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Avantasia
Avantasia performing in Lorelei, Germany, in 2016
Avantasia performing in Lorelei, Germany, in 2016
Background information
OriginGermany
Genres
Years active
  • 1999–2002
  • 2006–present
Labels
MembersTobias Sammet
Sascha Paeth
Miro
Felix Bohnke
Past membersSee: Members
Websitewww.tobiassammet.com

Avantasia is a German supergroup metal opera project created by Tobias Sammet, vocalist of the band Edguy. It has been characterized as a rock opera, as it features the contributions of various vocalists and musicians and it consists of concept albums.

Conceived in 1999 as studio-only, two-album project,[1] Avantasia has since released six other studio albums and has toured the world multiple times. It can be divided into four periods of activity. The first, 1999–2002, saw the release of a self-titled single and the full-length albums The Metal Opera and The Metal Opera Part II. The second, 2006–2011, consists of the EPs Lost in Space Part I & II and The Wicked Trilogy, composed of the albums The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon. The third, 2013–2016, includes the albums The Mystery of Time and Ghostlights. The fourth period, 2019–2022, comprises the albums Moonglow and A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society.[2]

Some of the guest vocalists and musicians that have been featured on Avantasia are Michael Kiske, Jørn Lande, Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Dee Snider, Hansi Kürsch, Jon Oliva, Biff Byford, Joe Lynn Turner, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Geoff Tate, Kai Hansen, Rudolf Schenker, Bruce Kulick, Sascha Paeth, Eric Singer, Bob Catley, Roy Khan, Russell Allen, Timo Tolkki, Rob Rock, David DeFeis, Andre Matos, Sharon den Adel, Floor Jansen, Ralf Scheepers, Marko Hietala, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Henjo Richter, Markus Grosskopf, Jens Johansson, Eric Martin, Ronnie Atkins, Oliver Hartmann, Mille Petrozza, Candice Night and Amanda Somerville.

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Supergroup (music)

Supergroup (music)

A supergroup is a musical group whose members are successful as solo artists or as members of other successful groups. The term became popular in the late 1960s when members of already successful rock groups recorded albums together, after which they normally disband. Charity supergroups, in which prominent musicians perform or record together in support of a particular cause, have been common since the 1980s. The term is most common context of rock and pop music, but it has occasionally been applied to other musical genres. For example, opera superstars The Three Tenors have been called a supergroup.

Rock opera

Rock opera

A rock opera is a collection of rock music songs with lyrics that relate to a common story. Rock operas are typically released as concept albums and are not scripted for acting, which distinguishes them from operas, although several have been adapted as rock musicals. The use of various character roles within the song lyrics is a common storytelling device. The success of the rock opera genre has inspired similar works in other musical styles, such as rap opera.

Edguy

Edguy

Edguy is a heavy metal band formed in Fulda, Germany in 1992.

The Metal Opera

The Metal Opera

The Metal Opera is the first full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German supergroup project, Avantasia. It is a concept album and a rock opera. The album is followed by the sequel The Metal Opera Part II. Both were written over the course of a year, starting in the last quarter of 1998, and both were produced from October 1999 to June 2000, with the works being interrupted for some weeks so Sammet could produce The Savage Poetry with his other band Edguy.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

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Dee Snider

Dee Snider

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Hansi Kürsch

Hansi Kürsch

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Tim "Ripper" Owens

Tim "Ripper" Owens

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Kai Hansen

Kai Hansen

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Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick

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Sharon den Adel

Sharon den Adel

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Jens Johansson

Jens Johansson

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History

The Metal Operas (1999–2002)

In Spring 1999, during Edguy's 'Theater of Salvation' tour, Tobias Sammet began to outline his ideas for a metal opera concept album featuring a number of guest musicians. When the tour finished, he began collaborating with metal vocalists like Michael Kiske, Andre Matos, Kai Hansen, Rob Rock, David Defeis, Sharon den Adel, Bob Catley and Oliver Hartmann to record the project. At this stage the core band consisted of four members, Sammet on keyboards, Henjo Richter on guitar, Markus Grosskopf on bass and Alex Holzwarth on drums. In 2001, a self-titled single and the first full-length album, The Metal Opera, were released.[3] The project went on hiatus after the release of The Metal Opera Part II in September 2002.

