Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz behind-the-scenes performing Imagine
for the UNICEF project. #Imagine #EveryVoiceCounts
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“We welcomed in Bill and Tom Kaulitz, twin brothers from the band Tokio Hotel. They’re huge over in Europe and starting to make a name for themselves over here in the states, so be sure to keep your eye on them. People just might think you’re something of a taste-maker.
We kept them in to judge our next Gobble Game, the Pilgrim Pole Dance! Each of our models came in the studio, dressed in their very own pilgrim garb and stripped on the pole for us. If only the original Pilgrims could see us now… Nothing pure about our Puritans.”
To see THe Full set, click an image ; )
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Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz blogs exclusively for SheKnows
about love, labels and his sexuality
So, here I am. Sitting in my bed and writing about love. Next to me is my English bulldog, Pumba — the big love in my life. When I was asked to write something about love, I said yes right away, but now I’m thinking… what the f*** do I know about love?!
I guess I wanted to do it because ever since I can remember, I have believed in it! I believe in love and nothing but love. The big kind of love, the overwhelming, the completely out of control and over the top, the “I’d do anything for you” kind of love.
Why do I believe in it? I don’t know, I have no idea. All I know is that I do.
From the time I was a little boy sitting in my room in my parents house in a tiny little village with 800 souls called Loitsche in East Germany, where I grew up, I was consumed thinking about big cities, singing, being on stage and finding my big love. My twin bother, Tom, never understood that part. He didn’t give a shit about that.
My friends sometimes make fun of me and almost everyone I know thinks I have a fairy tale idea about love and they always tell me it’s not like how it is in the movies — that I’m way too romantic and that all of this is just my fantasy. They say, “In real life, love works way different!”
People think I’m so naive because I’ve never been hurt and all I think is that they probably got hurt too much. That’s why they say stuff like that. That someone broke their heart or maybe they never really loved someone enough and that’s why they can’t relate to what I’m talking about.
The funny thing is that I’m probably the one who got hurt the most out of all these people put together. Heartbroken, completely destroyed, the worst kind of heartbreak you can imagine. Worse than I ever thought could happen to me. Betrayed, cheated on, taken advantage of. I’m saying this without telling the whole story, of course, but I want people to know that things like this happen to me, too — to the ones who seem to be “covered in gold.”
Although I’m still trying to heal, I feel like I still believe — which is a good thing. I still believe in the magic, in the big once-in-a-lifetime love. Is it gonna happen to me? I don’t know. I thought I had already found it once, so maybe not… but I’m hoping, because hope is what keeps all of us going and I truly believe that love is all we are here for! No other reason. Only love!
People like to categorize and label everything. That’s less dangerous; it feels safer. Especially in the industry that I’m in. I feel like it drives people nuts not to know if there is a woman or a man in my bed. That’s why I’ve been getting the ”gay question” ever since I turned 13, when I started giving interviews. I always wondered… why does that even matter? I thought I was here to sing and perform for people?
I never felt like I owed any answers to anyone about it and it amuses me that they made such a big deal out of it. In my world, it’s not that black and white and I think that the real question should be: Why are we asking this? Why does it matter? Why do we need labels? Can we not just live?
No one knows what’s gonna happen in the next minute, the next second. Who knows who I may run into? Maybe I’m just about to meet someone who changes my life forever and, if that happens, does it really matter what gender they are? What I do know is that love is the one beautiful thing we can’t control. We have no power over it. We don’t know where it comes from and we never know when it’s gonna hit us and that’s the beauty of it.
So, I guess I’ll wait and see… I hope I find the magic, the type that heals what’s been broken and gives me wings.
My only advice is: Love who you want to love and love who loves you back. Life is way too short.
But, then again, what the f*** do I know!
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We posted a Twitter question asking why you love Tokio Hotel… the responses were amazing so we decided to share them with the world. Watch the whole clip for special messages from the boys. Send a Tweet to @decodeltd telling us why you love @tokiohotel for your chance to be featured on the next video! #grateful ~ DeCode
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Tokio Hotel Checks In
Tokio Hotel left the chaos surrounding them in Europe for the chaos in Los Angeles nightlife. A fair trade?
The band spent the last five years decompressing from superstardom before releasing their new studio album, “Kings Of Suburbia,” out today in stores in the U.S. (or on iTunes).
“We were kind of tired after the last album we put out in 2009,” lead singer Bill Kaulitz tells BreatheHeavy.com over the phone. “After that album, and all the touring, we felt like we needed new inspiration and we didn’t really know what to do music-wise. We felt like we’ve done it all, said it all, and I didn’t know where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. Also personally, we just needed a break. I wanted to step away from the career and live a private life. We couldn’t do that in Europe, so we moved to America to find that privacy.”
He explains they took a year off just to explore the party scene before constructing a recording studio and getting back to work.
