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Tobias Sammet, AVANTASIA i EDGUY - 'Nećete pogrešiti ako pratite svoje srce'
06.04.2017. | |

Tobias Sammet je živi dokaz da se snovi ostvaruju ako dovoljno verujete u njih i spremni ste da u njih uložite krv, suze, znoj i svoje slobodno vreme. Kako bi inače drugačije dečak sa velikim snovima iz malog nemačkog grada uspeo da pod jednim imenom okupi velikane kao što su Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske i mnoge, mnoge druge. No pre nego što mu je metal opera projekat AVANTASIA doneo svetsko priznanje, Sammet je karijeru počeo kao frontmen sastava pod blesavim imenom EDGUY. Njegov matični bend ove godine slavi 25 godina postojanja, što je bio povod da sa njim popričamo o predstojećem izdanju "Monuments", turneji koja će obeležiti ovaj jubilej, planovima za budućnost i mnogo čemu drugom.

Postava benda Edguy | Photo: Alex Kuehler

Pre svega, čestitam na proslavi 25 godina rada benda Edguy. Fan sam benda već skoro 15 godina i čini mi se kao da su već proleteli vekovi, ne mogu ni zamisliti kako je tebi. Da li si sebe zamišljao na ovom mestu pre 25 godina?

Tobias Sammet: Hvala ti puno. Teško je reći šta sam zamišljao pre 25 godina. Nisam siguran da možete znati šta da očekujete ili predvideti šta će se desiti za tih 25 godina. Želeo sam da postanem profesionalni muzičar, u suštini hteo sam da sviram po ceo dan bez potrebe da radim bilo šta drugo, što je značilo da snimam i prodajem svoju muziku da bih zaradio za život.

Pretpostavljam da smo to postigli, ali osim toga, kada imate 14 godina ni ne sanjate da ćete jednog dana snimiti album na kome će gostovati Klaus Meine (Scorpions) ili deliti binu sa sastavima kao što su Iron Maiden i Aerosmith i putovati svuda oko sveta. Zaista je neverovatno, i beskrajno sam zahvalan na tome.

Proslavićete ovaj jubilej izdanjem prikladno nazvanim "Monuments". Sudeći po izjavama za javnost, publika može da očekuje više od običnog best-of albuma, već kompilaciju novih pesama i rariteta pored već poznatih, probranih hitova. Da li su ove nove pesme napisane posebno za ovaj album ili su ideje za njih prikupljane tokom godina i snimljene posebno za ovo izdanje?

Tobi: Nove pesme su komponovane i snimljene posebno za ovo izdanje. Prišao sam komponovanju kao da komponujem pesme za novi studijski album, samo što nam nije bilo potrebno više od pet pesama. Isprva sam mislio da će biti dovoljno snimiti samo dve zato što želimo da proslavimo 25 godina rada i ovim izdanjem odamo počast prošlosti. Ali onda je Eggi izneo sjajnu ideju, Jens je izneo svoju staru ideju za koju sam ja komponovao refren, a i Dirk je napisao jednu pesmu. Ali materijal je snimljen i produciran posebno za ovaj album.

Fanovi vas često prisiljavaju na izvestan povratak korenima, iako Edguy i dalje izbacuje vrhunske power metal pesme kao što su "The Arcane Guild" ili "Sabre & Torch". Da li je ovo izdanje momenat kada ćete konačno pokleknuti pred ovim prohtevima i odvaliti power metal kič na 11?

Tobi: Oduvek smo radili ono što smo hteli. Nikada nisam analizirao stvari kao što su drugi činili. Znaš, nisam čak ni shvatio da smo promenili zvuk, kao što neki tvrde. Nikada se nismo promenili, samo smo razvili svoj zvuk veoma prirodno u različitim pravcima i dodavali nove elemente na svakom albumu. Nekada sviramo brže, nekada sporije, ali uvek smo uvažavali ono što nas čini onim što jesmo. Nikada nisam hteo da budem kič, ali ako nešto zvuči dobro mogu da podnesem i kič (smeh).

