With “Won’t Forget These Days” Fury in the Slaughterhouse succeeded in 1990, three years after the band was founded in Hanover, the first mini hit. From then on, the brothers Kai (today 63) and Thorsten Wingenfelder (57) together with Rainer Schumann (59), Christof Stein-Schneider (61) and Hannes Schäfer (58) became one of the most important German rock formations of the 90s.
But only now, after an eventful history, are they at the top. Fury, as the fans call the band briefly and affectionately, entered the album charts at number 1 with their new album “Hope”.
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Singer Kai Wingenfelder cheers on Facebook: “We’re turning the wheel! The small basement band from Hanover, who dreamed of getting into the charts back then! Now, almost 5 million albums later, the first album No. 1!!” His brother Thorsten is “slightly touched and also a little shaken”. Because her way to the top was not only long, but also characterized by many ups and downs.
The band won their fans from the start through impressive concerts, mainly in northern Germany. With no-frills rock, the memorable voice of Kai Wingenfelder and English lyrics, Fury in the Slaughterhouse has been filling big live clubs like the “Capitol” in Hanover and the “Outpost” in Göttingen since 1988. To this day, there is a special magic between the musicians and their fans, who sing along to all the lyrics.
Fury in the Slaughterhouse’s big break came in 1993 with the album Mono, which went gold for sales of 250,000 and stayed on the charts for over seven months. From there they are considered the “German REM”. On the subsequent tour, 285,000 fans came to the 71 concerts. In the meantime, the halls in southern Germany are also getting bigger.
Inspired by the success, the band also wants to break through in the USA. They’re trying something similar to Germany: with numerous club concerts. But the really big success didn’t materialize despite selling 100,000 “Mono” albums.
The Furys keep playing, releasing new albums every two years. Even made it to number 3 in the charts with “Brilliant Thieves” in 1997. However, the music critics are increasingly complaining about a lack of further development. The renowned magazine “Rolling Stone” writes: “Actually, the magic has disappeared since the album ‘Mono’.”
Your loyal fans don’t care. They continue to celebrate the Fury concerts. But little by little signs of fatigue are noticeable in the band. Quarrels ensue and eventually separation. In the summer of 2008, the era ended with three sold-out concerts in Hanover – for the time being. Singer Wingenfelder later said: “We wanted to remain friends and not play at every rifle festival for another 20 years so that in the end we couldn’t hear ourselves anymore.”
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In the years that followed, they came together again and again for individual concerts at greater intervals. Especially for the 30th band anniversary in March 2017, Fury played three times in the sold-out arena in front of 35,000 fans in Hanover. The enthusiasm is so great that further performances follow in other cities. What is initially not intended as a permanent reunion, however, becomes exactly this.
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In 2021, “Now” will be the Furys’ first regular album in 13 years. Kai Wingenfelder says in the “Stern” that the band realized during the studio recordings, which used to be so annoying, “that we haven’t argued for four years. We were just in a good mood.” Because: “As you get older, you learn that there are things that you don’t have to get upset or argue about because they’re not worth it. You concentrate more on the essential things.” With success! “Now” makes it to number 2 on the charts.
Now Fury in the Slaughterhouse have improved again. The current open air tour is sold out in many cities. For Thorsten Wingenfelder “a great journey”. Which should go on for many years to come.
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