The Wicked Trilogy (2006–2011)

At the end of 2006, Sammet confirmed the rumours of a third Avantasia album, due for release in 2008. Two EPs named Lost in Space Part I and Part II were released on 19 November 2007, while the full-length album, The Scarecrow, was released on 25 January 2008. The Scarecrow marked the first chapter of "The Wicked Trilogy" concept and was also the first of many Avantasia releases to feature Sascha Paeth on the role of main guitarist and producer.[4] The album included guest performances by drummer Eric Singer, guitarists Henjo Richter and Rudolf Schenker and singers Jørn Lande, Michael Kiske, Bob Catley, Alice Cooper, Roy Khan, Amanda Somerville and Oliver Hartmann.[5]

After the release of The Scarecrow, Tobias Sammet was invited to perform a headlining show at Wacken Open Air, an offer that producer/guitarist Sascha Paeth convinced him to accept. That led to 13 shows between 5 July and 13 August. The shows at Masters of Rock and Wacken Open Air were recorded and the live DVD The Flying Opera, based on the footage, was released in March 2011. The line-up for the short tour consisted of Tobias Sammet, Andre Matos, Jørn Lande, Kai Hansen, Bob Catley, Amanda Somerville, Cloudy Yang, Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann, Robert Hunecke, Miro and Felix Bohnke (Edguy).

Avantasia live in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2010
Avantasia live in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2010

In November 2009, Sammet announced that he was recording two new albums, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon, to be released on 3 April 2010.[6] The concept of the albums was a continuation of The Scarecrow story and these three albums together are often referred to as "The Wicked Trilogy".[7] The special guests included drummers Eric Singer, Alex Holzwarth and Felix Bohnke, guitarists Bruce Kulick and Oliver Hartmann, keyboardist Jens Johansson and vocalists Jørn Lande, Russell Allen, Michael Kiske, Bob Catley, Klaus Meine, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jon Oliva, Andre Matos, Cloudy Yang and Ralf Zdiarstek.[8] The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon have scored high positions in various international music charts.[9]

A 12 show tour of Europe, South America and Asia took place during December 2010, with the exception of one concert at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2011. The concerts lasted for almost three hours and many of them were sold out days before.[10] The ensemble was almost the same as on The Scarecrow Tour in 2008, with two changes. Andre Matos was replaced by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic singer Michael Kiske (with Kai Hansen also participating on this tour, there were a lot of instances when the two ex-Helloween members shared the same stage) and the fact that Cloudy Yang was not part of the line-up.

Both tours were closely documented by Amanda Somerville on her YouTube channel.[11] The videos show various interesting backstage moments such as rehearsals, cancelled flights, or the ensemble travelling by a regular train.

The Ghostlights saga (2012–2017)

Avantasia live in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2013
Avantasia live in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2013

In August 2012, Sammet announced that "I didn‘t foresee how much I need Avantasia when I decided to finish this chapter of my life in 2011. After the worldwide success of the latest studio releases, an arena world tour that was sold out pretty much everywhere, collaborations with childhood heroes...I 'knew' that I had said everything I could possibly say in the name of Avantasia. But that's not what Avantasia is all about. I wanna create more great music, I wanna create more fantasy-worlds, the bigger and the more epic, the better. And listening to the material that I have created for this forthcoming chapter in the history of Avantasia, I know there is no way I am not going to do it! I have got the feeling and the certainty, that this is absolutely meant to happen and to be."[12]

During December 2012 it was revealed on Sammet's Avantasia website that the new album would be called The Mystery of Time and was due for release on 30 March 2013. The Mystery of Time marked the beginning of a new concept and was the first Avantasia release to feature the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. The album included guest performances by drummer Russell Gilbrook, guitarists Bruce Kulick, Oliver Hartmann and Arjen Anthony Lucassen, while the guest vocalists were Joe Lynn Turner, Biff Byford, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Eric Martin, Bob Catley and Cloudy Yang.[13][14] The Mystery Of Time scored high positions in several international music charts and even enabled the project to enter the US Billboard charts for the very first time.[15]

Avantasia's second biggest world tour took place between April and August 2013. The tour consisted of 30 concerts and included 7 headlining festival appearances in Europe, one festival performance in Canada and three hour long shows in South America, Japan, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Holland.[16][17] The line-up for the tour consisted of vocalists Tobias Sammet, Michael Kiske, Ronnie Atkins, Eric Martin, Bob Catley, Thomas Rettke, Amanda Somerville and musicians Sascha Paeth, Oliver Hartmann, Miro, Andre Neygenfind and Felix Bohnke.

