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(11.09.2009)

NYC-centric vehicles could replace monster trucks and elephants at this year’s show, which airs live Sunday at 9 p.m.

In just a few days, the lights on the red carpet will be lit and the 2009 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards will begin welcoming the music world’s biggest superstars into the confines of Radio City Music Hall. There, a handful of celebs will no doubt continue a relatively new VMA tradition: the big, flashy red-carpet arrival.

In fact, 2008 was a watershed year for big arrivals, as Tokio Hotel (who later went on to win the Moonman for Best New Artist) pulled up to the show in a gigantic monster truck that bore the band’s logo.

Tokio Hotel arrive in a monster truck to the 2008 VMA red carpet Sunday

Bentley coupe, Phantom Rolls, Maybach, stretch limo?  Those cars will never be played out, but they’ve been done time and time again. If you want to stick out when arriving at the VMAs, you have to do it in style, but you also have to be different. It’s not just about what you wear on the red carpet, it’s also about how you got there. This year we had a few guests that made sure nobody would forget their initial appearance.

Artists: Tokio Hotel
Mode of transportation: Monster truck
Method behind the madness: We couldn’t clear the airspace for the helicopter from “Monsoon.” Or maybe it was the only vehicle that could accommodate Bill’s hair. Rimshot! Seriously, guys and gals, when have you ever known the Kaulitz clan to play by the rules or give good reasons for their rock-star antics?

(happy Bill, hee hee so cute!)

The security surrounding the arrivals for this year’s show has been tight, though rumor has it that a number of New York-centric vehicles will be put to good use. But which will they be and who will they deliver? You’ll have to tune in to the VMA Preshow to find out.

Watch the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Preshow this Sunday, September 13, at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the big event, airing live at 9 p.m. New York is celebrating the VMAs all week long, so stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.

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We’ve been fans of Tokio Hotel from the start, and it looks like we aren’t the only ones! The group has scored countless number-one singles on their hometown charts, not to mention all of the MTV Video Music Awards they have sitting on their trophy self from Europe and the U.S.! Their new album Humanoid is due out Oct. 6.

Now the group has a brand new puzzle, exclusively for CosmoGirl! Try your luck with their new puzzle for their single, “Automatic.” Can you beat your best time? We’ve been playing nonstop all morning!Good luck!

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Tom:
Totally awesome This jewelry… you can even play your guitar with it.
 
Bill:
The wardrobe.  You already see again, of course an awful lot of jackets…
also some sort of self made.
Of course I am totally fond of animals and I would never ever kill an animal for cloths.
And I absolutely don’t support that.  So that’s why this is fake fur, it’s artificial.
This is also no real leather… so all very artificial.
But it still looks awesome.
We also purchased some sort of police-stuff.
Actually some kind of waistcoats, that policemen wear for interventions.
like this…
I visualise it to be some kind of Motocross-Style…
and a little bit… ja,… a cool Cross-Style…
So that’s why I want some waistcoats.
But of course we do have some glitter stuff.
 
Tom:
Hm… does this fit me?
 
You still trying to get lint off?  Two hours have already passed…
 
Georg:
Ja, there is still lint… I am not good at it.
 
You do it for everyone or just for yourself?
 
Georg:
No, I am doing mine… this is my little space here.
 
Tom:
The paparazzi is here again…
 
Tom:
Yummy, yummy… waffles.
 
Have you brought along batter?
 
Tom:
Yes… I have done it at home, last night, mixed some batter.
 
In some way you do everything for your team.
 
Tom:
I also brought my own personal waffle-iron with me.
 
Awesome… You’re just doing one?
 
Tom:
Ja,.. I am doing one…
It’s not really the newest…
Although I asked my Grandmother, maybe I’ll get one for my birthday.
That would be nice.
 
I cross my fingers for you.
 
Tom:
Me too…
yummy, yummy, yummy
Is this powdered sugar?
 
No it is cocoa.
 
Tom:
That is something new for me, that powdered sugar is so granulated…
Look here.
 
Oh no, I would not use that…
It’s a splash-guard… and full of sticky mud.
 
