Bruce has just been in the studio to record some lead guitar tracks for the forthcoming Rock Opera of Tobias Sammet‘s AVANTASIA project, due in March 2013. Bruce had already appeared on the previous AVANTASIA album while Tobias sang guest vocals on Bruce‘s last solo album “BK3“, which a.o. featured guests such as Gene Simmons of KISS and Steve Lukather of Toto.
Tobias says: “Bruce and I have been friends for some years now, he is a lovely person and an amazing guitarist. It was really obvious I would ask him to come on-board for AVANTASIA once again. Two of the tracks he plays on are more than 10 minutes long, and they include screaming and whammy-bar driven stuff as well as anthemic Meat Loafish type melodies. I love it because it's got such an old school quality, and Bruce just has it! Class act!“
Tobias comments: "I know I once said we weren't gonna do it again, but then I don‘t see a reason to let this die. I wanna put on the biggest thing you have ever seen, I wanna bring more vocalists, play longer shows, and just make it a giant Rock Opera. I love to headline festivals, you run over people in 90 minutes and kick ass. But I also like to do our own Avantasia indoor tour because we can make it much more Avantasia oriented and play almost three hours without caring about anything else but Avantasia. So we said, we have to do a giant indoor tour as well, and it's going to happen in April. I am so looking forward to it. The stage designer has just showed me his stage and light design, and it looks absolutely killer. It will be huge. 2013 will be a major year for Avantasia, and people don't have a clue how big things are actually going to be! I am very excited - the album will be amazingly epic, and the tour will be too!"
Tourdates will be announced soon here at tobiassammet.com!
Tobias comments: "Russell is a killer drummer, a real power house! When Eric Singer gave me his schedule for 2012 and how much he'd be involved with Kiss, I knew that I had to find a drummer, so I was trying to kind of make a virtue of necessity and add a new flavor to Avantasia. I remembered having seen Uriah Heep a few years ago and I was really impressed by the way the drummer mistreated his poor little kit, beating it to pieces likea monster, while still keeping the dynamics and the groove. I knew that if I‘d be in need of a drummer one day, I'd try to work with this guy. And now after the recording has been completed I know that it's been a very good decision. If you check the little clip on the website you know will agree. Russell is a monster and the drums sound amazing. Also the studio must have the best drum recording room I've ever been to. Previous clients like Roger Whittaker, Truck Stop, Rammstein, Sarah Brightman and the Wildecker Herzbuben knew why they went for the Vox-Klangstudio... I am extraordinarily happy!"
"The new material sounds very fresh and new and yet you can hear the old classic AVANTASIA vibe on the album, it will be an enchanting fairytale again, far away from any musical trends. Our latest album was our most successful album of all time, but I guess it was only that successful because it came from the heart. That's the only proven remedy I wanna stick to. I tried to lay down any thought of expectations, but instead just do a completely unseasonable, unfashionable and even unreasonable piece of art. Anyway, I feel at home when I listen to those melodies, choirs and guitars. I just talked to Michi Kiske and he said that the stuff reminds him a lot of the old classic AVANTASIA material in the good old Keeper style. As a fan, now that sounds even exciting to me, so the circle shuts. For myself it's hard to describe the material in words, I had and have so many ideas that I had to restrain myself a little, otherwise the album would become too long, and I'm trying not to do a double album this time. However, I am really excited, and I just thought I'd let you know how excited I am. I'll try to give you more updates from now on. -Cheers, Tobi"