Avantasia live in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2013
Avantasia live in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2013

According to Sammet: "I wanna put on the biggest thing you have ever seen, I wanna bring more vocalists, play longer shows, and just make it a giant Rock Opera. I love to headline festivals, you run over people in 90 minutes and kick ass. But I also like to do our own Avantasia indoor tour because we can make it much more Avantasia oriented and play almost three hours...It will be huge."[18]

With two shows remaining at the end of the tour, Sammet held a press conference in which he announced that Avantasia would perform a headline performance at Wacken Open Air Festival in 2014. He also indicated that this would be a farewell performance as no further Avantasia activities were planned for the near future:[19]

There won't be any further Avantasia activities, it'll be just a single show. I may be back with an idea and go for it somewhere in the distant future, I won't say farewell is forever this time, but I have no clue as to when and where and who would be able to join us and what it would sound and look like, if we'd ever do this again in a couple of years. So, get your tickets for Wacken 2014 cause it'll be your last chance to catch us, if not forever at least for some years. See you, T

Avantasia live in Madrid (Spain) in 2016
Avantasia live in Madrid (Spain) in 2016

In a May 2014 interview regarding Edguy's then latest release Space Police: Defenders of the Crown, Sammet said that The Mystery of Time hinted at a possible sequel.[20] The new album, entitled Ghostlights, was released on 29 January 2016 and featured guest performances by guitarists Bruce Kulick and Oliver Hartmann, while the guest vocalists were Jørn Lande, Michael Kiske, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Marko Hietala, Ronnie Atkins, Sharon den Adel, Bob Catley, Robert Mason and Herbie Langhans.[21] Ghostlights scored the highest positions of any Avantasia release in several international music charts and even enabled Avantasia to enter the US Billboard charts for the second time.[22]

The "biggest world tour so far" took place between March and August 2016. According to Avantasia's website it consisted of approximately 40 concerts in Europe, North America, South America, Canada, Japan, Russia and Scandinavia. With the exclusion of 8 headlining European summer festival performances, each concert lasted for over three hours.[23][24] The ensemble was almost the same as on the previous tour with the addition of Jørn Lande and Herbie Langhans. As he did after announcing the 2014 Wacken performance, Sammet once again suggested that the Ghostlights World Tour might be the project's last activity in a long time:[25][26]

After the completion of the tour, Avantasia headlined both Wacken Open Air and Barcelona Rockfest during the summer of 2017.[27]

The Moonglow saga (2018–present)

In March 2018, Sammet posted a picture on his Facebook announcing he had begun the creative process regarding the eighth Avantasia album.[28]

On 10 October Nuclear Blast officially announced the new album Moonglow would be released on 15 February 2019, and would feature guest vocals by Jørn Lande, Geoff Tate, Ronnie Atkins, Hansi Kürsch, Bob Catley, Michael Kiske, Candice Night, Eric Martin and Mille Petrozza.[29] Subsequently, the album was accompanied by the Moonglow World Tour 2019 consisting of 29 concerts across Europe, Australia, and the United States and South America taking place between March and June 2019.[30]

In March 2020, Tobias posted that he is about to start working on a successor album to Moonglow.[31] The writing of the new album was in progress throughout 2020 and 2021.[32] The album was released on 21 October 2022 under the title A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society and featured guest vocals by Floor Jansen, Jørn Lande, Michael Kiske, Ralf Scheepers, Bob Catley, Geoff Tate, Eric Martin and Ronnie Atkins.[33]

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Michael Kiske

Michael Kiske

Michael Kiske is a German singer and lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween. Kiske has released four solo albums, two albums with the hard rock band Unisonic, has participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as Avantasia, Place Vendome and Kiske/Somerville and has also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist.

