2010-11-30 - Z7, Pratteln

November 30th, 2010

Information Avantasia at Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland 2010

The first show of this Avantasia tour 2010 was in Pratteln, Switzerland.

Avantasia at Pratteln, Switzerland 2010 Setlist:

01. Twisted Mind (Tobi)
02. The Scarecrow (Tobi/Jorn)
03. Promised Land (Tobi/Jorn)
04. Serpents in Paradise (Tobi/Jorn)
05. The Story Ain't Over (Tobi/Bob)
06. Reach Out For the Light (Tobi/Michi)
07. The Tower (Tobi/Michi)
08. Death is Just a Feeling (Tobi/Kai)
09. Lost in Space (Tobi/Amanda)
10. The Quest For (Tobi/Bob)
11. Runaway Train (Tobi/Bob/Jorn)
12. Dying For an Angel (Tobi/Michi)
13. Stargazers (Tobi/Michi/Jorn)
14. Farewell (Tobi/Amanda)
15. The Wicked Symphony (Tobi/Jorn/Oliver)
16. The Toy Master (Tobi/Kai)
17. Shelter From the Rain (Tobi/Michi, Kai on Guitar)
18. Avantasia (Tobi/Michi, Kai on guitar)
19. Sign of the Cross/The Seven Angels medley (everyone)

Live Report by Heather

Around 7:00pm they let us into the venue so we could thaw out. I could only get a spot on the far left corner of the front row. Bummer. Thankfully I have a 10x zoom camera so I could still get some decent pictures.

They came out 10 minutes late and opened with the combo of 'Twisted Mind' and 'The Scarecrow' like they did at Wacken 2008. I could actually hear Jorn unlike at Wacken which was nice for a change. Next was 'Promised Land' which I was hoping to be performed by Michael, but instead it was Tobi and Jorn. Ah well, it was still pretty good.

There's a window off to the left side of the stage that people can watch from and Michael was up there most times when he wasn't singing. It was amusing to see him watch the show with a smile on his face :)

'Serpents in Paradise' was next. Jorn and Tobi were trading smiles the whole time. The first Bob song 'The Story Ain't Over' was next. He always makes me laugh when I see him live, because he's waving his hands around in the air for no apparent reason. Around then in the show is when Sascha (the guitarist) started blocking our view of the singers. I swear, he knew just when they were about to stand next to each other behind him and then stand in front. A pain in the arse for me taking pictures, that's for sure.

Michael joined at stage for the next two songs from the first Metal Opera album: 'Reach Out For the Light' and 'The Tower'. I was surprised to hear 'The Tower' since they didn't play that on the last tour. It was very nice to hear Michael and Tobi dueling for that song. Michael was all smiles for most of the time, sometimes asking Tobi if it was his part next. Awww.

There is also a little video of 'The Tower':

Kai made his grand entrance in all black doing Jon Oliva's part for the song 'Death is Just a Feeling'. Surprisingly enough he pulled off the evil voice really well. 'Lost in Space' was next and the only song that Tobi sang alone. Though Amanda did add some harmony at the end. It was pretty much the same as it was at Wacken. Good but really nothing that interesting going on in it. Tobi and Bob came out for 'In Quest For' and sat down on the stairs leading up to the back riser. It was amusing to watch Tobi sit still for that long. He's one of those guys that's constantly moving around on stage.

Three singers came out for 'Runaway Train'. Michael didn't sing on this one like he does on the CD, instead was in the room above watching. Bob did Michael's parts for the song. It was much better than on the CD. The version on the CD tends to bore me a lot, even with Michael on it. *shrugs*

Michael was back out for the single 'Dying For an Angel'. Usually it's sung by Klaus Meine, but I think Michael did a great job singing his part. It's one of the few times that Michael actually gets to sing in a lower range. Always a good thing in my mind :) Michael stayed out there for the next song 'Stargazers'. Tobi sang Russell's parts instead. I think Michael did a great job on this song. One of the highlights for sure for me. He was constantly trying to make Tobi and Jorn laugh during it. Amanda and Tobi did a duet for 'Farewell'. I would have loved to hear Michael sing the last part; it totally would have made me cry if he did. Probably a good thing he didn't I guess.

One of my favorite songs off the new albums 'The Wicked Symphony' was next with Oliver doing Russell's parts. It was awesome live to say the least. I was jumping up and down along with Tobi. It's not like you can not do it when he does it. He commands, and you do it. They left the stage for like three minutes before starting the encore part with 'The Toy Master'. Kai again was out for that one like he had in the 2008 festival tour. He's way too damn good in that role. Flirting with everyone who's within a hundred feet of him. And you can't take your eyes off him if you tried. He's that magnetic.

A short video clip of "Shelter From The Rain":

The song that most were anxious to hear was 'Shelter From the Rain' because it meant that both Kai and Michael were on stage together. I swear, it's like 22 years apart never happened. It was like old times with Michael hanging off Kai watching his every move and Kai leaning back into Michael's arms. So awesome. Though I had to laugh at Kai's fumbling of Henjo's solo in that song. It's a good thing Henjo wasn't there to laugh at him. Poor Kai.

Videoclip playing 'Avantasia':

The lineup stayed the same for 'Avantasia' as well. Again with Michael never leaving Kai's side except to sing with Tobi during the choruses. Kai was definitely enjoying the attention and watching Tobi and Michael giggle at each other. Who wouldn't?

Here is a clip of "Sign Of The Cross/Seven Angels" & the introduction of all musicians:

Everyone came out for the final song which was a medley of 'Sign of the Cross' and 'The Seven Angels'. Tobi took time in the beginning to introduce everyone in the band. Usually with remarks that they're gay and such. What a dork. The bow at the end had me a little teary-eyed. Happy to see such an event and sad that it was already over. I would have loved for them to play another hour. And if that wasn't enough, everyone had a big smile on their faces for it :)

Amanda Somerville videoblogs

First videoblog about the rehearsals:

Amanda videoblog about 'bout the first and the second show: