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Formed: 1991
From: Tampa, FL, United States
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Below is our complete Kamelot 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.

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Kamelot Guitarist: "We Needed Jon to Play Zodiac"

Mark Morton of the Examiner posted a new interview with guitarist Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot prior to embarking on the "Pandemonium Over North America" tour with Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist this week.

Youngblood talked about recruiting the Mountain King Jon Oliva to play the part of "Zodiac:"

"Well, it was all very coincidental. We basically had everyone we had talked about having on the record finish their parts. And we were working on “The Zodiac,” and one of the lines struck me as something that Jon would sing. And I then felt that we needed someone to portray this character of the Zodiac Killer.

"Jon has this signature, evil-sounding voice that is just amazing and instantly recognizable. So I decided to contact Jon to see if he would be interested in doing it. As well, Casey had played some parts on his latest album. So everything happened really fast; he said he’d love to do it, and within a couple of weeks, everything was finished and worked out great!"

Youngblood was asked about the struggles to break into the American scene (despite being a largely American act):

"I mean, six years ago, nobody who sounds like us would have ever been able to tour the States. It’s not quite where we want it to be, but it’s still growing here. I think it’s more of an awareness thing than anything; the country is just so geographically big that it’s really hard to market a band without the mass-marketing that bands like Linkin Park used to get. Whereas, in Europe, you can get centralized marketing for Germany, or Holland, or wherever. I think that’s been the main issue with any band that is like Kamelot." More...

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The Agonist Releases EP On Tour With Kamelot

As The Agonist prepares to embark on a North American tour in support of Kamelot, Alestorm and Blakguard, the band will release the EP "The Escape," which will be sold exclusively on the road and at CM Distro.

Century Media released the following announcement:

"The Agonist to kick-off Kamelot Tour with new EP exclusively available on the road and at CM Distro; Launches Official YouTube channel.

"After spending a few months in the studio, melodic death metalers The Agonist are ready to hit the road with Kamelot, Alestorm, and Blackguard on their imminent North American trek. Unfortunately, lead-guitarist Danny Marino will be unable to join the band on tour, but The Agonist will be bringing their friend and ex-The Catalyst guitarist Justin Deguire to handle rhythm guitar duties while Paco takes over lead guitar in his stead.

For fans that have been patiently waiting for new material from The Agonist, this tour will be the first opportunity to get your hands on the band's latest release! Their brand-new "The Escape" EP will be sold exclusively on the road and online at CM Distro for the duration of the tour, and it features two songs from their upcoming full-length album: "Lonely Solipsist" and "The Escape". The only way to get your hands on a physical copy of this limited edition EP is to catch the band on their run with Kamelot or to order via CM Distro. The EP will also be available in a digital format after the tour-click here to see the album artwork!

"Mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Suicide Silence), " The Escape" EP will be fans' first taste of what's to come from The Agonist's upcoming full-length album. Already tracked and currently being mixed, the album is slated for an early 2012 release via Century Media Records, so stay tuned for more new material from The Agonist coming soon!

"For fans that can't wait for the album's release, The Agonist has now launched an official youtube channel that includes a new webisode with behind-the-scenes footage of the band in the studio and on the road! In this first webisode, The Agonist also has a special message for fans regarding their upcoming tour and EP!"


The official The Agonist YouTube channel can be found here

Tour dates for Kamelot, Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist:

8/27 West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
8/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/29 Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
8/30 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
8/31 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/1 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
9/2 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
9/3 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
9/4 Toronto, ON @ MOD Club
9/5 London, ON @ Music Hall **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
9/6 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
9/7 Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
9/8 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
9/9 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
9/12 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/13 Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
9/14 San Francisco CA @ Slim's
9/15 West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
9/16 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/18 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
9/19 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee **Off Date with Alestorm, Blackguard**
9/20 Dallas, TX @ Trees
9/21 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/23 Orlando, FL @ The Club At Firestone

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Alestorm Comments On Kamelot Tour

Napalm recording artist and pirate metal band Alestorm will be touring North America this fall, in support of just-released new album "Back Through Time." Beginning in late August and going through the end of September, SPV recording artists Kamelot will be headlining the tour, with Alestorm headlining select dates.

