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Overtures: lead vocalist publishes his audition-recording for Kamelot

January 21st, 2013

Trough Overtures’ Facebook and Youtube pages, lead singer Michele Guaitoli – frontman of the Italian heavy/power-metal band – has published the recording sent to Kamelot two years ago as audition to substitute Roy Kahn.

“Something like two years ago Roy Kahn announced his split from Kamelot. As for the most of their fans, I was absolutely shocked and I felt really sad about it: Roy Kahn was (and still is) one of the most important influences for my musical growing. He is one of those singers who, release after release, always gave me strong emotions, without making me care or even think about any technical questions: he simply arrives. Beyond the obvious opportunity, those were the reasons that made me decide to try to submit my audition. I am actually extremely happy that their choice went on Tommy Karevic, an amazing vocalist that I was already following in Seventh Wonder, and I am still a huge fan of Kamelot. Today, in response to some requests I had by mail from some Overtures’ followers, I decided to publish the clip I loaded on Youtube 2 years ago: this link was meant for Kamelot and for a few friends, but seen the situation, I made it public, but I want to say it clear: I look at Kamelot with HUGE respect and admiration, and I absolutely don’t mean anything with this clip: watch it just like you watch any other cover on Youtube!”

Overtures just finished the recordings for their third album “Entering the maze”: more news about it will be released soon.

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KAMELOT – North American Headline Tour “99% Confirmed” For 2013

December 9th, 2012
Kamelot - Silverthorn

Kamelot – Silverthorn

Q: Any news on the next round of touring?

TY: “Yes. We are discussing touring East Europe, Greece, Finland and many more places. Also we want to return to Asia in 2013 and North American Headliner tour is now 99% confirmed, news coming soon!”

Q: You mentioned a DVD shoot, any news on that?

TY: “Not yet, but we are discussing locations and the time for this. Once we have some news all the Kamelot fans will be provided with info so that they can attend, including special hotel rates and more. It will be a big event for sure!”

Q: Any more videos for Silverthorn and expected release date for the next one?

TY: “Yes, We are working on a new one at the moment and it will come out in the beginning of 2013. We plan at least four videos for this album.”

Click here for more.

 

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KAMELOT & Xandria @ HMV Forum, London

December 8th, 2012

Kamelot and Xandria

@ HMV Forum, London

7th November 2012

Review by Victoria Fenbane

Photography by Michelle Murphy



Much like fellow symphonic metallers Nightwish, Xandria have faced front-woman dramas in recent years, the product of which is latest album Neverworld’s End and a switch to a more operatic style, which is hard to miss!

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KAMELOT – Silverthorn Album Samples

September 29th, 2012
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Kamelot – Silverthorn

KAMELOT new album, Silverthorn, is due out on October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.

Album samples can now be heard at this location.

Silverthorn tracklisting
‘Manus Dei’
‘Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)’
‘Ashes to Ashes’
‘Torn’
‘Song for Jolee’
‘Veritas’
‘My Confession’
‘Silverthorn’
‘Falling Like the Fahrenheit’
‘Solitaire’
‘Prodigal Son’
‘Continuum’

The video clip for the song ‘Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife)’ will debut soon and features guest appearances by Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) and Alissa White-Gluz (THE AGONIST).

The Silverthorn LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.

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KAMELOT REVEAL ALBUM ARTWORK!

August 16th, 2012
Kamelot - Silverthorn

Kamelot – Silverthorn

The American symphonic metal band KAMELOT will be releasing their new album Silverthorn October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.

Today KAMELOT has unveiled the breathtaking album artwork for Silverthorn. The LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.

Guitarist Thomas Youngblood says of the artwork:

“Artist Stefan Heilemann captured the true essence of the story and the main character. The booklet and 44 page book is packed with amazing images!”

It was recently announced that Swede Tommy Karevik has been selected as the new singer for KAMELOT.

In conjunction with the album’s release, KAMELOT will be embarking on a massive World Tour that will bring the band to nearly every continent on the planet.

