In 2012 Oliver joined ‘ROCK MEETS CLASSIC‘ feat. rock legends as Ian Gillan, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, Steve Lukather and many others. Later the same year the HARTMANN album ‘Balance‘ was released receiving great critics world wide, often rated as „best album of the band“ and accompanied by tours again with TOTO and JADED HEART. After the compilation ‘The Best Is Yet To Come‘ in 2013, another two tours of Oliver with RMC, AVANTASIA‘s ‘Ghostlights-Tour‘ and the production of the Live-DVD/CD ’Barefoot To The Moon’ with his Pink Floyd Tribute ECHOES, the studio album ‘Shadows & Silhouettes‘ was released in 2016. With its numerous ballads and many acoustic elements this album is one of the band’s calmer outputs. In early 2018 the heavier follow up ’Hands On The Wheel’ was released, which contains the duet ’Simple man’ featuring MR. BIG’s vocalist Eric Martin and received again great critics world wide.
After touring in Europe with ’Hands on the wheel’ in 2018/2019 and Oliver’s just finished world tour with AVANTASIA his band HARTMANN will celebrate their 15th anniversary this year with their new album ’15 Pearls And Gems’, out on April 17th. The album contains brand new songs, well chosen cover tracks as the duet and first single ’When the rain begins to fall’ – a special cover version of the 80’s pop classic featuring Ina Morgan, member of AVANTASIA and one of Germany’s greatest female rock vocalists – and live versions of the band’s songs that have been recorded on their concerts during the last years. These live recordings also include the outstanding duet ‘Brothers’ feat. Avantasia’s mastermind Tobias Sammet on vocals. The song was originally recorded as studio version for the album ‘3’ in 2009, which will also be re-released as CD on April 17th.
Besides a special release show for ’15 Pearls And Gems’ in Aschaffenburg / Germany on April 13th 2020 where all guests will be able to get the new album four days before the official release HARTMANN is planning be on anniversary tour this autumn so check out a date near to you!