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Houston - New Album "Re-Launch III" Out Now


Houston is back with a third album in their 'Relaunch' series, the aptly titled "Relaunch III" on July 14, 2023. The basic concept behind the Relaunch albums is for Houston to shine a light on obscure, unknown AOR gems from their personal musical collections. Houston, an AOR band themselves, are true AOR connoisseurs and want to pay their respects to these legendary artists and songs.

The first Relaunch album was released in 2011 and featured a cover of 'Runaway' by Dakota. The band collaborated on a video for the song with Danny MacAskill, a professional BMX rider, and his sponsor Red Bull and it became a huge success, with over 90 million views on YouTube and close to 2 million streams on Spotify, as of this writing. Much to AOR fans delight, and especially the guys in Houston, the success of the 'Runaway' cover got Dakota to reunite and record a brand new studio album. Let's see what magic "Relaunch III" might achieve!

The Stockholm, Sweden based Houston first appeared on the scene with their self-titled debut album in 2010, which was selected as the Best AOR Album of 2010 by Classic Rock Magazine. The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden Rock, Download Festival (UK), and Rock of Ages (Germany), as well as touring the UK with Swedish sleaze rockers Crashdïet. Since that time, aside from the success enjoyed with their cover of Dakota's 'Runaway', the band has been consistently releasing high quality albums featuring top notch AOR originals, including their most recent studio album, "IV" in 2021.


“Re-Launch III” tracklisting:

Live Forever

Slipping Away

Power Over Me

Heart Of Stone

She Don't (Come Around Anymore)

Do You Believe

She's Out With A Gun

Modern Day Delilah

Sound Of A Breaking Heart


Running Back

Live Forever (80’S Remix)

Do You Believe (80’S Remix)

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Hank Erix – Lead and background vocals

Carl Hammar – Lead guitar

Richard Hamilton – Keyboards, Piano

Niels Walter – Bass guitarAdditional musicians:

Erik Modin – Drums, Percussion, keyboards, backing vocals, rhythm & acoustic guitars

Michael Palace (Backing vocals & rhythm guitars on “Live Forever” & “Do You Believe”)


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