According to UnisonicFanClub.com, UNISONIC was forced to cancel its scheduled German concerts in Langen (Nov. 9) and Ravensburg (Nov. 10) as the special guest of GOTTHARD after UNISONIC lead vocalist Michael Kiske (formerly of HELLOWEEN) came down with a bad case of the flu. Michael was fighting symptoms of the illness for days, leading to the loss of his voice during the show in Hamburg last Sunday. His bandmate Kai Hansen (also ex-HELLOWEEN, currently in GAMMA RAY) took over the lead vocals for the rest of the show, so the band could finish their set (see video below).
In order to avoid a long-term damage to his voice, doctors have instructed Michael to rest until he has fully recovered.
UNISONIC hopes to be back on the road for the shows in Bamberg (Nov. 16) and Munich (Nov. 17).
UNISONIC's self-titled debut studio album was released in North America on May 22 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.
"Unisonic" was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium. The CD — which features 11 tracks, plus a bonus live version of HELLOWEEN classic "I Want Out", only available on the domestic edition, and cover art by Martin Häusler (MEAT LOAF, GOTTHARD, HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD) — marks the first full-length musical union between Kiske and Hansen in 23 years!
UNISONIC released its debut EP, "Ignition" on January 27 via earMUSIC/Edel. The effort includes the track "Unisonic" plus one demo song and a cover version of the HELLOWEEN classic "I Want Out", recorded live on October 15 at last year's edition of the Loud Park festival at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan.
Hansen's position in GAMMA RAY is unaffected by his involvement with UNISONIC.
Michael Kiske (vocals)
Mandy Meyer (guitar)
Kai Hansen (guitar)
Dennis Ward (bass)
Kosta Zafiriou (drums)