Dve nove pesme su vrlo kičaste, ali na dobar način, nisu loš kič. To su pesme koje smo napisali ja i Jens i Dirk. Nikada se ne osvrćem previše kada stvaram muziku. Stvari se prosto prirodno dešavaju. Kada sam komponovao "Vain Glory Opera", "Theater of Salvation" ili "King of Fools" nisam se osvrtao i pokušavao da uradim nešto zbog bilo koga drugog. Stvari su se tako odvijale. Ne možete ih napisati ponovo. Ili bar ja to ne želim, zašto bih namerno krao svoje pesme? Već su tu i ljudi uvek mogu da slušaju original.

To je oduvek bila moja profesionalna etika: budi iskren i radi sve što ti padne na pamet. Traži avanturu i prati svoje srce. Tada ne možete pogrešiti. Možete biti neuspešni, istina, i to je veoma loše. Neki ljudi mogu da vas optužuju da ne svirate ono što oni žele da čuju, i to je istina, ali to je rizik. Ipak, to ne menja činjenicu da nećete pogrešiti ako pratite svoje srce. To je verujem pravi duh heavy metala.

Ovo izdanje takođe uključuje i video zapis vašeg koncerta iz Sao Paula 2004. godine. Da li postoji neki razlog, emotivan, tehnički ili neke druge prirode zašto ste od svih koncertnih snimaka benda, uključujući mnogo njih sa festivala Wacken, odabrali baš ovaj?

Tobi: Taj nastup je bio sjajan, predstavlja veoma važnu fazu u karijeri benda i snimanje je bilo veoma skupo, pa bi bilo šteta da publika nikada ne vidi taj koncert. Ovaj koncert predstavlja sjajan istorijski dokument nabijen energijom.

Da li to što ćete proslaviti ovaj jubilej izdanjem "Monuments" i turnejom znači da ne možemo da se nadamo novom studijskom albumu u narednih godinu ili više dana?

Tobi: Da, verovatno ćemo biti zauzeti obavezama oko ovog albuma do kraja godine, odradićemo turneju da taj album promovišemo i onda ćemo videti šta dalje. Mislim, ova stvar je u svakom smislu te reči monumentalna! Toliko je velika i toliko truda je uloženo u to. Imamo pola sata novog materijala, što bi osamdesetih bio ceo studijski album.

Pored toga smo otvorili foto arhivu za knjigu o istoriji benda. I svi smo uključeni u to. Lično sam birao slike, njih hiljadu od sto hiljada iz naše arhive. To su sve fotografije prikupljene za 25 godina. Onda smo imali ceo DVD koji je trebalo srediti. Pretpostavljam da ljudi od ovog izdanja dobijaju toliko puno da se ne može smatrati običnim kompilacijskim albumom objavljenim između drugih obaveza. Ovo je samostalno, masivno izdanje.

Kada se osvrneš na svoju karijeru verovatno imaš dosta sjajnih sećanja. Koje sećanje ti posebno izmami osmeh na lice kada pomisliš o svojoj karijeri do sada?

Tobi: Dosta, baš dosta njih. Turneja sa bendom Aerosmith, ili prva turneja po SAD od obale do obale. Svirati na sceni kao podrška sastavu Iron MaidenSteve Harris koji dolazi u našu svlačionicu da nam čestita na sjajnom nastupu nakon toga. Sve te stvari, to je i razlog zašto počinjete da se bavite muzikom. Ili jedna noć u Izraelu 2000. godine kada smo se prvi put svi zajedno napili. Bilo je sjajno, bili smo mladi i spremni da osvojimo svet. Granice onoga što možemo postići u budućnosti za nas nisu postojale, a i da jesu nismo se na njih obazirali (smeh).

Da li si u nekom trenutku poželeo da odustaneš od muzike, benda i svega toga? Ako jesi, šta te je motivisalo da ipak nastaviš?

