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Kamelot - Roy Khan Leaves The Band, Seek Replacement (UPDATED)

Original news, published on 22.04.2011

Despite Kamelot themselves not announcing it, Roy Khan has issued a statement on his Myspace confirming the rumors of him leaving the band:

"Dear fans & friends,

There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with Kamelot and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what's actually going on. It is a fact however that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with Kamelot). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; It is finished.

I am currently spending time with my family in Norway taking it easy and wondering profoundly what the future is going to bring. Communication with the outer world has been so and so, but I have had several talks with Thomas along the way although I am still called in sick. I am terribly sorry that my decision is affecting so many others and I want you to know I wish the band & associates all the best for the future and that I enjoyed every second in the spotlight. How could I not...they were nourished by the best fans in the world! I am eternally thankful for everything you and Kamelot have given me and equally sorry that it has to end here. The good news is; God was there after all...

Love you to death!

All the best & so long,
Roy Khan"

UPDATED, on 22.04.2011 (Thanks to Zhao)

The remaining members of Kamelot have released the following statement regarding the departure of the band's frontman, Roy Khan:

"With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band. We wanted to give him ample time for this kind of decision, due to his recent burnout and also the amount of amazing times we have shared with him in Kamelot. We respectfully accept his resignation from the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The timing is actually good since we feel the uncertainty the fans have had can now be laid to rest and the band can move on to finding a new singer.

"The tour is going great so far and the fans have been amazing throughout this entire process" - adds keyboardist Oliver Palotai. With the new tour already in progress, Kamelot has already begun the search for a new vocalist. "I have a few guys in mind", said band founder Thomas Youngblood. "And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person". Due to the overwhelming success of the recent shows in South America, we are pleased to announce new shows in November/December for Europe (stay tuned).


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 22.04.2011 by Zhao | Comments (97)

Kamelot - North American Tour Announced

Kamelot has confirmed their long-awaited North American Tour in support on the band's newest release, Poetry for the Poisoned. Support will come from Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist.

Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Poetry for the Poisoned.

Khan states: "I am here in Norway still recovering from what seems to have been a severe burnout syndrome. I am getting better but still under medical care. My priorities at the moment are my health & family. My future endeavors in Kamelot and music in general are being evaluated, however at this time my focus is on getting back on my feet and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!"

With the news of Roy's continued absence, Kamelot are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.

In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed.

Pandemonium Over North America Tour:

Aug. 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquarade
Aug. 27 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Aug. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Aug. 30 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Aug. 31- Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sep. 02 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Sep. 03 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial De Quebec
Sep. 04 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
Sep. 06 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep. 07 - Detroit, MI - Blondie's
Sep. 08 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Sep. 09 - St. Paul, NM - Station 4
Sep. 12 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sep. 13 - Portland, OR - Peter's Room
Sep. 14 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Sep. 15 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Sep. 16 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
Sep. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Sep. 18 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Sep. 20 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Sep. 21 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Sep. 23 - Orlando, FL - The Club At Firestone


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 28.02.2011 by Thryce | Comments (11)

Kamelot - Amaranthe Singer Joining Kamelot On Tour

Kamelot are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will be joining the band again, this time on their European and South American tour dates.

Elize joins the band on this very special and unique tour that includes some special guests singers like Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), Simone Simons (Epica) and many more.

Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "I am very pleased to hear that Elize will be touring with us again, she toured with us for the entire year of 2010 and was amazing at every show!". When contacted by phone Elize stated: "I am very exited about going on tour with Kamelot, I had so much fun during the 2010 performances on all the great stages with this awesome band in front of all their amazing fans! It's a real honor to be able to do that once again!".

Amaranthe will also be supporting Kamelot on the European leg of their Pandemonium Tour, together with Evergrey and Sons Of Seasons.


Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot: The Pandemonium Tour 2011
Posted: 26.01.2011 by BudDa | Comments (3)

Kamelot - Rhapsody Of Fire Singer To Replace Roy Khan On Tour

As reported earlier this week, Kamelot's Pandemonium Over Europe 2011 is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons (on selected dates) to the already announced tour schedule, with more dates to come.

