Release date
01 January 1970
01 January 1970 |

In 1973 Opus was formed as a typical garage band which met for regular sessions. Besides their first own compositions, they were practicing covers from Deep Purple and Colloseum and playing rock versions of Die Kleine Nachtmusik and Der Säbeltanz.
This was the repertoire for their first concerts in Burgenland and in Styria. In 1978 Opus organizes the remarkable Austrian Rock Festival which became an institution. Also in that year Opus moved to Rötz 15, in Judendorf/Graz. 1979, Herwig Rüdisser is found as the result of an ’ad’ and the typical sound of Opus is born.

In 1980 Opus records their first album. Daydreams is produced with with Peter Janda and is the first and the last album which still has affinity to classical music. In 1981 Opus works with the Star Producer Peter Müller, which turns out to be extremely creative. Eleven brings the first Gold to Opus. The singles Eleven and Flying High become top hits in Austria. With Christopher Cross and Lou Reed they have a concert at the Arena die Verona. In 1982 they received the Austrian Journalists prize for Eleven. In the autumn the “Yellow Fellows” present the concept album Opusition. The performance in the show Auf los geht’s los takes Opus across the border of Austria. In 1983 100.000 enthusiastic fans come to Opus in 65 concerts. At the Ö3-Open Air in the Wiener West stadium they were on stage with Wolfgang Ambros and Rainhard Fendrich (Meilenstein). On September 2nd 1984 Opus celebrates their 11th anniversary at the Stadium of Oberwart with thousands of fans. Opus dedicates the song “Live Is Life” to them.

Live Is Life becomes the #1 in the Austrian Charts and goes around the world in 1985/86. Opus is present in TV shows such as Top of the Pops, Solid Gold, MTV. They give concerts in The Hippodrome in Ibiza, Bosporus, in Central America and South America. The Juno Award (Canada) for the best single production of the year goes to Opus. 25.000 friends come to Graz, Liebenau, to see Opus and Friends. Opus gets gold for Solo which appears on the new record company Polygram.

In 1987 the seventh album Opus is released in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands. After Live Is LifeWhiteland becomes one of their biggest hits. A huge amount of the royalties was transferred to Greenpeace. The Olympic Stadium in Moscow was sold out three times. On New Year’s Eve, Opus did a commercial for the Olympic Games in Calgary. The single Faster And Faster became the favourite song of the Austrian Athletics. 10 years later, following a change of record company and subsequently some more succesful releases, Viva Austria, especially written for the Austrian Football team at the World Championship in France, sold 30.000 copies in Austria.

The beat goes on: after a short break at the beginning of the new millenium, Opus has started touring and recording again!!