Vocalist Chris Bowes had the following to say about the imminent North American invasion: "This summer we'll be hitting the States and Canada - and even fuckin' Mexico! - on a big, mad North American tour supporting Kamelot. I hope to see a bunch of you crazy motherfuckers down the front with pints of ale in your hands, rocking out proper pirate-style. Retarded hats and eyepatches are optional!"

Here are the confirmed dates and venues:

8.25.11 - Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah *Headlining
8.26.11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *w/Kamelot
8.27.11 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx *w/Kamelot
8.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero *w/Kamelot
8.29.11 - Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe's *Headlining
8.30.11 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre *w/Kamelot
8.31.11 - Worcester, MA The Palladium *w/Kamelot
9.01.11 - Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's *Headlining
9.02.11 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda *w/Kamelot
9.03.11 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial De Quebec *w/Kamelot
9.04.11 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club *w/Kamelot
9.05.11 - London, ON @ Mod Club *Headlining
9.06.11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's *w/Kamelot
9.07.11 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's *w/Kamelot
9.08.11 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *w/Kamelot
9.09.11 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4 *w/Kamelot
9.12.11 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *w/Kamelot
9.13.11 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room *w/Kamelot
9.14.11 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *w/Kamelot
9.15.11 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues *w/Kamelot
9.16.11 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse *w/Kamelot
9.17.11 - Mexico City, MX @ Ciro Volador *w/Overkill, DRI
9.19.11 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee *Headlining
9.20.11 - Dallas, TX @ Trees *w/Kamelot
9.21.11 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar *w/Kamelot
9.23.11 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone Club *w/Kamelot
9.24.11 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug *Headlining

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Kamelot Guitarist Comments On Forthcoming Album

Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood recently offered the following update about the next Kamelot full length album:

"There's gonna be some new twists and turns, of course, with the vocals and stuff like that. I think what we're gonna do is kind of go back a little bit to what we did with 'The Black Halo' and 'Ghost Opera', but then, of course, add new elements, more theatrical things. We've got about two songs already written, and after the U.S. tour in September, we're gonna be full force into writing the new album."

In other Kamelot news, the band recently officially announced it's split with long time vocalist Roy Khan. Previously uploaded footage from the band's time touring in Europe with Amaranathe is also available for viewing at this location.

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Kamelot Releases More Touring Footage

Kamelot has posted more behind-the-scenes tour footage online from the band's tour dates with Amaranthe over in Europe. You can check out the two new clips below taken from the band's multiple stops in Germany.



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Kamelot Posts Video Road Report

Kamelot, which parted ways with vocalist Roy Khan in April, is currently on the road and has posted a new road report online. You can check out the clip below.

You can also check out Kamelot's last tour update by heading over to this location.

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Kamelot Checks In From The Road

Kamelot, which recently announced its official split with vocalist Roy Khan, has checked in from the road with the following tour report:

"Hi all, we are in Budapest tonight and the tour is going great! Many of the shows have been SOLD OUT and it still looks like some others will as well. Thanks to all the fans support, the shows have been something extra special, each and every night.

"We have received several hundred emails from singers, some unknown and some very well known. We are looking at all of them, but in the mean time Fabio Lione is kicking ass every night and also guest singer Tommy Karevik from Seventh Wonder. Need to state that our crew has been amazing!

"In addition Elize Ryd, Simone Simons and the bands Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons are doing a killer job every night, a fantastic package to say the least. See you on the tour!! Watch KamTV for Kamelot On The Road Tour segments. Cheers!"

You can also check out footage of the band on tour by heading over to this location.

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Kamelot Posts New Touring Footage Online

Symphonic metallers Kamelot have posted a new tour video online taken during its recent stop in Amsterdam. You can view the footage in the player below.

