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Arjen Lucassen To Guest On Avantasia Album "The Mystery Of Time"

Avantasia founder Tobias Sammet has announced the next guest on the band's upcoming CD will be Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance). Sammet comments:

"To me he used to be what John D. Rockerduck is to Scrooge McDuck: An adamant long time rival; in our case when it comes to producing Rock Operas. Well, if you can't beat your enemy make him your ally! And so I opened the door and literally invited pestilence into my world, ha!

"Seriously, the truth is that the 'pestilence' I'm talking about is really one of the nicest, coolest and loveliest plagues I've ever come to know, an ambitious artist through and through and a real great guitar player. So, having just come back from a shopping tour in 2912 - where apparently he found himself a brand new pair of bad-ass pants & boots - he went into the studio to record some additional lead guitar for the forthcoming Avantasia album 'The Mystery Of Time:' Ayreon mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen."

In March 2013 the new Avantasia Rock Opera "The Mystery Of Time" will be released on CD and vinyl. The album is going to feature guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep), Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance) and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. More musicians will be announced soon.

Watch a new clip with sound snippets at this location. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

13.04.2013 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
14.04.2013 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
16.04.2013 (I) Milan - Alcatraz
18.04.2013 (D) Ludwigsburg - MPH Arena
19.04.2013 (D) Kaufbeuren - All - Karthalle
20.04.2013 (D) Fulda - Esperanto Halle
22.04.2013 (D) Berlin - Tempodrom
23.04.2013 (D) Hamburg - tba
25.04.2013 (D) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
26.04.2013 (D) Lichtenfels - Stadthalle

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