"YESSS! AVANTASIA @ WACKEN 2017!!!
The giant Ghostlights tour is almost over! Just a few final shows in Spain, Belgium, Poland and one last German date on August 2016 in Giessen, Hessen... THEN WE'RE DONE!
BUT: We'll return to Wacken 2017! Our 4th appearance at the biggest and baddest Metal festival in the world. I can't tell you the exact line up at this point but AVANTASIA is gonna deliver a best-of performance - old and new stuff and I'm already counting days. As I'm typing this I'm itching to hit the stage already! Holg & Thomas have created a beast and the whole scene should be nothing but thankful. 25 years ago nobody would have thought that, traditional Metal was "dead", traditional Metal was "uncool", there was only one thing that would have seemed more ridiculous than composing a Metal Opera: Starting a festival with bands such as Saxon, Blind Guardian, Fates Warning, Doro or - a little later - Edguy... AND expect to draw more than a few hundred people. You know what?! If you're devoted and work hard for what you believe in, things are gonna happen! The Wacken story and my story have a lot in common, I can't wait to be back! Cheerz, T“
The most successful AVANTASIA tour ever with countless sold out shows around the globe is heading towards the end. If you wanna see some of the final GHOSTLIGHTS Shows you have to come to one of the final festivals AVANTASIA is going to headline. The last show in Germany will take place August 26th and will be a very special event: AVANTASIA will perform at the medieval abbey "Kloster Schiffenberg“ in Giessen in a breathtaking historical environment.
And last but not least: If you want to have a look at the tour life through the lense of Tobias himself, you can now follow him on and see and read what he has to say at
The final tour dates:
JULY 30, 2016 GERMANY - ROCK OF AGES - Seebronn
AUGUST 12, 2016 SPAIN - LEYENDES DEL ROCK FESTIVAL - Villena
AUGUST 14, 2016 BELGIUM - ALCATRAZ METAL FESTIVAL
AUGUST 26, 2016 GERMANY - KLOSTER SCHIFFENBERG - Giessen
AUGUST 27, 2016 POLAND - SZAD FESTIVAL - Straszecin
Tobias explains the choice of "Draconian Love" as the second single: "It was a logical next single, the song isn't really mainstream, yet it's extremely catchy." Also the fans helped in making the decision: "We've been touring for weeks and we've played the song every night. From Tokyo to New York people went crazy, so I think the decision was made by the fans as well. And as we wanted to include them in the clip, we decided to shoot the video while on tour, performing it prior to our show in Sao Paulo, Brazil two weeks ago.
"The GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR has started early March and leads AVANTASIA to 24 countries in Europe, Russia, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and South America. So far 24 out of 33 shows were completely sold out in advance. In the summer AVANTASIA will play headlining performances at the following European festivals, until they finish the tour at the historical Open Air stage at the Schiffenberg abbey near Giessen, Germany on August 26th!
10. June - SWEDEN - Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
11. June - GERMANY - St. Goarshausen, Loreley - Rockfels Festival
01. July - FINLAND - Helsinki - Tuska Festival
03. July - BULGARIA - Kavarna - Stadium
06. July - GERMANY - Munich - Tollwood Festival
08. July - GERMANY - Ballenstedt - RockHarz Festival
15. July - CZECH REPUBLIC - Vizovice - Masters Of Rock Festival
12. August - SPAIN - Villena - Leyendas Del Rock Festival
14. August - BELGIUM - Kortrijk - Alcatraz Metal Festival
26. August - GERMANY - Giessen, Kloster Schiffenberg - Giessener Kultursommer
The new album "GHOSTLIGHTS" has entered the charts in 15 European countries as well as in the USA, Canada and Japan. It went into the Top10 album charts in 9 countries, in Germany "GHOSTLIGHTS" went in at #2.