“I think we just needed to get away from everything. We were running away from the career. That freedom we found… we could actually go out and live life and be outside of that Tokio Hotel bubble.”
The biggest change is the liberating independence a famous, young, rich musician gets when they’re experienced enough to have it. Bill and his twin brother Tom allowed themselves space to figure out where they want to go not only as people, but as musicians. They are responsible for their new album’s direction and growing sound, a welcome development allowed by five years of self-exploration.
“We produced for the first time and actually had the time to build our own studio. That’s the first time we’ve produced an album by ourselves. We never had the time before to do that.”
When Bill wasn’t in the studio, he was embracing the club life.
“I partied a lot,” he reflects. “I went out so much. The album’s inspired by the nightlife and the DJ scene. It’s way more electronic than the stuff we’ve done before.”
I was intrigued by this, namely because I break out into an anxiety-ridden sweat at the thought of trading in Netflix and petting my cat for a disastrous trip to a club. I asked him for his take on his recent Los Angeles outings.
“L.A. is kind of boring to be honest. Everything’s closing at 2a.m., and I can’t get used to it because I am from Germany. Everything in Europe starts super late. If we party we party all night long. I can’t get used to it. I always get super stressed out. I feel like then you have to get super drunk to enjoy the night. You need to find the right people and the right parties to really enjoy it. I think for me, it’s that freedom that I was actually able to go out to a club without having security and someone recognizing me.”
I laugh and mention I’m from Las Vegas, a city where you’re encouraged to drink past 2 a.m. – so long as you tip. You must f-ing tip.
“I love Vegas,” Bill continues. “Whenever I can go I’m down. It’s the closest thing to L.A. and you can party like you’re in Europe.”
The very next day after our interview, Bill and his twin brother Tom traveled from L.A. to Vegas for one last hoorah before a promo tour beginning today.
“It’s a natural development,” Bill says of “Kings Of Suburbia’s” blossoming sound. “We didn’t force anything or discuss how we wanted to change. It just kind of happened. Our first single and album came out in Germany when I was 15. From that moment on we were just on the road and working and putting out music. I was super young. It just developed naturally. We never sit down and argue about a song or talk about what we want to do. It just happens.”
Their music’s evolved from rock to electronic, adding piano, drums and synthesizers to create original songs like their lead single, “Love Who Loves You Back,” a Rock Mafia-produced track about the craziness of love.
“So many people, even my friends, always laugh at me because they say I’m a hopeless romantic – I have that strong opinion about love. I feel like love is that one thing you can’t control. It’s a beautiful thing. You can have your opinion, and you can make choices, but in the end you can never decide who you are going to fall in love with. Love has no boundaries, no religion. You should just love who loves you back and whoever makes you happy.”
The video for the song’s inspired by German movie “Perfume,” however I told him the orgy scene reminded me of Britney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” music video.
“That’s an amazing video, and an amazing vibe. That’s actually what I thought, too. When we were doing it I was like ‘that reminds me so much of the ‘Slave 4 U’ video,’ which is cool because that’s one of the best videos she did.”
Tokio Hotel released three music videos before the album’s release. Bill says they wanted to put out as much music as possible this time around. Here’s an example of their changing style; a hilariously colorful clip for “Girl Got A Gun.”
The band’s past, their growth and experimental life in and out of the club is thanks to their dedicated fans.
“Nowadays, it’s even more important to have a real fanbase. That’s the success… to be able to go on tour and play for the people, and have people that want to come and see your show. Charts and selling records changes so fast. One day you have a massive hit, and the next people forget about you… Our fans are super crazy and we love them. We’re grateful we have that super strong fanbase that’s made so much happen for us.”
At the time of posting, Tokio Hotel was trending worldwide on Twitter.
But before they trudge back into the nightlife shadows, Bill has a message for their followers:
“Always the best thing is to see the fans. There are so many people that say ‘oh, because of you I style this way or I get inspired.’ I love when I can inspire people and the fans go for their dreams, to achieve whatever they dream of. That’s the beauty of it all… I just want to inspire people with the music.”
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Tokio Hotel’s ‘Kings Of Suburbia’ Welcomes You To Their Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Join us for a visual journey through TH’s latest.
Tokio Hotel know that everybody hurts. Like a lot. And sometimes those hurts cut so deep it takes a minute to figure out how to put them into words.
Or, in the case of the German techno pop glam band, four years to find the right way to crack open their glitter- and gloom-filled hearts for our entertainment. But, with their signature mix of electro beats, new wave-y keyboards, disco swagger and shiny future shock rock, the band’s follow-up to 2009′s Humanoid is like a shot of adrenaline to their legion of fiercely loyal Aliens.
Here’s our track-by-track guide to Kings of Suburbia:
1. Feel It All
What you need to know: A new day is coming on this mid-tempo dance floor invitation to have all the feels and never look back.
Key lyric: “Strobe lights flashing out of your eyes/I can feel you all night, I won’t let you down, down.”
