MUSIC NEWS: The Rasmus Announce Eurovision Competition Entry & New Single ‘Jezebel’

Photo Credit: Venla Shalin

The Rasmus have revealed that they have entered Finland’s annual Eurovision selection contest, UMK, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (The New Music Competition). The band have also announced their Eurovision entry bid and new single Jezebel, which will be released on 17th January 2022 via Playground Music.

Jezebel was co-written and produced by Desmond Child, who collaborated with The Rasmus on their seventh studio album Black Roses. Pre-save the single HERE

“It was awesome to work with Desmond again. He really knows how to put a hit song together. Jezebel is about a girl who takes what she wants, without asking. A free spirit,” says vocalist Lauri Ylönen.

Speaking about the collaboration, Desmond Child says: “Lauri gives me a call and says ‘Hey, I need to write the biggest, greatest song in the entire world, ever. Will you do it [with me]?’ and I said ‘Yeah but I am in Folegandros (Greece)’ and he says, ‘I’ll be right there’,” adds Child. Jezebel is an homage, a tribute, to the strong women of today, who own their bodies, who are in charge of their sensuality, their sexuality, and who are determined to be an equal.”

The UMK winner and Finland’s next Eurovision Song Contest participant will be chosen at the UMK22 event in Turku Logomo on 26th February 2022. The final will be shown live on Yle TV1, Yle Areena and Yle’s radio channels from 9pm to 11pm EET. The winner will be chosen by TV viewers and the International UMK Jury. Those outside of Finland can watch the show HERE

In other news, The Rasmus have announced the departure of their founding guitarist Pauli Rantasalmi

“I have decided to make my departure from the band and seek for new adventures and challenges in life,” Rantasalmi comments.I want to thank everybody that has made this journey possible, especially all you amazing Fans, for the best moments and memories, I Love You. I’m eternally thankful to my band brothers for everything and wish the best from the bottom of my heart. Lauri, Aki & Eero, I Love You. Music lives forever! “This is not the end, it’s just time to turn the page”.”

“We have always been like a family, more like brothers than a band. We are still very good friends, and we wish Pauli all the best,” Ylönen concludes. 

The Rasmus will tour across the UK and Europe in October and November 2022. See them live at one of the following dates:

October 2022

Mon 10th – HAMBURG, DE – Markthalle 
Tue 11th – BERLIN, DE – Metropol 
Wed 12th – WARSAW, PL – Proxima 
Thu 13th – KRAKOW, PL – Kwadrat 
Fri 14th – LEIPZIG, DE – Taubchental 
Sat 15th – PRAGUE, CZ – Forum Karlin
Mon 17th – BUDAPEST, HU – BNMC 
Tue 18th – VIENNA, AT – Ottakringer Brauerei
Wed 19th – MUNICH, DE – Neue Theaterfabrik
Fri 21st – MILAN, IT – Fabrique 
Sat 22nd – BERN, CH –  Bierhubeli
Sun 23rd – PARIS, FR – La Maroquinerie
Mon 24th – ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, LU – Rockhal 
Tue 25th – WIESBADEN, DE – Schlachthof (Halfhouse)
Thu 27th – COLOGNE, DE – LMH 
Fri 28th – HAARLEM, NL – Patronaat 
Sun 30th – NOTTINGHAM, UK – Rock City 
Mon 31st – MANCHESTER, UK – O2 Ritz 

November 2022

Tue 1st – GLASGOW, UK – Garage 
Wed 2nd – BRISTOL, UK – O2 Academy 
Thu 3rd – LONDON, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town 
Sat 5th – KIEV, UA – Mc Hall 
Sun 6th – LVIV, UA – Malevich Club 
Mon 7th – ODESSA, UA – Musical Comedy Theatre 
Tue 8th – DNIPRO, UA – Shynnic House Of Culture 
Wed 9th – KHAREKIV, UA – Mekhanika 
Fri 11th – MOSCOW, RU – Stadium 
Sat 12th – ST. PETERSBURG, RU – A2 

Tickets are on sale HERE

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