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Akumu
04-22-2011, 09:07 AM
Roy's statement:

"Dear fans and friends,

"There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with KAMELOT and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what's actually going on. It is a fact, however, that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough, they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with KAMELOT). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales, they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; it is finished.

"I am currently spending time with my family in Norway taking it easy and wondering profoundly what the future is going to bring. Communication with the outer world has been so and so, but I have had several talks with Thomas [Youngblood, KAMELOT guitarist/mainman] along the way, although I am still called in sick.

"I am terribly sorry that my decision is affecting so many others and I want you to know I wish the band and associates all the best for the future and that I enjoyed every second in the spotlight. How could I not?! They were nourished by the best fans in the world!

"I am eternally thankful for everything you and KAMELOT have given me and equally sorry that it has to end here. The good news is; God was there after all...

"Love you to death!!!"

Band statement:

With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band. We wanted to give him ample time for this kind of decision, due to his recent burnout and also the amount of amazing times we have shared with him in Kamelot. We respectfully accept his resignation from the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The timing is actually good since we feel the uncertainty the fans have had can now be laid to rest and the band can move on to finding a new singer. “The tour is going great so far and the fans have been amazing throughout this entire process” – adds keyboardist Oliver Palotai. With the new tour already in progress, Kamelot has already begun the search for a new vocalist. “I have a few guys in mind”, said band founder Thomas Youngblood. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person”. Due to the overwhelming success of the recent shows in South America, we are pleased to announce new shows in November/December for Europe (stay tuned).

* The band headlines the Print de Temps Festival tonight and will play a Amsterdam (nearing sold-out) concert tomorrow followed by a full headliner tour with special guests Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons. (* Guest vocalists Fabio Lione and Tommy Karevik). Thank you for your support and see you on tour!!

Thomas, Casey, Oliver and Sean

Sepultura69
04-22-2011, 09:20 AM
Jeff is probably never going to return to Slayer.

KK Downing left Judas Priest

Jeff Loomis and Van Williams leave NEVERMORE

Roy Khan leaves Kamelot.

Whats next?

James and Lars leave metallica which leads Kirk and Robert to recruit a new singer/guitarist and drummer, and still go by the name metallica? Probably not...but that would be random as shit. :hecho:

electrocute1031
04-22-2011, 09:26 AM
not a good week for Power and Progressive Metal at all.

jd091
04-22-2011, 09:59 AM
This is like the worst week for metal ever. Damn.

ravenheart
04-22-2011, 11:48 AM
This is by far the least surprising of all the line-up announcements this week. Kahn was obviously never going to return to Kamelot. There's no way "burn out" lasts this long when you've already skipped one tour to rest.

And the band's willingness to keep booking dates with guest singers shows they're not prepared to wait for him to sort his shit out.

If he takes this opportunity to reform Conception, then this is actually good news.

Akumu
04-22-2011, 11:54 AM
This is by far the least surprising of all the line-up announcements this week. Kahn was obviously never going to return to Kamelot. There's no way "burn out" lasts this long when you've already skipped one tour to rest.

And the band's willingness to keep booking dates with guest singers shows they're not prepared to wait for him to sort his shit out.

+1. He obviously didn't want to do this anymore (there was even an interview from Thomas recently where he said that Khan would actually fly back to Norway every time they had a day off in Europe, which strikes me as some type of really bad separation anxiety), and the rest of the band apparently lost a shitload of money when they canceled the last North American tour.

It'll be interesting to see what the next album will be like, considering he was a writer as well as a performer.

ravenheart
04-22-2011, 11:58 AM
I'm going to the London show on this tour next Thursday, but to be honest, I'm probably going to watch Evergrey then go home. I've no real interest in seeing Kamelot with a guest singer when I've already seen them three times with Kahn, and especially when that guest singer is Fabio Lione.

Maybe if they get a killer permanent replacement (which will probably be Ripper Owens), I'll be interested in seeing them again.

If I were to be brutally honest, they may never recover from this. They already had to downgrade a bunch of the venues on this tour, including in London, when it was announced Kahn wouldn't be touring. Now without him, I don't see their popularity continuing to rise like it was before.

