EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet has posted the following message to the band's official web site:
"Here I am to give you some updates on our beloved Metal machinery of EDGUY / AVANTASIA. First of all, I really wanna thank you for having put my little baby AVANTASIA to the top of all sales lists again. I hope you're happy with the album as much as I am, I've been giving my best to record an intensive, anti-fast-food but still meat-and-potatoes-art-rock, bombastic metal or whatever you call it — honest album! It was great to remember all those business-office-seat-farters, 'good advice' that it doesn't make sense to record, 'another old fashioned concept opera album', whatever. To them: Fuck you! Seen that?! Here we go... Thanx brothers! And I remember the same people telling us that it is quite unfashionable to release a live album. I do not really know if I am right, but my understanding of rock and roll is to do whatever you feel has to be done. And as long as you really want to do something it shall be done.
"So we wanted to record this double live album which has been finished now. It's mixed and mastered. And we are really proud of it. To make it something special and not just a little release in between two 'real' albums, we've spent shitloads of money to record most of the European shows in high quality and mixed almost one month, three times longer than we've ever done for a studio album. Of course we have more than 100 minutes of material, e.g. a great 15-minute version of 'The Pharaoh' and some really funny sing-a-long games (of course, again, I might be the only one thinking they're funny, but no matter how boring my bandmates thought they were, I fought them to get 'em on the album, or as Ozzy said: 'I'm a Rock and roll rebel!' And along to the double live album, you will get a photo booklet featuring well over 100 pictures taken on the tour, backstage, onstage, sightseeing, and partying. It's gonna be a trip behind the scenes. And we hope you have as much fun studying the pictures as we had when remembering all those great moments on tour:
"Playing to over 30.000 people in Wacken, feeding kangaroos in Australia, visiting ancient temples in Japan, letting our light engineer's furniture disappear from a Swedish hotel room, visiting the Red Square in Moscow or getting drunk in a few of those places. However, you made this all possible and we are looking forward to share those memories with you guys on this live album, coming out in May. It's really a great one in our opinion.
"And besides that, be sure that we work on new material, but we won't tell you too much about that now. Only that we will have some huge surprises for you (it's gonna be 100% jazz, hahaha... just kidding). We'll let you know about it as soon as possible."