Tobias Sammet: "In 2011 we will not play any show except from the Wacken show, due to commitments that we all have with our individual main bands. That's why we are very happy about having found a time frame to bring the show on stage in December. "The Metal Opera Comes To Town" world tour 2010 will be a special event that will be neither repeated nor continued. That's why we'll play as many songs as possible and make it a special experience for us as much as for our fans. Because we are not naive enough to believe that this line-up will ever get the chance to share the stage again after the forthcoming tour."
As if this wasn't sensational enough, Tobias Sammet has managed to pull off yet another coup. He has managed to organize a world tour that will feature ex-Helloween legends Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. It will be the first time the two former Helloween band mates will share the stage after Kai Hansen's departure from Helloween in 1989.
Tobiassammet.com has managed to grab Michael Kiske to ask him a few questions about the extravaganza.
Harmon Caldwell, Tobiassammet.com: Michael, in 1999 when Tobias first approached you to sing on his first Avantasia Metal Opera album what were your thoughts? What was it about Tobias and his music that made you want to sing his album while at the same time you were turning down other opportunities?
Michael: Of course I have to like the music. But with me it always also has a lot to do with the people who ask me. Tobi called me up and was kind of an ass, eh... I mean nice (kidding!). When he asked me the first time, I was still in the state of rather fading out the rock/metal-world, that's why I called myself Ernie on the album. I find that funny myself now. Today I am a lot more relaxed and since I met fans again in a few countries and played
live, I am okay with the idealistic and non-satanic parts of the metal-world again.
THE METAL OPERA COMES TO TOWN - TOUR 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
08. Dec 2010 Japan - Tokyo, Shinagawa Stellar Ball
10. Dec 2010 Mexico - Mexico City, Circo Volador
13. Dec 2010 Brazil - Sao Paulo, CTN
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.
Tickets for the German dates are available at www.metaltix.com.
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."
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 tobiassammet.com in the coming days. Keep checking back to see if the Metal Opera will come to your town as well!