|Hardcore Superstar is a hard rock and sleaze rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1997 and continue on today. Hardcore Superstar have had several #1 hit singles, and Grammy nominations in Sweden.
Although the band primarily play energetic sleaze rock, their musical style can vary from each release; some of their mateiral released is more mellow rock music to complement the energetic hard rocking tracks. Hardcore Superstar have also covered several bands, including; The Who, Hanoi Rocks, Alice Cooper, INXS and The Troublemakers.
Soon after Hardcore Superstar had formed in the Autumn of 1997 they were signed to Gain Records; with whom they released their debut album "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" in Sweden. This acted as a sampler in a sense to the larger European market, it helped them get signed by Music for Nations.
Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada
With Music for Nations, Hardcore Superstar released their first worldwide album, and what they consider their "official debut". It contained re-recordings of the songs from "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" along with some new tracks. The album was titled "Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada" and spawned three #1 hits for the band on the Sweden music charts; "Someone Special", "Liberation" and "Have You Been Around", respectively.
The band toured Europe and Japan in support of the album, and a promotional video which accompanied the single "Liberation", was nomiated for a Swedish Grammy.
Thank You and No Regrets
In 2001 the band followed up with "Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)", this album had a more laid back feel than its predecessor. It featured the singles "Shame" and "Mother's Love". A bonus track released in Japan, featured a guest appearance by Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe.
After touring in support of this album, they recorded a single with Gothenburg punk rock band LOK. The single was titled; "Staden Göteborg" (which translated as "The City of Gothenburg"). During the summer of this year, they opened up for Aussie hard rock legends AC/DC at a packed Ullevi Stadium. Following this, Hardcore Superstar toured in Italy with AC/DC and Motörhead.
During the summer of 2003, the band released a single which was a preview for their new album, the single was titled "Honey Tongue" and it reached #3 on the Swedish singles chart. The album itself followed in August 2003, and was titled "No Regrets". The following year Hardcore Superstar toured Europe and the United States in support of the album.
In Sweden the band were in the national news, because guitarist Thomas Silver had gotten into a fight with Aftonbladet journalist Fredrik Virtanen, at the Swedish Consulate in New York. After returning from the United States the band decided to take an indefinite break after playing non-stop for over six years.
Return: Hardcore Superstar
Hardcore Superstar re-signed with Gain Records; the company with whom they released their debut with in 1997. The band returned rejuvanated, with a hard rock sound more comparable to their earlier works. They released a self-titled album "Hardcore Superstar" in 2005, it featured the Swedish hit singles; "We Don't Celebrate Sundays", "Wild Boys", "My Good Reputation" and "Bag On Your Head".
This also saw them nominated for a Grammy in Sweden once more. They have been on all major national TV and radio shows in Sweden; and toured Japan with the Babylon Bombs. They also played a major festival date in Stockholm during December 2006.