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After their indoor shows in Europe, they continue with the festival season. One of their next stops was Clisson, France for the Hellfest Festival, where they played together with Helloween, Def Leppard, Europe and many more. Avantasia was sceduled to enter the stage at 1:00. Def Leppard played longer so they had to enter 20 minutes later. They played a 90 minutes set, despite that only 60 minutes were announced before. This festival also had a special ‘coincidence’, it was the first time that Michael Kiske and his former band mates of Helloween were at the same day at the same festival.



Here is the set-list:

The setlist:
01. Intro ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra‘ (A Space Odyssey soundtrack)
02. Spectres (Sammet)
03. Invoke The Machine (Atkins/Sammet)
04. The Scarecrow (Atkins/Sammet)
05. Prelude & Reach Out For The Light (Kiske/Sammet)
06. Avantasia (Kiske/Sammet)
07. The Story Ain’t Over (Sammet/Catley)
08. The Great Mystery (Sammet/Catley)
09. Dying For An Angel (Eric Martin/Sammet)
10. Twisted Mind (Martin/Atkins)
11. Farewell (Sammet/Somerville/Kiske)
12. Shelter From The Rain (Kiske/Sammet/Catley)
13. Lost In Space (Sammet)
14. Sign Of The Cross & The Seven Angels (Everybody)__________________________


Thomas Rettke after the show published on his Facebook account: “On our way from France to Russia via Austria….Avantasia rocked Hellfest with Helloween, Whitesnake, Europe and Def Lepard…great audience!!!” Tobias Sammet commented after the show: “Vienna now! Heading for Moscow. France was great but quite a late show. But great audience. Def Leppard was cool!

The fan Pierre commented on his Twitter account: “Good sound and the band was very nice, finally I could see them live!” Diana said: “I’m soo tired after Avantasia show at Hellfest. They are a great band, I’d love to watch them in better position, they finished at 2:45!” Liden commented: “Another great show of Avantasia, same tham Def Leppard!” Paulo published: “Tobias is a comic, he said: “Do you want to get rocked?” like Def  Leppard, great show.

My little comments:”Def Leppeard played too long and I already thought that they had finished the show, but they returned with more songs. Finally at around 1:20 or 1:30 Avantasia started and some people had of course left due to the late hour, but the mood was still very good. I expected a 60 minutes set, but luckily they played 90 minutes. Michael was in a great vocal shape again and only had a little mistake in one of the high screams of ‘Reach out for the Light’. As a little surprise they played ‘Great Mystery’. As a funny coincidence it started raining during the song ‘Shelter from the rain’ and since I had a rain coat, this was not a problem.”



Press Conference

Promotion Trailer


Shelter from the Rain



The site photo album here. Great live report (done live) by, you can read it here. Mini live-report of the festival by the official site here. Photo album of Avantasia show at Hellfest by our Kiske fanclub here. A little photo album by here.

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