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I knew very little about HEAVEN AND EARTH so I had to interview them to get to know more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2014
Is the name important in establishing what kind of metal it is that you play?
-I think so. I don’t think it would exactly work if you’re playing really hard rock and the band is called something like “Hearts & Flowers” but that being said, people tend to identify whatever name you give the band with the sort of music you play.
Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
-The first Heaven & Earth album, back in 1998, was originally a solo project. As I didn’t have a band at the time I got the record deal I just called up all my friends to play on it. On that album I had Richie Sambora, Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes, Kelly Hansen and Bobby Kimbal singing so it sort of became a cult classic, which established my name as a guitarist. The second album “Windows to the World” had one singer, Kelly Keeling on and I removed my name from the title of the band, as I’ve always preferred a band situation. After that we started touring in the States as Heaven & Earth with Kelly Hansen as singer but then he got the offer to join Foreigner and I couldn’t find anyone at the time good enough to replace him so I put the band on hiatus and joined up with Steve Priest to reform Sweet. I did that for a few years, then in 2011 got the offer from Quarto Valley Records to record another Heaven & Earth album so I quit Sweet, got together with Joe Retta, Richie Onori, Chuck Wright and Arlan Schierbaum and started working on our new album “Dig” which was released in April last year.