Interview with Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood

The Facebook admin of the Power metal band, Kamelot recently held an interview with the band’s guitarist Thomas Youngblood for 10 minutes, talking about the upcoming European Silverthorn tour and a plan of making a Live DVD!

Interviewer: Hi Thomas! Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. You’ve just come back from a great tour in North America and you’re about to bring KAMELOT to Europe again, how are you guys feeling? That’s a very short break into a massive World Tour!

Thomas: Haha, well we are all feeling great. We have had a nice 3-4 week break and I think we are all ready for the last European Tour for SILVERTHORN. We can’t wait!

Interviewer: How successful was this North American tour and how was the crowd’s response compared to last year?

Thomas: I would say it was our most successful North American tour so far, which says a lot about our fans, new and old. It’s been incredibly inspiring and gives us lots of fuel to start thinking about the next CD.

Interviewer: Let’s talk about the very close European Tour. Any big setlist changes or surprises to expect? The addition of Don’t You Cry to the North American setlist was awesome! So beautifully interpreted.

Thomas: Thanks! I think we will do Don’t You Cry and add some songs that we have not played in a while. As well as the songs from SILVERTHORN that we did not play on the first European Tour. Of course we will be changing the set here and there, for example we play two shows in Switzerland and fans who travel to both will see some different songs played. Surprises here and there as well, I also expect to shoot some of the shows for an eventual DVD, so if you see a camera in your face then SCREEEEAAAMMMM!!!

Interviewer: Not to play the devil’s advocate, but many fans are complaining about the absence of Paris and London on that European tour list. Could you explain how you planned this whole Silverthorn World Tour, and maybe enlighten us on some issues we’re clueless about?

Thomas: Sure, well, it’s simple. We played Paris and London on the first tour, the promoters in those regions want to wait. We wanted to add even more shows in the UK, which we will do on the next album. Of course we love playing anywhere there are Kamelot fans, which so far has been almost all countries. We finally went to Australia, Taiwan, Korea and some new cities in the USA. China, Thailand, Indonesia, Dubai and other regions are being discussed now.

Interviewer: You talked about shooting a DVD/Blueray on this tour, can you tell us more about it now? Location, maybe- or locationS? All shows have been so great, it’s easy to imagine an intensive DVD made of Kamelot’s highest live moments.

Thomas: Yes, this has to happen. And we have been shooting footage here and there. We are still discussing the DVD option with the label, which will be a big part of the funding. We will be shooting some of the shows coming up as well. So there are still plans and options being offered for this.

Interviewer: One last question- and before asking it, thanks for picking such fantastic openers on this tour: Delain, Eklipse (whose performance has amazed everybody) and now ReVamp!! Can we expect Floor to step on stage with Kamelot for some songs, like Charlotte from Delain did it for Sacrimony in North America?

Thomas: Well, thanks again! We really try to make a cool package for the fans, so that the night is not just great but an event they will remember. Regarding collaborations live, I would say the fans in Cologne and somewhere in time will be the first to answer this, *wink wink*!!

Interviewer: Awesome, sounds like this tour will be a blast once again!! Thank you for the interview, and thanks to ALL Kamelot members for giving everything on stage and putting up such a great show each and every night. We envy all fans who will go to this tour!

Check the dates of the European Silverthorn Tour here.

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