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Frontiers Music Srl will release the new album from KISKE/SOMERVILLE, titled “City Of Heroes”, on April 17 in Europe and April 21 in North America

The video for the song “Walk On Water” can be seen below

The new album “City Of Heroes” will be released in CD, deluxe edition with a bonus DVD and two-LP vinyl gatefold sleeve

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The new videoclip for Kiske & Somerville ‘City of Heroes’ is now uploaded to the youtube channel of Frontiers Records, so enjoy it:

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Five years of waiting for KISKE / SOMERVILLE new masterpiece album “City of Heroes” to be released worldwide on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America

KISKE / SOMERVILLE is the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) and this new recording is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the season in Rock music. Kiske’s soaring overtones seem to blend perfectly with the ethereal quality and diverse range of Amanda’s voice and this time the results are truly over the top.

The first KISKE / SOMERVILLE self-titled album instantly aroused enthusiasm in the rock and metal community. The two videos off the album –“If I Had a Wish” and “Silence” – amassed a total of approximately 3,000,000 plays to date, which means that these songs can legitimately be considered as nowadays Rock classics!

This brilliant new album sees Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) handling most of the songwriting (with a song contribution “Breaking Neptune” from Sander Gommans formerly of After Forever and Amanda Somerville herself) and with Sinner overseeing the production in various recording studios in Europe. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, Pretty Maids, Doro etc.) then took care of the mix of the album ensuring a sonic quality second to none

Considered a Metal Diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter from Flint, Michigan whose catalogue of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date is an impressive body of work. Since 1999, she has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands. She co-wrote the metal opera “AINA”, and has also been a vocalist, songwriter, producer and / or vocal coach for many bands like AVANTASIA, EPICA and KAMELOT, giving her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include working with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and many others

Hamburg-born singer Michael Kiske is best known as the former lead vocalist for the German Metal Gods HELLOWEEN. After his departure from the band, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as PLACE VENDOME and he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band UNISONIC, together with his former Helloween bandmate Kai Hansen and began touring again after 17 years

 

“City of Heroes” will be released in CD, Deluxe edition with a bonus DVD and 2Lp vinyl gatefold sleeve

 
 

An album trailer can be enjoyed following this link:

 
 

Tracklist:

City of Heroes
Walk on Water
Rising Up; Salvation
Lights Out
Breaking Neptune
Ocean of Tears
Open Your Eyes
Last Goodbye
After The Night Is Over
Run With a Dream
Right Now

DVD includes: City of Heroes (video), Walk on Water (video), “Making of” documentary

 

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Musicians
Lead & Backing Vocals:
Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars & Keyboards:
Magnus Karlsson
Bass & Backing Vocals:
Mat Sinner
Drums:
Veronika Lukesova

wacken

Breaking Xmas News: for the first time in the history of Rock Meets Classic, we will play an Open Air show. This place is holy ground and of course the Wacken Open Air. It is a huge pleasure to announce that Michael Kiske (Ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Kiske/Somerville) will join the Mat Sinner Band & the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague for a crushing show of excitement & hits

 

Announcent from Wacken Open Air:

We like to present you a very special and unique rock project at W:O:A 2015. Legendary heavy metal singers are singing their biggest hits – supported by the Mat Sinner Band and the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague. One of the singers is none other than Dee Snider – the legendary Twisted Sister singer finally returns to Wacken! The other singer we can present right now is the peerless Michael Kiske – singer of Helloween, Place Vendome and Unisonic and guest musician at projects like Avantasia, Gamma Ray, Masterplan or Edguy!
Together with some special guests, the two singers and the other musicians will present a full load of heavy metal hits!
Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

wolfpakk

Wolfpakk is a heavy/rock all star project managed by Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (Mad Max, Casanova). They continue their musical journey on February 27th when WOLFPAKK’s third album “Rise Of The Animal” will be released. For the follower to „Wolfpakk“ (2011) and „Cry Wolf“ (2013) again many high-class musicians contributed to make this a very special album once again.

Guest vocalists and musicians are a.o.:

Vocals:

Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome, Kiske/Somerville)
Marc Storace (Krokus)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Andi Deris (ex- Pink Cream 69, Helloween)
Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow)
Rick Altzi (Masterplan)

Guitars:

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio)
John Norum (Europe)
Axel Rudi Pell

Bass:

Al Barrow (Magnum)
Bob Daisley (ex-Black Sabbath)

Drums:

Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC)
Simon Philips (ex-Toto)

 

 

 

Tracklist:

01. Riders Of The Storm
02. Sock It To Me
03. Monkey On Your Back
04. Highlands
05. Black Wolf
06. Somewhere Beyond
07. Running Out Of Time
08. Grizzly Man
09. High Roller
10. Rise Of The Animal
11. Universe

 

Here is the statement about Michael Kiske collaboration (taken from their FaceBook page):
Smashing Sunday News: Mighty MICHAEL KISKE will sing a part with honor in the title track “Rise Of The Animal” from the upcoming Wolfpakk Album! Yesss! We are more than proud to have one of the best Hardrock/Metal singer in our PAKK!!!

 

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. ” :)

 

Videos

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