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A few days after the warm-up show, Avantasia played at the 25th anniversary edition of Wacken 2014 (sold out) as headliner

10590434_10152614866000070_8904912682821053146_nTobias said to the warm up show and Wacken the following: “I am so looking forward to meet my AVANTASIA buddies again, finally -after one year- to finish the ‘Mystery World Tour‘ with a huge bang at the most prestigious Metal festival on earth. And because we want to prove to ourselves that we haven‘t rusted since last year‘s final show we‘ve decided to play a little warm-show in a nice and cozy atmosphere. Fans who couldn‘t get a Wacken ticket, or people who‘re on their way to Wacken, even those who’ll be already at the festival site: They can all check out AVANTASIA in a completely different environment there. We‘re so looking forward to it, because the only thing better than an AVANTASIA show, well, that‘s TWO AVANTASIA SHOWS! Ha! See ya all there!“

 

 

 

Here is the setlist:

01. Instrumental Intro
02. Spectres
03. Invoke the Machine
04. Scarecrow
05. The story ain’t over
06. Reach out for the Light
07. Avantasia
08. What’s left of me
09. Dying for an Angel
10. Farewell
11. Shelter from the Rain
12. The great mystery
13. Twisted Mind
14. Promised Land
15. Lost in Space
16. Sign of the Angels

 

 

Comments:

“I was at Wacken festival since Thursday 31. August and the weather was quite hot and sunny, so a lot of dust there. Apart from Avantasia, Starchild (the band of Kiske friend Sandro Giampietro), Masterplan (band of old Kiske companion Roland Grapow) and Neopera (band of Gamma Ray member Dirk Schlächter) played there as well.

After Amon Amarth finished, I managed to get in a quite good position for Avantasia at around 4th row. They started at 22:00 with the concert and the same setlist than at the warm-up show. Sadly Tobias voice problems were worse than before and he could not hit any high notes here. He was not the only one with a few voice problems here. Michael Kiske and Eric Martin did the best vocal performances at this concert. The sound was not very good and the sound engineer seemed to have problems with a good vocal mix, the picrofones were not working sometimes or were too low in the sound. This was even noticeable in the TV recording. Nevertheless I had a quite good position for Kiske’s voice and he did a much better performance than at Wacken 2011. regarding the audiences, there could have been a little more enthusiasm at some songs. Crowdsurfer mainyl only arrived during the fast Kiske tracks. Tobias joked a little with the waiting Kreator fans on the other stage and all in all it was a good performance with too few songs for Michael Kiske. Amanda Somerville was also back for this concert and they played a set of 2 hours. ” :)

 

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Full professional TV recording in HD:

 

Press

Here is our photo album, click here:

 

Avantasia decided to play wo days prior to the beginning of the 25th edition of Wacken Open Air AVANTASIA a special “Family & Friends Show“ at Eiderland-Halle, Pahlen. Never before there has been such a warm-up show: AVANTASIA are gonna play a little club show in Pahlen near Wacken four days prior to their gig at the giant festival. The warm-up party started at 8.30PM.

10553961_10152604707890070_1842325220984969733_oTobias said to this: “I am so looking forward to meet my AVANTASIA buddies again, finally -after one year- to finish the ‘Mystery World Tour‘ with a huge bang at the most prestigious Metal festival on earth. And because we want to prove to ourselves that we haven‘t rusted since last year‘s final show we‘ve decided to play a little warm-show in a nice and cozy atmosphere. Fans who couldn‘t get a Wacken ticket, or people who‘re on their way to Wacken, even those who’ll be already at the festival site: They can all check out AVANTASIA in a completely different environment there. We‘re so looking forward to it, because the only thing better than an AVANTASIA show, well, that‘s TWO AVANTASIA SHOWS! Ha! See ya all there!“

 

 

 

Here is the setlist:

01. Instrumental Intro
02. Spectres
03. Invoke the Machine
04. Scarecrow
05. The story ain’t over
06. Reach out for the Light
07. Avantasia
08. What’s left of me
09. Dying for an Angel
10. Farewell
11. Shelter from the Rain
12. The great mystery
13. Twisted Mind
14. Promised Land
15. Lost in Space
16. Sign of the Angels

 

 

Comments:

“Ramona and me arrived at the location around 19:30 and when we stood in front of the concert hall, it looked like a small concert hall, but after entering we found out, it was bigger than expected. It was very hot in the venue, but not completely filled. I guess it were aroud 500 people, while the venue can handle around 2000 people. I guess people thoight they already play at Wacken and for other interested people it was too far away.