As part of the ongoing Kamelot campaign, the band has now announced 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour:

Aug 30 - Grammercy Theater in New York City, NY - USA
Sept 2 - Club Soda in Montreal, Québec - Canada

Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot's album, Poetry for the Poisoned...

However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine, ex-Labyrinth) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour.

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating: "I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot... see you soon on tour and let's rock!"


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 17.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (25)

Kamelot - Support Acts Confirmed

Kamelot are pleased to announce that the special guests on the upcoming Pandemonium Over Europe Tour during next year 2011, will be Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons (on selected dates only).

As reported earlier, in keeping with Kamelot's flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. "It's still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it's more theatrical and visual than before", Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. "It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!".

Here are the tour dates again:

Apr. 22 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Apr. 23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
Apr. 24 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
Apr. 27 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
Apr. 28 - London, England - KoKo
Apr. 29 - Luxemburg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
Apr. 30 - Luzern, Switzerland - Schüür
May 01 - Milano, Italy - Magazzini Generali
May 03 - Budapest, Hungary - Petöfi Hall
May 05 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
May 06 - Krakow, Poland - Kwadrat
May 07 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
May 08 - Stuttgart, Germany - Longhorn / LKA
May 10 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
May 11 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
May 12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgårn
May 14 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
May 15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio


Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot: The Pandemonium Tour 2011
Posted: 15.12.2010 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Kamelot - Pandemonium Over Europe Tour Part 2

Kamelot has announced their highly anticipated return to Europe on the heels of their new album release Poetry for the Poisoned. The 2011 European leg of The Pandemonium Tour, will begin on April 22nd at Paris' famous Elysée Montmartre venue, taking their spectacular show to 18 top venues and a host of new cities in Europe.

In keeping with Kamelot's flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. "It's still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it's more theatrical and visual than before", Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. "It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!".

Apr 22, 2011 - Paris (France) @ Elysée Montmartre
Apr 23, 2011 - Amsterdam (The Netherlands) @ Paradiso
Apr 24, 2011 - Antwerp (Belgium) @ Hof Ter Lo
Apr 27, 2011 - Nottingham (United Kingdom) @ Rock City
Apr 28, 2011 - London (United Kingdom) @ KoKo
Apr 29, 2011 - Luxemburg (Luxemburg) @ Den Atelier
Apr 30, 2011 - Luzern (Switzerland) @ Schüür
May 01, 2011 - Milano (Italy) @ Magazzini Generali
May 03, 2011 - Budapest (Hungary) @ Petöfi Hall
May 05, 2011 - Bratislava (Slovakia) @ Majestic Music Club
May 06, 2011 - Krakow (Poland) @ Kwadrat
May 07, 2011 - Berlin (Germany) @ C-Club
May 08, 2011 - Stuttgart (Germany) @ LKA Longhorn
May 10, 2011 - Köln (Germany) @ Live Music Hall
May 11, 2011 - Hamburg (Germany) @ Markthalle
May 12, 2011 - Gothenburg (Sweden) @ Trädgårn
May 14, 2011 - Oslo (Norway) @ Sentrum Scene


Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot: The Pandemonium Tour 2011
Posted: 21.11.2010 by Angel_Lament | Comments (10)

Kamelot - Live Video Posted Online

"Hunter's Season", the new live video from Kamelot's latest release Poetry For The Poisoned bonus DVD, which features on the deluxe edition of the album, can now be watched below. The album saw an early September release through earMUSIC/Edel.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 30.10.2010 by ImNotMetal | Comments (5)

Kamelot - Vocalist Falls Ill, N. American Tour Postponed

Original news, posted on 04.09.2010

Kamelot have made the following statement:

"The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour. Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy Khantatat became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician's care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future.

After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality - our good friend Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring.

Roy also commented: "I am terribly sorry that I cannot do this upcoming tour in North America this fall. We have our most fantastic album ever coming out in September, and the timing could have been better I guess. The band has my full and unconditional blessing to go out there and kick ass regardless, and I feel we have found a good replacement in Michael. He is a very good singer and long time friend. Be good to him! Hope to see you soon!"

