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Sound & Silence Interview with Tokio Hotel
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Event Review: Tokio Hotel – Feel It All Club Experience Part II – North American Tour

Words are not enough to explain the surreal feeling at the pit of my stomach on the afternoon of August 5th. The level of excitement combined with a shade of utter disbelief took me out of my own being and into another dimension. This is a band that has gotten me through so many bad experiences, break-ups, disappointments, and allowed me to wholeheartedly reinvent myself in high school. They were coming to my beloved city, Chicago, and performing at one of my dearest venues, The Chicago House of Blues.

After 2009’s Humanoid, the band had taken a five year hiatus and fans were dying to hear new music. We were teased with the world premier video of “Hurricanes and Suns,” a new song and bonus track from 2010’s Best of… album. Many of us freaked out thinking the band was going to break-up, little did we know that the quartet was actually going through a musical transition, in which they established full control over their newest full length release, Kings of Suburbia. Having full control over the production, lyrics and vision of the record became the concept behind the “Feel It All” experience.

At every show on tour, Bill Kaulitz (lead vocals) and Tom Kaulitz (guitar) like to pick a local artist to open up for them, which is an excellent way to give exposure to these hand picked bands. MXMS and the Victorian Halls opened at the Chicago’s House of Blues show and helped set up the mood for the Kings of Suburbia.

The concept of Tokio Hotel’s show was way different than anything we’ve ever seen before. The entirety of the tour is aimed at performing at smaller venues so that the audience can feel the quintessential intimacy and connection between themselves and the band. Having experienced the “Feel It All” performance on my own skin that fateful night, the guys have knocked it out of the park. They played all the songs off their new record, combining the new tracks with oldies, such as “Moonson,” “Screamin’,” “Noise,” “Automatic” “Darkside of the Sun” and “Rescue Me.” It was brilliant because it combined Scream, Humanoid and Kings of Suburbia in one concert. So for those who haven’t seen them live on tour, it served as the perfect scrapbook to all of their albums.

The craziest thing was the diversity of the audience – there were people there of all ages, and I don’t mean tweens and teens…try thirty some things and knowing all the lyrics to all the songs. Even though there were hundreds of people watching, you couldn’t help but feel that Bill was just singing and looking at you. The production of the show was exquisite. There was a multitude of costumes that Bill changed into. Between every three songs, he dressed in different outfits that complimented the theme of the song being played. The world slowed, time stopped, and everything else except the music became a faded blur. It’s safe to say I lost my voice for a day, but I have never felt so deeply connected with an artist than that night.

I was right to buy a tour shirt afterwards, because I have quite literally FELT IT ALL [that also happens to be the sign on my shirt].

Click to listen to our exclusive interview with Tokio Hotel and browse through the gallery captured by Mandy Pichler to view the madness unleashed at the show.

There are a few tour dates left on the North American Feel It All tour, so grab your tickets now and enjoy.

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Tokio Hotel in Boston!

Tokio Hotel plays Boston for the first time tomorrow as the Feel It All World Tour stops at the Paradise.

With a new record released in September of last year and a new tour launched in March of 2015, Tokio Hotel are still at the top of their game. Massively successful across the world, they have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and have been at the top of the charts every time they release a record. As they play Boston for the first time ever, tomorrow August 11th at the Paradise Rock Club, the anticipation is high to see these European legends grace the stage.

I got the chance to chat with frontman Bill Kaulitz via email about the tour, their music, and their lasting success.

WD) It’s been a while since you were out on tour, how is everything going so far?

BK) Everything is going very well. We are super happy we can tour in the US again. It’s been such a long time since we toured here last. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to bring this show over and share it with our American fans, but we weren’t sure it was going to work out due to the logistics. Now that is has, we couldn’t be more excited. We wanted to bring the whole production over and deliver the same show we did in Europe. Our idea was to bring an arena production to small venues and give the audience a once in a lifetime experience. Something they haven’t seen before. There is a lot going on. We have a massive light show, costumes and lots of special effects. We wanted to turn the small venues into nightclubs and have a massive party with everyone. So far it is working out perfectly. We are having the best time!

WD) What have your experiences in Boston been like when you have toured here before?

BK) This will be our first time playing in Boston so we are really excited to come and play for our fans. We love visiting new cities, but the bad thing is that you never really get the chance to actually see it. We are in and out. We spend the entire day at the venue, play the show and then we are off to the next one. We’ve heard great things about Boston so i hope we get to at least see a little bit!

WD) How do international audiences differ from American ones?

BK) We feel like the fans have been waiting so long for us to come to the US that they really appreciate that we are back on the road. We see so many different types of people and it feels like our audience here is more mixed than in other countries. From super young girls to older guys and everything in between, and that is great. I love that! That’s what music does. It unites all ages and genders. Nothing matters but the music and the experience. The energy we get back in America is overwhelming. We love it.

WD) For those that haven’t seen you before, what can people expect at a Tokio Hotel show?

BK) They can definitely expect a “show”. We don’t show up and just bring our amps and instruments. We really put on a show and always try to give our fans something new and unexpected. There is so much going on stage that it’s hard to describe. We have different sections in the show and also play some of our favorites from the old albums, but the concept of the show is mainly about the new album. It’s very electronic and we tried things we’ve never done before. Everyone stepped out of their comfort zone to make the songs come alive on stage. The guys play drums, piano, synths etc. it’s a big electronic party with snow, lights, costumes, air guns and more.

WD) You guys have been deeply involved in the fashion world for some years now. What is your favorite item of menswear for touring?

BK) Well that’s different for every tour. For me, a good show needs good fashion and it’s totally different from street wear. When I’m on stage I turn into different characters and I love that. My costumes are super loud. Every song and section of the show has a different feeling and I tried to reflect that with my outfits. I have about 5 costume changes in the show. I always work together with different designers for each tour. On the humanoid tour I worked with Dan and Dean of D-Square. For this tour I designed everything myself with Marco Marco. He’s a LA designer and we immediately clicked, so I was happy.

WD) The new record came out late last year sounds great. It was number one in 30 countries and in TOP5 in 17 more countries. What do you attribute to the lasting success of the music?

BK) Success for me is to have a real fan base. For people to come out all over the world, to see you and share the music with you. Having a number one record is great of course! But nowadays it doesn’t really mean anything anymore. The music industry has changed so much. There is a new song or artist that pops up every week with lots of hype. Most of them only gain momentum for a quick minute and then they are gone. Also, the competition is harder than ever. Music is everywhere and record companies don’t really matter as much anymore and their power is mostly gone. The future in the music industry is not going to be within major labels, I can tell you that! So in this crazy circus the best thing you can have are fans that are passionate about the band and your music and not only one song. We are so lucky to have that. That’s real success to me!

WD) What’s next for you guys after the tour is complete?

BK) Well, there are plenty more shows to go. After the US leg of the tour we continue the world tour to LATAM. After that we go to Russia and Ukraine. We are also planning a part 5 of the tour in Europe and Asia so we basically gonna tour the rest of the year. Tom and I are also writing a book, our first novel. It’s a dark, twisted, and sarcastic story about the music industry we grew up in. The plan is to finish it this year but you never know. It’s a lot of work since we do it on our own and have no ghostwriters or anything. It’s a lot of fun but so much fucking work. We are also constantly in the studio working on new music and some solo projects. We definitely don’t get bored or get any rest, that’s for sure.

You can see Tokio Hotel tomorrow at the Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.
Get tickets HERE

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