Moonglow - Interview Part II
Moonglow - Interview Part I
Moonglow World Tour
Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
September 05, 2010
In November the all-star ensemble Avantasia will embark on their first worldwide indoor arena tour ever and write a new chapter in Heavy Metal history. Kicking off in Pratteln, Switzerland on November 30th the all-star project will set off on a three-week-journey to bring the prestigious Metal Opera event to three different continents around the planet.

Featuring some of Hard Rock and Metal's best vocalists of all times, such as Jorn Lande (Masterplan), Bob Catley (Magnum), Amanda Somerville, Oliver Hartmann and former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, another star has now been confirmed to be part of the travelling "Metal Opera"; a semi-god in Asia, Mister German Metal, formerly Helloween, now Gamma Ray: the one and only Mr. Kai Hansen!

Host Tobias overjoyed: "Kai will have a vocal role and play some guitar too. We've been friends for quite a while now. I remember, I was a little kid when I first heard Helloween's Keeper-albums. And that was the instant that lit a spark in me. Unfortunately I never got the chance to see Helloween with Michael and Kai on stage, but they'll make up for it now! Both have played an important role for me personally and for the history of Avantasia and its Metal Opera in particular. I am looking forward to sharing the stage with them and play some of our old Avantasia classics together."
August 29, 2010
In November the prestigious all-star project AVANTASIA will set off on a world tour, kicking off on the 30th of November at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland. First guests for the tour have been confirmed. Besides Magnum-voice Bob Catley, the infamous Jorn Lande, Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann and main-man Tobias Sammet, legendary ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske will hit the stage this time as well.

Tobias Sammet: "I remember back in 1999 I did everything to get Michael Kiske involved in what was just an album project at the time, Avantasia's "Metal Opera". I was a happy boy in a toy store when I heard the tunes I had tailored for him, anthems like "Reach Out For The Light", "The Tower", "No Return" and he was an important corner stone for making Avantasia a classic amongst melodic Metal fans all over the world. I tried hard to convince Michael to enter the stage when Avantasia played their festival shows in 2008, but the time was not right. Now the stars have lined up and I am looking forward - as a representative of Avantasia and even more so as a fan to having Michael enter the stage to perform those kinds of classic Metal tracks for the first time in more than 17 years. I am looking forward to having Bob and Jorn, Amanda, Olli Hartmann, Sascha and Miro and all my fellow-Avantasians on stage again. Maybe we will have some more surprises, let's see. Let's reach out for the light!

The first dates have been confirmed, and more will be announced at in the coming days. Keep checking back to see if the Metal Opera will come to your town as well!
August 15, 2010
At the end of the year a huge allstar ensemble will hit the road to bring Avantasia on stage once more. The first six shows are now confirmed, and more dates will follow. Tickets for the German dates are available at Full details are available in the tour section and more dates and details will be announced soon.


30. Nov 2010 Switzerland - Pratteln, Z7
01. Dec 2010 Switzerland - Pratteln, Z7
03. Dec 2010 Germany - Lichtenfels, Stadthalle*
04. Dec 2010 Germany - Kaufbeuren, All Karthalle*
18. Dec 2010 Germany - Fulda, Esperantohalle*
19. Dec 2010 Germany - Essen, Grugahalle*

*Due to the fact that this is not a regular or annual tour but an extensive Avantasia-event and experience, the show start for Avantasia will begin promptly at 8:00PM.
August 08, 2010
"It's gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime affair!" said Avantasia mainman Tobias Sammet when the allstar project set off on a world tour a few years ago. And although it seemed to be impossible to bring the project onto the stage after an extensive preparatory time Avantasia headlined some of the biggest summer festivals in 2008. To this day many fans recall the Avantasia live shows a magical once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.

Actually Tobias didn't see a chance to bring Avantasia on stage again, but they will do it again: "There has always been the desire to do it again, but of course there is always a risk. It requires a huge amount of time and energy, there are no figures based on experience, because I don't anybody who has taken an allstar Metal Opera on the road to play indoor venues. The stage production is abnormally expensive and you must not forget the many people who are involved and who come from different parts of the world. It requires a good timing. At some point we sat together and checked if and how we could possibly do it once again and we soon found out, that December 2010 would be the right period to do a real tour. I admit that four weeks are not really a long time frame, but it's better to do a short tour than no tour at all. And if we hadn't taken that chance, it would have never happened because we will come with a lot of musicians and vocalists and it's a nightmare to mind all our individual schedules with our main bands."

Unlike during Avantasia's festival tour in 2008 the band will seize the fact that it's their own tour and their own shows and play a lot longer on their winter tour: "It was great to play Wacken or Sweden Rock Festival but playing a festival you only have so much time. You play ten songs and people have a party and everybody's got fun. But doing our own tour we can really create an atmosphere, we can play a lot longer and take people on a journey through the history of Avantasia. We can actually take people to the world of Avantasia itself. Fans can expect a bombastic concert experience. Many so called "Metal Operas" have been released on albums recently, but Avantasia will bring it on stage and take fans around the globe with them.

"You can't compare a normal band to what we are going to do. If all your favourite singers appear on one stage at the same night to take you on a musical journey, then this isn't just great, it's über-great!"

Tour dates will be announced soon. Register at the backstage area and subscribe to the news letter to be informed as soon as tickets are available.
August 08, 2010
The first headliner of Wacken Open Air 2011 has been confirmed. Avantasia will play a best-of set.

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