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Exclusive Interview with Tokio Hotel

The German band will give their first concert in Peru
Thursday the 25th at the Jockey Club.
Bill and Tom Kaulitz promised a great show

Awards precede them. They are the hott winners of the MTV European Awards (category Best World Stage Performance), plus collectors of gold and platinum records; the German group Tokio Hotel is closer to giving their first concert in our country as part of their Welcome to Humanoid City tour.

You will see more or less the same show that we have given in the European tour. The thing is we will not be able to offer exactly the same production. But there’s no doubt that it will be spectacular. We are taking all our outfits; and, we will be playing songs from our new album“, details Bill Kaulitz via telephone about their upcoming presentation.

The show they will give on the 25th of this month at the Jockey Club will present a futuristic style inspired by their last album: “Humanoid” (2009), that gathers diverse elements from science fiction. Of course, within the ‘set list’, they will perform songs from their whole career such as “Monsoon”, “Ready Set Go”, “Humanoid”, and “Automatic”.

Since they formed the group, a decade ago, the twins Bill (vocals) and Tom (guitar) Kaulitz together with Georg Listing (bass and keyboard) and Gustav Schäfer (drums) began playing in small clubs before making themselves known. That’s why they learned to take the splendor that comes with fame patiently.

We understand what it feels like when people don’t know you, even though now we’ve also seen the other side of things. To remain focused, we remember what it felt like in the beginning when no one knew us“, explains the singer.

Although they don’t know much about our country, Bill and Tom demonstrated being excited to play in Lima for the first time and letting themselves be surprised by Peru. But not necessarily by the cuisine nor the scenery, but by something closer to them: the fans.

I think the most wonderful thing one can see is when we meet for the first time with them. Those reactions, above all when one is so far away from home, they form a magical moment“, shares Tom. His twin does not hold back and completes the idea with a thank you to all their fans. “The energy they give off is incredible. That’s why we love them so much. We love our fans. They don’t live music, they live Tokio Hotel“, Bill adds.

For the moment, the German band is focused on the Latin American tour that will take them thereafter to Chile and Mexico. If they confirmed that they have a project in mind, they don’t want to say too much about it. What they did assure is that they will continue to record in English and their following destination is Tokio, the city with which they always dreamed of.

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“We tour through the world”

They are members of one of the most successful German bands. Bill and Tom Kaulitz from Tokio Hotel. The twins perform with their band mates Georg and Gustav worldwide. At that they experience a lot – also in the matter of traffic and logistics.  For your performances you’re on tour a lot. What do you take with you?

Tom:  Mainly we have clothes and instruments. But it depends, how long we’re away from home. On the latest tour we were on the road three months straight and everyone of us had about ten suitcases. So, on long travels we take along up to 40 suitcases. Bill always has the most suitcases!  When you’re on tour, you’re almost all the time together. How does living together work in such little space?

Bill: Well, on the latest tour it worked surprisingly well. I had expected that we annoy each other way more. But it only came to that at the last show in Paris. I think it helped that we had two tour buses and could drive separately!  Travelling on the tour bus is certainly fun! Could you imagine to drive such a bus on your own, as a professional driver maybe?

Tom: I think everyone is destined for a different job. We’ve always wanted to only make music, others love to drive long distances, like our bus drivers. They do their job definitely very well! How are your instruments transported?

Tom: Everything gets stowed in purpose-built cases. Depending on the distance, they whether are transported with a plane or on a truck. If we go to America or Asia, then they sometimes get transported in containers on a ship as well.  For your “Humanoid Tour 2010” you had an impressing show. How does the equipment get transported to the cities you play a concert in?

TomThe tour is extremely complex. A forwarding agency which is only in charge for tours, planned and implemented it. The parts of the stage are divided on 12 trucks and on the road in whole Europe. Everything is planned to the minute and when the trucks are stuck in a traffic jam once, time is getting short. The stage gets build up every morning at 7 in two different parts of the venue and then they out it together. Directly after the end of the show they take down the stage and everything starts again…

Bill: Depending to the requirements in the venue, the technicians take about eight to ten hours to build up the show. A stiff piece of work and a real master stroke!