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Kamelot Posts Tour Footage

Kamelot has posted behind-the-scenes tour footage online from the band's tour dates with Amaranthe. You can check out the clip in the player below. Kamelot also recently officially parted ways with vocalist Roy Khan and is currently seeking a replacement.

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Kamelot Officially Splits With Vocalist

After vocalist Roy Khan was forced to drop out of Kamelot's tour dates due to health issues, the band has now issued the following announcement about officially parting ways with Khan:

"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!"

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Kamelot Issues Tour Recap

Kamelot has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent Latin American tour dates:

"Hello Kamelotians! We are just back from a whirlwind tour of Latin America. We had an amazing time and we are already missing all you that shared the nights with us. One thing is for sure, we will be back as soon as possible to party with you again.

"We would like to thank all the fans that met us at the airport, hotels and our the concert halls, thanks to all the promoters involved, our amazing crew (see you in a few days for Europe), and our course Fabio, Simone and Elize for their fantastic job on stage with us. The final show in Mexico City was a great high note to the tour, see you all very soon!! Next up, Europe – get ready to rumble!"

Kamelot has also announced an upcoming North American tour. Details are available at this location.

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Kamelot Changes Bogota Show Venue

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about changing venues for the band's upcoming show in Bogota, Columbia on April 12th:

"Bogotá news! The Teatro Metropol has frozen its concert activities due to negotiations with a film studio purchase.

"The Kamelot show will now take place at the Teatro Metropol on the same evening. Tickets that were sold for the Teatro Metropol will definitely be honored. Paris venue update coming!"

Kamelot also recently announced a full North American tour in support of the "Poetry for the Poisoned" album. Details are available here.

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Kamelot Announces North American Tour

Kamelot has issued the following announcement about an upcoming North American tour in support of the band's latest album:

"In the ongoing Kamelot campaign for the band's newest release, 'Poetry for the Poisoned,' we are extremely pleased to announce that Kamelot have confirmed a full North American Tour! The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic 'Poetry for the Poisoned' (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified. Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of 'Pirate Infused Metal' to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and The Agonist.

"Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of 'Poetry for the Poisoned.' With the news of Roy’s continued absence, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.

"Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating 'I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot. See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!'

"In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed! In addition, Kamelot’s 'Pandemonium Over Europe 2011' is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule!"

The currently announced dates are as follows: More...

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Kamelot Announces Cover Contest Winners

Kamelot has checked in with the following announcement about revealing the six winning entries for the band's recent cover artwork contest:

"Cover contest winners announced! Congrats to all the entries that were sent it! We couldn’t choose just one so we are giving these 6 winners free tickets to the concert of their choice and a meet and greet with the band at the show! We will be contacting all the winners with details of the prize."

You can check out the winning entries here. Kamelot also recently announced new tour dates and guest vocalist information, which can be found at this location.

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Kamelot Announces Guest Vocalist

Brazilian vocalist Eduardo Falaschi (Angra/Almah) will join Kamelot on stage for the band's upcoming appearance in São Paulo this April 9th, 2011. Eduardo commented:

"It’s a lot of honor for me to perform live with my friend Casey, Thomas and all the guys from Kamelot. Today the band counts on the great singer Fabio Lione who helps them in this tour. They called me to take part in this show in my home town city, São Paulo! It’s clear that I immediately said 'yes!' We are talking about Kamelot! One of my favorites metal bands ever! For those who don’t know, Casey recorded the drum parts for the first Almah’s CD in 2006 and since then we have become friends even more. And especially due to this fact I will do my best in order to give to all Kamelot fans an unforgettable night! I’ll put my heart on it! See you there soon!"

Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood also added:

"I am very pleased to have our good buddy Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah) joining us on stage at the São Paulo concert this April 9th! We ran into each other recently in LA and that’s when the idea to sing with us in Brazil came about. It will be a night to remember!"