Andre Matos

Andre Matos

Andre Coelho Matos was a Brazilian singer and musician. He was involved in the heavy metal bands Viper, Angra, Shaman and Symfonia. Since 2006, Matos had been dedicating his time to his solo career. In 2012, he was ranked No. 77 at the list of 100 Greatest Voices of Brazilian Music by Rolling Stone Brasil.

Kai Hansen

Kai Hansen

Kai Michael Hansen is a German musician who is the founder, lead guitarist and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also one of the co-founders of metal band Helloween, which he rejoined in 2016. He is a prominent figure in power metal and has sold millions of albums worldwide. He is regarded as "the godfather of power metal", having founded two seminal bands in the genre. In 2011, he joined the band Unisonic featuring former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske. Hansen and Kiske reunited with Helloween in 2017 for a world tour with all current members, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of release of the albums Keeper of the Seven Keys Parts I and II.

Rob Rock

Rob Rock

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Bob Catley

Bob Catley

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Oliver Hartmann

Oliver Hartmann

Oliver Hartmann is a German metal vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who performed in various acts, either as guitarist, solo or choir singer. He is best known for his role as vocalist and one of the founders of the band At Vance, his own band Hartmann and his guest appearances on albums of several prominent metal bands, including Freedom Call, Edguy, Rhapsody, Genius rock opera, Iron Mask, Aina's metal opera Days of Rising Doom and the metal opera Avantasia where he participated as a vocalist in 4 albums and also as a guitarist of the live and studio line up. He is also guitarist and vocalist with the Pink-Floyd tribute band Echoes.

Henjo Richter

Henjo Richter

Henjo Oliver Richter, is a guitarist and keyboardist in Gamma Ray, the German power metal band formed by Kai Hansen.

Markus Grosskopf

Markus Grosskopf

Markus Grosskopf is a German musician who is the bass guitarist, backing vocalist and a founding member of the power metal band Helloween.

Extended play

Extended play

An extended play record, usually referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but fewer than an album or LP record. Contemporary EPs generally contain four or five tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Lost in Space Part I

Lost in Space Part I

Lost in Space is an EP to the German Avantasia album The Scarecrow.

Lost in Space Part II

Lost in Space Part II

Lost in Space is an EP to the German Avantasia album The Scarecrow.

Discography

Studio albums

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Avantasia discography

Avantasia discography

This is the discography for German heavy metal band Avantasia.

The Metal Opera

The Metal Opera

The Metal Opera is the first full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German supergroup project, Avantasia. It is a concept album and a rock opera. The album is followed by the sequel The Metal Opera Part II. Both were written over the course of a year, starting in the last quarter of 1998, and both were produced from October 1999 to June 2000, with the works being interrupted for some weeks so Sammet could produce The Savage Poetry with his other band Edguy.

The Metal Opera Part II

The Metal Opera Part II

The Metal Opera Pt. II is the second full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German supergroup project, Avantasia. It is a concept album and a rock opera. The songs carry on the story begun in The Metal Opera, with the same characters. Both albums were written over the course of a year, starting in the last quarter of 1998, and both were produced from October 1999 to June 2000, with the works being interrupted for some weeks so Sammet could produce The Savage Poetry with his other band Edguy.

The Scarecrow (album)

The Scarecrow (album)

The Scarecrow is the third full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German rock opera project Avantasia, released on 25 January 2008 through Nuclear Blast Records. It is the first part of "The Wicked Trilogy" and it is followed by The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon. Sammet explained in a 2016 interview that he managed to have Alice Cooper after drummer Eric Singer asked him. Cooper requested to have a listen to the song first and then accepted to be part of it.

The Wicked Symphony

The Wicked Symphony

The Wicked Symphony is the fourth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German rock opera project Avantasia, released on 3 April 2010, parallel with Angel of Babylon. The Wicked Symphony was released both as part of a box set, with the two albums combined and as an individual album. It is the second part of "The Wicked Trilogy" and it is followed by Angel of Babylon.

Angel of Babylon

Angel of Babylon

Angel of Babylon is the fifth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera German project Avantasia, released on 3 April 2010, along with The Wicked Symphony. Angel Of Babylon was released both as part of a box set, with the two albums combined and as an individual album. It is the third and final part of "The Wicked Trilogy".