Co-Headlining Dates With Symphony X:
9/6: San Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Peppers
9/8: Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

KAMELOT North American Tour Supporting Nightwish:
9/10: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre (Headliner Show)
9/12: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
9/13: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
9/14: West Springfield, VA @ Empire (Headliner Show)
9/15: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
9/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/17: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/19: Montreal, QC @ Cepsum University Of Montreal
9/20: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
9/21: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar (Headliner Show)
9/23: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/24: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
9/25: Sauget, IL @ Pop`s
9/27: Kansas City, Mo @ The Beaumont Club
9/28: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
9/29: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/1: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/2: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/3: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
10/4: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater (Headliner Show)
10/5: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
10/6: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
10/7: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
10/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/10: Austin, TX @ Emo`s
10/11: New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
10/13: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/14: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues

KAMELOT European Headline Tour

11/2: Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
11/3: Pratteln (CH) @ Z7
11/4: Paris (F) @ Le Bataclan
11/5: Stuttgart (D) @ LKA/Longhorn
11/6: Antwerp (B) @ Trix
11/7: London (GB) @ HMV Forum
11/9: Barakaldo (E) @ Rockstar Live
11/10: Madrid (E) @ Sala Arena
11/11: Barcelona (E) @ Razzmatazz 2
11/13: Bologna (I) @ Estragon
11/14: Vienna (A) @ Szene
11/15: Prague (CZ) @ KC Vltavska
11/16: Berlin (D) @ C-Club
11/17: Geiselwind (D) @ Musichall
11/18: Cologne (D) @ Essigfabrik
11/20: Hamburg (D) @ Markthalle
11/21: Copenhagen (DK) @ Vega
11/22: Stockholm (SE) @ Göta Källare
11/23: Gothenburg (SE) @ Trädgarn
11/24: Oslo (NO) @ Sentrum Scene

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http://www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial

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Kamelot reveals new vocalist

June 22nd, 2012
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The American/German symphonic metal band KAMELOT is proud to announce another key piece leading to the release of their new studio album.

A question foremost in every KAMELOT fan’s mind has been: Who is the group’s new lead singer?

Band mastermind and guitarist Thomas Youngblood has now revealed: “The new man is Scandinavian Tommy Karevik!”.

The general public may not be overly familiar with the 30 year old Swede, Karevik, but people in the industry know him as the immensely talented frontman of the Swedish band, Seventh Wonder. Youngblood states: “We had around 800 candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really renowned musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!”.

The search for Tommy Karevik

In their search for a new singer, Thomas Youngblood found YouTube to be an amazing tool: “I listened to a clip of a studio production featuring Tommy and have to confess that his performance really amazed me. His approach to melodies and themes suits KAMELOT perfectly, and during our European shows we had plenty of opportunity to find out what a great guy he is.”

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT‘s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour. Tommy states: “The tour was a lot of fun and I met a lot of nice people and got some good experience. The guys were super nice and we had a great time together! By then I was really into the band’s music and had fallen in love with the amazingly loyal and dedicated fans at every show.”

Karevik is thrilled about his new position: “I am so honored to now be a part of this family and I can`t wait to move into the new era of the band together with the guys. I fully understand that this comes with great responsibility and that it will be a big challenge for me as a singer as well as a person, but you can rest assured I will give it my all. From this day, a new journey has begun and I am really eager to meet you all along the way to share my passion for this music!”.

KAMELOT‘s new album is planned for a September 2012 release, which coincides with the beginning a massive World Tour that will bring the band to nearly every continent on the planet. See Tour Section for already scheduled concert dates!

Click here to read Tommy’s biography

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KAMELOT Return To SPV, New Album Due In September; New Vocalist To Be Announced In Late June

May 25th, 2012
Kamelot / Nightwish 2012 North American Tour

Kamelot / Nightwish 2012 North American Tour

Symphonic metallers KAMELOT have returned to the Steamhammer/SPV fold for a worldwide deal, excluding Japan (the band recently signed with King Records for Japan).

The group surrounding guitarist and composer Thomas Youngblood is currently working on the drum recordings with renowned sound engineer Jim Morris at the Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, before work on the album is due to be completed at Wolfsburg’s Gate studios under the direction of producer Sascha Paeth (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, RHAPSODY).

The title of Kamelot’s current release will be announced at the end of June, together with the name of their new vocalist. However, according to Youngblood, one thing is certain: “Our fans can really look forward to our new record, because it represents Kamelot in every way!”

Youngblood on the style and content of the concept album: “The new songs sound more symphonic and melodic than our last two studio recordings. The material brings to mind albums such as Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005). In addition, this will be the best production that Kamelot have ever delivered. Because while other acts tend to opt for low-budget productions due to the difficult market situation, we have gone the opposite way: the new album will be a real statement, in terms of our compositions as well as in terms of our sound.”

