In January, the new AVANTASIA album Ghostlights will hit the stores via Nuclear Blast: After Jorn Lande and Geoff Tate, a third very special guest can be announced: former HELLOWEEN & current UNISONIC vocalist Michael Kiske. Michael will not only appear on the album, he will also join AVANTASIA on the Ghostlights World Tour 2016.
“I have been friends with Micha for more than 15 years now”, commented Tobias. “We recently joked when he asked me why he always gets to sing those high range speed metal anthems. My answer was quite simple: ‘Because I can hardly think of anyone who could possibly do that any better!’ The first time I heard Micha on one of my songs was 1999. I was blown away by what he did to stuff like “Reach Out For The Light” or “The Seven Angels”. You can convince yourself when we kick off the world tour in March, Micha will join AVANTASIA once again to do the old classics, but also some of the new material which sounds really fantastic; as AVANTASIA-esque as it gets. I am really surprised we found another time frame to do this tour together, I don’t take it for granted as this may be the last tour in a long time. It’s so difficult to align all those schedules, you can’t imagine. We managed to find a time frame in spring 2016, and we wanna enjoy it to the fullest: I can promise you that we will play more than three hours every night! Old stuff, new stuff, everything! Be there! It may be your only chance to see this particular line up we’re putting together, for sure it will be the last AVANTASIA tour in quite some time at least.”
AVANTASIA – Ghostlights World Tour 2016
04.03. Germany – Berlin, Huxley´s *
05.03. Germany – Hamburg, Große Freiheit *
06.03. Germany – Bremen, Aladin *
08.03. England – London, The Forum *
09.03. France – Paris, Le Trianon *
11.03. Spain – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1 *
12.03. Spain – Madrid, La Riviera *
15.03. Germany – Frankfurt-Langen, Stadthalle *
16.03. Czech Republic – Prague, Forum Karlin *
18.03. Germany – Kaufbeuren, All-Karthalle *
19.03. Germany – Bamberg, brose-Arena *
20.03. Germany – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle *
22.03. Italy – Milan, Alcatraz *
24.03. Switzerland – Pratteln, z7 *
25.03. Switzerland – Pratteln, z7 *
27.03. Slovakia – Banska Bystrica, Ice Stadium *
28.03. Slovakia – Bratislava, Sportshall *
29.03 Austria – Tröpolach, Full Metal Mountain Festival
31.03. Germany – Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle *
01.04. Germany – Ludwigsburg, Arena *
02.04. Germany – Fulda, Esperantohalle *
*AVANTASIA will play at least three hours, no more bands!
More dates in other countries in the works!
The Mystery of Time, the latest release from German composer and vocalist Tobias Sammet’s, Avantasia, charted in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and America, including #2 in Germany. It debuted at #9 on the Billboard “Heat Seekers” chart as well as #33 on the “Hard Rock” chart.