2. Stormy Weather
What you need to know: This is for the real Aliens, like the ones who don’t mind feeling like they’re stuck in a claustrophobic, zero-gravity electro rock nightmare.
Key lyric: “I can breathe in, can’t breathe out cuz the air is fading heat/We can breath in, can’t breathe out we are suffocating.”
3. Run, Run, Run
What you need to know: A Radiohead-like falsetto piano ballad about a love so deep it makes you bleed.
Key lyric: “Tell me how you close the door/Knowing nobody could love you more.”
4. Love Who Loves You Back
What you need to know: Did someone say disco? This sly slice of dreamy pop dance channels a bit of Empire of the Sun via Scissor Sisters.
Key lyric: “Throw your arrows/Hit her heart/If they don’t react/Love who loves you back.”
5. Covered In Gold
What you need to know: Love is fleeting, love don’t last, but at least you have this pleading banger to remember us by.
Key lyric: “Falling in and out of love is a part of us/I keep hanging on to secret promises/You broke me apart, like a shattered glass/Our love is gross but I’m covered in gold, gold, gold.”
6. Girl Got A Gun
What you need to know: “Gun” could be the lost theme song to a James Bond movie, with its secret agent guitar riff, AutoTuned vocals and in-your-face bang, bang lyrics.
Key lyric: “Girl got a gun, girl got a gun, gun, gun/Girl got a gun, girl got a gun, bang! bang!/Boy better run boy better run run run.”
7. Kings of Suburbia
What you need to know: Yeah, manicured lawns and above-ground pools are lame, but when you rule the suburbs with a Depeche Mode-like dark dance leather-glove fist, it’s all good.
Key lyric: “We are the Kings and Queens of suburbia/Somewhere in time/We don’t know where we are/Come on/We are who we are.”
8. We Found Us
What you need to know: EDM meets emo in this angsty electro jam about finding love (of every stripe) in da club.
Key lyric: “We found us, us/In this club, club/We found us, us/It hurts but it feels right.”
What you need to know: Can you say “power ballad”? Now can you say “please don’t go”?
Key lyric: “One night, one scream, one echo/Silence louder than before/One tear of blood on the floor/Cold wind through my broken door.”
10. Never Let You Down
What you need to know: It’s hectic and hot, and then it’s chill and out of this world. But whatever you call it, it’s love, and it’s got a beat that will make your heart run.
Key lyric: “I wanna fly with you above the end/I promise you I’ll be a better man again.”
11. Louder Than Love
What you need to know: It might feel sad and lonely now, alone in the dark, but nothing, I repeat, nothing is louder than love. But, strangely, this soothing EDM tune is not that loud.
Key lyric: “Exploding sounds of loneliness/Echo through the night/Raise your hands and cover up your ears/And if you have the courage now/Leave them by your side/For once in your life.”
What you need to know: Not gonna lie: no idea what this one is about, but it feels kind of post-apocalyptic-y, and it has big, dumb guitar, so all good.
Key lyric: “In time we hide in a masquerade of heroes/A million lies behind blue eyes/in a masquerade of heroes.”
13. Dancing In The Dark
What you need to know: Nope, not the Bruce Springsteen song, but a glitchy, twitchy robot rock tune about how sometimes you just have to dance all by yourself with the lights off to try and burn off that love you just can’t shake.
Key lyric: “Snow blows through my mind/It makes you comin’ back to me/Just that one more time/But your feelings are gone.”
14. The Heart Get No Sleep
What you need to know: Tribal beats, a slow beat build that would make Avicii proud and lyrics about “burning diamonds” and setting the world on fire. What’s not to love?
Key lyric: “And I can set the world on fire/Just to see you come undone/I’m falling out, it feels like flying/Into the daylight, into the daylight.”
15. Great Day
What you need to know: A nice, chill comedown for the rocket ride of heartbreak, the final track is a slow-burn rocker with a killer new wave keyboard riff about making peace with love lost.
Key lyric: “It’s a great day to say goodbye/It’s ok ’cause I’ll be alright.”
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Earlier today (Nov. 24), all four of the guys from German pop-rock band Tokio Hotel took over the PopCrush Twitter, and it was a total success! Despite the fact they’re knee-deep in promotion because of the release of their latest album ‘Kings of Suburbia’ (it dropped today!), they spent plenty of time answering fan questions. Even cooler? You guys asked some seriously awesome questions, making #TokioHotelPopCrush a worldwide trending topic!
In case you missed the guys on Twitter earlier, don’t worry. We decided to compile our favorite tweets from the takeover and post ‘em all here. From picking out their own female names to discussing their holiday traditions, we learned a ton of interesting things about the band. Of course, feel free to go through all the tweets (it’s totally worth it), but if you’re pressed for time we definitely have some of the best ones HERE.
Complete Q&A mit Tokio Hotel
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