The Mystery of Time

The Mystery of Time

The Mystery of Time is the sixth full-length album by German Tobias Sammet's rock opera project Avantasia. The album was released on 26 April 2013. This is the first Avantasia release to feature the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. The cover artwork was painted by Rodney Matthews.

Ghostlights

Ghostlights

Ghostlights is the seventh full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 29 January 2016. The opening track and first single "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" was a candidate for the German representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, along with nine other songs. The Digibook edition of the album included a bonus track and a bonus CD entitled Avantasia Live, which featured songs recorded mainly during Avantasia's 2014 performance at Wacken Open Air Festival.

Moonglow (Avantasia album)

Moonglow (Avantasia album)

Moonglow is the eighth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 15 February 2019 through Nuclear Blast. As with previous Avantasia projects, the album features extensive collaborations with returning and new guest vocalists. It features 11 tracks and was supported by a world tour.

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society is the ninth studio album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 21 October 2022, through Nuclear Blast.

Members

Current core members

  • Tobias Sammet – lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards (2001–present)
  • Sascha Paeth – guitars, producer (2007–present)
  • Miro – keyboards, orchestration (2007–present)
  • Felix Bohnke – drums (2010, 2015–present)

Former core members

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List of Avantasia band members

List of Avantasia band members

This is a list of the members of German supergroup rock opera project Avantasia.

Tobias Sammet

Tobias Sammet

Tobias Sammet is a German musician, singer, songwriter, music producer and radio host best known for being the singer and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, and the founder of the metal opera project Avantasia.

Sascha Paeth

Sascha Paeth

Sascha Paeth is a German guitarist, bassist, musical producer, and mixer known for working with heavy metal bands such as Avantasia, Edguy, Angra, Shaaman, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot, After Forever and Epica. He owns the "Gate Studios", Wolfsburg previously used for recordings with his former band Heavens Gate.

Michael Rodenberg

Michael Rodenberg

Michael Rodenberg, nicknamed Miro, is a German keyboard player and record producer known for working with power metal bands such as Angra, Shaaman, Luca Turilli, Rhapsody of Fire, Kamelot, and Heavens Gate. He mainly works in conjunction with his some-time bandmate Sascha Paeth.

Felix Bohnke

Felix Bohnke

Felix Bohnke is a German musician and the drummer of heavy metal bands Edguy and Avantasia. He joined the band just before they recorded the album Theater of Salvation in 1998. Before joining Edguy he was a member of German band Saints & Preachers. In 2001, he was a guest drummer and later in 2003, a member of the band Taraxacum along with Edguy bassist Tobias Exxel.

Markus Grosskopf

Markus Grosskopf

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Henjo Richter

Henjo Richter

Henjo Oliver Richter, is a guitarist and keyboardist in Gamma Ray, the German power metal band formed by Kai Hansen.

