Moonglow - Interview Part II
Moonglow - Interview Part I
Moonglow World Tour
Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
January 19, 2013
Avantasia have just been confirmed for the prestigious Sonisphere open air festivals in Spain where they'll share the stage with Danzig and Iron Maiden on the first weekend of June. In May Avantasia will play an indoor show at Melkweg in Amsterdam. Those shows will mark Avantasia's first appearance in Spain and the Netherlands. For details check the tour section.
January 12, 2013
In March the new Avantasia album "The Mystery Of Time" will be released. The list of featured artists who have been confirmed for the album reads like a who-is-who in Rock and Metal: Biff Byford (Saxon), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (GFR, ex-Meat Loaf, ex-Kiss) have been confirmed so far, others will be announced soon. Now another legend of Rock history has been announced: Eric Martin of US-platinum sellers MR. BIG is singing a role on the album and will join AVANTASIA on stage during the "Mystery World Tour", starting in April. Get your tickets soon, for the European non-festival indoor shows Avantasia have announced a 3-hour-show. Check the video below:

January 11, 2013
In April AVANTASIA will set off on the "Mystery World Tour", in support of their new album "The Mystery Of Time". It has been announced that the band is going to play special 3 hours shows during their own indoor appearances. Now the venues for the last two shows in Hamburg (Grosse Freiheit) and Berlin (Tempodrom) have been confirmed and tickets for all European and several worldwide shows are on sale. Check the toursection for information!
January 10, 2013
Photo © Joakim LenellAfter Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance), Bruce Kulick (Grand Funk Railroad, ex-KISS, ex-Meat Loaf) and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg another participent can now be announced: It's Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins who will sing a role on the new Avantasia Metal Opera "The Mystery Of Time" (out in March 2013). 

Tobias comments: "I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on the Metal Opera in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy.  Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!"
December 27, 2012
"如果你不能擊敗你的敵人,你與他結盟" - ancient Chinese restaurant fortune cookie proverb

"To me he used to be what John D. Rockerduck is to Scrooge McDuck: An adamant long time rival; in our case when it comes to producing Rock Operas. Well, if you can't beat your enemy make him your ally! And so I opened the door and literally invited pestilence into my world, ha! Seriously, the truth is that the 'pestilence' I'm talking about is really one of the nicest, coolest and loveliest plagues I've ever come to know, an ambitious artist through and through and a real great guitar player. So, having just come back from a shopping tour in 2912 -where apparently he found himself a brand new pair of bad-ass pants & boots- he went into the studio to record some additional lead guitar for the forthcoming Avantasia album "The Mystery Of Time": Ayreon mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen!

Arjen, if you read this: Killer pants, hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a happy 200110010013! ;-) You rock! Groetjes, Tobi"

In March 2013 the new Avantasia Rock Opera "The Mystery Of Time" will be released on CD and vinyl. The album is going to feature guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep), Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance) and the "German Film Orchestra Babelsberg". More musicians will be announced soon! In April an all-star ensemble will set off on a world tour, playing 3 hour indoor shows on their own plus a few chosen festivals!

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