Epitaph to release Rare Bird cover

Legendary German band EPITAPH is releasing a new single and video on 23 July. Their cover version of ‘Rare Bird’s ‘Sympathy’ is taken from the band’s recently released triple CD box set "Five Decades of Classic Rock". Both the single and the album clearly illustrate why Epitaph has earned a reputation as one of the country’s foremost Prog rock acts.

Founded in 1969, Epitaph made music history in the 70s becoming the first German band to tour the USA several times. In 1974 they produced their album “Outside The Law” in Chicago. But, primarily they made their name in Germany with TV appearances on Beat Club and Rockpalast. More exposure came from touring with Joe Cocker, Rory Gallagher, Golden Earring and ZZ-Top, as well as countless festival appearances. Epitaph became one of the most popular German rock bands, quickly gaining a cult following. Over the following years Epitaph released eighteen studio and live albums until things became a little quieter in the 80s and 90s But the band returned in full swing in the new millennium releasing four new studio albums as the 21st century started to take shape. The current line-up consists of the founding members Cliff Jackson (guitar/vocals) and Bernd Kolbe (bass/vocals), as well as Heinz Glass (guitar), who joined the band back in the 70s. The latest addition to the band is drummer Carsten Steinkämper. A native of Dortmund, he studied percussion at the Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands from 1997 to 2001.