Manowar to Headline Release Athens 2022 Festival with Special Gift for Greek Fans

Manowar Athens Festival 2022 poster
The unwavering loyalty of the Greek Manowarriors has once again prevailed: Manowar will return to Greece with an exclusive headlining performance of Release Athens 2022 festival at Plateia Nerou on June 22nd, 2022.

In a press conference held in Athens last night, Joey DeMaio announced that the band will bring a crushing new production, killer set list and a special gift for the Greek fans to commemorate a truly outstanding year in music history!

As metal fans will know, 2022 marks the 30th year since the release of “The Triumph of Steel”. With this album Manowar surprised their fans with the over 28 minutes long track “Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts”, inspired by Homer’s ancient Greek poem “The Iliad”.

In celebration of this memorable anniversary and as a THANK YOU for the steadfast and passionate support of the Greek Manowarriors, Manowar have now taken on “The Odyssey”, Homer’s tale of the great hero Odysseus and his long and perilous quest to return to his wife and son.

“We are extremely excited to return to Greece and sharing our tribute to this country’s amazing past!”, said Joey DeMaio. “The welcome we received at Release Athens 2019 was fantastic as always. That show, and being surrounded by Greece’s unique culture and history again inspired us to revisit Homer, as we had long planned!”...

For this project, Manowar went to great lengths: not only did they record a song titled “The Revenge of Odysseus” for their upcoming new studio album, Joey DeMaio also traveled to Athens to record a narration with father and son team Kostas and Konstantinos Kazakos. Kostas, hailed in Greece for his participation in many movies and as an accomplished theater actor and writer, and his son Kostantinos, who is also a talented actor, narrated a touching dialogue between Odysseus and his son Telemachus. And to honor the historic source material, they did so in Ancient Greek, translated from English by Sakis Tolis of Greek metal band Rotting Christ!

“It was a pleasure and privilege to work with Kostas and Konstantinos, Sakis and everyone else who was involved in this narration”, said Joey DeMaio. “I call Kostas ‘the Greek Orson Welles’, not only because these two giants share many remarkable talents and outstanding voices, but also for being equally passionate to deliver a perfect narration while being humble and kind at the same time! We can’t wait to share everything with our fans”.

The Crushing The Enemies of metal Anniversary Tour ‘22 will celebrate over 40 years of band history and six signature Manowar albums and their anniversaries:

40th Anniversary of “Battle Hymns”
35th Anniversary of “Fighting the World”
30th Anniversary of “The Triumph of Steel”
20th Anniversary of “Warriors of the World”
15th Anniversary of “Gods of War”
10th Anniversary of “The Lord of Steel”

Tickets for Manowar’s exclusive 2022 performance in Greece will go on sale Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at 11AM local time (10AM CET), here.

Watch the official tour trailer below.

For all tour details and ticket links, click here.

European Tour Dates 2022: 
Tue, April 12, 2022 - Rotterdam, NL – Rotterdam Ahoy
Wed, April 13, 2022 - Bremen, DE – ÖVB-Arena – Halle 7
Thu, April 14, 2022 - Berlin, DE – Velodrom
Sat, April 16, 2022 - Oberhausen, DE – König Pilsener Arena
Sun, April 17, 2022 - Zwickau, DE – Stadthalle
Thu, April 21, 2022 - Nuremberg, DE - Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
Fri, April 22, 2022 - Neu-Ulm, DE – Ratiopharm Arena
Sat, April 23, 2022 - Mannheim, DE – SAP Arena
Wed, June 22, 2022 – Athens, GR – Release Athens 2022 Festival 
Thu, June 30, 2022 - Barcelona, ES – Rock Fest Barcelona
Thu, July 21, 2022 - Vila Nova de Famalicão - PT – Laurus Nobilis Music Fest