Nevertheless the concert started around 20:30 with the known ‘Spectres’ and was followed by a nice performance, but you could see they were not on stage together for a long time. A few mistakes with starting to sing etc. Also Tobias seemed to have vocal problems, especially during the very high parts. I guess he had a flu, since the same happened a few days later in Wacken. Michael Kiske dod a very good performance, despite that it was too short. A little curiosity was the performance of ‘Farewell’, since Amanda Somerville was not available for this warm-up show, so Tobias also sang the female part, for the enjoyment of the audience. They played a set of 2 hours. ” :)

 

Videos

‘Reach out for the Light':

‘Avantasia':

Press

Here is our photo album, click here:

 

P1050464Two days prior to the beginning of the 25th edition of Wacken Open Air AVANTASIA are going to play a special “Family & Friends Show“ at Eiderland-Halle, Pahlen. A bus shuttle is going to bring fans from W:O:A festival to the concert venue and back.

Never before there has been such a warm-up show: AVANTASIA are gonna play a little club show in Pahlen near Wacken four days prior to their gig at the giant festival. The warm-up party is gonna start at 8.30PM, doors will open at 7PM.

Tobias says: “I am so looking forward to meet my AVANTASIA buddies again, finally -after one year- to finish the ‘Mystery World Tour‘ with a huge bang at the most prestigious Metal festival on earth. And because we want to prove to ourselves that we haven‘t rusted since last year‘s final show we‘ve decided to play a little warm-show in a nice and cozy atmosphere. Fans who couldn‘t get a Wacken ticket, or people who‘re on their way to Wacken, even those who’ll be already at the festival site: They can all check out AVANTASIA in a completely different environment there. We‘re so looking forward to it, because the only thing better than an AVANTASIA show, well, that‘s TWO AVANTASIA SHOWS! Ha! See ya all there!“

W:O:A 2014 ticket holders and Savage Union Fanclub members will pay only 15,- € plus fee. The regular price is going to be only 25,- € plus fee. Tickets only available while supplies last. Fans who‘ll plant to be at the Wacken festival grounds on Tuesday already can book a shuttle from the festival to the warm-up show and back. Shuttle tickets have to be booked in advance at www.wacken.com/avantasiashuttle_en.

Tickets for the show are available at www.Metaltix.com. Ticket-hotline +49 (0) 4827 – 99966666.

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Starchild, the new band of Sandro Giampietro is opening for Edguy and Unisonic during the upcoming European tour in Germany and Italy. Don’t forget Michael Kiske and comedian Helge Schneider were guest on Starchild’s debut album. So Michael Kiske and Sandro Giampietro together on tour, what a perfect package ‘Black&White Forever’.

 

 

 

The tour dates are:

27.09.14 – Germany, Bremen, Aladin  (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
28.09.14 – Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle  (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
30.09.14 – Germany, Munich, Backstage  (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
02.10.14 – Germany, Bamberg, brose Arena  (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
03.10.14 – Germany, Filderstadt, Filharmonie  (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
04.10.14 – Germany, Kaufbeuren, All Kart Halle   (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
06.10.14 – Italy, Rome, Orion   (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
07.10.14 – Italy, Milan, Live Club   (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
09.10.14 – Germany, Saarbruecken, Garage   (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
10.10.14 – Germany, Wartenbergoval, Angersbach   (w. Unisonic/Edguy)
11.10.14 – Germany, Frankfurt-Langen, Stadthalle   (w. Unisonic/Edguy)

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Picture by Harald Krüger

 

 

Michael Kiske jamming Elvis songs together with Eric Martin in Hamburg on 04.05.2014. Eric Martin is doing a solo acoustic tour at the moment and Michael Kiske joined him on stage for some Elvis tunes. Here is some nice footage of this very special event. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some more footage is here: facelink1   facelink2

and pictures are here: facelink3

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Check out this video of Starchild with behind the scenes information about the new band of Sandro Giampietro including guest appearances of Michael Kiske and Helge Schneider. It features footage of Michael Kiske as well :-) 

 

 

 

 

Starchild “physical” CD: Starchild Shop (16,5€ shipping included)… same than in ebay, but avoid amazon, they want almist 22€.

Starchild digital edition: amazon digital (9,99€ or 0,99 each song)

iTunes: iTunes

The new Starchild album of Sandro Giampietro including a guest appearance of Michael Kiske and Helge Schneider is released today, so grab your physical copy or digital version.

The new Starchild album of Sandro Giampietro including a guest appearance of Michael Kiske and Helge Schneider is released today and here are some advices to get this album:

Starchild “physical” CD: Starchild Shop (16,5€ shipping included)… same than in ebay, but avoid amazon, they want almist 22€.

Starchild digital edition: amazon digital (9,99€ or 0,99 each song)

iTunes: iTunes

 

Starchild cover

 

Michael Kiske will make a guest appearance in the new band of his friend and producer Sandro Giampietro (Guitarist in Supared, Kiske, PIDW). The band is called Starchild. Other members are Jens Becker (Grave Digger, Running Wild…), Esmeralda (Violin) and Michael Ehre (Gamma Ray).

Update: The album can now be ordered at Starchild webshop: click here

 

 

 

First sample of the duet of Sandro Giampietro and Michael Kiske:

 

Michael Kiske wrote an article for Metal Blast regarding what he perceives as “the worship of evil in heavy metal”. Please check it out: click here

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