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While thinking about what Swiss thing to write about next, I considered famous musicians. However, I have to admit that I did not find a Swiss musician who is (or was) known outside of Switzerland. Alright, there is Dj Bobo who has earned some recognition in a few European countries and there is Celine Dion who has won the European Song Contest for Switzerland but isn't really Swiss either. So I decided to take a chance and write about a great Swiss band that is very well known and loved in Switzerland but barely heard of outside of it: Gotthard.

Gotthard, named after a famous Swiss mountain, is a Swiss hard rock band from the canton of Ticino (the Italian speaking southern part of the country). They recorded and produced several nr1 albums in Switzerland in the 90ies and early 2000s. Among their most famous songs are "I'm on my way", "One life, one soul", "Let it rain" and "Human Zoo". I saw Gotthard life in concert in 2004 and was impressed by their talent and Steve Lee's unmistakable rough edge voice. My personal favorite song of theirs is "Lonely people", an unplugged-style song with real good lyrics.

Gotthard includes the following musicians:
  • Steve Lee*: Singer
  • Leo Leoni: Guitar
  • Marc Lynn: Bass guitar
  • Hena Habegger: Drums
  • Nicolo Fragile: Keyboards

The band went through the tragic loss of its lead singer Steve Lee who died in a motorcycle accident in 2010. However, the remaining band members decided to carry on with their music and are currently looking for a new front man.

Get a taste of Gotthard and their music:

*Update: Steve Lee died in a motorbike accident in October 2010. Nic Maeder has replaced him as lead vocalist.

Source: Gotthard Website,



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