Another Update: The concerts in Deinze, Belgium on 11.12.2013 and in Würselen, Germany on 17.12.2013 have been cancelled. So check out below, which concerts are still planned.
Update: The concert in Geiselwind on 15.12.2013 and the whole Christmas Metal Festival is cancelled in Geiselwind. All other planned shows for Christmas Metal Symphony featuring Michael Kiske will happen!!!
Michael Kiske will participate in the CHRISTMAS METAL SYMPHONY – A METALIZED CHRISTMAS TALE with a big European tour. Among Michael Kiske other musicians like JOEY BELLADONNA (ANTHRAX), CHUCK BILLY (TESTAMENT), JOACIM CANS (HAMMERFALL), UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER (EX-ACCEPT), FLOOR JANSEN (NIGHTWISH) will participate.
|19.12.13||Do||CZ-Prague||Mala Sportovni Hala||Tickets|
|20.12.13||Fr||GER-Obertraubling||Airport – Grosse Halle||Tickets|
Here are all information about it: here.
Here is the interview with Sander Gommans, and Jimmy Kresic talking about the new project Kiske/Somerville.
The album was released on September 24th via Frontiers Records (in the U.S. on October 12). The digital single “Silence” was released on August 20th.
Fanclub: How was the first contact with Mat when they told you about the project? Why did you accept to join in this project?
Sander Gommans: Actually, it was Amanda who introduced me to the project. She proposed to Mat writing some songs with me, Mat knew me from After Forever, we had a nice chat at Progpower USA. Mat is a great guy, active in a lot of different genres in the music scene, I respect him a lot.
Of course I wanted to participate on the project, since writing music for other artists is my main occupation when it comes to music. I am not interested in setting up a live band at this point, so this was a prefect opportunity for me!
Amanda and I have been working together for years, and as a old school metalhead I was of course familiar with Helloween and Michael Kiske, so i was excited!
Jimmy Kresic: Uhmmm, it was not so dificult to accept to join in project like this you know, first of all Mat is friend of my and I love to jam/play/records with him.
Also to play and compose for such a voice’s like Michael Kiske and Amanda Somerville is for me a honour.
The Official Michael Kiske Fanclub thanks Michael Kiske and Sebastian Vollmer for providing a had-signed edition of the new Place Vendome – Thunder in the Distance album for the Fanclub contest. Now the contest is over today on 24.11.2013. We had 23 people sinding in their answers and 5 people with all correct answers. But thanks to all who contributed to this conest and there will be a new chance soon. Here we have the final winner after the drawing:
The winners is:
2 questions were a little bit tricky to most people, because it was necessary to read every word. In question 1 we asked for 10 albums or 11 albums, if you named for example 2 different editions of the same album. Many people forgot the re-issue of Michael Kiske – Instant Clarity with the 4 bonus tracks in 2006. We also did not ask for EP’s, which are not full albums or any compilations. The third question was also a little tricky to some people and they forgot to name the co-writers of the album.
Don’t forget the contest to win this signed item only runs 2 more days.
I have again a little surprise for the members of Michael Kiske Official fanclub. Michael Kiske and Official Michael Kiske contact Sebastian Vollmer provided a signed CD of the new Place Vendome album ‘Thunder in the Distance’ for our fanclub contest. I want to know who are the best fans of Michael Kiske and Place Vendome in the world so I propose 3 interesting questions. If more than one people answer all questions, I will do a drawing between them and if nobody answers the questions it will be a drawing between the fans who had more right answers.
Here is the prize:
- Gold prize: Place Vendome – ‘Thunder in the Distance’ album hand signed by Michael Kiske (European Digipack edition)
The contest starts today and ends on 23.11.2013 at 23:59 o’clock!!!
Please send your answers to this email: email@example.com
So here you have the 3 questions:
1 – How many A L B U M S did the label Frontiers Records release with Michael Kiske on it?
2 – Who is the new member of Place Vendôme?
3. Tell all writers/composers of the new Place Vendome album?
Here we have another new Michael Kiske audio Interview for the ‘Metal Voice’ from November 2013:
New (AUDIO) interview with Michael Kiske for Rockeyez 05.11.2013
EPK for Place Vendome – Thunder in the Distance feat. Michael Kiske.
Here we continue with our interview series regarding the new Place Vendome album ‘Thunder in den Distance. This time we spoke with Michael Kiske (vocals), Dennis Ward (producer and bass) and Uwe Reitenauer (guitars).
Kiske Fanclub: Can you tell us some differences between the latest Place Vendome album and the previous ones?
Michael: For me the third one is more AOR than the one before.
Dennis: Well, for a start it’s blue Mainly I think the biggest difference is that it’s much more keyboard influenced and more traditional.
Uwe: For the first Album Dennis, Gunter and me wrote the music, so there’s more personal input from us. If the results is better on the latest album, which is written from a couple of songwriters, this question should be answered by PV fans.
Kiske Fanclub: What are your favorite songs of the new Place Vendome album?
Michael: I like TALK TO ME, THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE, MAYBE TOMORROW and HEAVEN LOST a lot.
Dennis: Not easy to answer but I really like the vibe of Maybe Tomorrow a lot.
Uwe: Hold your Love and Thunder in the distance. Great for Michaels Voice and they are just good songs!
The new Place Vendome album – Thunder in the Distance is released today in Europe, so catch your copy. :
This is the tracklist in Europe:
1. Talk To Me
2. Power of Music
3. Broken Wings
4. Lost in Paradise
5. It Can’t Rain Forever
6. Fragile Ground
7. Hold Your Love
8. Never Too Late
9. Heaven Lost
10. My Heart is Dying
12. Maybe Tomorrow
13. Thunder in the Distance
Here is a sample of the new album ‘Thunder in the Distance’.
There are several shops, where you can buy the album. Here in Germany at jpc.de , also at EMP in a special edition icluding T-Shirt , at here at amazon.de including a vinyl edition in iTunes, at Cdinzane.com here for USA Amazon.com and in Japan at Amazon Japan and at cdjapan.co.jp.
The official Michael Kiske fanclub did an interview with all composers of Place Vendome. Even that most of you are very familiar with the different composers, we would like to introduce all of them a little bit. We will publish this interview in 2 parts and the 2nd part is done with Timo, Andrea, Roberto.
Timo Tolkki is most famous for his former band Stratovarius, but also for Symphonia , Revolution Renaissance, his solo work and Avalon. Several of these projects had guest appearances of Michael Kiske. Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli are the singer and guitarist of the Italian bands Labyrinth and A Perfect Day.
Kiske Fanclub: Which songs did you write for the new Place Vendome album? What can you tell us about the songs and did you hear the final result? What is your opinion about YOUR songs?
Timo: I remember writing it (Lost in Paradise) very quickly because I was asked to do it in the middle of mixing my Avalon record. I wrote the song including the lyrics in just a few hours and made a quick demo. I haven’t heard the final song but I’m sure it sounds good. I think ironically that the best songs I have ever written are those that come very fast.
Andrea: I wrote “Maybe Tomorrow” with Roberto Tiranti (singer of my both bands, Labyrinth and A Perfect Day). I wrote the music and Roberto both melodies and lyrics. The song is a ballad, and it’s about old memories and how to cohabit with them…Unfortunately I have not yet heard the final result, I’m very agog with it. Well, I’m very proud of this song, it is very representative of who I am as musician and how I feel today.