Akumu
04-22-2011, 12:18 PM
But Tommy Karevik's singing, too! :P I've actually been pleasantly surprised by the vids with Fabio so far, but I can see how others have been turned off.

You might be right re: the never recovering thing. They had to downgrade venues Stateside, too. I've also seen people elsewhere try to say that Khan had no part whatsoever in their success, which I find hilarious.

ravenheart
04-22-2011, 12:25 PM
But Tommy Karevik's singing, too! :P I've actually been pleasantly surprised by the vids with Fabio so far, but I can see how others have been turned off.

You might be right re: the never recovering thing. They had to downgrade venues Stateside, too. I've also seen people elsewhere try to say that Khan had no part whatsoever in their success, which I find hilarious.

Yeah, that's laughable. Again, being brutally honest, certainly over here, he is THE reason they've been successful.

SomewhereInTime72
04-22-2011, 12:39 PM
:bouville: :bouville: :bouville:

maidenpriest
04-22-2011, 12:47 PM
God fucking damn it...3 bands that i like all losing important members...ugh!

ravenheart
04-22-2011, 12:48 PM
God fucking damn it...3 bands that i like all losing important members...ugh!

They lost Kahn a year ago.

maidenpriest
04-22-2011, 12:52 PM
They lost Kahn a year ago.

I know but I had a sliver of hope that he would come back. :(

JuuKun
04-22-2011, 12:59 PM
I never really had any hope of Khan returning, so this comes as no surprise, but it's still sad to see it become official. Never got to see them with Khan, but will definitely be seeing them with Fabio in August. The videos I've seen have sounded pretty damn good. While Khan's voice is a big part of the sound, I like Kamelot in full, not just the vocalist. So long as his replacement is not Tim Owens (who I like, but not for Kamelot), I'm open to just about anything.

Would love to see Roy go and reform Conception sometime soon, too.

ravenheart
04-22-2011, 01:02 PM
I won't ignore them just because they change singer. I don't stop liking bands when they change members. I'll only stop caring about them if they pick a singer I don't like. Fabio Lione, for example.

They should have got Henning Basse like last time.

maidenpriest
04-22-2011, 01:03 PM
I never really had any hope of Khan returning, so this comes as no surprise, but it's still sad to see it become official. Never got to see them with Khan, but will definitely be seeing them with Fabio in August. The videos I've seen have sounded pretty damn good. While Khan's voice is a big part of the sound, I like Kamelot in full, not just the vocalist. So long as his replacement is not Tim Owens (who I like, but not for Kamelot), I'm open to just about anything.

Would love to see Roy go and reform Conception sometime soon, too.

I definitely am glad I saw them in 2007. (Memento Mori live is AMAZING!) but yeah i am debating seeing them with Fabio, mainly to hear Nights of Arabia and A Sailorman's Hymn live.

Akumu
04-22-2011, 01:10 PM
I'm glad I got to see them with Roy, too. Three times, though I'm hesitant to make the third count because of the crappy sound at the venue.

I won't ignore them just because they change singer. I don't stop liking bands when they change members. I'll only stop caring about them if they pick a singer I don't like. Fabio Lione, for example.

They should have got Henning Basse like last time.

Wasn't that Firewind?

But that reminds me that if they do manage to pick a great replacement, and Oliver contributes more to the writing, the next album could be potentially awesome. Sons of Seasons are pretty great...

JuuKun
04-22-2011, 01:25 PM
I'm glad I got to see them with Roy, too. Three times, though I'm hesitant to make the third count because of the crappy sound at the venue.



Wasn't that Firewind?

But that reminds me that if they do manage to pick a great replacement, and Oliver contributes more to the writing, the next album could be potentially awesome. Sons of Seasons are pretty great...

Firewind did get Henning Basse for the US tour in 07 when Apollo couldn't make it over. Don't know if he's ever sang with Kamelot.

ravenheart
04-22-2011, 03:53 PM
Wasn't that Firewind?

Absolutely right. My mistake.

There's a singer who should leave, incidentally. Far better with Spiritual Beggars. Not that he'd make nearly as much money with them, but it's all about the music. Right? :eyes:

Kamelot should get Magnus Ekwall. I'd care then!

Arena losing Rob Sowden last year is far more important though :tongue: