Sedan tidigare är den norske sångaren Jørn Lande (Jorn) klar Avantasias nästa album. Nu står det även klart att Geoff Tate (Operation: Mindcrime, ex-Queensryche) och Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween) kommer att medverka på skivan.
Skivan som bär titeln “Ghostlights” släpps den 29 januari. Men redan under hösten får vi ett smakprov då en ny singel ska släppas.
Under mars nästa år kommer bandet ge sig ut på “Ghostlights World Tour” med första stopp den 4:e mars i Berlin. Inget Sverige-datum är ännu klart.
Tobias Sammet meddelar;
“I am proud to announce a very special guest today: Mr. Geoff Tate! I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing classic Metal vocalists. Whenever we’ve talked about our influence as vocalists the name Geoff Tate was brought up. Throughout his incredible career of more than 30 years Geoff has constantly explored new territory as an artist and vocalist, while he has always managed to maintain this distinctive signature vocal sound that makes him stand out. His contribution sounds nothing but amazing, and you will immediately know why the man had such a huge impact on vocalists and fans around the globe! Enchanting, unique, amazing, progressive in the purest sense of the word! Thank you for joining the Avantasia family, Geoff Tate!”
“I have been friends with Micha for more than 15 years now. 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’re gonna 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 suprised 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.”
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