The first in a series of video updates from KAMELOT‘s “Pandemonium Over Europe 2011” headlining tour with support from EVERGREY, AMARANTHE and SONS OF SEASONS can be viewed below.
The remaining members of KAMELOT have begun searching for a new singer the following the departure of the band’s longtime frontman, Roy Khan. “I have a few guys in mind,” said KAMELOT 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.”
KAMELOT recently completed a South American tour with guest singer Fabio Lione of RHAPSODY OF FIRE. Lione is also handling the vocals on KAMELOT‘s European tour.
In an April 2011 interview with PowerMetal.cl, Youngblood stated about KAMELOT‘s decision to recruit
Lione to fill in for Khan, “I’ve heard some songs with Fabio singing — some KAMELOT songs like ‘Ghost Opera’ — and he sings quite different than he does with RHAPSODY for KAMELOT, which also, of course, makes sense, because it’s a different approach to vocals.
“The idea [to hire Fabio for the tour] came from Sascha Paeth, our producer, who also produces RHAPSODY. He suggested it because he has worked with Fabio and knows his abilities. But, obviously, the high range that he can do with songs like ‘Center Of The Universe’ or ‘Nights Of Arabia’, these are songs that we… I think over the years, Roy, his range has dropped, so a song like ‘Nights Of Arabia’ is no problem for Fabio to sing. So we’re gonna add some songs [to the upcoming tour’s setlist] that we haven’t been able to play over the past few years that I think fans have been wanting to hear.”
When asked about the rumor that Roy Khan‘s “religious conversion” played a major part in his decision to sit out KAMELOT‘s current world tour, Youngblood said, “This is what we do, this is what we love doing — the band loves performing, we love touring. And I don’t know if Roy has lost that… in his heart, in terms of what he likes doing. I know that there are some other issues. I know that there is a religious aspect to it now that I can’t really 100 percent explain. Obviously, we were disappointed, and I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit pissed off about it, but at the same time, we — the whole band, together — decided, ‘Listen, we’re not gonna slow down! We’ve got this new album and we wanna come to South America.’ And that’s what we’re doing.”
“Whenever we had a day or two off in Europe [on previous KAMELOT tours], [Roy] needed to fly home, which I thought was kind of extreme, to fly home, but that kind of was a sign was that I should have noticed that maybe the touring part was not for him. But the religious aspect of it is something that I want him to kind of talk about, but I know that he had been going to religious classes, for whatever reason. Obviously, over the years of working together and being, at times, best friends and things like that, we have discussed all kinds of topics about religion, so it’s actually very surprising to me that this is where we are at now with him. But I don’t really wanna talk too much more about it, because that’s really something, I think, that he should come out about, in terms of what he believes or doesn’t believe or whatever. All I can say is right now the band is unified and we’re just not gonna slow down.”