Tokio Hotel in Chile
"We love the intensity of the fans"
On the set of their spectacular Humanoid City Tour 2010, the German quartet debuted on national soil, Sunday the 28th at the Movistar Arena. A show loaded with lights, pyrotechnics, and special effects that included all the band's hits, and of course those of the last album, "Humanoid". Plus, they had an entertaining conversation with 13/20.
With futuristic staging and a repertoire known well by all the fans, Tokio Hotel caused collective insanity, and made it clear why they have become one of the loudest (flashy) rock proposals (pitch) of the current musical scene... Hours before their show, Bill Kaulitz (singer), Gustav Schäfer (drums), Georg Listing (bass), and Tom Kaulitz (guitar), met with the press and these were the results.
What is the balance that you make of this current tour, Humanoid City Tour?
Bill: The truth is that we are very happy with the tour, we have great expectations about it, even more because for a long time we had wanted to come to Latin America and finally we were able to do it. So until now everything has come out perfect and actually, even better that expected, there has not been any problem, the shows have turned out spectacular and also the fans have welcomed us in the best way. In fact, here in Chile there were a lot of people waiting for us at the airport, it was a great surprise for everyone.
Bill and Tom are brothers, what do you share beyond the band?
Bill: Everything. We spend 24 hours of the day together and we have a very special connection, because not only are we brothers, but we are also twins...We get along super great, and you couldn't even say we are friends because it's way more than that.
Tom: Yeah, and the most we've ever been apart, has been four or five days. We are identical twins, therefore, the connection is very strong..., it's one same person divided in two.
But, without a doubt the four seem to be very different, what do you have in common outside of Tokio Hotel?
Bill: In reality, we are super different the four of us, and aside of the band we don't have much in common. Of course, we have been working together for ten years in the band, so we understand each other very well.
Tom: And, deep down, we are almost like four brothers, because we grew up together, so we know each other since childhood...
What do you think is the essence of Tokio Hotel? The key to success over other bands?
Tom: We make better music than the rest.
Bill: And the difference is that we found ourselves...here there was no one who chose us, but we grew up together and began to play as a garage band, to rehearse, and that way things began to happen naturally, there was an evolution.
And in your first tour through Latin America, do you find differences between fans here and those in Europe?
Bill: Yes, perhaps because with Latin fans we are farther away, they get way more excited when they see us than those in Europe, they are used to seeing us more often. But we love the intensity of the fans, we love them..., and also the affection the girls feel (laughter).
And about your look, what's this particular style about? For example, in Bill's case...
Bill: I like fashion a lot and it amuses me, which is essential. Therefore, I am always wearing accessories and things, and each day is kind of spontaneous what I choose to wear.
Georg: In any case, we don't agree on a particular look, each one has their style and here no one says to the other you should dress in this or that color, or what accessories they should use. So the look depends exclusively in each of us.
Any good luck charm?
Bill: Yes, I have a box full of lucky things that I carry everywhere and also use a lucky charm that I never take off. In fact, it's a lucky charm that cannot be left out because everyone believes in it, if I don't have it on, everyone fears and thinks something bad will happen.
And finally, your plans for 2011?
Bill: There are so many things to be done. We are always playing and rehearsing, but for now, there is no set plan in regards to next year. We take our necessary time to release new albums, so we cannot promise that we will release one in 2011. In any case, there are some surprises coming that we cannot yet talk about.
The majority of the public that came out the night of November 28 to Tokio Hotel's concert at the Movistar Arena was not over the age of 15. And of course, their idols made them crazy with a careful visual design, that reminded of Japanese animés.
The quartet, led by the Kaulitz brothers, entered on stage at 9 pm. Bill stole all the stares and sighs with his tight and flashy costume, while he performed the best known songs by the band: "World Behind My Wall", "Ready Set Go", "Automatic", "Monsoon", "Darkside of the Sun". The concert extended for approximately an hour and a half and succeeded in leaving their fans absolutely satisfied.
Translation by Vee/THA, Scans by Camila