Avantasia announce tour

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.”

So Tobi’s dream will come true and he is happy to welcome Michael Kiske 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 Metal Opera Comes To Town 2010

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*
05. Dec 2010 Sweden – Stockholm, Arenan
10. Dec 2010 Mexico – Mexico City, Circo Volador
15. Dec 2010 Argentina – Buenos Aires, venue tba
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.


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