Tom:
Hm… a cheese grater.  Well, then the cocoa bites the dust…
Self-made-man here…
Oh, there is still quite a lot in it.
I need a housewife.
Tom is searching for a housewife… new TV show on RTL.
So,.. lets go.
 
That’s awesome.
Tom is so wicked… he can do everything.
 
Tom:
He may even be a houseman…
Great… it has certainly gone for almost a half hour…
 
Is it good?
 
Tom:
ja, it is ok, it could be a bit thicker,.. but it is ok…
Show this… hairy legs…
 
Georg:
Wicked sexy
 
Tank top!
(whistles)
 
Georg:
Bill, at least you have to stop working out…
 
Bill:
Ja,… it is too much… I already have two little breasts.
 
Ja,ja…
 
Georg:
Your triceps are simply natural.
I do not know what to wear.
 
What do you have to choose?
 
Georg:
So… T-shirts
 
Tom:
Shall I show you the guitar?
Here…
 
Woooow…
 
Tom:
Wicked right?
 
Yeah wicked…
 
Tom:
Good, right… 5 million euros
 
Mmmh… That’s alright
 
Tom:
Alright, also awesome.  Self-tuning… you just see it…
 
Self-tuning? What is this?
 
Tom:
That is,.. right here above, you can even roll in some tunings…
We play even now live with four different tunings.
You can here choose the tuning, and it chimes itself.
I can try it… and look…
already finished the tuning.
 
Next One…
 
Bill:
Oh, Georg knows exactly how to look to seduce all the girls.
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(Sept, 2009)

Automatisch/Automatic video, South Africa

Automatic Automatic

Tokio Hotel selects South African director

European Pop Rock sensation, Tokio Hotel, winner of Best New Artist at the American MTV VMAs, selected South African director, Craig Wessels of Wicked Pixels to create the music video for their latest hit, ‘Automatic’, a track off thier soon to be released album, Humanoid.

MTV reports on the new video: “Where do you go when you’re one of the biggest rock acts on the planet, you’ve already jumped out of a helicopter, you roll deep in a Monster Truck, and your lead singer has a wax statue of himself? If you’re Tokio Hotel, and you’re too big for this world, then you reach for other worlds, and you go beyond the human race like (the band) do in their brand-new video, “Automatic,” directed by Craig Wessels.

Tokio Hotel’s new “Automatic” video, off of their upcoming Humanoid album, is a big-league beast of a video. It’s a legendary tale of astronomic proportions, with aesthetic references to The Matrix, Fritz Lang, Mad Max, Transformers, and Iron Giant. “Automatic” is the most moving robot story since Wall-E.

And this video was not cheap. (The band) flew to the remote deserts of South Africa – where they had no cell phone service, to shoot it. Tom broke a limited-edition guitar along the way. Was it worth it? Obviously. The bar has been raised.”

Just four days after release, the video was ranked as Youtube’s “Top Viewed” video in over 10 countries, with over a million views. Being a large production for a famous band, Wicked believes this exposure is great for the South African industry as a whole.

It was due to their international award winning work on TV commercials that Wicked Pixels was approached. Wicked Pixels has two directors in Finweek’s 2009 Adreview ‘Top 10 Directors’, based on the international awards circuit rankings, with Craig Wessels at no. 6. Craig’s treatment and storyline was selected, and although the band management would have preferred to shoot in the USA, Wicked Pixels pushed for an all-South African production, including editing and post-production.

Shooting took place at three remote locations in SA. In an interview in TeenVogue, Tokio Hotel’s lead singer, Bill Kaulitz says of the video: “Shooting the ‘Automatic’ video three days in the desert was quite an adventure! It was in the middle of nowhere in Africa – no cell phone reception, no Internet, not even paved roads. But in return we got a location that was just unreal. I’ve never had such a good feeling after leaving a set. I knew it was right from the beginning. When I first read the video script (treatment) I knew this was exactly how I wanted to visualise our song ‘Automatic’.”