The eagerly awaited album has been scheduled for release on September 24th (Germany: September 21st; North America: September 25th), and Kamelot are set to play a number of festivals (among them Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head) as early as July and August before embarking on a US tour alongside NIGHTWISH in September/October and a major headliner tour of Europe in November 2012.

“We are more than proud to welcome back one of the best metal bands around here at SPV. From 2005 to 2009 we had already the pleasure to work very successfully with Thomas Youngblood & Co, which we will continue and increase with the new masterpiece coming in September 2012”, says Olly Hahn (A&R SPV/Steamhammer).

And Thomas Youngblood is obviously happy with the resumption of this extremely successful cooperation: “Our new album marks another step and a new chapter for Kamelot and our amazing fans! We are very pleased to be working again with the entire SPV team on this very exciting release.” Andreas Rennmann of Brinkmann & Partner adds: “I´m absolutely proud to welcome Kamelot back at SPV. We all believe in the fantastic history of the band and are absolutely sure that this upcoming release will be one of the most successful albums!”

KMI Entertainment and First Row Talent have announced the final dates for Kamelot’s North American Tour 2012. The band will headline four very special shows:

 

September

10 – State Theater – St Petersburg, SL

14 – Empire – West Springfield, VA

22 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

 

October

4 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA

 

During these rare shows Kamelot will play a full set and fans can expect some very nice surprises. These dates are part of Kamelot’s unique North American Tour with Finnish metal band NIGHTWISH, taking place this September/October.

Kamelot’s complete live itinerary can be found at this location.

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KAMELOT Signs Japanese Deal For New Album

May 23rd, 2012
KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

KAMELOT - Poetry For The Poisoned

Symphonic metallers KAMELOT have inked a deal with King Records for the Japanese release of their next album, tentatively due the fall 2012.

Guitarist Thomas Youngblood added: “We are very excited about working again with King on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there.”

Kamelot have added a headline show in Ventura, CA at Ventura Theater on October 4th to their upcoming North American tour supporting NIGHTWISH. Go to this location for ticket information.

As previously reported, Kamelot will kick off the tour with a special headline show at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 10th. For tickets head to this location.

Dates for the tour are as follows:

September
10 – State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL **
13 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
16 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
17 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
19 – CEPSUM University of Montreal – Montreal QC
20 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
21 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
23 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
24 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
25 – Pop’s – Sauget, IL
27 – Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
28 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
29 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

October
1 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
3 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
4 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA **
5 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
6 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
7 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL

** headline show

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Nightwish & Kamelot North American tour this September/October 2012

April 20th, 2012

Enterthevault.com would like to announce the Nightwish 2012 tour.

With support from Kamelot. All dates are onsale now. Vip tickets will be offered for select dates which includes meet and greet and early entry.

Sept
12     Atlanta , GA     Center Stage
13     Atlanta , GA     Center Stage
15     NYC, NY  Beacon Theater ( tickets onsale May 5 only on Ticketmaster )
16      Philly, PA      Electric Factory    VIP tickets onsale
17     Worcester  ,MA           Palladium    VIP tickets onsale
19      Montreal, QC     Cepsum        VIP tickets onsale
20    Toronto,ON            Sound Academy
21    Columbus ,OH     Newport Music Hall           VIP tickets onsale
23    Royal Oak , MI     Royal Oak Music Hall
24     Chicago  , IL    Congress Theater       VIP tickets onsale
25     Sauget , IL     Pops         VIP tickets onsale
27       Kansas City , MO    Beaumont Hall
28      Denver  ,CO   Ogden Theater
29       SLC ,UT                The Complex

Oct
1     Seattle,WA        Showvox Sodo
2     Portland ,OR     Crystal Ballroom
3     SF, CA     Warfield Theater          VIP tickets onsale
5     Anaheim ,CA     The Grove        VIP tickets onsale
6     San Diego ,CA    HOB
7     Tempe,AZ        Marquee Theater
9      Ok City, OK       Diamond Ballroom
10     Austin, TX       Emos            VIP tickets onsale
11    New Orleans , LA     HOB          VIP tickets onsale
13    Ft Laud . FL       Revolution            VIP tickets onsale
14     Lake Buena Vista, FL     House of Blues

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KAMELOT – Live in Montreal, Canada @ Club Soda, Sept. 2, 2011

October 2nd, 2011

KAMELOT

Live in Montreal, Canada

@ Club Soda, Sept. 2, 2011

Live review and pics by Geneviève Hamel

Kamelot - North America Tour 2011

The Kamelot concert that was held in Montreal’s Club Soda on Friday September 3ed was long awaited by fans.  Indeed we were all febrile to see the new recipe involving Rhapsody of Fire’s singer, Fabio Lione.  Naturally, Roy Khan’s undisputed fans were missing. Too bad for them because that new recipe is even much better!