Eric Singer

Eric Singer

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Russell Gilbrook

Russell Gilbrook

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Vocalists

Vocalist Associated bands Avantasia The Metal Opera The Metal Opera Part II Lost in Space Part I Lost in Space Part II The Scarecrow The Wicked Symphony Angel of Babylon The Mystery of Time Ghostlights Moonglow A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society
Tobias Sammet Edguy all tracks all tracks, except track 4 (Malleus Maleficarum) all tracks all tracks all tracks all tracks all tracks all tracks, except track 8 (Symphony of Life) all tracks all tracks all tracks all tracks
Michael Kiske Helloween, Place Vendome, Kiske/Somerville, Unisonic Reach Out for the Light, Avantasia Reach Out for the Light, The Tower, Avantasia, Breaking Away, Farewell The Seven Angels, No Return Promised Land Shelter from the Rain, The Scarecrow, What Kind of Love Wastelands, Runaway Train Stargazers Where Clock Hands Freeze, Dweller In A Dream, Savior In The Clockwork Ghostlights, Unchain the Light, Wake up to the Moon Requiem for a Dream The Inmost Light, Arabesque
Kai Hansen Helloween, Gamma Ray Inside, Sign of the Cross The Seven Angels, Chalice of Agony
David DeFeis Virgin Steele Final Sacrifice Serpents in Paradise, The Tower The Seven Angels, The Final Sacrifice
Andre Matos Shaman, ex-Angra, ex-Viper, ex-Symfonia Inside, Sign of the Cross, The Tower The Seven Angels, No Return, Chalice of Agony Blizzard On a Broken Mirror
Rob Rock ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Warrior, Driver, Impellitteri The Glory of Rome The Seven Angels, Neverland
Sharon den Adel Within Temptation Farewell Into the Unknown Isle of Evermore
Oliver Hartmann ex-At Vance The Glory of Rome, Sign of the Cross, The Tower The Seven Angels I Don't Believe in Your Love Stargazers
Bob Catley Magnum, ex-Hard Rain The Looking Glass, In Quest for The Story Ain't Over Shelter from the Rain, Cry Just a Little Runaway Train Journey to Arcadia The Great Mystery A Restless Heart and Obsidian Skies, Wake up to the Moon The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Lavender The Moonflower Society
Timo Tolkki ex-Stratovarius, ex-Revolution Renaissance, ex-Symfonia The Tower
Ralf Zdiarstek Malleus Maleficarum, The Glory of Rome Memory Black Wings
Jørn Lande ex-Ark, ex-Masterplan, Jørn Another Angel Down Promised Land The Scarecrow, Another Angel Down, Devil in the Belfry The Wicked Symphony, Runaway Train, Crestfallen, Forever is a Long Time Stargazers, Angel of Babylon, Rat Race, Down in the Dark, Alone I Remember, Promised Land Let the Storm Descend Upon You, Lucifer, Ghostlights, Wake up to the Moon The Raven Child, Book of Shallows, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn I Tame The Storm, Arabesque
Klaus Meine Scorpions Dying for an Angel
Alice Cooper The Toy Master
Roy Khan Conception, ex-Kamelot Twisted Mind
Amanda Somerville Aina, Kiske/Somerville, Trillium Lost in Space, The Story Ain't Over Lost in Space, Lost in Space What Kind of Love, Lost in Space
Eric Singer Kiss, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Alice Cooper Ride the Sky
Russell Allen Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob The Wicked Symphony, States of Matter Stargazers, Journey to Arcadia
Tim "Ripper" Owens ex-Judas Priest, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Iced Earth Scales of Justice
Jon Oliva Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain Death is Just a Feeling
Cloudy Yang Symphony of Life Sleepwalking
Joe Lynn Turner ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen Spectres, The Watchmakers' Dream, Savior In The Clockwork, The Great Mystery
Biff Byford Saxon Black Orchid, Savior In The Clockwork, The Great Mystery
Ronnie Atkins Pretty Maids Invoke The Machine Let the Storm Descend Upon You, Unchain the Light, Wake up to the Moon Book of Shallows, Starlight, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Paper Plane
Eric Martin Mr. Big What's Left Of Me The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Maniac Rhyme And Reason
Robert Mason Warrant, Lynch Mob Let the Storm Descend Upon You, Babylon Vampyres, Wake up to the Moon
Dee Snider Twisted Sister The Haunting
Herbie Langhans Seventh Avenue Draconian Love
Marko Hietala Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings, Raskasta Joulua, Sapattivuosi, Sinergy Master of the Pendulum
Geoff Tate Operation: Mindcrime, ex-Queensrÿche Seduction of Decay Invincible, Alchemy, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Scars
Candice Night Blackmore's Night Moonglow
Hansi Kursch Blind Guardian Book of Shallows, The Raven Child
Mille Petrozza Kreator Book of Shallows
Floor Jansen Nightwish, ex-After Forever Kill The Pain Away, Misplaced Among The Angels
Ralf Scheepers Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray The Wicked Rule The Night

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Avantasia (song)

Avantasia (song)

Avantasia is the debut single by German supergroup rock opera project Avantasia. It's a re-recorded version of Avantasia's original demo EP.

Lost in Space Part I

Lost in Space Part I

Lost in Space is an EP to the German Avantasia album The Scarecrow.

Lost in Space Part II

Lost in Space Part II

Lost in Space is an EP to the German Avantasia album The Scarecrow.

Angel of Babylon

Angel of Babylon

Angel of Babylon is the fifth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera German project Avantasia, released on 3 April 2010, along with The Wicked Symphony. Angel Of Babylon was released both as part of a box set, with the two albums combined and as an individual album. It is the third and final part of "The Wicked Trilogy".

