The Commodore Ballroom with Headpins
June 30, Hinton, AB at Hinton Community Centre
July 1, Quesnel, BC at The Occidental
July 4, Slave Lake, AB at Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre
July 5, Calgary, AB at Deerfoot Casino
July 8, Saskatoon, SK at O’Brians Event Centre
July 9, Prince Albert, SK at Prince Albert Exhibition
July 10, Whitecourt, AB at Eagle River Casino
July 11, Fort McMurray, AB at Syncrude Athletic Park
July 12, Peace River, AB at Peacefest
July 14, Winnipeg, MB at The Oak
July 17, North Battleford, SK at Gold Eagle Casino
July 18, Grande Prairie, AB at East Coast Garden Party
July 19, Edmonton, AB at River Cree Casino
18 September Caxias do Sul
19 September Curitiba
20 September Lapa
21 September Sao Paulo
Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: the first excerpt from interviews we filmed with all 4 band members in the studio where they recorded the new album, talking about ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone’ and their amazing 45 year career. More clips to follow as well as details about a special “listening party” which will involve the full album but only for a limited period of time.
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.
We sadly have to tell you all that Dan has been forced to retire due to ill health.
He suffers from C.O.P.D. ( Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
It has gotten worse lately and after trying to play a festival in Switzerland last weekend Dan found it impossible to continue after performing only three songs.
In the dressing room afterwards he told the band that he couldn’t go on any longer.
We’ll keep you updated on further developments.