AVANTASIA, the all-star rock opera spaceship piloted by EDGUY singer, songwriter and producer Tobias Sammet, release their eighth full-length album, Moonglow, via Nuclear Blast Records on February 15th.
This new 11-song record sees Sammet, among the most talented and popular names in German hard rock and metal, reunited with some familiar faces from previous AVANTASIA albums. These include original QUEENSRYCHE lead singer Geoff Tate, PRETTY MAIDS frontman Ronnie Atkins, Michael Kiske of HELLOWEEN, Jørn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), Eric Martin (MR BIG) and MAGNUM’s Bob Catley. 'Moonglow' also introduces new collaborators Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, KREATOR’s Mille Petrozza and BLACKMORE’S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night in truly spectacular fashion.
Today, AVANTASIA release the second (of three) interview trailers, in which Tobias Sammet talks about the guest musicians on Moonglow and explains why he has chosen each of them for his songs.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy-gyWoKPTQ
In case you missed the first trailer, watch it here: https://youtu.be/CVSU5VP_U2o
Recently, AVANTASIA also released the epic new single Moonglow, featuring guest singer Candice Night. Watch the lyric video for the song here: https://youtu.be/vZGQ1LsdCUM Get the song digitally here: http://nblast.de/AvaMoonglowSingle Listen in the NB Novelties Playlists: http://nblast.de/SpotifyNovelties / http://nblast.de/AppleMusicNovelties
Tobias Sammet comments: "Yes, we’ve found a song on the new album that is below the 4 minutes benchmark and it would work as a single. And despite being rather short it’s also representative for the world of AVANTASIA. Somehow in hindsight I think that my admiration for Mike Oldfield shines through here, which wasn’t intentional but you can’t really control that. And by and large I find the song to be a typical AVANTASIA song nevertheless. The enchanting Candice Night did an amazing vocal job, and in all modesty, I think so did I, ha! 'Moonglow' is a declaration of love to the moon, the night; it’s about entering a different world and the sacred experiences that go along with it.“
ICYMI: "The Raven Child" (lyric video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTN2ZzpQRh4 Purchase the track here: http://nblast.de/AvantasiaTheRavenChild Moonglow snippet trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHPpUbImZ5M
Moonglow - Track Listing: 01. Ghost In The Moon 02. Book Of Shallows 03. Moonglow 04. The Raven Child 05. Starlight 06. Invincible 07. Alchemy 08. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn 09. Lavender 10. Requiem For A Dream 11. Maniac Bonus Track 12. Heart
Moonglow can be pre-ordered here: http://nblast.de/AvantasiaMoonglow
Tobias Sammet, hailing from Fulda, created the rock event AVANTASIA in 1999 and celebrated its live premiere in 2008. With over 3,5 million records sold, he is one of the most successful musicians from Germany and has worked with Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker(THE SCORPIONS), Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer (KISS), Eric Martin (MR. BIG) as well as many other stars from the international music business. For a long time Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA has been considered an insider tip. But after countless headline performances at some of the world's largest rock festivals (Sweden Rock Festival, Québec Music Festival, Barcelona Rock Fest etc.), gold awards and several top 10 positions in the world charts, the upcoming AVANTASIA - Moonglow World Tour 2019 can only be considered the biggest rock event of the year!
AVANTASIA - Moonglow World Tour 2019 27.03. SK Presov - Tatran Handball Aréna 28.03. SK Bratislava - Hant Aréna 30.03. D Kaufbeuren - All-Karthalle 31.03. I Milan - Alcatraz 02.04. CZ Prague - Forum Karlín *SOLD OUT* 03.04. D Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt 05.04. D Ludwigsburg - MHPArena 06.04. D Bamberg - Brose Arena 08.04. D Fulda - Esperantohalle 09.04. D Saarbrücken - Saarlandhalle 10.04. F Paris - Olympia 12.04. D Osnabrück - OsnabrückHalle 13.04. D Hamburg - Mehr! Theater *SOLD OUT* 14.04. D Oberhausen - König-Pilsener-Arena 16.04. UK London - Forum Theatre 18.04. D Offenbach - Stadthalle 19.04. CH Pratteln - Z7 20.04. CH Pratteln - Z7 24.04. E Bilbao - Santana 27 26.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1 27.04. E Madrid - Palacio Vistalegre 02.05. S Stockholm - Arenan *NEW* 04.05. RUS Moscow - Glavclub Green Concert *NEW* 06.05. H Budapest - Barba Negra Track *NEW* 12.05. AU Sydney - Metro Theatre 14.05. AU Melbourne - The Forum 17.05. US San Jose, CA - City National Civic of San Jose *NEW* 19.05. US Anaheim, CA - City National Grove *NEW* 21.05. US Chicago, IL - Patio Theater *NEW* 23.05. CA Montreal, QUE - Metropolis *NEW* 24.05. US Worcester, MA - The Palladium *NEW* 29.05 RCH Santiago - Teatro Caupolican
Festivals: 11. - 13.07. D Balingen - Bang Your Head!!! 11. - 14.07. CZ Vizovice - Masters of Rock 14. - 17.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
More dates to be announced soon...!
The band: Tobias Sammet | additional keys & bass Sascha Paeth | guitars & bass Michael Rodenberg | keyboards, piano & orchestration Felix Bohne | drums Oliver Hartmann | additional lead guitars