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KAMELOT Confirmed For 70000TONS OF METAL

September 29th, 2011

Like A Knight In A Dark Night: KAMELOT!

Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome KAMELOT on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon…

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

So far 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS

ATHEIST

CANNIBAL CORPSE

CORONER

DARK FUNERAL

ELUVEITIE

GOD DETHRONED

GRAVE DIGGER

HAMMERFALL

IN EXTREMO

KAMELOT

MOONSORROW

MY DYING BRIDE

NIGHTWISH

OVERKILL

PENTAGRAM

PESTILENCE

RIOT

SAMAEL

STRATOVARIUS

SUFFOCATION

TANKARD

THERION

TRISTANIA

VIRGIN STEELE

WHIPLASH

 

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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KAMELOT Wrap Up North American Tour In Orlando – “It Was A Perfect Tour Finale”

September 25th, 2011

Florida’s KAMELOT wrapped up their North American headline tour with ALESTORM, BLACKGUARD and THE AGONIST on September 23rd in Orlando, FL. The band has checked in with the following update:

“Orlando rocked! Thanks to all the came out for the show, it was a perfect tour finale. Tour is now over ;(

The fans were amazing each and every night. The Kamelot Crew (Kyle, Roger, Rory, Taz, Jan and Robin), you guys were awesome! Thanks to our special guest singers Fabio, Elize, Simone, Alissa and Paul. The support bands The Agonist, Blackguard and Alestorm, all great people and it was a pleasure to tour with you. Thanks to all for our most successful North American Tour so far! Stay tuned for concert news and announcements!”

Checkout footage from thetour below, watch for additional clips in the coming days:

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE Vocalist Fabio Lione Discusses Departure Of Guitarist Luca Turilli And Status In KAMELOT

September 20th, 2011

RHAPSODY OF FIRE vocalist Fabio Lione is featured in a new audio interview with The Age Of Metal. He discusses the departure of founding guitarist Luca Turilli, working with legendary actor Christopher Lee, and his current status as the temporary live vocalist for KAMELOT. Check it out via the player below:

Fabio Lione of Rhapsody of Fire interview by TheAgeOfMetal 3

RHAPSODY OF FIRE - April 2011

RHAPSODY OF FIRE - April 2011

Back in August – after 15 years of friendship, hard work and passion, fully invested in the creation of symphonic music and an epic saga that will remain in the history of heavy metal – Rhapsody Of Fire’s Alex Staropoli (keyboards) and Luca Turilli (guitars) have agreed upon a friendly split. They have issued the following statement:

“Ten albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release From Chaos To Eternity, for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts’ visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship.”

Due to the latest legal agreements, Staropoli will go on with Rhapsody Of Fire having, between the others, Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer.

Under the same agreements and the original band name’s common ownership, Turilli will release his future works with a new RHAPSODY band, including the faithful band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.

Staropoli: “While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that Rhapsody Of Fire are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!”

The website www.rhapsodyoffire.com will remain active as Rhapsody Of Fire’s official homepage, and www.algalordchronicles.com will remain tthe official fan club address.

All information on Turilli’s activities can be found at www.lucaturilli.com.

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Singer FABIO LIONE ‘Would Love’ To Join KAMELOT Permanently

June 5th, 2011
KAMELOT - North America 2011

KAMELOT - North America 2011

Austria’s Stormbringer.at webzine recently conducted an interview with RHAPSODY OF FIRE and current KAMELOT touring vocalist Fabio Lione. An excerpt from the chat follow below.

 

Stormbringer.at: How is the tour with KAMELOT going so far?

 

Fabio: Great! I have to say that the guys are very nice, I love the songs and the band and everything is going in the best way. I’m also very happy to see that the KAMELOT fans are with me and the band. Every show we have a great time, it’s a great experience for me. We feel like old friends, I have to say that we are having a great time and great shows together.