The band's upcoming South American dates are as follows:

April 07 – Santiago de Chile, CHI @ Teatro Teleton
April 08 – Buenos Aires, ARG @ Vélez Sarsfield Stadium (special guest act for Iron Maiden)
April 09 – São Paulo, BRA @ Espaço Lux
April 10 – Porto Alegre, BRA @ Opinião Bar
April 12 – Bogotá, COL @ Teatro Metropol
April 14 – Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador

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Kamelot Adds On Brazilian Show

Kamelot has announced the addition of a Brazilian show on the band's upcoming South American tour. The new show will take place at Porto Alegre on April 10th, 2011. The tour poster for the "Pandemonium over South American Tour" can be viewed at this location. Kamelot also has the following upcoming tour dates:

Apr 22 Elysée Montmartre Paris, FRANCE - 12:00 AM
Apr 22 Elysée Montmartre Paris, FRANCE - 6:15 PM
Apr 23 Muziekcentrum Trix Antwerpen, BELGIUM - 4:00 PM
Apr 23 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - 8:00 PM
Apr 27 Sheffield Corporation Sheffield, UNITED KINGDOM - 6:00 PM
Apr 28 L'atelier Luxembourg Ville, LUXEMBOURG - 4:00 PM
Apr 28 Koko London, UNITED KINGDOM - 7:00 PM
Apr 29 Luxembourg-City - Luxemburg, GERMANY - 6:20 PM
Apr 30 Schüür Luzern, GERMANY - 7:30 PM
May 8 Columbia Club Berlin, GERMANY - 1:38 AM
May 11 Markthalle Hamburg, GERMANY - 12:00 AM
May 11 Trädgår'n Göteborg, SWEDEN - 6:00 PM
May 14 Sentrum Scene Oslo, NORWAY - 7:30 PM

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Kamelot Comments On Upcoming Shows

Kamelot has issued the following statement about recruiting Amaranthe's Elize Ryd again for the band's upcoming tour dates:

"We are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will join Kamelot again, this time on their European and South American tour dates. Elize joins the band on this very special and unique tour that includes some special guests singers like Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), Simone Simons (Epica) and many more."

Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "I am very pleased to hear that Elize will be touring with us again, she toured with us for the entire year of 2010 and was amazing at every show!"

Elize also stated: "I am very exited about going on tour with Kamelot, I had so much fun during the 2010 performances on all the great stages with this awesome band in front of all their amazing fans! It’s a real honor to be able to do that once again!"

Elize’s band Amaranthe will also be on the billing along with Evergrey and Sons of Seasons.

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Kamelot Changes Polish Show Venue

Kamelot has issued the following update to Polish fans about changing venues for the band's upcoming live show:

"Venue Change Poland! Thanks to fans in Poland the local promoters have moved the Kamelot show in Poland to a larger venue (Klub Studio), please take note!"

Kamelot also recently announced that Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) will be joining the band on the road and handling the lead vocal duties, along with guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica) and Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder).

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Thomas Youngblood Designing Custom Guitar

Kamelot has announced that founding member and guitarist Thomas Youngblood is currently featured on ESP’s website and will be working closely with ESP on a custom designed Eclipse. The band also issued the following brief update about members appearing at the upcoming NAMM convention:

"You can also meet Thomas and Kamelot drummer Casey Grillo at the NAMM show this week in Anaheim, CA. Special thanks to Onboard Research, ESP Guitars, Pearl Drums, DiMarzio and many more. We will try to send some video blogs from the show as they become available!"

Kamelot recently hosted an edition of MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. You can check out clips from the show featuring Kamelot at this location.

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Kamelot Headbangers Ball Clips Posted Online

MTV has posted several clips online from Kamelot hosting Headbangers Ball earlier this month. Two of the clips can be viewed below, and the rest can be found here. Kamelot also commented:

"Clips of Kamelot’s Headbangers Ball now online. In addition, Thomas and Casey of Kamelot will be appearing at the NAMM show January 15-17th in Anaheim California. They will be representing Onboard Research, ESP Guitars, Pearl Drums and more!"

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