Moonglow - Interview Part II
Moonglow - Interview Part I
Moonglow World Tour
Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
The original is back! EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has returned to the studio to work on the new chapter of AVANTASIA. The sequel to the successful latest album "The Mystery Of Time" (2013, charting in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany) will be called "Ghostlights" and is scheduled to be released in early 2016. An EP/ single is also planned to be released this autumn, and in March 2016 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the GHOSTLIGHTS WORLD TOUR.

Tobias Sammet: "In the past months I've spent a lot of time in the studio, an odd recluse in the basement, secretly working obsessively on something that reads and feels and sounds like a new - very strong - chapter in the story of AVANTASIA. I must say AVANTASIA is a fantastic outlet for creativity, and it's truly inspiring to create a piece of music for so many great vocalists and instrumentalists."

The new material is very bombastic and dynamic, and even though it's extremely diverse, every minute of it sounds like AVANTASIA. I'm really proud of what we're creating right now. And as if that wasn't enough: I'm anxiously looking forward to hitting the road again. I didn't necessarily expect this to happen as in the past it has always been difficult to align the individual schedules of the guest stars, but things have worked out, and we're ready to make it happen one more time! We'll put on a big show, we're gonna play over three hours, and we'll take the fans to a magical world all its own - to AVANTASIA. The live setlist is going to embrace the entire history of AVANTASIA, from "The Metal Opera" to "Ghostlights" and of course everything in between!"

The world tour will kick off in Berlin on March 4th, 2016.

04.03. Germany - Berlin, Huxley´s
05.03. Germany - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
06.03. Germany - Bremen, Aladin
08.03. England - 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, Sportshall
31.03. Germany - Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
01.04. Germany - Ludwigsburg, Arena
02.04. Germany - Fulda, Esperantohalle

Click on to "Tour" in the menu bar for tickets. More worldwide tour dates to be announced!

On Friday, April 17th AVANTASIA's legendary debut album "The Metal Opera" and its follow-up "The Metal Opera 2" will be released as 180gr double picture vinyls in a limited print run. To this day these two albums are referred to as the hour-of-birth of the genre "Metal Opera". The albums featured many guest stars of the Classic Metal scene such as Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, and Markus Großkopf, who played and sang on the same album again, for the first time since Helloween's Keeper Of The Seven Keys part 2.

If you wanna make sure you get your limited copy of the picture vinyl click here.
Merry Christmas my friends! Have a great holiday season with you and your loved ones! -Tobi
7 years ago today AVANTASIA released their first sign of life since 2002: "Lost In Space" came out as two EPs and marked Tobias' first top-10 single chart entry. It was also the first time a video was shot for an AVANTASIA song. The line up back then was Tobias on bass and vocals, producer Sascha Paeth on guitar and Kiss-drummer Eric Singer on drums.

After an amazing prime-time performance at Wacken Open Air 2014 (that was broadcast live on television) two AVANTASIA albums have entered the official album charts in Germany, again. The re-entries of THE MYSTERY OF TIME and THE SCARECROW prove that AVANTASIA have apparently left a mark upon TV viewers and Wacken spectators.

Tobias says: "Wacken was so special. I have spoken to several people in the band, fans, crew, fellow musicians who said that it was clearly the best Avantasia performace at Wacken ever. It was a special night for me and I wanna thank my Avantasia brothers and sisters, crew, musicians and fans alike, for sharing my vision and their endless support. I don't take it for granted, you all mean a lot to me. It has been an honor to be able to do this, and even though I do not think about a time schedule or details of future plans, I am sure we will do this again, some day: I will not put Avantasia to rest. It means too much to me to say goodbye at this point."

AVANTASIA's Wacken performance marked the last show of the MYSTERY OF TIME WORLD TOUR, during which the band performed in front of more than half a million fans in 20 countries in Europe, Asia and North, Central and South America. The original chart entries of the two afore mentioned albums were #2 and #8 upon release (2008 and 2013).

Tobias will now focus on EDGUY whom he‘ll kick off on a world tour with in September, tour dates

On Wednesday, August 13th his own radio show ("TOBIAS SAMMET ROCKSHOW") will launch at 9:00PM cet. Information at

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