Ragnar Zolberg on guitar

We are proud to present the last piece of the puzzle for the upcoming tour line-up - the guitar player.

First, a little background on the auditions. So, we had applications coming in from the whole world (including a few countries we had barely heard of) and it was a pretty massive task to go through them all and make our choices. From close to a hundred applicants we harshly narrowed it down to five guitar players being invited to our rehearsing room for auditions. One from Sweden, one from the UK, one from Iceland, one from Germany and one from France. These were the top-of-the-crop, and it's quite telling that they were all lead singers in their respective past or present bands. It was hard to choose, especially between the top two guys. However, when the dust settled, it was to Iceland that we turned, and the magical Ragnar Zolberg. So, without further ado, here he is:

Holy ravens! what the f**k just happened!?
My gratitude and excitement for the upcoming tour is far beyond words and I feel unbelievably privileged to be sharing the stage with one of my favorite bands.

I've been going through the songs during the whole christmas that I'm spending here in London, but the only guitar I had was my nephew's guitar.....he's 2 years old!
Let's just say that it's a very small one but it sort of keeps in tune so it's not all bad.

I can't wait to start rocking out to the music that we've all come to love so dearly and I will devote my whole heart to it!

Peace
Ragnar Zolberg

We are certain that Ragnar will have everything that's needed to kick your asses on the upcoming tour, and our first four days of rehearsals only strengthened that feeling. He is an excellent guitar player and an outstanding vocalist, and he knows how to make use of those abilities while rocking out on stage. On top of that he is an awesome person. What's not to like? :)

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www.ragnarsolberg.com

http://youtu.be/UwhpkzBVld4

41 Comments

  1. ThisIsMe says:

    Sound awesome! Just being curious, who were the other guys in the top five?

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  2. Gabi says:

    Man, great news!!!!!
    That's nice to know that he is also a fan of the band, so he will be proud to be there just as if was any other fan! :D
    Welcome to the band, man! Looking foward to see you in action!!
    Thank you for joining the best band in the whole world.

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  3. Mads Lock Jacobsen says:

    Welcome, can't wait to see him in action ;) I'll be at the first show of the tour, for that very reason.

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  4. Linda Gunnars says:

    Væri gaman að sjá þig með littla gítarstubbinn hahha er ekki til video af því?

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  5. Einar örn says:

    Congratulations to pain of salvation for an exellent choice! Better guitarrist/singer is hard to vome upon.. Awesome!

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  6. János says:

    I don't get the whole thing to be honourest!
    All those new guys... is this just a tour-lineup again?
    Will there ever be a "real" band again?
    Or did I mistake it and this IS the new band (so also the band for the albums and so on)?

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  7. Agnes (druidess) Jósefsdóttir says:

    Innilega til hamingju með þetta Ragnes, very well earned :D

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  8. Agnes (druidess) Jósefsdóttir says:

    RAGNAR....ekki RAGNES :P

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  9. Ragnar Ólafsson says:

    Great news! Great choice!!

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  11. Gummi Hjalta says:

    Frábærar fréttir !
    Til hamingju Ragnar :-)

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  12. Debbie says:

    That is awesome, Ragnar is such an amazing musician!

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  13. Paul Villarreal says:

    Haha! I've just been re-reading "The Vampire Lestat" for old time's sake and Ragnar looks exactly how I envisioned a proper Lestat! (as opposed to the dooshy Tom Cruise, lol) Congrats, and I look forward to hearing your contribution to the band, I'm sure you're beyond talented, just to even be considered as a possible replacement for Johan, best wishes to all of PoS!

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  14. Ritta says:

    Welcome and good luck Ragnar Zolberg !!!!

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  15. Vanessa Hemrika says:

    Welcome, Ragnar!

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  16. Gabriela says:

    Great, creative guy. Seems to fit Daniel.
    Black&white esoteric couple. Can't wait to see you in action

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  17. Chris says:

    Need a new guitarist? Why not Zolberg?

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  18. Neljoan Molleda says:

    Hey man.. that's great! and congrat's for this new journey! keep rockin' ! and COME TO VENEZUELA!

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  19. Akarsh says:

    That is some great news! Please come to India again,it's almost one year! :)

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  20. Richaod says:

    He's wearing a Lil Wayne shirt, INSTANTLY AMAZING

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  21. Jaya says:

    Welcome, and best of luck, Ragnar. :) Those are some pretty big shoes you'll be filling!

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  22. Peder says:

    Playing and singing aside - the big question is whether he's able to play shirtless and without looking too much of a twig.