The video has an epic scale, including sweeping helicopter shots of classic muscle cars driving through beautiful desert landscapes. Wicked Pixels were also responsible for the animated robot scenes and originated the idea of incorporating Tokio Hotel’s logo into the design of the robot’s faces. It was this type of attention to detail that the band was looking for. The team of animation and VFX artists at Wicked Pixels came to the fore and, under extreme time constraints, delivered the beautiful, emotionally charged robotic sequences that are wowing audiences across Europe and the USA.

Automatic Automatic

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(08.09.2009)

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10/09/2009

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The meeting with Kaulitz-twins Bill and Tom in Hamburg was like visiting a maximum security prison.  Nobody wants to cause trouble, with the securities that guard the Tokio Hotel Boys every move…
 
And dad comes with the baseballbat, the crazy world of Tokio Hotel.
 
Introducing Tokio Hotel is not necessary, but you slowly have to take them serious.
What started as a schoolband story in 2001, is now the biggest Pop phenomenon and export-act since Rammstein.
 
The third CD :Humanoid (2.10 from Universal music) is also awaited by fans in France and America with shivering cheeks, the Rolling Stones magazine celebrates the 20 year old twins Bill(singer) and Tom (guitar) as style icons.
 
For GQ the twins take us on the ultimate shorttrip through their universe.
 
The Style of Tokio Hotel.
 
Bill: already way before the band began I loved going outside the house with make up and everything that goes with it. I didn’t feel like I was dressed up, but felt like myself.  Actually, when I have a few days off these days, what hardly happens, I love sitting around unshaved, with no make up and in joggingpants on he couch. it is a pretty nice change.
 
Tom: I have always had these urban haircuts. Used to be dreadlocks, now cornrows (africanbraids) I like easycare hair. You get up in the morning and don’t have to fix your hair first.
 
The Idols of Tokio Hotel:
 
Bill: I had always had a love for vampire movies, I like Nena and David Bowie. I never thought, I want to look like that. The japanese Visual-Kei-scene ( comics and punk inspired fashionmovement) to what I often get compared, I did not know it.
 
Tom: I like tough guys. Steve McQueen and Robert De Niro.  I want to look like that when I am old.  I can imagine I would wear a beard then.
 
Tokio Hotel and rebellism.
 
Bill: our stepfather picked us up from the town once with a baseballbat because older boys had threatened to beat us up.  We already polarised when we were 9, and were contious of it. The more the people got agitated by my dark make up the darker it would be the next day.
 
Tokio Hotel and Sex:
 
Bill: at concerts I could ofcourse say to one of the securitypeople: ‘That one, that one and this one, bring them to me later.’  But it doesn’t turn me on, I have to be in love.
 
Tom: to get with me, you don’t need any difficult tricks(laughs) I have taken extreme advantage of that for a long time, had a lot of “short stories” going on, but it was only something physical and nothing more.
 
Bill: Once I got to my hotelroom and there were 3 girls laying on the bed.  The bodyguards went nuts and threw them out ofcourse.  But things like that happen. the girls come in through the window.
 
TokioHotel and privacy.
 
Tom: since a few years we live very secluded lives. If we ever go outside the house, then we always have security with us. Going out and walking around spontaniously, we can not do that anymore. In the last year I have not met even one person simply on the street.
 
Tokio Hotel and the Business:
 
Tom: Our new album is also a thank you to our German fans, for staying true to us, while we were touring the world.  That we often work with older people during our workingdays
does not bother us at all.
 
Bill: I totally love hanging out with older people!  I would love to have an old folks club.
I would meet them every afternoon for coffee.
(interview Jürgen Ziemer)
 
The three bubble pictures:
 
Minipunk:
When tokio hotel had their first number 1 hit, in 2005 with Durch Den Monsun, Bill wore a combination of punk, emo and a “I slept bad last night” on his head.
 
Porcupine:
for their second album (zimmer 483) the singer presented himself in 2007 with new porcupine hair, that looked like it came from japanese manga, but that seems to be a coincidence.
 
Noble Rasta:
The last scream for the new album:Humanoid.  Designer dreadlocks with bright extensions.
it has nothing to do with reggae.  Bill just wanted a change..
 
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