Michael states: "Roy and I go way back, so when he called and asked me to help him and the rest of Kamelot to do their long planned USA tour, I told him, 'Sure bro, I am there for you.' It will be big shoes to fill, but in his honor I will do my best to give the Kamelotfans a show they have long awaited. So grab your earplugs and come join the party!"

UPDATE: (thanks to 36904)

Last week, Kamelot announced that vocalist Roy "Khan" Khantatat was sitting out the upcoming North American trek because of a severe illness. Circus Maximus Michael Eriksen would be falling in for Khan. But now the band has announced they're postponing the tour altogether. Here's the official word:


Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot + Leaves' Eyes [POSTPONED]
Posted: 08.09.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (37)

Kamelot - New Video Online

"The Great Pandemonium, the new video from US metallers Kamelot, can be viewed at this location. The video was shot in Sweden and directed by Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films.

"The Great Pandemonium" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Poetry For The Poisoned, which will be released in Europe on September 10 through earMUSIC/Edel. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported here, here and here.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 02.09.2010 by Zhao | Comments (23)

Kamelot - Album Cover Art Revealed, Trailer Online, Audio Sample Medley Online

Original news, published on 06.08.2010

Kamelot have revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming Poetry For The Poisoned album. The album will be released next month. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported over here and over here.

Poetry For The Poisoned will be available in three versions:
Regular CD edition
Digipak CD with bonus DVD
Two-LP gatefold vinyl edition

UPDATED on 25.08.2010 (thanks to Ellrohir)

A short video trailer for for Kamelot's forthcoming album, Poetry For The Poisoned, was posted online and can be viewed at this location.

UPDATE (thanks to *!*)

US metallers Kamelot have posted a medley of songs from their upcoming Poetry For The Poisoned album. Check it out at the band's MySpace page.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 30.08.2010 by Dark Blood | Comments (30)

Kamelot - More Album Details Revealed

Knife Fight Media is proud to announce that Kamelot have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, the premier KMG label release will be the North American debut of Kamelot's highly anticipated 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, on September 14, 2010.

The formation of KMG Recordings seems a natural progression for the group. Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "We are in a very unique and fast changing era for the music world; I am very excited about the new venture of KMG in North America. We have a team of experienced and passionate people working with us on this new release, which will be another step for Kamelot and our fans."

KMG Recordings turned to Gunter Ford, music veteran and founder of World Entertainment inc. and Knife Fight Media, who worked with them on their Ghost Opera and The Black Halo releases, to oversee and manage the new label. Gunter adds: "In these changing times, Knife Fight Media was created in order to provide marketing, promotion, product development and label management services for artists and labels in need of maximizing their Brand in a fast changing and challenging landscape of the North American Music Industry. I believe the "Kamelot Brand" is one of the leaders in its genre. I will be working closely with Thomas Youngblood, Roy Khan, DisManic and the Knife Fight Media team around this fantastic new release to grow Poetry For The Poisoned even beyond the level of success we experienced with their previous releases in North America."

Poetry for the Poisoned will be available in three versions (Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition). DVD bonus material includes: Kamelot video "The Great Pandemonium", exclusive and in depth interviews with each Kamelot member, Kamelot "Pick and Play" for the song "The Great Pandemonium", Poetry for the Poisoned background images, exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010 and an uncut version of the bonus song "House on a Hill" .

Kamelot will release Poetry for the Poisoned through earMusic/Edel in Europe on September 10, 2010. Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan.

Poetry For The Poisoned tracklist:

01. The Great Pandemonium
02. If Tomorrow Came
03. Dear Editor
04. The Zodiac
05. Hunter's Season
06. House On A Hill


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 22.07.2010 by BudDa | Comments (10)

Kamelot - Sign With EarMUSIC, New Album Details

Official press release

earMUSIC, the international rock label of the Hamburg-based entertainment group Edel, has announced the signing of American/Norwegian melodic metallers Kamelot. The band's new studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, will be released in Europe on September 3, 2010. Poetry for the Poisoned was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. The compositions take the listener through many "emotions and dynamics that touch the soul and the mind".

