Walt Disney World has announced some new and returning musical acts that will be coming to Epcot’s World Showcase in the near future.
Suroît – New to Epcot, this renowned band hails from Canada’s Magdalen Islands in eastern Quebec. For four decades, their infectious sound has embraced influences from Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass and rock music. Performing on the Mill Stage at the Canada pavilion, August 31 – October 1 2017.
Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band – World-famous yodeler Margret Almer makes an encore appearance at Epcot this fall. She’ll be performing with The Bavarian Band at the Germany pavilion, beginning August 31 and continuing through the holiday season.
Musique Aramenco – Another returning favorite takes the stage at the Morocco pavilion September 1 – December 30 2017. Musique Aramenco presents a fusion of traditional and modern Moroccan music.
Bodh’aktan – Back by popular demand, Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. The popular kilted band is returning for an Epcot encore at the Canada pavilion October 2 – 22.
Raffy – This musical quartet makes their Epcot debut October 23 – November 26 2017 on the Mill Stage. Raffy’s infectious energy has been embraced across Canada through a live tour, appearances on television and radio airplay of their first hit single.
Have you ever wondered what Sir Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King soundtrack would sound like if it had been re-recorded by Ozzy Osbourne? Or maybe you’ve always loved the title track from Beauty and the Beast, but thought that Angela Lansbury’s genteel vocals would sound just a hair better if she had the shrieking warble of a demon veering down the highway at 90 miles per hour — you know, like if the artwork from a heavy metal record came to life. If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions or, “What would it sound like if Dokken covered The Little Mermaid?,” then Disney has the album for you.
It’s called Metal Disney, by the D-Metal Stars, and it’s out in stores and on streaming services (like Spotify) today. The group is comprised of Obsession vocalist Mike Vescera, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rudy Sarzo, Obsession guitarist John Bruno, and Dokken drummer BJ Zampa. A new feature published by Rolling Stone takes readers inside the making of the album, officially licensed and produced by Disney, surprisingly enough — or not, for those familiar with Nightmare Revisited, the 2008 album of covers celebrating the 15th anniversary of the beloved crossover-holiday classic, which collected new versions of the film’s iconic tunes sung by artists like Fiona Apple and Marilyn Manson.
Metal Disney isn’t exactly new. It was originally released last fall in Japan, where it was a massive hit, quickly climbing to the third spot on Amazon’s rock and metal charts, and the second spot on the kids charts — again, not surprising in the least, as metal is huge in Japan (Google “Baby Metal” and you’ll see what’s up). But unlike a Marilyn Manson cover of a kooky Danny Elfman track from an animated film produced by Tim Burton, these metal covers of iconic songs from classic Disney movies are not exactly what you might expect…and yet, they are exactly that.
Like this version of “Beauty and the Beast”