Vocalist Amanda Somerville has issued a new video blog (see below) from the AVANTASIA world tour, which kicked off on June 5 at the Rocksound Festival in Huttwil, Switzerland. The latest installment features footage from the band's late June stop in São Paulo, Brazil.
AVANTASIA's touring lineup consists of the following musicians:
Jörn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN)
André Matos (ex-ANGRA)
Amanda Somerville (EPICA stand-in singer)
Amanda Somerville is the American singer-songwriter and vocal coach who was recently tapped to replace EPICA vocalist Simone Simons on the band's North American tour with SYMPHONY X due to Simons' ongoing health issues.
A Michigan native, Amanda has resided and worked mainly in Germany and the Netherlands since 1999. She has collaborated with several bands in the metal scene (EDGUY, AFTER FOREVER, EPICA, KAMELOT, etc.) along with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, and co-wrote the rock opera "Aina". Her own music is of the pop-rock genre and she is currently focusing on her solo career.
Remaining AVANTASIA tour dates:
Jul. 24 - Festivalul Peninsula - Tirgu Mures, Transylvania
Jul. 26 - Rockin Field Festival - Italy
Jul. 31 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
Aug. 13 - Sziget Festival - Budapest, Hungary
AVANTASIA performing live in São Paulo: