Gotthard is a rock band out of Switzerland and sadly never got much, if any, airplay here in the states. This is another band I was introduced to thanks to the website Melodicrock.com. I don’t think I would have ever heard of them otherwise, and I would have missed out on a great band.
The band was started back in the early 90’s and they have gone on to be one of the top selling bands in Switzerland. I believe at one time, the top selling was a little known band named Krokus. Who doesn’t love Krokus.
The moving force behind Gotthard was the lead singer Steve Lee. He had such an amazing voice and he could rock out or sing a heartfelt ballad. He had a little raspiness in his voice and his vocals brought so much passion and life to these songs it gave you an instant connection to them.
Sadly, in October 2010, Steve Lee was killed in a freak accident when he was on a motorcycle tour in the U.S. I still remember when I heard the news and I can say I was truly upset. I spent the next few days listening to their albums non-stop.
The band has gone on to replace Steve with a new lead singer, but it is not the same. The band I am writing about here is specifically the era of Steve Lee.