Tobi: Nikada! Ponekad je teško kada ljudi očekuju da uradite nešto što vam nije po volji. Zato što ljudi ne razumeju da kada ste umetnik, govorim bar u svoje ime i ne znam da li to važi i za ostale, veoma je fizički i mentalno bolno da radite nešto u šta ne verujete. Ljudi stalno pričaju uradite ovo ili uradite ono. Napiši pesmu kao što je ova! Zašto je vi ne napišete isto tako prosto? I tako dalje. Nije tako prosto.

Jedino je prosto ako vam se sa zadovoljstvom jebe za bilo koga ili bilo šta drugo. Tada sam srećan i kada radim po 25 sati dnevno. Bilo je mnogo prilika kada sam morao da naučim na teži način da treba biti pomalo neupućen da biste zaštitili sebe i svoj zdrav razum. Kada izdavači ili novinari ili fanovi ili kolege iz benda žele da uradite nešto što jednostavno ne možete. Ali sam najsrećniji onda kada mogu da komponujem i sviram muziku. I nikada nisam razmišljao o tome da odustanem, ni jednog sekunda.

Tobias Sammet | Photo: Alex Kuehler

Koji savet bi dao novom bendu sa blesavim imenom koji je odlučan da svira muziku za koju svi smatraju da je zastarela i da nije više popularna?

Tobi: Ha, možda bi trebalo da razmislite o tome da zadržite blesavo ime, može vam olakšati dosta toga. Osim toga, budite sigurni da ako dobijate savete od drugih da je osoba koja vam daje savet osoba čiji vam savet zapravo znači. Dosta ljudi daje savete iako nisu u poziciji za to. Možda je to dobar savet za njih ili njihovu viziju toga kako nešto treba da izgleda. Ali koja je vaša vizija?

Pratite svoje srce i budite spremni na to da vas može odvesti na mesto koje iziskuje dosta tolerancije ka patnji i odricanja, mestu koje je verovatno pustinja gledano sa materijalističke perspektive. Ali ipak radite ono što vas čini srećnim i ponosnim.

Da li imate nekih posebnih iznađenja za fanove tokom predstojeće turneje? Možemo li da očekujemo neke zapostavljene pesme? Hoće li ovo biti specijalna turneja sa par odabranih datuma ili planirate dužu turneju tokom koje ćete posetiti neke zemlje gde ste retko ili nikada niste svirali?

Tobi: Znaš, poslednjih dvadeset godina sam proveo većinu svog vremena u studijima i hotelima, aerodromima, u avionima i tim sićušnim autobusima koji podsećaju na podmornice od čijih kreveta postajem klaustrofobičan. Malo smo smanjili tempo i ne radimo više po sto nastupa po turneji. Možda zvučim staro, ali kad pogledam u svoj pasoš shvatim da zapravo jesam ostario. Želim da radim ovo i narednih 30 godina, ne želim da provedem mesece na turneji. I mislim da kada to kažem govorim u ime svih u bendu iako ostali nemaju tako gust raspored kao ja, izuzev Felix-a koji mi se pridružuje na turnejama sa bendom Avantasia

Kada smo već kod toga, prošla godina je bila veoma uspešna za bend Avantasia: album "Ghostlights" koji su kritika i fanovi sjajno primili, takmičenje za učešće na Evroviziji, prvi solo nastupi u SAD, najbrojnija postava na turneji do sada, mnogo novih zemalja koje ste posetili i tako dalje. Da li si se ikada plašio da će mlađi brat zaseniti Edguy i postati prioritet?

Tobi: Svirati u uspešnom bendu je nešto najbolje na svetu, ali jedna stvar koja je sigurno bolja od toga je svirati u dva uspešna benda. Sve se tako desilo pre svega zbog dobrog menadžmenta i pravog tempa. Naravno, Avantasia je oduvek zasenjivala bend Edguy još od albuma "The Metal Opera". Taj album je bio ogroman uspeh i bez njega album "Mandrake" benda Edguy ne bi bio toliko uspešan. Avantasia gura Edguy, a pretpostavljam i obrnuto u nekim aspektima. Veoma sam srećna i zauzeta osoba.