 

Stormbringer.at: Currently you are a temporary replacement of Khan in KAMELOT. Would you ever consider a permanent place in KAMELOT should the guys of the band ask you?

 

Fabio: Well, I would love it!!! The KAMELOT songs are great, I really like the style and [former KAMELOT vocalist Roy] Khan is probably one of the few singers that I like. So, of course, I would consider that!!! But first let’s do the European tour and the North American one, Then if they will ask me, I’ll be more than happy to join the band permanently. Since the first time we met and played together we had a very good feeling. Everything was easy and natural like we knew each other for years and everybody who saw the band in South America or Europe said we did great shows!!! I’m happy for the guys and the fans, so let’s see what the future will bring for us. Never say never!

 

Stormbringer.at: Where are the differences or challenges in singing for your own band in comparison to being a guest singer in another well-established band like KAMELOT?

 

Fabio: It’s not easy, I have to say, but in this case I knew Khan since [his pre-KAMELOT band] CONCEPTION era and I know his voice, style and way to sing; he’s great!!! So it was a little bit more easy for me ’cause I knew the songs and especially the singer very well, but you have to be in front of many people, fans that are used to see and hear someone else, it’s not really an easy job. The best is [to] do it with passion and make people happy. Anyway, I don’t think I do something easy in RHAPSODY OF FIRE or VISION DIVINE, I always liked to do not easy things and this new experience it’s very good for me. I just try to do it in the best way I can.

 

In a May 11, 2011 interview with Metal-Trails.com, KAMELOT guitarist/mainman Thomas Youngblood stated about Fabio Lione, “Our producer, Sascha Paeth, he also does RHAPSODY’s records and he suggested Fabio because he knows the guy can sing anything. He sings totally different than he does with RHAPSODY with us. He’s an amazing singer. I mean, technically, he’s probably the best singer that I’ve ever worked with. So I think he was the perfect choice to finish this tour, to fulfill our obligations to ourselves and the fans. And he’s actually a new dynamic to the show, which I think is really cool.”

 

When asked if there is a possibility that Fabio will be the new permanent lead singer of KAMELOT, Youngblood said, “There’s always possibilities, you know?! He’s got his band, but I think what I wanna do is do this big audition process where we have as many people as possible to choose from and then we’ll make a decision.”

 

Regarding possible candidates for the singer position in KAMELOT and what the band will be looking for in a new vocalist, Youngblood said, “I definitely don’t wanna say any names right now, but we’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from people that are known, people that are unknown. Obviously they have to have a certain charisma, they have to understand the dynamics of what KAMELOT is and also what we’re gonna be on the next record. Vocally, they have to be a master at what they’re doing. So there’s a lot of elements. There’s also a social part of it — making sure they have no religious restrictions, no addiction issues, they don’t have a girlfriend or a wife that says, ‘You can’t tour,’ or something like that. All I can say is that so far a lot of the e-mails I’ve gotten have been very encouraging.”

 

On whether KAMELOT wants someone who will sound very similar to Roy or a singer with his own style, Youngblood said, “The new guy should have his own thing going on. Of course, he has to be able to sing the old songs and do it properly — give it justice and respect. But to bring in a clone makes no sense; that’s not our goal.”

 

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Kamelot statement on Roy Khan’s Departure

April 22nd, 2011
KAMELOT - North America 2011

KAMELOT - North America 2011

“With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band. We wanted to give him ample time for this kind of decision, due to his recent burnout and also the amount of amazing times we have shared with him in Kamelot. We respectfully accept his resignation from the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The timing is actually good since we feel the uncertainty the fans have had can now be laid to rest and the band can move on to finding a new singer. “The tour is going great so far and the fans have been amazing throughout this entire process” – adds keyboardist Oliver Palotai. With the new tour already in progress, Kamelot has already begun the search for a new vocalist. “I have a few guys in mind”, said band founder Thomas Youngblood. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person”. Due to the overwhelming success of the recent shows in South America, we are pleased to announce new shows in November/December for Europe (stay tuned).

* The band headlines the Print de Temps Festival tonight and will play a Amsterdam (nearing sold-out) concert tomorrow followed by a full headliner tour with special guests Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons. (* Guest vocalists Fabio Lione and Tommy Karevik). Thank you for your support and see you on tour!!

Thomas, Casey, Oliver and Sean”

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