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Running Wild

Running Wild
Background information
Origin Hamburg, Germany
Genres Power metal, heavy metal, speed metal
Years active 1976—2009
Labels Gun
Associated acts Grave Digger, Accept, Helloween
Website Official website
Rolf Kasparek
Peter Jordan
Jan S. Eckert
Matthias Liebetruth
Former members
See: Former members

Running Wild were a very popular and influential German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s. The band has carved its niche in the metal world as the first "pirate metal" band, a theme which took off with the release of Under Jolly Roger in 1987 (thus abandoning the Satanic imagery of their earlier work). Although the earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, the guitar player of the band was then Preacher (aka Gerald Warnecke) who is now a vicar in Cologne.[1]

On April 17, 2009 Rolf announced that Running Wild had split-up. Their last show was at Wacken Open Air on July 30, 2009. It was recorded for CD and DVD release.




Final members

  • Rolf Kasparek - Vocals, guitars (1976-2009)
  • Peter Jordan - Guitar (2004-2009)
  • Jan S. Eckert - Bass (2009)
  • Matthias Liebetruth - Drums (2002-2009)

Former members



  • Jörg Schwarz (1976)
  • Carsten David (1976-79)
  • Matthias Kaufmann (1980-83)
  • Stephan Boris (1984-87)
  • Jens Becker (Grave Digger, X-Wild) (1987-92)
  • Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O., ex-Darxon) (1992-02)
  • Peter Pichl - Bass (2002-2009)



Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums

Singles and EPs

  • "Victim of States Power" (1984)
  • "Bad to the Bone" (1989)
  • "Wild Animal" (1990)
  • "Little Big Horn" (1991)
  • "Lead or Gold" (1992)
  • "The Privateer" (1994)

Split releases

Tribute albums

  • The Revivalry - A Tribute to Running Wild (2005)
  • Rough Diamonds - A Tribute to Running Wild (2005) (available as a free download on the official website)
  • ReUnation - A Tribute to Running Wild (2009)


External links


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