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  23. eleveeen says:

    Beware of him, Ville Valo! :P

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  24. Dísa frænka says:

    Innilega til hamingju elsku Ragnar minn.Vonandi verður þér þetta til góðs á framabrautinni Ástarkveðjur frá Ísó.

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  25. Nuevo guitarrista de Pain of Savlation | Rockateca - Radio, reseñas, columnas y noticias de Rock says:

    [...] se habían quedado con 5 candidatos, y Ragnar fue el ganador. Algo en lo que enfatizan mucho en su sitio oficial es en que todos eran, además de guitarristas, vocalistas en sus bandas, así que será interesante [...]

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  26. José Augusto says:

    Great, good luck to Ragnar and PoS in this new journey.

    But no more Spice Girls Tributes, please Ragnar.

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  27. John Stefanis says:

    Welcome mate - looking forward to the London show!!!!

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  28. Mauricio says:

    Dude must be raGNARLY hahaha Can't wait to see him live widda band!

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  29. Pain Of Salvation Reveals New Guitarist Ragnar Zolberg | Daily Heavy Metal News says:

    [...] “First, a little background on the auditions. So, we had applications coming in from the whole world (including a few countries we had barely heard of) and it was a pretty massive task to go through them all and make our choices. From close to a hundred applicants we harshly narrowed it down to five guitar players being invited to our rehearsing room for auditions. One from Sweden, one from the UK, one from Iceland, one from Germany and one from France. These were the top-of-the-crop, and it’s quite telling that they were all lead singers in their respective past or present bands. It was hard to choose, especially between the top two guys. However, when the dust settled, it was to Iceland that we turned, and the magical Ragnar Zolberg. So, without further ado, here he is. [...]

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  30. Pain Of Salvation Reveals New Guitarist Ragnar Zolberg | vBoogieman Rock and Metal News says:

    [...] “First, a little background on the auditions. So, we had applications coming in from the whole world (including a few countries we had barely heard of) and it was a pretty massive task to go through them all and make our choices. From close to a hundred applicants we harshly narrowed it down to five guitar players being invited to our rehearsing room for auditions. One from Sweden, one from the UK, one from Iceland, one from Germany and one from France. These were the top-of-the-crop, and it’s quite telling that they were all lead singers in their respective past or present bands. It was hard to choose, especially between the top two guys. However, when the dust settled, it was to Iceland that we turned, and the magical Ragnar Zolberg. So, without further ado, here he is. [...]

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  31. Patrekur Gunnlaugsson says:

    The Best Musician of Iceland !!
    Zolberg is my favorite musician , good choice !!
    And yeah he is wearing Lil Wayne shirt and that makes him even more awesome !!

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  32. Paul Forbes says:

    Regardless of who you bring in, even though I am sure that they are very talented people, this will never again be Pain of Salvation. This it The Daniel Gildenlow Band...I think it's time to move on under a different monicker. Still wish you the best & like the music.

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    • Samuel Nasta says:

      Agree.
      But still, most of albums were made mostly by Daniel Gildenlöw himself.

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  33. luiz santana says:

    POSER!!! :P

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  34. PAIN OF SALVATION – new dates to European headlining tour and touring line-up! | PIRATE SMILE – communications – public relations – artist management says:

    [...] PAIN OF SALVATION kick off the year 2012 by announcing their new touring line-up after the documented departure of former members Johan Hallgren (guitar/vocals) and Fredrik Hermansson (keys/vocals). Daniel “D2” Karlsson, who has been touring with PAIN OF SALVATION as live bassist for a good while is now a fully confirmed member of the group by taking over the position on the keyboards, while Ragnar Zolberg from Iceland now occupies the vacant guitarist position after highly impressing the band during recent auditions with his varied instrumental/vocal skills. Find more details about Zolberg here: http://www.painofsalvation.com/2011/presenting-the-guitarist [...]

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  35. Tuco says:

    Well, he's cute, that much we can say.

    I dig the fact that PoS is becoming an international band.

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  36. virgo says:

    I can't wait to see you in Brazil with POS! Soon, i hope!

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  37. Aska says:

    PURER ZUCKER

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  38. Alex says:

    You guys have got to come to Venezuela so I can finally die in peace! Love your music, please never stop Dan.

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  39. OMARZERBINATTI says:

    I don't mean to be an idiot or anything, but, after i've been to the concert here in Brazil(for the second time) and (for the first time) saw the new guitarrist live in action, I don't know. It doesn't fit. Voice, style.
    I consider myself a huge fan of PoS(my favourite band in 10 years) so I felt I needed to share this. Please, I'm NOT judging his music skills, he is a good musician as far as I could see, i'm saying inside the PoS context.
    I'm sorry, this is just my humble opinion, nothing more.

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