Moonglow - Interview Part II
Moonglow - Interview Part I
Moonglow World Tour
Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
After the first Madrid show, Hamburg is now sold out too, If you want to enjoy the ultimate AVANTASIA experience, join the Metal Opera on a fantastic journey back in time, playing all classics, performing over 3 hours every night with the biggest line-up that ever toured under the name AVANTASIA. Get your tickets for the Ghostlights World Tour NOW!

To those of you who live in the North of Germany and couldn't get a ticket for Hamburg: there are still remaining tickets for Bremen available.

04.03. D Berlin - Huxley's*
05.03. D Hamburg - Große Freiheit* - SOLD OUT!!
06.03. D Bremen - Aladin*
08.03. UK London - The Forum*
09.03. F Paris - Le Trianon*
11.03. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1*
12.03. E Madrid - La Riviera* - SOLD OUT!!
13.03. E Madrid - La Riviera*
15.03. D Frankfurt-Langen - Stadthalle*
16.03. CZ Prague - Forum Karlin*
18.03. D Kaufbeuren - All-Karthalle*
19.03. D Bamberg - Brose-Arena*
20.03. D Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle*
22.03. I Milan - Alcatraz*
24.03. CH Pratteln - Z7*
25.03. CH Pratteln - Z7*
27.03. SK Banska Bystrica - Ice Stadium*
28.03. SK Bratislava - Sportshall*
29.03. A Tröpolach - Full Metal Mountain Festival
31.03. D Saarbrücken - Saarlandhalle*
01.04. D Ludwigsburg - Arena*
02.04. D Fulda - Esperantohalle*
06.04. RUS Moscow - Arena Moscow*
08.-11.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival

*AVANTASIA play at least three hours, no more bands!
More dates in other countries in the works!


AVANTASIA's outstanding 7th album, »Ghostlights«, will be released worldwide on January 29th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast and Avalon Marquee (Asia). Today, Tobias proudly presents the cover and announces the tracklists as well as the various formats, in which the upcoming record will be available.

The opus features guest appearances of Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marco Hietala, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Bob Catley, Jorn Lande, Bruce Kulick, Robert Mason,Herbie Langhans, Oliver Hartmann and Sascha Paeth.

The record contains twelve songs and was produced by Tobias and Sascha Paeth in Gatestudio Wolfsburg, Germany. Paeth is responsible for engineering and mixing »Ghostlights«, too. Mastering was done by Michael Rodenberg.

The instrumentalists on »Ghostlights« are the following:

Sascha Paeth - rhythm guitars, lead guitars, bass, additional keys
Michael Rodenberg - orchestration, keys
Tobias Sammet - additional keys and bass
Bruce Kulick - lead guitars
Oliver Hartmann - lead guitars
Felix Bohnke - drums

01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
Lead vocals: Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
Lead vocals: Tobias, Jorn Lande, Ronnie Atkins, Robert Mason
Lead guitar: Oliver Hartmann
03. The Haunting
Lead vocals: Dee Snider, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
04. Seduction Of Decay
Lead vocals: Geoff Tate, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
05. Ghostlights
Lead vocals: Michael Kiske, Tobias, Jorn Lande
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann
06. Draconian Love
Lead vocals: Herbie Langhans, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
07. Master Of The Pendulum
Lead vocals: Marco Hietala, Tobias
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth
08. Isle Of Evermore
Lead vocals: Sharon Den Adel, Tobias
09. Babylon Vampyres
Lead vocals: Tobias, Robert Mason
Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann, Sascha Paeth
10. Lucifer
Lead vocals: Jorn Lande, Tobias
Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick
11. Unchain The Light
Lead vocals: Tobias, Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske
Lead guitar: Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
Lead vocals: Bob Catley, Tobias
Lead guitar: Bruce Kulick
CD 1
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies
13. Wake Up To The Moon (Bonus Track)

CD 2 (Bonus Disc - AVANTASIA live)
01. Spectres
02. Invoke The Machine
03. The Story Ain't Over
04. Prelude
05. Reach Out For The Light
06. Avantasia
07. Whats Left Of Me
08. Dying For An Angel
09. Twisted Mind
10. The Watchmakers' Dream
11. Another Angel Down
(incl. 68page photobook ca. 28,5x28,5cm)
+ CD 3 Karaoke Version of CD 1 w/o bonus track
01. Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose
02. Let The Storm Descend Upon You
03. The Haunting
04. Seduction Of Decay
05. Ghostlights
06. Draconian Love
07. Master Of The Pendulum
08. Isle Of Evermore
09. Babylon Vampyres
10. Lucifer
11. Unchain The Light
12. A Restless Heart And Obsidian Skies

In March an all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR. Madrid is already sold out, a second show has been announced. More dates are about to sell out shortly, Hamburg next.

In March 2016 Avantasia are gonna set off on the Ghostlights world tour. La Riviera in Madrid is already sold out - no tickets left. A second show at La Riviera has now been scheduled for March 13th. More dates will sell out soon, Hamburg will be next and there won't be a second show. If you want to see the show you shouldn't wait! Go to the tour section to get your ticket now!
The Ghostlights World Tour is taking shape - AVANTASIA have just been confirmed as the Rockstage headliner at Sweden Rock Festival 2016 (June 09-June 11 in Sölvesborg). Furthermore earlier this week Avantasia's return to Russia has been announced. Tickets for the show at Moscow Arena can be found at


04.03. Germany - Berlin, Huxley´s*
05.03. Germany - Hamburg, Große Freiheit*
06.03. Germany - Bremen, Aladin*
08.03. United Kingdom - London, The Forum*
09.03. France - Paris, Le Trianon*
11.03. Spain - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1*
12.03. Spain - Madrid, La Riviera*
15.03. Germany - Frankfurt-Langen, Stadthalle*
16.03. Czech Republic - Prague, Forum Karlin*
18.03. Germany - Kaufbeuren, All-Karthalle*
19.03. Germany - Bamberg, Brose-Arena*
20.03. Germany - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle*
22.03. Italy - Milan, Alcatraz*
24.03. Switzerland - Pratteln, z7*
25.03. Switzerland - Pratteln, z7*
27.03. Slovakia - Banska Bystrica, Ice Stadium*
28.03. Slovakia - Bratislava, Sportshal*
29.03. Austria - Tröpolach, Full Metal Mountain Festival
31.03. Germany - Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle*
01.04. Germany - Ludwigsburg, Arena*
02.04. Germany - Fulda, Esperantohalle*
06.04. Russia - Moscow, Arena Moscow*
08-11.06. Sweden - Sölvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival

*3hrs Rock Opera Experience - no support act!
News from Tobias:

"What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish? Yes, we're all good looking, funny and amazingly talented… AND: we'll be on the new Avantasia album Ghostlights - out in January 2016.

About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the Vain Glory Opera album of Edguy when someone played the band Tarot to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany Tarot were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called Nightwish had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. Edguy played a festival in England with Saxon and amongst others: Nightwish! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' that they did - if I remember correctly - which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there's only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they're only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren't taken seriously because… well, because they're bass players. :) And they're always suspicious... ;) Anyway - I don't need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!). AND Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an Avantasia album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We're putting together an epic Metal record I believe…

Furthermore Robert Mason (Warrant) can been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in Lynch Mob. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the Avantasia world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it!

Cheerz, Tobi"

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