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Below is our complete Stratovarius news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
According to Kamelot's official website:
Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson will appear as a guest soloist on two songs for their new album, "The Black Halo." According to the band, "Jens' unique style fits perfectly into Kamelot's musical approach."
As previously reported, Epica singer Simone Simons will also be making a guest appearance on the album. "The Black Halo" will be released in early 2005 through SPV, with a European tour slated to begin in March. Details will be announced soon.
According to a posting at the BLACK SABBATH fan site Black Sabbath Live Project, STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto performed several classic heavy metal covers with Finland's HEAVY LILJA ORCHESTRA last Thursday (Aug. 26) at the Manala bar in Helsinki. "In the orchestra there were one cello, one violin, one alto violin and one flute," the posting reads. "They had three Finnish singers singing on most of the songs. The most known singer out side Finland is Timo Kotipelto of STRATOVARIUS. The other two are also very talented singers but only known in Finland — Maija Vilkkumaa (female) and Kirka."
The orchestra played the following 80-minute set: More...
Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen recently married his girlfriend Heidi. Photos from the wedding and reception, which took place in the Finnish countryside, can be seen here.
Several photos taken at the Gates Of Metal festival from this past weekend on July 31 in Hultsfred, Sweden, which included performances by Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Morbid Angel, Finntroll and Meshuggah, have been posted online. Check out the photos from these bands' performances:
Ben Jackson and Midnight of Crimson Glory fame have been confirmed as special guests at ProgPower USA V on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. The duo made their last appearance together in June at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles’ "Six Pack" festival in June, where they performed a rare acoustic set together. Jackson and Midnight will join previously announced special guest Timo Kotipelto (Kotipelto, Stratovarius) and vocalist Rob Rock.
ProgPower USA V will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
The show officially sold out in early May, making it the third consecutive year ProgPower has sold out more than four months in advance.
For more information on the event, go to www.progpowerusa.com.
A brand-new KOTIPELTO track, titled "Reasons", has been posted online in MP3 format at this location.
"Reasons" comes off the former STRATOVARIUS singer's sophomore solo album, "Coldness", due in Europe on April 26 through Century Media Records (a May 18 U.S. release is expected). The follow-up to 2002's "Waiting for the Dawn" was recorded by CHILDREN OF BODOM keyboardist Janne Wirman at his Beyond Abilities Studios as well as by Tero Kostermaa at High and Loud's ELK Studios and Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, where the mixing (Mikko Karmila) and the mastering (Mika Jussila) also took place. Matthias Norén, who has previously worked with bands like INTO ETERNITY, LOST HORIZON and EVERGREY, designed the album's artwork, which is said to perfectly fit the atmosphere of the CD. Additionally, the album will contain the video for the song "Reasons" and a "Making Of" for the video shoot and the album's studio recordings as extras. A CD-single containing the track "Reasons" will be released in Europe on March 22, accompanied by the songs "Seeds Of Sorrow" (album version) and the non-album bonus "Vizier" (extended version of a track originally featured on "Waiting For The Dawn").
The KOTIPELTO "Coldness" lineup consists of: More...
STRATOVARIUS' split with singer Timo Kotipelto was the result of years of alcohol abuse and non-communication, the vocalist has revealed in an interview with Holland's Lords of Metal. "It lies in the Finnish mentality not to openly talk about problems," Kotipelto said. "That is what ultimately ended STRATOVARIUS. For all those years we never spoke about our problems but kept them to ourselves, which allowed trouble to build up."
According to Kotipelto, problems first arose when STRATOVARIUS mainman Timo Tolkki started drinking heavily during the "Destiny" tour. In the years that followed, the resentment between bandmembers intensified, made worse by Tolkki's insistence on keeping Kotipelto out of the creative process. "Everybody could see the split coming from miles away," the singer admitted.
The tension within the band was largely to blame for the group's decision not to support the "Elements Pt. 2" album with a tour and to take a break instead. "Well, we sure managed to do that," Kotipelto added rather cynically.
The alcohol abuse of various bandmembers contributed to the explosive situation within STRATOVARIUS. Concerts where Timo Tolkki would be drunk onstage, such as the recent Piorno Rock appearance in Spain, complicated matters. The fistfight that eventually ended the co-operation between Tolki and Kotipelto was shrouded in an alcoholic haze. "I do not remember anything of that night," Kotipelto said. After the disastrous performance at Piorno Rock, guitarist Timo Tolkki is contemplating abandoning the remaining festival dates that were booked by the old lineup. "I personally would not mind if those concerts got cancelled," Kotipelto concluded.
STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"After spending one week in countryside with my family, this is what I want to say:
"I have been shocked about the attack and the amount of ill will some people have directed to me. The festival in Spain was a very difficult thing to do after all those death threats. I got very drunk before the show and I also didn't feel that I received any support from the rest of the band. After the first song I left the stage because of the horrible sound and was waiting as they were fixing it. People were booing and started to throw things on stage. Then I returned and went to my mic and asked in English and Spanish 'What the fuck is going on?,' thus speaking aloud that sentence that I have had in mind since MissK joined the band and the amount of hatred this whole thing has generated. People started throwing things and 1 bottle hit me in the head. Once again it seems I am the bad guy and solely responsible for everything. Jens Johansson pissed on my leg in 'Forever'. I couldn't believe it to be true and he apologized later, which I accepted, once I understood why he did what he did.More...
STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki was assaulted in the center of Granada, Spain on Sunday (Feb. 29) as he was taking a walk, Finland's Sonera Plaza is reporting. According to STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, who witnessed the attack, the alleged attacker was extremely agitated and had "a Hispanic looking appearance". During the assault, the attacker shouted "Tolkki." He was armed with what seemed to be a box cutter.
Tolkki was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to emergency care. He had two stab wounds on his left arm and a facial contusion. His wounds were cleaned and bandaged and he was released from hospital care.
Anybody with any information about the attacker is being asked to contact the police.
Tolkki commented that he is "shocked and horrified" by what happened. "Apparently this guy had been stalking me. The bastard attacked me from behind," Tolkki said. "I can take anything, but that was such a cowardly act, you know. He got me with the knife twice and punched me in the face. Then he ran away. The whole thing lasted just seconds. Now I am thinking that this might be the end of my career. I do not want to end up like John Lennon. I don't know if I want to continue STRATOVARIUS anymore".
When asked if he thinks that the attack has something to do with the resent changes in STRATOVARIUS lineup and the death threats he has received, Tolkki commented: "Of course I feel there is a connection to that. Why would anybody attack me like that otherwise? What possible other motive this guy could have had than that? I think he tried to kill me, but this time I was lucky".
STRATOVARIUS performed on Saturday night as a headliner of Piorno Rock Festival in Granada, Spain.
A photo of Timo Tolkki taken on Sunday after he was treated for his wounds can be viewed here
Lars and Hendrik left the band at the beginning of December 2003 because of musical and personal differences, leaving Soulslide withSandra, David and Simone. Right now the band are working on the new material together with drummer Jörg Michael (Ex-Stratovarius).
KOTIPELTO, featuring former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto, and ELAKELAISET are the latest acts confirmed for this year’s edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival.
As previously announced, the 15th Anniversary of the festival. is scheduled to take place August 5th - 8th in Wacken, Germany.
The list of confirmed acts for the festival now includes: More...
Read the full article at Wacken Open Air.
STRATOVAIUS's new drummer Anders Johansson (HAMMERFALL) has quit after one week in being the band, he's the statement from frontman Timo Tolkki:
"Anders gave me a call and said that he doesn't want to join the band permanently and that he is happy to be in HAMMERFALL playing True Metal. Since I am looking for a permanent member, we agreed in good spirits to go separate ways. I am very disappointed that he didn't want to join STRATOVARIUS permanently, but at the same time I wish him and the HAMMERFALL guys well and best of luck with their career. I suspect that the decision of Anders has something to do with my reputation. I can understand him very well, I wouldn't join a band in which I would be playing in. I have already contacted a Finnish drummer and I hope I can announce his name very soon."
In Metal, Timo Tolkki"
A Finnish lady dubbed Miss K has been enlisted as the band’s new vocalist – she is said to have a 3 octave range and according the the band’s website: “she is capable of transforming Stratovarius’ sound to something unique, something that has never been heard in metal before” – in addition, the drummer for the next album will be Anders Johansson, the brother of Jens Johansson. Meanwhile, Sanctuary Records is asking Timo Tolkki to pay back 1 Million Euros from the recording agreement advance based on their position that the agreement was for the old line up. Tolkki disagrees with their position and refuses to pay.
According to the STRATOVARIUS fan site www.truemetal.org/stratovarius, "Klaus Flaming, the host of the weekly Finnish metal radio show 'Metalliliitto' had a brief chat with [STRATOVARIUS mainman] Timo Tolkki at the afterparty of Sirkkelirock, the Finnish metal awards [on Saturday, January 3]. [During the conversation] Timo mentioned that the new [STRATOVARIUS] vocalist is a good-looking and talented FEMALE. Interesting... I'd however take the comment with a grain of salt as it sounded as if Timo was a bit drunk while making it."
There's been a lot of drama surrounding Stratovarius Vocalist Timo Kotipelto and drummer Jörg Michael are out of STRATOVARIUS. The following message was posted on the band's website:
"After several emergency meetings, this move finds acceptance within the band. “Due to irrevocable and massive difficulties between the band leader Timo Tolkki and me, it has been agreed that this is the best thing to do to preserve at least some of the integrity the band used to have", says singer Kotipelto. "I will now fully concentrate on my solo album and I am convinced that this is the best way for me."More...