Ghostlights

Ghostlights

Ghostlights is the seventh full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 29 January 2016. The opening track and first single "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" was a candidate for the German representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, along with nine other songs. The Digibook edition of the album included a bonus track and a bonus CD entitled Avantasia Live, which featured songs recorded mainly during Avantasia's 2014 performance at Wacken Open Air Festival.

Moonglow (Avantasia album)

Moonglow (Avantasia album)

Moonglow is the eighth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 15 February 2019 through Nuclear Blast. As with previous Avantasia projects, the album features extensive collaborations with returning and new guest vocalists. It features 11 tracks and was supported by a world tour.

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society is the ninth studio album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 21 October 2022, through Nuclear Blast.

Edguy

Edguy

Edguy is a heavy metal band formed in Fulda, Germany in 1992.

Michael Kiske

Michael Kiske

Michael Kiske is a German singer and lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween. Kiske has released four solo albums, two albums with the hard rock band Unisonic, has participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as Avantasia, Place Vendome and Kiske/Somerville and has also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist.

Helloween

Helloween

Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg by members of bands Iron Fist, Gentry, Second Hell and Powerfool. Its first lineup consisted of singer and guitarist Kai Hansen, bassist Markus Grosskopf, guitarist Michael Weikath and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. By the time Hansen quit Helloween in 1989 to form Gamma Ray, the band had evolved into a five-piece, with Michael Kiske taking over as lead vocalist. Schwichtenberg and Kiske both parted ways with Helloween in 1993; Schwichtenberg died two years later as the result of suicide. Between then and 2016, there had been numerous line-up changes, leaving Grosskopf and Weikath as the only remaining original members. As a septet, their current lineup includes four-fifths of the Keeper of the Seven Keys: Parts I and II-era (1987–1988) lineup, featuring three additional members, vocalist Andi Deris, guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Daniel Löble.

Kiske/Somerville

Kiske/Somerville

Kiske/Somerville is a melodic heavy metal duet project, put together in late 2009 by Frontiers Records. The project features vocalist Michael Kiske collaborating with American singer Amanda Somerville.

Kai Hansen

Kai Hansen

Kai Michael Hansen is a German musician who is the founder, lead guitarist and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also one of the co-founders of metal band Helloween, which he rejoined in 2016. He is a prominent figure in power metal and has sold millions of albums worldwide. He is regarded as "the godfather of power metal", having founded two seminal bands in the genre. In 2011, he joined the band Unisonic featuring former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske. Hansen and Kiske reunited with Helloween in 2017 for a world tour with all current members, celebrating the 30-year anniversary of release of the albums Keeper of the Seven Keys Parts I and II.

Musicians

Musician Associated bands Avantasia The Metal Opera The Metal Opera Part II Lost in Space Part I Lost in Space Part II The Scarecrow The Wicked Symphony Angel of Babylon The Mystery of Time Ghostlights Moonglow A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society
Tobias Sammet Edguy Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all)
Bass (10)
Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all) Keyboards, bass (all)
Henjo Richter Gamma Ray Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Lead guitar (3) Lead guitar (2, 3, 4) Lead guitar (2, 3, 6, 7, 8) Lead guitar (10)
Markus Grosskopf Helloween Bass (all) Bass (all) Bass (all)
Alex Holzwarth Rhapsody of Fire, ex-Angra Drums (all) Drums (all) Drums (all) Drums (3, 7, 8, 10) Drums (1, 2, 3, 11)
Jens Ludwig Edguy Lead guitar (12, 13) Lead guitar (5, 9)
Timo Tolkki ex-Stratovarius, ex-Revolution Renaissance, ex-Symfonia Lead guitar (1, 10)
Norman Meiritz Acoustic guitar (6) Rhythm guitar (10)
Frank Tischer Piano (11) Piano (1, 4, 7)
Sascha Paeth ex-Heavens Gate, Aina Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars (all) Guitars, bass (all)
Eric Singer Kiss, ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Alice Cooper Drums (10) Drums (all) Drums (all) Drums (all) Drums (2, 4, 6) Drums (5, 7, 9, 10)
Michael "Miro" Rodenberg Aina, Kamelot Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all except track 2) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (all) Keyboards (5, 11)
Kai Hansen Helloween, Gamma Ray, ex-Iron Savior Lead guitar (3)
Rudolf Schenker Scorpions Lead guitar (10)
Bruce Kulick ex-Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad Lead guitar (6, 11) Lead guitar (5, 9, 11) Lead guitar (3, 6, 10) Lead guitar (9, 10, 12)
Oliver Hartmann ex-At Vance Lead guitar (2, 8) Lead guitar (1, 2, 3) Lead guitar (4, 7) Lead guitar (2, 5, 9, 11) Lead guitar (4) Lead guitar (4)
Felix Bohnke Edguy Drums (1, 5, 9 11) Drums (4, 6, 8) Drums (all) Drums (all) Drums (all)
Jens Johansson Stratovarius, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen Keyboards (2)
Eddy Wrapiprou Edguy Keyboards (all)
Simon Oberender Organ (11) Organ (9)
Russell Gilbrook Uriah Heep Drums (all)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen Ayreon, Star One, Guilt Machine, Ambeon, ex-Stream of Passion, ex-Vengeance, ex-Bodine Lead guitar (2)
Ferdy Doernberg Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Matt Gonzo Roehr, Sainted Sinners Hammond Organ (2)