Kamelot Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional Kamelot sound and style that we have established over the years. Poetry for the Poisoned is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal. It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."

Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S. The album features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Firewind), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

Frontman Roy Khan assures that Poetry for the Poisoned will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of Kamelot to a whole range of new fans. "Poetry for the Poisoned is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.

Max Vaccaro, director of the earMUSIC label, commented: "If there is one thing that is absolutely clear with Kamelot, it's that the band has a unique vision of metal and they consider anything they do as the 'next step' to something bigger and better, constantly adamant to reach new ambitious artistic targets. We're happy about the fact that they have chosen earMUSIC as the partner to expand their audience with this new wonderful album."

Poetry For The Poisoned will also be available as a limited edition hard-cover digipak CD with a bonus DVD, LP and limited collector's edition featuring a bonus 45" vinyl with two rare songs only available on this strictly limited format, personally signed by the band.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 26.06.2010 by BudDa | Comments (4)

Kamelot - New Album Due In September, S. American Shows

In an update on their website, Kamelot announced they'll film a video for "The Great Pandemonium", and indirectly revealed the new as-yet-untitled album will be released somewhere in September.

"Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and Director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album due in stores September 2010!"

More release details are expected to be revealed soon, so stay tuned. In other news, the band also announced several live dates for South America and Mexico in April next year.

Kamelot keymaster Oliver Palotai states: "We played in Brazil a few years ago and it was amazing. We have heard from fans all over South America and how loud and crazy the fans will be, we know these shows will be killer! In addition to this we have added 2 very exclusive and special concerts in Mexico to this leg."

South American / Pandemonium Tour 2011

April 07, 2011 - Santiago De Chile - CHI - Teatro Caupolica
April 08, 2011 - Buenos Aires - ARG - Teatro Flore
April 09, 2011 - Sao Paulo - BRA - Victoria Hall
April 12, 2011 - Bogota - COL - Downtown Majestic
April 14, 2011 - Mexico City - MEX - Teatro Metropolitan
April 15, 2011 - Chihuahua - MEX - Chihuahua Arena



Band profile: Kamelot
Event: Kamelot: Pandemonium Tour
Posted: 19.06.2010 by Zhao | Comments (11)

Kamelot - Record Deal For Japan

Kamelot have inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon for the Japanese release of the band's forthcoming album, tentatively due in late Summer 2010. The album features special guest appearances by Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Simone Simons (Epica), Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and more.

"Marquee/Avalon is happy to have Kamelot - such a great band in our family and we are proud of announcing it. We all hope that Kamelot's fame will be at a higher level with the next album. we trust the band a potential to become so," states Marquee's Naohiro Yamazaki.

Roy Khan adds: "We are very excited about working with Marquee on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there."

A release date will be announced in the near future.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 25.05.2010 by Zhao | Comments (8)

Kamelot - Gus G. To Guest On New Kamelot CD

Guitar phenom Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) has added his signature style and soloing to one of Kamelot's new songs that will appear on the band's upcoming CD.

Kamelot guitarist Youngblood comments: "Gus and I have been talking about working together for a few years now, I first met Gus when Dream Evil played with us on the Japanese Tour in a few years back. Since then Gus' band Firewind has toured with us in Europe and Japan and we have become great friends. I have always thought Gus' style was very special and very unique, its really great to have him on the new album!"

Gus G. adds: "Kamelot is a very unique band with a sound of their own and I've always liked them. To be invited to play on their new album is an honor and jamming on their track was a lot of fun. During the time our bands toured Japan and all over Europe together, Thomas and I became good friends. I have great memories from being on the road with the guys and I'm glad I contributed to their new album."

Kamelot is coming off of a hugely successful European Tour and will be playing several major Festivals this Summer before kicking off their North American Tour. More news about the new Kamelot CD coming soon, including more special guests, video news and more.


Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 19.05.2010 by BudDa | Comments (12)