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‘Jezebel’, which was co-written and produced by previous collaborator Desmond Child (KISS, Aerosmith), will be performed during a live TV broadcast by the Finnish rockers on February 26 in a bid to claim the spot as Finland’s 2022 Eurovision entrants.
Viewers of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) (The New Music Competition) as well as members of the International UMK Jury will choose the song to represent the nation at the annual singing contest. The final will be shown live on Yle TV1, Yle Areena and Yle’s radio channels from 9pm-11pm EET. Those outside of Finland can watch the show here.
The Rasmus singer Lauri Ylönen said of Child and his band’s new single: “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.”
Speaking about the collaboration, Child added: “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’.
“‘Jezebel’ is a 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 band also announced earlier this month that founding guitarist Pauli Rantasalmi has left the band. He said in a statement: “I have decided to make my departure from the band and seek for new adventures and challenges in life.
“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,” he added.
Rantasalmi is being replaced by Emilia ‘Emppu’ Suhonen, who said: “I got a very surprising call in the fall and answered YES. Although I was a bit nervous to go to the rehearsal room with the guys for the first time for a test drive, I still had a strong feeling that this would be a good thing.
“That feeling turned out to be right and playing together felt totally natural right from the first riff. I am The Rasmus’ new guitarist, and it’s pretty insane to be on this ride!”
The Rasmus also head out on a world tour this autumn – see dates below.
Monday 10 – Germany Hamburg Markthalle
Tuesday 11 – Germany Berlin Metropol
Wednesday 12 – Poland Warsaw Proxima
Thursday 13 –P oland Krakow Kwadrat
Friday 14 – Germany Leipzig Taubchental
Saturday 15 – Czech Rep. Prague Forum Karlin
Monday 17 – Hungary Budapest BNMC
Tuesday 18 – Austria Vienna Ottakringer Brauerei
Wednesday 19 – Germany Munich Neue Theaterfabrik
Friday 21 – Italy Milan Fabrique
Saturday 22 – Switzerland Bern Bierhubeli
Sunday 23 – France Paris La Maroquinerie
Monday 24 – Luxembourg Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal
Tuesday 25 – Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof (Halfhouse)
Thursday 27 – Germany Cologne LMH
Friday 28 – Holland Haarlem Patronaat
Sunday 30 – England Nottingham Rock City
Monday 31 – England Manchester O2 Ritz
Tuesday 01 – Scotland Glasgow Garage
Wednesday 02 – England Bristol O2 Academy
Thursday 03 – England London O2 Forum Kentish Town
Saturday 05 – Ukraine Kiev Mc Hall
Sunday 06 – Ukraine Lviv Malevich Club
Monday 07 – Ukraine Odessa Musical Comedy Theatre
Tuesday 08 – Ukraine Dnipro Shynnic House Of Culture
Wednesday 09 – Ukraine Kharekiv Mekhanika
Friday 11 – Russia Moscow Stadium
Saturday 12 – Russia St Petersburg A2