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Monthly Archives: November 2012

The new Gamma Ray Live DVD – Skeletons & Majesties is released today on 30.11.2012 featuring Michael Kiske as guest vocalist. Here you can see some images of the DVD Booklet (click on the picture to find links for ordering on amazon):

“Skeletons & Majesties Live” features the live recording of the band’s performance at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland from April 29th, 2011 and will now be released on 2CD, on DVD and Blu-Ray (which will be  released later in January 2013) on November 30th, 2012. The DVD and Blu-Ray also feature additional bonus tracks, lots of behind the scenes bonus material, rare archive material and interviews with the band.

“Skeletons & Majesties Live” has a playing time of two hours and is a tour de force through the band’s history so far, including lots of hits and classics, but also tracks which were undeservedly under-represented to date.
“The EP, Skeletons & Majesties, is practically a continuation of our ‘Skeletons In The Closet’ concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn’t receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics,” says Kai Hansen, the band’s vocalist, guitarist and founder.

In terms of “Skeletons & Majesties Live”, this means a thoroughly haunting show, from the dynamic openers ‘Anywhere In The Galaxy’ and ‘Men, Martians And Machines’ to the furioso finale, ‘Future World’ (featuring Michael Kiske).

The double CD includes a total of 18 songs (plus intro & interlude); DVD and Blu-Ray will feature six additional bonus tracks with alternative versions of ‘The Spirit,’ ‘Wings Of Destiny,’ ‘Farewell,’ ‘Gamma Ray,’ ‘Time To Break Free’ (featuring Michael Kiske) and ‘Insurrection,’ all recorded at another show at the Zeche in Bochum, the day before the Pratteln show . In addition, the DVD and Blu-Ray feature tons of behind the scenes bonus material, very rare archive material and interviews with the band.

Here is a promotional video of Gamma Ray Live DVD – Skeletons & Majesties which will be out on 30.11.2012. This video has the song ‘Time to break Free’ and features Michael Kiske on lead vocals:

Tobias’ tour management is currently working on a headlining indoor tour for Avantasia in April. They will also play a few chosen summer festivals, and a South American and Asian tour is planned for late summer. So far Michael Kiske is not yet confirmed to participate in the tour! But stay tuned tor updates!



Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that Michael Kiske agreed to start working on a third PLACE VENDOME album. With Dennis Ward producing again, the album will be recorded during the winter (probably recording in January/February 2013) and will hopefully see the light of day after the summer (so probably it will be released in early or late autumn/fall 2013).

Frontiers Records is therefore now looking for YOUR songs for the forthcoming album. We look for songs in Melodic Rock / Power AOR with musical references to the previous albums “Place Vendome” and “Streets of Fire”. We look for melodic tracks, rocking tracks and also ballads at the moment.

You can check the following tracks for reference:


The publishing will be handled by Frontiers with standard terms and conditions. For more info or requests you can mail – demos can be sent upon request or you can send an email with FTP link.


Avantasia will be headlining the Masters of Rock Festival in Czech Republic!  It will take place on 11.07 – 14.07. 2013 in Vizovice (Czech Republic). Other confirmed bands are ACCEPT and MASTERPLAN. Michael Kiske is not confirmed for Avantasia tour yet!

Michael Kiske confirmed his guest appearance for the new INFINITA SYMPHONIA album and will sing a duet with INFINITA SYMPHONIA singer Luca Micioni. Here is what Luca tells about this guest appearance: “WE ARE VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE NEW ALBUM CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION WILL SEE THE PARTICIPATION OF A VERY SPECIAL GUEST . MICHAEL KISKE,WHO ACCEPTED TO DUET WITH LUCA MICIONI!

We have had the pleasure to meet him and he showed himself to be very kind..a special person. He promised to listen at the song and he kept his word!Than,with our big pleasure, he even said to appreciate the message of the song!

Soon we will give other news about the new album!”

Michael Kiske commented about this collaboration: “The song is pretty cool and in progressive rock style”

You can follow the recording process of this album on the official INFINITA SYMPHONIA webpage: