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October 24, 2012
AVANTASIA BACK IN THE STUDIO
As previously reported at tobiassammet.com Tobias is currently in the studio working with a legion of guest instrumentalists and vocalists on a new AVANTASIA album to be released in spring 2013. The album will once again be a Rock Opera based on a conceptual story very similar to the early AVANTASIA albums. Nevertheless, Tobias explains that the album is not a mere journey back in time:

"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"

September 27, 2012
WE MOURN THE PASSING OF SIMON OBERENDER!
With deep sadness we mourn the passing of our dear friend and studio engineer Simon Oberender. Simon was one of the most talented sound engineers and musicians you could possibly meet. He was involved in the recording, mixing and mastering of all Edguy and Avantasia albums for the last ten years. Simon was always great to be around and a very lovely person. Simon, you will be sadly missed. We will never forget you! R.I.P. Tobi, Jens, Dirk, Eggi & Felix
August 06, 2012
NEW AVANTASIA EPIC IN THE MAKING!
What many have recently been speculating about we're now happy to confirm. Tobias is indeed working on a new AVANTASIA epic that is planned to be released in spring 2013. Concept wise the album will be a classic Rock-Opera / Metal Opera. It's going to be a timeless fairytale, that despite its fantasy appeal, was inspired by happenings of our modern age and society. You‘ll find plenty of further details here at tobiassammet.com in the near future.

Originally Tobias wanted to lay AVANTASIA to rest after the release of its live DVD "Flying Opera" in April 2011, which topped the charts in Germany, Austria and Sweden and went Top 10 all over Europe, respectively after its headliner appearance at Wacken Open Air 2011 in front of more than 100,000 fans. About the surprising return of AVANTASIA Tobias says:

"Even though I love to record and tour with Edguy, I didn‘t foresee how much I need AVANTASIA when I decided to finish this chapter of my life in 2011. I didn't know if there would be another AVANTASIA album one day, but I didn‘t feel like doing it. After the worldwide success of the latest studio releases, an arena world tour that was sold out pretty much everywhere, collaborations with childhood heroes like Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Singer of Kiss etc. I 'knew' that I had said everything I could possibly say in the name of AVANTASIA. But that's not what AVANTASIA is all about. I wanna create more great music, I wanna create more fantasy-worlds, the bigger and the more epic, the better. And listening to the material that I have created for this forthcoming chapter in the history of AVANTASIA, I know there is no way, I am not going to do it! I have got the feeling and the certainty, that this is absolutely meant to happen and to be! - Cheerz, Tobi"

August 04, 2012
TOBIAS & EDGUY IN WACKEN
We can proudly announce that this year's Wacken Open Air surprise act will be no other than Edguy. At 2:00 AM, sunday morning, Edguy will close this year's issue of the world's biggest Heavy Metal festival as a very special surprise act on the main stage. Despite Tobias' injuries sustained from his accident the show will take place as planned. The full show will be shot by the German TV channel ZDF and broadcast in the near future!
July 15, 2012
TOBIAS‘ ACCIDENT AT BYH FESTIVAL
Yesterday at the Bang Your Head festival in Germany, Tobias slipped and fell off the stage during the 5th song of Edguy's set. While the band continued to play, Tobias fell into the photographer‘s pit, hit the concrete ground and received several injuries which turned out to be a fracture of his nose, a severe hip contusion, a severe rib contusion and several abrasions and cuts. Nevertheless the band played their full set and went on for another hour, while it was obvious to fans that Tobias was in severe pain. Luckily he is okay and sent us the following message:

"Thanx for your kind wishes, I am alright. I do not have a clue how it happened, the stage wasn't damp, my shoes were alright, I do not have to mention that I was completely sober as this must have been obvious to everyone. I have no clue how it happened. I just fell and suddenly there was blood and a little pain, which got worse song by song. I didn't know you can squeeze so much blood out of such a little nose (well, it‘s not exactly little at this point...). The doctor just said the nose will be fine in a few weeks. Anyway, there was too much adrenaline to stop the show. The fans were so great, it just felt wrong to stop the show, so we decided to just go on and have the doctors repair me afterwards. I am okay now, looking terrible and hurting, but who cares... I‘ll be fine. Thank you for your wishes and for making the show a great show, despite the little incident... Cheerzz, T"

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