AVANTASIA - Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast Records)

Da li je priča o Aaronu Blackwellu koju si počeo na albumu "The Mystery of Time" i nastavio na albumu "Ghostlights" gotova ili se možemo nadati još jednom poglavlju još jedne trilogije? Ako je tako, imaš li ideja kada ćemo to čuti ili čuti nešto o tome?

Tobi: Ne, gotovo je. Kraj priče. Nema više epizoda.

U pauzama između turneje sa bendom Edguy ponovo ćeš se popeti na bine sa svojom letećom operom u Španiji i na festivalu Wacken Open Air. Izjavio si jednom prilikom da će ti nastupi biti drugačiji od onih tokom turneje nakon albuma "Ghostlights". Po čemu?

Tobi: Na primer, Michael Kiske će biti odsutan i nećemo svirati po tri sata na tim festivalskim nastupima. Možda ćemo i svirati neke druge pesme. Sa bendom Avantasia najuzbudljivije je to što nikada ne znate da li će se ponovo desiti. Šta god da se desilo u prošlosti uvek se desilo pod pretpostavkom da je jedinstveno i da će možda biti poslednji put da se dešava. Ništa ne uzimamo zdravo za gotovo. Možda je tužno, ali tako stvari stoje i nažalost to je ono što čini celu priču oko benda Avantasia tako krhkom i predivnom.

Pošto će Michael Kiske biti odsutan kako će biti na turneji pod imenom Pumpkins United sa bendom Helloween, da li si razmišljao ko bi mogao da ga zameni na njegovim deonicama?

Tobi: Smislićemo već nešto. Imamo toliko pevača na sceni i toliko mnogo pesama, možemo jednostavno ubaciti dve nove pesme koje peva Jorn ili Bob Catley. Imamo mnogo opcija. Volim Michi-ja, i samo je jedan Michael Kiske, ali šou mora da se nastavi.

Verovatno si mnogo pre nas znao da će se ovo ponovno okupljanje benda Helloween dogoditi, ali od jednog fana drugom: kako si se osećao kada si dobio potvrdu da se to zapravo dešava?

Tobi: Kada je Michi potpisao ugovor sa istim menadžmentom kao i bend Helloween još 2008. godine znao sam da je samo pitanje vremena. Onda su se Michi i Kai odlično slagali na turneji The Metal Opera Comes to Town, pa je Kai ušao u bend Unisonic. Njihov bubnjar je menadžer benda Helloween. Ta njihova poslovna strana je veoma incestuozna (smeh). Ali cela ta stvar je planirana i odavno je trebala da se dogodi.

Naravno, bio sam pomalo tužan pošto sam znao da to znači da Michael neće više moći da nastupa sa bendom Avantasia, ali sam čekao na ovaj trenutak kao i svi ostali. To je najbolja stvar koja je mogla da se desi svima njima i želim im sve najbolje u budućnosti.

Avantasia @ Kavarna Rock Fest | Foto: Jovan Ristić

Fanovi bendova Avantasia i Ayreon, koji predvodi Arjen Anthony Lucassen, odavno navijaju da se jedan od vas dvojice pojavi na albumu onog drugog. Arjen je već gostovao na albumu "The Mystery of Time" a sada ćeš napokon i ti gostovati na albumu "The Source" benda Ayreon. Možeš li nam reći nešto više o vašoj saradnji i o tome kako si se snašao u ulozi čudnog kapetana?

Tobi: Ajren je veoma prijatan lik, veoma nadaren kompozitor i umetnik i ponosan sam što sam gost na njegovom albumu i nadam se da mogu da doprinesem nešto njegovim fantastičnim pesmama. Materijal je veoma progresivan i dobio sam morsku bolest od nekih melodija i harmonija kako nisam razumeo šta se tu dešava kada su u pitanju harmonije (smeh)!

Znamo se već godinama i srećan sam što sam na njegovom albumu. Rekao mi je da sam čudan kapetan, i rekao sam mu da ako hoće da unesem život u tu ulogu moram da je osmislim. I osmislio sam kapetana koji peva sa akcentom kakav ima Pepe Le Tvor. Ali nisam hteo da mu upropastim ploču, pa sam pevao svojim akcentom (smeh).

