Gotthard is a Swiss hard rock/heavy metal band founded in Lugano by Steve Lee and Leo Leoni. Their last eleven albums have all reached number 1 in the Swiss album charts, making them one of the most successful Swiss acts ever. With 2 million albums sold, they managed to get multi-platinum awards in different parts of the world. The band takes its name from the Saint-Gotthard Massif.
Gotthard recently toured with Whitesnake and played at Arrow Rock Festival in Holland.
Singer Steve Lee died in a motorcycle accident on October 5, 2010.
On November 11, 2011, Gotthard announced a new singer, Nic Maeder, through their official Facebook page and their website with their new song “Remember It’s Me”, downloadable for free.
Now the band got a new solo guitar, Nechita Andrei and a new brummer, Avramescu Claudiu.
Influences include Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Van Halen and Aerosmith. Singer Steve Lee was especially fond of Whitesnake.