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).

* The band headlines the Print de Temps Festival tonight and will play a Amsterdam (nearing sold-out) concert tomorrow followed by a full headliner tour with special guests Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons. (* Guest vocalists Fabio Lione and Tommy Karevik). Thank you for your support and see you on tour!

Thomas, Casey, Oliver and Sean"

Source: kamelot.com
Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 22.04.2011 by Zhao

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30.04.2011 - 08:45
Greg L.
Written by morsus on 23.04.2011 at 22:23

Tomorrow's news: Mikael Akerfeldt leaves Opeth, Iron Maiden's plane crashes and they all die, Justin Bieber replaces Roy Khan


Seriously, not funny ;(
02.05.2011 - 23:48
One of the great GREAT singers in progressive metal. His range was legendary. This is a massive blow
04.05.2011 - 20:50
This fucking sux...One of my favorite bands and one of the ones that got me into metal because of Khan's singing.....
06.05.2011 - 15:26
Muse of Light
I've loved Kamelot for quite some time, and I think Roy Khan is an excellent singer. The band will definitely have their work cut out for them in finding a vocalist with his talent and energy. I'm disappointed that he's leaving the band, but I can hope that Kamelot will choose another great vocalist.

I am wishing Khan the best of luck in whatever he chooses to do in the future, and hope that he will eventually return to making music with his amazing voice so I can hear more of him.
"My past holds only pain and loss. I will conquer it by creating the perfect future." - Ixidor, reality sculptor
07.05.2011 - 10:34
Man I just stumbled upon this... and well, it's fucking bullshit lol. Terrible news.
26.09.2011 - 13:14
Thor arise
NOOO!!! This is a great disaster!! He is the best on stage...when they came to my town two years ago....they ruled and especially...KHAN, a great disaster, no one can replace him.)=
10.02.2012 - 10:02
Written by Radwolf on 22.04.2011 at 22:20

"Why, oh why, my god
Have you abandoned me..."

For me Khan is the Kamelot's soul, like the 'K' of 'Kamelot. Now, they are 'amelot'...

could not agree more, i was just watching love you to death on youtube, a live show and saw in one of the comments that he had left i thought it wasnt true until i looked here.........when i read it i literally cried for 15 minutes. my reaction was :O and D"""""""": . why roy why? such a talented and amazing singer and an amzing guy to fall to his knees while singing love you to death to cry it takes a true amazing man to do that, roy you are truely amazing, i wish you luck in the future man although kamelot will never be the same without you and so i shale now call it amelot.

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