Moonglow - Interview Part II
Moonglow - Interview Part I
Moonglow World Tour
Mystery of a Blood Red Rose
March 13, 2011
“We are deeply shocked about the tragedy in Japan. We have always had a very intense relationship with Japan, we have been to Japan many times, doing promotional tours and countless concert tours with Edguy and Avantasia. Hospitality and love have always been unparalleled and made us feel welcome every single time have been invited to be your guests. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our friends, fans and everyone in Japan. I ask everybody out there to pray for our friends and everybody in Japan and everyone affected!“ - Tobi & Edguy
March 04, 2011
It is one of the most anticipated Heavy Metal DVDs of the year: On March 18th the wait will be over! Started only as a studio project, in 2008 Avantasia embarked on a world tour to write Heavy Metal history.  For the first time a giant all-star project like that did not only gather in the studio to record an album, but The Metal Opera went on tour to play to hundreds of thousands of fans all over the globe within just a few weeks.

On March 18th fans will get the chance to relive the experience with the 2-DVD package "The Flying Opera - Around the world in twenty days - live". One DVD will feature a full concert film in stereo and Dolby 5.1, recorded during their shows at Wacken Open Air 2008 and Masters Of Rock Festival 2008, the second DVD contains a documentary, shot by a camera team that followed the giant trek around the globe to give viewers the chance to catch a glimpse of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, interview-material, the start of Avantasia and its history and all the video clips that Avantasia has ever shot.

The Limited Edition also contains two CDs featuring the concert and many never-seen-before photos.
January 05, 2011
While you are reading these lines the editors are putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming Avantasia double DVD (concert film and documentary) "The Flying Opera - Around the world in 20 days". Both DVDs portray the allstar ensemble's journey on their first ever world tour in 2008. Within just a few weeks the studio project Avantasia became a traveling live event featuring many artists from various bands who got together and set off on the road under the flag of Avantasia for the first time. "The Flying Circus - Around the world in 20 days" will be available as a 2-DVD set featuring the documentary movie, a live concert film, and additional bonus material. It will be also available as a double live album on CD and as a limited edition 2-CD / 2-DVD boxset.  The release is set for early March. Stay tuned for more information here at

December 24, 2010
The Avantasia tour is over. 2010 was a great year for Avantasia and also for me in general. But this final tour has become the icing on the cake. Not only because we have got the nicest fans on earth who made this tour a real big success. But also because I had the chance to travel around the world with the greatest people on earth, with friends, extraordinary musicians, funny characters, intelligent, lovely people: great individuals. And I can’t thank you all enough. I am sad that the end of the year is drawing near and it is really depressing to be at home and have no tour to look forward to. I am in the black hole that sucks you in after every tour. :-( In Buenos Aires Michi said to me, that it feels as if the tour had just begun and that he was ready to be on the road for another two months now. Couldn’t have said that better, that was pretty much what everybody thought. I miss my Avantasia mates already a few days after the last show. I guess the fans got what they expected, but let me tell you: I got way more than I expected, not speaking about the business side here. I have had the time of my life, despite the travelling, the snow, the rain in South America, the traffic chaos, the waiting and the unwilling ‘jump’ off stage in my hometown.

Everybody was always in a good mood, we had a KILLER crew who made the impossible possible on more than a dozen occasions. Although Bob Catley once called the tour rightfully “No sleep till we get back home - tour 2010”. Nobody ever complained, even though the tour started with a cancelled flight and everybody’s luggage getting lost. It was awesome for me as the biggest Magnum fan on earth to hear Bob enchanting the crowds with the voice of a true storyteller. It was Bob’s first time in Japan and South America and the fans loved it!
Also I will remember the shivers that were sent down my spine each night when Michael and Kai came on stage. Kai has been a long time friend of mine, but on this tour we have spent more time talking than ever before. And once again I realized, how big his influence has been; on me and the whole genre I guess. Without Kai and his songs, I wouldn’t be into Metal today. Not to forget Michi Kiske: If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be a singer today (yes, I know what most of you are thinking now: I am no proper singer anyway. Shut up! At least I am a perfect example for not giving up trying :-)
In an interview in Japan's Metal magazine’s number, Burrn, a famous journalist, the one and only Naomi Ohno asked me when I first met Michi Kiske. She was very surprised when I said ‘two weeks ago’. You can’t believe it? It’s true! We had been in touch for years over the phone, but it happened only late November when we first met and I fell in love with the guy. In a PLATONIC way! :-) He is the good guy in the purest sense of the word: respectful, lovely, tolerant, professional with a good heart! Everybody who says anything to the contrary is an asshole! Period!

Overall, this tour was a great and colorful mixture of all kinds of voices, of course a female one too. I wanna thank Amanda Somerville for being the only woman in a band of machos, chauvinists, vandals and vikings. :-)

Of course not to forget the main Viking, my ‘wingman’ as I call him Jorn Lande. There is no need to say anything about Jorn, because everybody who understands anything about music and Rock-vocals knows him anyway. And I guess it really stands to reason that the remaining Black Sabbath members had picked him to be their vocalist at the Ronnie James Dio memorial concert earlier this year.
Speaking about vocals: Funny that some people seemed surprised about the astonishing voice of our guitar player Oliver Hartmann. People, Olli has been a singer in the world of Avantasia since the beginning, maybe I was surprised when our producer (and guitarist and friend who talked me into doing Avantasia live) Sascha Paeth revealed that Olli is also one of the best guitar players in Heavy Metal. But it was obvious from the start, that this man’s got pipes! Olli and Sascha are an infernal Metal guitar twosome and with our legendary Miro Rodenberg on the keys plus Heavens Gate animal Robert Hunecke on bass and my Edguy-buddy Felix Bohnke on drums, musically this band is as good as a band can get. There is absolutely no head room. Perfect musicians!

People, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Just like the first Avantasia tour (that will be featured on the forthcoming double DVD), this tour will remain in my memory forever. I wish you all a Merry merry Christmas and a happy new year. God bless you all, without you I would be nothing! Yours forever, Tobi”
December 15, 2010
Unfortunately we have to announce that if you haven't got your ticket for tonight's show in Buenos Aires already, you will not be able to get in. The show is sold out, and unfortunately the venue's capacity is absolutely limited to 2.000 people only. The promoter apologizes, but there was not a chance to find a larger venue in Buenos Aires for tonight's show. Just like in Mexico the band stresses, that they want as many people as possible see the show, but due to safety reasons the capacity limit won't be ignored!

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