Možeš li nam dati odgovor na najgluplje pitanje koje su ti ikada postavili na nekom intervjuu?

Tobi: 'Možete li nam reći nešto o istoriji benda?' Stani malo, šta?!

Hvala ti još jednom na ovom intervjuu. Imaš li neku poruku za fanove u Srbiji i naše čitaoce?

Tobi: Hvala vam na svoj podršci. Nikada nisam nastupao u Srbiji, iako sam snimao par spotova tamo. Odavno kasnimo sa koncertom tamo, ali videćemo možda bude prilike da nastupamo sa bendom Edguy. Kao što sam rekao, odavno kasnimo sa koncertom.

Tobias Sammet, AVANTASIA i EDGUY - 'If follow your heart you can’t be wrong'
06.04.2017. | |

Tobias Sammet is the living proof that dreams do come true, but only if you are prepared to put your blood, sweat, tears and all of your free time into it. How else would a boy with big dreams from a small German town be able to gather icons such as Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Sharon Den Adel, Michael Kiske and many others under one name. But before his metal opera project AVANTASIA brought him worldwide renown, Sammet started out as the frontman of the band founded under the silly name of EDGUY. This year, the band is celebrating their 25th anniversary, which was a reason as good as any to talk to the frontman about the upcoming release titled "Monuments", the special anniversary tour, their plans for the future and many other topics.

Postava benda Edguy | Photo: Alex Kuehler

First of all, congratulations on your 25th anniversary with Edguy. I’ve been a fan for almost 15 years and it seems like ages had already passed, I can’t imagine how it must feel to you. Is this where you imagined you would be 25 years ago?

Tobias Sammet: Thank you very much. It’s hard to tell what I imagined 25 years ago. I am not sure you can expect or foresee or imagine things to be that great 25 years later. I wanted to be a professional musician. Basically I wanted to play music all day long without doing anything else, and that meant I had to record my own music and sell it, so I would make enough to earn a living.

I guess we accomplished that, but other than that, if you are 14 years old you do not know that one day you’ll record albums with Klaus Meine or share the stage with Iron Maiden and Aerosmith and travel around the world. It’s surreal, and I am endlessly thankful.

You are celebrating this occasion with a release aptly titled “Monuments”, and the press release says we can expect more than a best-of, including new tracks and rarities. Are these new tracks written especially for this album or are they demos and ideas you collected over time and recorded for this release?

Tobi: The new songs have been written and recorded for this album. I approached it like doing a new album, only that there wasn’t more than five songs we needed. At first, I thought doing two would be good because we also want to do a 25-year anniversary release and wanted to celebrate the past as well. But then Eggi had a good idea, Jens took out an old idea that I wrote a chorus for and Dirk had a song as well. But the material has been recorded and produced just for this particular album.

Fans always keep pushing for a return-to-form of sorts, even though Edguy still puts out top-notch power metal tracks like "The Arcane Guild" or "Sabre & Torch". Could this release be when you finally give up and crank the power metal cheese up to 11 with these new tracks?

Tobi: We always did what we did. I never analyzed it as much as other people did. You know, I didn’t even realize we changed our sound, which some people said. We never changed, we developed very naturally in all different kinds of directions and every album has new elements. Sometimes we’re faster, sometimes we’re slower, but we have always cherished our trademarks. I never wanted to be too cheesy, but if it’s good I can handle cheese (laughs).

Two of the new songs are quite cheesy, but good cheesy, not bad cheesy. They’re the songs I wrote with Jens and Dirk. I don’t look back that much when I am creative. Things just happen naturally. When I wrote "Vain Glory Opera", "Theater Of Salvation" or "King of Fools" I wasn’t looking back and trying to do something to somebody’s favor. Things happened. Then, when it’s done it’s done. You can’t write it again. At least I don’t want to, because why steal your own song on purpose? It’s there already and people will always wanna listen to the original.

