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PostSubject: Oficial Biography   Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:56 pm

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Bill Kaulitz (vocals)
Tom Kaulitz (guitar)
Georg Listing (bass)

Gustav Schafer (drums)

No one in the world is more prepared to bask in the glow of American rock
stardom than the members of Tokio Hotel. Humanoid is only their second
U.S. release, the follow up to 2008's Scream, but to millions of fans
across the globe, they're already icons.

"Things are just starting for us in the US," says Bill Kaulitz, the band's front man,
the leader of a worldwide army of black leather- and eyeliner-clad
devotees. "What we've already experienced has been just great, and
we're looking forward to it starting again."

The biggest act to come out of Germany in 20 years, Tokio Hotel has gone 10x platinum,
scored four No. 1 singles and sold out arenas and stadiums across
Europe. They scored a Best New Artist VMA from MTV in 2008.

Their rocket to success launched in 2001 when Bill and his twin brother Tom
-- the band's hip-hop-tinged, dreadlocked guitarist -- formed the band
along with bassist Georg Listing, now 22, and drummer Gustav Schafer,
now 21. They started at age 10 performing for small crowds around their
hometown, Magdeburg, a salt-mining village that was formerly part of
East Germany.

Growing up in one of the most dismal parts of Germany, Bill and Tom were
different from their classmates, almost alien. They were the underdogs. The
twins knew that they had to break out of there.

Tom had started fooling around with a guitar at
age 7 and at 13 together with an already spiky-haired Bill, they caught
the attention of some of Europe's best-known producers (including
Humanoid producer David Jost) and solidified their heartfelt pop-rock
formula.

Originally called Devlish, they changed their name
before releasing their first German-language record, Schrei (Scream in
English). By 2005, they embarked on what would be the most successful
debut tour of Germany by a new artist. In 2007, they released their
second German record, Zimmer 483 (Room 483 in English), and were
selling out monster European arena shows in minutes.

Like wildfire, the band gained the attention of an entire generation. In
France, the group's popularity exploded. They went from playing small
club gigs for 500 to performing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a
crowd of 500,000 screaming fans phonetically belting out the words to
Tokio Hotel's German hits. Soon after they made a history by becoming
the first German band to score a #1 hit on the Israeli radio charts.


In 2008, after a grueling 43 shows, Bill endured surgery for cysts on his
vocal cords but was back on the road performing around the world within
two months, shortly after Scream was released for the first time in the
U.S. in 2008.

Humanoid is packed with much of the same emotion
that has connected with multitudes of young fans. And in this age of
Rock Band and Guitar Hero, the record is full of opportunities for
audience participation.

The first single, "Automatic" is a metallic anthem with layered, buzzing guitars,
stomping percussion, and a falsetto chorus made to be belted out by a stadium
full of people. "World Behind My Wall" redefines the power ballad with depth,
introspection, musical confidence and an irresistible sing-along chorus.

While recording this time around, though, the band was
in its most experimental phase to date. They tracked songs in Hamburg,
Miami, and L.A. "Bill drove us all crazy, constantly coming in with
things, even though the old songs weren't finished yet," says Tom,
who's fond of frequently ribbing his brother. "Apart from that, we just
didn't limit ourselves, and we used new instruments."

There are more electronic sounds on Humanoid. The first single "Automatic"
explores the relationships between every day emotions and every day
conveniences.

"How many things happen automatically every day?" Bill asks. "The door
opens and closes automatically, shifting gears in a car; a camera lens --
all of those are always positive things, but when the mechanical quality of
the automatic meets human things like love, then suddenly it becomes extremely
negative. Love has to be spontaneous and genuine, never automatic and cold.Ӏ
That's the theme that moves people.

Along with the new sounds, new subjects, new live show, and even Bill's new style,
longtime fans will still find the constant connection to Tokio Hotel's raw honesty and
emotion.

"We love our fans because they are the loudest of all and do such crazy things,"
Bill says. "They always support us, no matter what has happened, and a lot has happened."



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