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 first (of three) interview trailers, providing an insight about the cover artwork, the album title and the lyrical concept.
Watch it here :
Last friday, AVANTASIA released the epic new single ‘Moonglow’, featuring guest singer Candice Night.
Watch the lyric video for the song here :
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.“
»Moonglow« – Track Listing:
01. Ghost In The Moon
02. Book Of Shallows
04. The Raven Child
08. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
10. Requiem For A Dream
»Moonglow« can be pre-ordered here https://media.nuclearblast.de/shoplanding/2019/Avantasia/moonglow.html
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 the likes of 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 scene. For some 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«
Presented by Metal Hammer, Piranha, Musix, Rock It!
27.03. SK Presov – Tatran Handball Aréna
28.03. SK Bratislava – Hant Aréna
30.03. DE Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
31.03. IT Milan – Alcatraz
02.04. CZ Prague – Forum Karlín *SOLD OUT*
03.04. DE Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
05.04. DE Ludwigsburg – MHP Arena
06.04. DE Bamberg – Brose Arena
08.04. DE Fulda – Esperantohalle
09.04. DE Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
10.04. FR Paris – Olympia
12.04. DE Osnabrück – Osnabrück Halle
13.04. DE Hamburg – Mehr! Theater *SOLD OUT*
14.04. DE Oberhausen – König-Pilsener-Arena
16.04. UK London – The Forum
18.04. DE Offenbach – Stadthalle
19.04. CH Pratteln – Z7
20.04. CH Pratteln – Z7
24.04. ES Bilbao – Santana 27
26.04. ES Barcelona – Razzmatazz 1
27.04. ES Madrid – Palacio Vistalegre
02.05. SE Stockholm – Arenan
04.05. RU Moscow – Glavclub Green Concert
06.05. HU Budapest – Barba Negra Track
09.05. JP Tokyo – Blitz Akasaka
12.05. AU Sydney – Metro Theatre
14.05. AU Melbourne – The Forum
17.05. US San Jose, CA – City National Civic
19.05. US Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
21.05. US Chicago, IL – Patio Theater
23.05. CA Montreal, QC – Metropolis
24.05. US Worcester, MA – Palladium
29.05. RCH Santiago – Teatro Caupolican
11. – 13.07. D Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
11. – 14.07. CZ Vizovice – Masters of Rock
14. – 17.08. D Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
Tobias Sammet | vocals, additional keys & bass
Sascha Paeth | guitars & bass
Michael Rodenberg | keyboards, piano & orchestration
Felix Bohnke | drums