Kamelot’s latest video from the album “Ghost Opera” and “Ghost Opera-The Second Coming”. Guest Vocals Amanda Somerville Kamelot announces “Pandemonium Over Europe Tour 2011 Kamelot, one of the most exciting and innovative Metal acts in recent history, has announced their highly anticipated return to Europe on the heels of their new album release Poetry for the Poisoned. The 2011 European leg of The Pandemonium Tour, will begin on April 22nd at Paris’ famous Elysée Montmartre venue, taking their spectacular show to 18 top venues and a host of new cities in Europe. In keeping with Kamelot’s flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. “It’s still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it’s more theatrical and visual than before”, Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. “It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!”. ICS Festival Service GmbH is the International tour promoter for The Pandemonium Tour and under the direction of Thomas Jensen, CEO Global Touring and Chairman — ICS who said: “Kamelot has set out to revolutionize Metal music and with their new production they continue to do exactly that. We’re thrilled to take The Pandemonium Tour to fans around the world”. Kamelot …
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Theyâre generous, theyâre consistent, theyâre givingâ¦and most of all…they love your music. Theyâre your fans and they come to every one of your live shows, fork out money for cover charges, CDs and t-shirts, bring your band gifts, throw you house parties, and spread the word of your music on the internet and beyond. Your fans are the single most important ingredient to the success of your band. Without them, youâd be rocking out in your Auntâs basement to an audience of noneâ¦well, maybe her cat.
But there can be a dark side to the hoards of happy humans drunk on your future #1 hits. Sometimes the folks barreling in to see you play, or flooding your websites with their online presence are causing more harm than good to the reputation of your band. Rude behavior, message board flaming, compulsive sticker-ing and flyer-ing, may all seem like helping to your flock of followers but to club owners, industry and those newly interested in your music, they may seem like trouble-makers, belligerents and vandals.
It may be simply a case of over-exuberant fan zeal. Your fans think theyâre preaching the gospel of your band to anyone with eyes and ears: by dropping your postcards all over town like a bird with irritable bowel syndrome, by filling up strangers email in-boxes with bulky MP3s and HTML photo-heavy notices about how much you rock, and by yelling your bandâs name at the top of their lungs during another bandâs set like a parrot with Turretâs Syndrome. These unsolicited over-promotionsâ¦albeit well-intentionedâ¦are hard for the average person to separate from your bandâs own promotional efforts and may not be appreciated in the way they were intended. On the other hand, it may be that your fans are so revved up by the love of your music that theyâve become arrogant, aggressive and just plain out of control in any arena (or cyber place) your band inhabits. At any rate, you may find that you need to dial these folks back a bit to create a environment that is fan-friendly without comprising your bandâs opportunities.
The following are a few tips that will help you to guide your supporters in their quest to be adamant fans without allowing them to turn into an obnoxious, rowdy, gang of rabid baboons.
1.) Communicate With Your Fans—A lot of problems can be eliminated by simply setting up a line of communication between your band members and your fans. For instance, if you know that a particular club forbids setting around flyers, postcards or other promo materials, post it on your website with the upcoming show info-blast. Set guidelines for your band and for each individual show and let your fans know that they need to follow these simple rules or theyâre no longer permitted to attend live gigs and to post on your cyber message boards. A little information can go a long way and your fans will be happy that you let them know what they can and canât do at any particular show.
2.) Learn From Experience—Sad but true, often the best way to learn whatâs not appropriate at shows is for inappropriate things to happen. When fans begin their overblown behaviors, benign-intentioned or not, you will learn by the reaction of the clubs, the industry and your other fans whatâs okay and whatâs not going to fly. A good example is thisâ¦placing bumper stickers on club walls may be encouraged at some places but forbidden at others. The first time you get a call from a red-faced bar owner screeching through clenched teeth that his menâs room walls have to be repainted, youâll know that itâs time to email your fan base and let them know to leave their reserve of band stickers at home when the band plays that club again. In another example, it may not occur to your band that certain fans are behaving rudely to club personnel or to your other fans, at your shows, until someone makes you aware of it. At that time, you may need to email your naughty fans and let them know that certain bad attitudes are unacceptable at shows, and on your message boards, and that fans who canât be pleasant will not be invited back.
3.) Friends And Family Are No Exception—As awful as it sounds, often times a bandâs family and friends are the most out of control and obnoxious at showsâ¦and on the web. Maybe itâs because theyâre more emotionally invested in the band and its members, or maybe because the musicians forget to remind their loved one about fan etiquette. You and your bandmates may think itâs a given, but some of the biggest jerks, idiots, and rebel rousers at gigs are your loved ones. It doesnât matter itâs the bass playerâs ten year-old brother to the drummerâs 60 year-old dad, you donât want to be banned from your favorite showcase venue because granny kicked the bouncer in the shin. Donât be afraid to sit your friends/family down and spell out the live show/internet rules for your band. Sometimes you canât control the fans you donât know, which makes it all the more important than ever to control the fans you do.
4.) Lay Down The Law—Once you become aware of the âproblemâ fans, itâs time to explain to them what they can and cannot do at your gigs and on your website. Before banning anyone from visiting the bandâs shows and sites, try sending out a polite, but firm, email with some specific guidelines and a serious warning that the next step will be cutting these bad elements out of the bandâs loop. Itâs important to try not to make the email too harsh, as it may insight further acting up. So, just deliver the message in a casual way, explaining that their actions are hurting and not helping the bandâ¦a fact that they honestly may not realize. Honestly, you may need to give it some backbone so that your jerky fans really understand that their jig is up. If youâre having trouble with someone you know wellâ¦a particular friend or family memberâ¦a phone call or face-to-face meeting might better do the trick. No matter how the message is executed, itâs important to let your fans know that certain behaviors will not be tolerated by the band under any circumstance. Most fans would rather shape up that be cut out of all of the fun, and the bandâs reputation will be safe from troublesome followers for the time being.
Itâs true that fans are a bandâs biggest asset. But left uncontrolled they can also be the biggest liability as your band takes on the responsibility and reputation for the antics that its fans pull at live shows and on websites. Like crazed leprechauns, full of mischief, each fanâs silly stunts and nasty attitude problems will eat away at your bandâs good name with tiny bitesâ¦like a school of piranha in a stream eating a full sized goat down to the bone in secondsâ¦until your band is left, a former shell of itself, wandering your town trying to figure out why you canât get booked and no one visits your website. Itâs not a good sign when you see a tumbleweed blow through your music career. Nip it in the bud now. Control your fans behavior. Trust me; youâll be glad you did.