AVANTASIA to celebrate 20th anniversary with selected history-shows.

Det var i 1999 at 21 år gamle Tobias Sammet bestemte seg for å sette i gang med sitt metal opera-prosjekt TOBIAS SAMMET’s AVANTASIA. I 2000 ble første singel utgitt, Avantasia, og resten er historie.

In early 1999, more than 20 years ago, a widely unknown 21 year old German musician named Tobias Sammet decided to jump in at the deep end and fulfil his dream of initiating a solo project starring his musical idols within the framework of a Rock Opera. Only just a bit heavier than other Rock Operas. When the first single from “Avantasia – The Metal Opera“ was released in 2000 nobody was aware that the album title would also mark the beginning of a new genre in music history:

The term ‘Metal Opera‘ was established.

Avantasia’s first single released in 2000

Nå, 20 år etter, kan man se tilbake på 8 studioalbum, 5 verdensturneer og samarbeid med legender som for eksempel Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine og Rudolf Schenker, Jørn Lande, André Matos (R.I.P.), Michael Kiske, Bob Catley, Eric Martin, Ronnie Atkins, Geoff Tate, Kai Hansen, Timo Tolkki, Roy Khan, Dee Snider, Hansi Kursch, David DeFeis, Bruce Kulick, Jens Johansson, Arjen Anthony Lucassen og mange, mange flere.

Today, 20 years later, it‘s time to look back on 8 albums, arena shows, 5 world tours across 4 continents and studio collaborations with legends such as Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine & Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions), Jorn Lande, the late André Matos and stars known from acts such as Mr. Big, Queensryche, Within Temptation, Nightwish, Helloween, KISS, Saxon, Pretty Maids, Magnum, Kreator, Blind Guardian, Rainbow, Blackmore’s Night or Uriah Heep.

First lineup: Markus Grosskopf (bass, Helloween), Henjo Richter (guitars, Gamma Ray), Tobias Sammet, Alex Holzwarth (drums, Turilli/Lione Rhapsody)

20-årsjubileet skal markeres med et spesielt «history show» ved utvalgte sommerfestivaler i 2020.

Tobias Sammet har denne kommentaren:

It‘s been a long road, an exciting journey full of hard work, taking risks and balancing on the edge at times. But I wouldn‘t want to miss a minute of it.
Looking back now, without the sheltering retreat and the creative freedom and possibilities I’ve found in Avantasia, I‘d probably have gone crazy and burnt out in this superficial, super-glossy and super-streamlined music industry, with its often unfulfillable and ludicrous expectations, by now.

The naiveté to dream up Avantasia as a 20 year old boy has rewarded me with the chance to create my own little world that has always turned at my own little pace. That said, when you get to work next to your heroes and the best of the best – you don‘t even realize how you constantly break through your own limitations and discover new possibilities – the fuel for inspiration.

20 years and counting – thanks to our fans and my wonderful extended Avantasia family. And honestly, there is no better way to celebrate our anniversary than gathering the family on stage and in front of it for a few epic best-of shows featuring the most celebrated anthems of our career plus some songs that we have never or not played in a long time. Again I want to thank everybody who has joined me on my journey so far. And I am looking forward to delivering a great show with some of my amazing companions!

Første bekreftede konsert er i Gävle, Sverige 8. juli 2020.


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