AXEL RUDI PELL: “There’s Only One EDDIE VAN HALEN, I Don’t Want To Compete With Him”

Axel Rudi Pell

Diamonds In The Rough

Axel Rudi Pell’s 18th studio album Sign of the Times [review] was released in 2020. Pell considered putting out new material this year, but he decided to hold off. His thoughts on the matter were, why put out a new album when you can’t tour on it? It has been 14 years since ARP released their first covers album Diamonds Unlocked. Pell felt that 2021 was the right time to revisit that venture with a sequel, Diamonds Unlocked II [review]. I had the chance to speak with guitarist Axel Rudi Pell shortly after the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • AXEL RUDI PELL - Diamonds Unlocked IIDiscussion of his new covers album Diamonds Unlocked II
  • Breaking down some of the unique aspects and selections of the tracklist
  • Discussion of last year’s Sign of the Times studio album
  • Why touring the U.S. probably isn’t going to happen for ARP
  • Memories of working with Charlie Huhn on his first solo album Wild Obsession
  • How ARP was able to recruit his longtime vocalist Johnny Gioeli
  •  Are their any 35th anniversary plans?
  • … and much, much more!

Axel Rudi Pell is

Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell – Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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