Rock stars get on the train

Rock musicians, Polo Hofer and Kisha, were a hit on last year's rail tour Keystone

Some of the biggest names in Swiss rock are going on tour, giving free concerts in railway stations around the country. Stars such as Polo Hofer, Sina and Michael von der Heide are part of the Swiss All Stars Railroad Tour, which begins on Wednesday.

This content was published on August 21, 2000 - 10:53

The musicians will be touring in a special 242 metre-long train, and will be performing almost every day until Sunday, September 3. The Railroad Tour is being organised for the second year and is funded by the telecommunications company, Diax.

The first concert will be held at the goods station in the bilingual town of Biel (Bienne in French), on Wednesday. The other events are all in the German-speaking part of the country at stations in Schaffhausen, Thun, Frick, Zug, St Gallen, Altstätten, Chur and Zurich.

Twelve musicians will perform at the concerts, including Polo Hofer and Sina, who sing in the Bernese and Valais dialects respectively. Sina's attempt to conquer the German market with an album of high-German versions of her songs flopped in 1997, but she remains very popular in Switzerland.

Hofer and his Schmetterband are veterans of the Swiss music scene with 10 albums to their credit, nine of which have achieved gold status. Other artists on the Railroad Tour include Michael von der Heide, Kuno Lauener, Hanery Amman, Betty Legler and Sonia from the group Core.


Articles in this story

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.