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Avantasia (song)

Avantasia (song)

Avantasia is the debut single by German supergroup rock opera project Avantasia. It's a re-recorded version of Avantasia's original demo EP.

Lost in Space Part I

Lost in Space Part I

Lost in Space is an EP to the German Avantasia album The Scarecrow.

Lost in Space Part II

Lost in Space Part II

Lost in Space is an EP to the German Avantasia album The Scarecrow.

Angel of Babylon

Angel of Babylon

Angel of Babylon is the fifth full-length album by Tobias Sammet's rock opera German project Avantasia, released on 3 April 2010, along with The Wicked Symphony. Angel Of Babylon was released both as part of a box set, with the two albums combined and as an individual album. It is the third and final part of "The Wicked Trilogy".

Ghostlights

Ghostlights

Ghostlights is the seventh full-length album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 29 January 2016. The opening track and first single "Mystery of a Blood Red Rose" was a candidate for the German representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, along with nine other songs. The Digibook edition of the album included a bonus track and a bonus CD entitled Avantasia Live, which featured songs recorded mainly during Avantasia's 2014 performance at Wacken Open Air Festival.

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society

A Paranormal Evening with the Moonflower Society is the ninth studio album by Tobias Sammet's German metal opera project Avantasia. It was released on 21 October 2022, through Nuclear Blast.

Edguy

Edguy

Edguy is a heavy metal band formed in Fulda, Germany in 1992.

Henjo Richter

Henjo Richter

Henjo Oliver Richter, is a guitarist and keyboardist in Gamma Ray, the German power metal band formed by Kai Hansen.

Gamma Ray (band)

Gamma Ray (band)

Gamma Ray is a German power metal band from Hamburg, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from power metal band Helloween, in 1989. He is the band's lead vocalist, guitarist and chief songwriter. Between 1990 and 2014, Gamma Ray recorded eleven studio albums.

Markus Grosskopf

Markus Grosskopf

Markus Grosskopf is a German musician who is the bass guitarist, backing vocalist and a founding member of the power metal band Helloween.

Helloween

Helloween

Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg by members of bands Iron Fist, Gentry, Second Hell and Powerfool. Its first lineup consisted of singer and guitarist Kai Hansen, bassist Markus Grosskopf, guitarist Michael Weikath and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. By the time Hansen quit Helloween in 1989 to form Gamma Ray, the band had evolved into a five-piece, with Michael Kiske taking over as lead vocalist. Schwichtenberg and Kiske both parted ways with Helloween in 1993; Schwichtenberg died two years later as the result of suicide. Between then and 2016, there had been numerous line-up changes, leaving Grosskopf and Weikath as the only remaining original members. As a septet, their current lineup includes four-fifths of the Keeper of the Seven Keys: Parts I and II-era (1987–1988) lineup, featuring three additional members, vocalist Andi Deris, guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Daniel Löble.

Angra (band)

Angra (band)

Angra is a Brazilian power metal band formed in 1991. They have released nine regular studio albums, five EPs, and three live CD/DVDs to date. Led by Rafael Bittencourt, the band has gained a degree of popularity in Japan and Europe.

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