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Stratovarius Recording Elements Part I; Announce Spring 2003 Tour Dates

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 @ 1:23 PM


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Stratovarius frontman Timo Kotipelto has commenced the vocal-tracking process for the group's brand new CD, entitled Elements Part I.

"I have to say that it's good to be behind the microphone again," Timo wrote on his official web site. "The last months I've been mostly giving interviews for my solo album and not singing that much. [Guitarist] Timo [Tolkki] and I tested 6 different kinds of professional studio microphones for my voice and I do believe we found the best one! The vocal sound is better than ever! (And I'm not talking about my voice but the sound that the mike delivers for the hard drive!)"

As previously reported, Elements Part I is set for a January 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Described as "faster, heavier and more symphonic than ever before," Elements Part I will feature a full-size symphony orchestra and choir conducted by Riku Niemi. The cover artwork for the CD will, once again, be done by Derek Riggs (i.e. Iron Maiden).

In other news, Stratovarius have announced the dates for their spring 2003 European tour in support of Elements Part I. Confirmed dates so far are a follows:

03/25/03 Stockholm, SWE Arenan
03/26/03 Oslo, NOR Rockefellers
03/27/03 Gothenborg, SWE Karen
03/29/03 Tilburg, NETH 013
03/30/03 Antwerpen, BEL Hof Ter Loo
03/31/03 London, UK Electric Ballroom
04/01/03 Cologne, GER E-Werk
04/04/03 Barcelona, SPA Pavellon Val Hebron
04/05/03 San Sebastian, SPA Polideportivo Anoeta
04/07/03 Porto, POR Hard Club
04/08/03 Madrid, SPA La Rivera
04/10/03 Pratteln, SWI Z7
04/11/03 Pratteln, SWI Z7
04/12/03 Milan, ITA Palavobis
04/16/03 Hamburg, GER Dock's
04/17/03Langen, GER Stadthalle
04/19/03 Paris, FRA Zenith
04/20/03 Filderstadt, GER Filharmonie
04/21/03 Nürnberg, GER Löwensaal
04/24/03 Vienna, AUS Planet Music
04/25/03 Budapest, HUN Petofi Hall
04/26/03 Zilina, SLO Sports Hall


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