2010-12-05 - Arenan, Stockholm

December 05th, 2010


AVANTASIA last show in Europe (just for a week) was in Sweden on 5th December. The set list didn't change.


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 (Michi/Jorn/Oliver)
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)

Review by Johannes:

There has been snow surrounding every Avantasia gig so far on this tour, but perhaps Scandinavian Stockholm offered the most chilly experience the band will have on this tour.

It's hard to estimate how many people were there, I haven't been to Fryshuset (Arenan) in Stockholm before, as I'm not from town, but I'd say anything between 3-5000 probably. What I was surprised about was how many different people you could find there, people of all ages, both genders, with stereotypical heavy metal fans and people that looked like they just got there from work. There were also quite a few norwegians and finns traveling to Stockholm this evening, and I personally went with a friend and a guy staying at our hotel who was from France, so people had come from both far and wide to see Avantasia and Michael. I talked to a lot of fans before the show, and Kiske was the reason most people were so excited, everyone were talking about him. The t-shirts quickly sold out, and you could tell how appreciated this tour was even before the gig started.

I didn't take note of the songs and who sang on what, but the show kicked off with "Twisted Mind" as usual, and the crowd went really nuts in the start, as usual, and Tobi looked very surprised of how many people sang along to the lyrics and stuff. The show carried on with "The Scarecrow", which was one of the strongest tracks of the evening, I'd say. Jörn Lande got a huge reception from his scandinavian brothers and sisters, I'd say he got as big of a welcome as Kiske, pretty much. Throughout the show, Tobias and Jörn practiced Tobi's swedish, which was pretty OK actually Smile Jörn spoke norwegian, and he replied in swedish, and there were a lot of jokes about penis size and all the shizzle you can expect from Mr. Sammet :)

A fan recorded "Farewell":

Then came the track "Reach Out For The Light", which featured Michael's scream in the start, which he pulled off in an amazing fashion, and the crowd were really happy about him being there. After that song, Kiske did explain that he was actually sick, which hadn't come across at all in the previous song. He said "I'm sick today, so I'm gonna need your help on this next track..." and he started singing "Where do I... gooooo" and everyone knew the song: "The Tower". Great piece as well, worked really well live, it's like a singing duel between Michael and Tobi. In between the little breaks in "The Tower", and throughout the show in general, the crowd would start chanting "Kiske, Kiske, Kiske!", and I myself as a bootleg fan got "flashbacks" to the gigs Helloween did in Stockholm 20 years ago, where the crowd chanted in the exact same manner.


I've seen quite a few of the shows from various clips and stuff on youtube, and to me Michael looked a little umcomfortable there, which is understandable. Now, however, he was very much into the gig and really worked with the audience and the choruses and stuff, almost like the old days in Helloween, which was great to see. The band fooled around a lot and Michael was a big part of this, he was always trying to make the others laugh, did his usual little funny stuff on stage, he even lay down sometimes as part of a joke, so he was very much present on the stage, both physically and mentally, than he had been before, I think. He joked around a lot with the others in the band too, not only Tobi and Kai but also Olli, Sascha, Felix, Jörn etc, which was great to see, the chemistry looked really genuine :)

Tobi continued on saying that Sweden was his favorite country in the world, but that he always seems to be sick when coming there. He thought the crowd was great and mentioned that Sweden was the first country that Edguy was able to tour properly in, so he's always loved coming back to Sweden ever since, and that it was self-evident to put a date in Sweden when doing this tour.

I always find it hard to summarize a show, I'm always so caught up in it that afterwards it's all a blurry mess, especially after something as exciting as Avantasia with Michael :) The band had apperantly caught a bit of a flu or something, but you couldn't notice it, the singing was really good, Michael did have some problems with the really high-pitched stuff, but that's to be expected, especially since you could really hear when he spoke to the audience that his speaking-voice sounded sick.

Here is a video of "Avantasia":

All in all, the show was fantastic, the band really is something of an all-star band to me. Best tracks: "In Quest For" (personal favorite!), "Runaway Train", "Dying for an Angel" (really got the audience going)

Here is a video of closing track "Sign Of The Cross/Seven Angels":

Amanda Somerville videoblog