That’s always been my work ethic, be honest and do what comes to your mind. Look for adventure and follow your heart! Then you can’t be wrong. You may be unsuccessful, yes, then that’s quite unfortunate. Some people may accuse you of not playing what they wanna listen to, yes - that’s a risk. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that you can’t be wrong if you follow your heart. That’s the true spirit of Heavy Metal I believe.

The release also features the video from your 2004 show in Sao Paulo. Out of all the recorded shows of the band, including many at the Wacken festival, is there a reason, emotional, technical or otherwise, why you chose that particular show?

Tobi: It’s a good show, it’s an important phase of the band and it was so expensive to shoot, it would have been a shame to not show it to the public. It’s a great historical document with a lot of energy.

Does celebrating this occasion with the release and a tour this mean we shouldn’t hope for a new studio album for another year or more?

Tobi: Yes, most probably we’ll be busy with that album for the rest of the year, we’ll do some touring with it and then we see. I mean, this thing is in the purest sense of the word: Monumental! It’s so big and so much work. It’s half an hour of new material, which would have been a full studio album in the eighties.

Then we opened our photographic archive for a history book. And we’re involved in all of it. I chose those pictures personally, 1000 pictures out of maybe 100,000 in our archive. A 25 years’ period of pictures. Then we have a full DVD to edit. I guess people get so much, it is not to be compared to just a little best-of in between. It’s a full-blown massive release.

Looking back on your career, there have to be so many memories you cherish. What is the one memory that always brings a smile to your face when you think about your career so far?

Tobi: Many, very many. Touring with Aerosmith, or the first US coast-to-coast tour. Going on stage supporting Iron Maiden and having Steve Harris come to our dressing room to congratulate us on a good show. All these things, that’s why you start playing music. Or one night in Israel in 2000, it was the first time we all got drunk together. It was amazing, we were young and ready to conquer the world. There were no limits to our future and if there were, we ignored them (laughs)!

Was there ever a point in your career when you considered giving up on music, the band, and everything? And if so, what kept you going?

Tobi: Never! It’s hard sometimes when people expect you to do something that you don’t feel like. Because people don’t understand that when you are an artist, at least I can speak for myself, I do not know if it is a general rule, but it’s physically and mentally painful for me to do things I am not convinced of. People say: Do this or do that! Write a song like this one! Why don’t you simply do it that way? And so on. It is not simple.

It is only simple as long as you are happily not giving a fuck about anyone or anything else. Then I am happily able to work 25 hours a day. There have been many occasions when I had to realize that you have to be a little ignorant to protect yourself and your own sanity. When labels or press or fans or band mates want you to do something you simply can’t. But I am the happiest man on earth when I can write and play music. And I never thought about giving it up, not for a second!

Tobias Sammet | Photo: Alex Kuehler

What is the most important piece of advice you’d give to a new band with a silly name, hell bent on playing a genre everyone considers to be dated and uncool?

Tobi: Ha, reconsider the silly name, it may make things much easier. Besides that: make sure, if you get advice, that the person it comes from is a person whose advice matters to you. A lot of people give advice but are simply not in the position to do so. It may be the right advice for them or their vision of things. But what is your own?

Follow your heart and be prepared that your heart may lead you to a place that requires a lot of capacity for suffering and deprivations, a place that may be the wastelands from a materialistic standpoint. But do what makes you happy and proud.

Any special surprises in store for the upcoming tour? Can we expect some deep cuts in the setlist? Is this going to be a special tour with few select dates, or are you planning a longer run and visit some countries you rarely or never played before with Edguy?

Tobi: You know, the past twenty years I have spent most of my time in studios or hotels, at airports, in planes and these tiny submarine tour buses with beds that make me feels claustrophobic. We take things a little easier and won’t do a 100 shows tour. I may sound old, and looking at my passport I get older indeed. I wanna do this for the next 30 years, I don’t wanna spend months on the road every year. And I think I speak for all of us in the band, although except Felix who joins me in Avantasia as well, the others haven’t had the schedule I have...

Speaking of that, last year was a very successful one for Avantasia - a critically acclaimed album in "Ghostlights", competing for Eurovision, first solo shows in the US, the biggest live roster so far, many countries visited etc. Were you ever afraid that the younger sibling would overshadow Edguy and become a priority?

Tobi: There are not many things that beat being in a successful band, but the one thing that surely does is being in two successful bands. It’s all about time management and the right pace. Of course, Avantasia has somehow overshadowed Edguy from "The Metal Opera" on. "The Metal Opera" was super big and without that album, Edguy’s "Mandrake" wouldn’t have become as big. Avantasia pushes Edguy and vice versa as well in some territories I guess. I am a happy and busy person.

AVANTASIA - Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast Records)

Is the story of Aaron Blackwell that started on "The Mystery of Time" and continued on "Ghostlights" over or can we look forward to the final chapter of another trilogy? Any ideas on when we might expect to hear it or hear about it?

Tobi: No, it’s over. All done. No more episodes.

In between celebrating the anniversary with Edguy you are going to be hitting the stage with your flying opera in Spain and at Wacken Open Air. You mentioned on one occasion that the shows will be different to those during the Ghostlights tour. What did you mean by that?

Tobi: Michi Kiske is absent for example, and we won’t play three hours at the festivals of course. We may play some different songs also. With Avantasia, the exciting thing is that you never know if things will happen again. Whatever happened in the past always happened at the premise that it will be unique and may be the last time it happens. Nothing is taken for granted, that’s sad but it’s the way it is, and sadly, that’s what makes Avantasia preciously fragile and beautiful.

Since Micheal Kiske will be busy doing the hyped Pumpkins United tour with Helloween, did you consider who might replace him?

Tobi: We’ll do it somehow. We have so many singers on stage and we have so many songs, we can simply play two more Jorn songs or two more Bob Catley songs. We have all sorts of options. I love Michi, and there is only one Michael Kiske, but the show must go on.

You probably knew this Helloween reunion was cooking for a while now, but from a fan to a fan I'm curious: what was your reaction when you first heard the confirmation that this is really happening?

Tobi: When Michi signed with Helloween’s management back in 2008 I knew it was just a matter of time. Then Michi and Kai got along very well on our Metal Opera tour, so Kai joined Unisonic afterward. Their drummer manages Helloween. It’s an incestuous business (laughs). The whole thing was overdue and planned.

Yes, I was a bit sad as I knew it would mean that Michael is not allowed to play with Avantasia anymore, but I have waited for this moment as much as everyone else. It’s the best thing that could have happened to all of them. I wish them nothing but the best for the future.

Avantasia @ Kavarna Rock Fest | Foto: Jovan Ristić

Fans of both Avantasia and Ayreon, led by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, have been cheering for either of you to appear on the other musician’s project. He was a guest on "The Mystery of Time" and now you are finally going to be singing on Ayreon’s new album titled “The Source”. Can you tell us more about your cooperation and how you fit the shoes of a quirky captain?

Tobi: Arjen is a super nice guy, a very gifted composer, and artist and I am proud to be his guest and hopefully add something to his amazing songs. It’s very progressive and some of the melodies and harmonies made me sea-sick as I didn’t understand what the fuck was going on harmonically (laughs)!

We’ve known each other’s for years and I am happy to be on his record. He told me I was a quirky captain, and I told him if I was to fill the role with life, I have to feel myself into that role, and I have to envision it. And I envisioned the captain to sing with the accent of Pepe le Pew. But I didn’t wanna ruin his record, so I just sang with my own accent (laughs).

Can you give us the answer to the dumbest question you ever got asked in an interview?

Tobi: 'Tell me something about the band’s history'. Hold on for a second, what?

Any last words for your fans in Serbia and our readers?

Tobi: Thank you all for your support, I haven’t played live in Serbia although I have shot a couple of videos over there, it is overdue. Let’s see, maybe there is a chance of coming over with Edguy. As said, you’re overdue!

Autor: Jovan Ristić

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