Exclusive Interview: Tokio Hotel on New Album, Tour and the Band's Secret


Exclusive Interview: Tokio Hotel on New Album, Tour and the Band's Secret


Tokio Hotel's Bill Kaulitz and Tom Kaulitz explain 'robotic' theme in 'Humanoid', share their interest to tour with Jay-Z and something about the band that fans probably haven't known yet.

Having a new album "Humanoid" coming out across United States on October 6, Tokio Hotel exclusively explain to AceShowbiz how they evolve from their previous effort "Scream" to this new one. They also address 'robotic' theme on the effort.

In addition, they share about their touring plan. Twin brothers Bill Kaulitz and Tom Kaulitz reveal that they would love to have Kings of Leon, La Roux, The Prodigy or even Jay-Z as supporting acts when the band embark on a tour which is planned to be kicked off next year.

Moreover, they also open up about their crazy fans encounter and a funny fact about Georg Listing.

ASB: It's been two years since you dropped your first album. What do you think change in terms of your music direction?

Bill: After a really long time we started writing songs again which was a very liberating feeling! We wanted to listen to our inner voice again and find out what we feel.

Tom: We have tried more stuff, added new instruments and Bill and I co-produced the album. We sort of broadened the Tokio Hotel sound and are stuffed with pride about the new album. I'm going to buy myself a copy right when it's out.

ASB: Judging from its title, cover art, lead single and its music video, you guys kind of go 'robotic' for "Humanoid". Are you obsessed with robots this time?

Bill: It wasn't our intention in the beginning but more and more people mentioned it to us and now we realized: Yes, we do like science fiction and robots.

Tom: We hope we will experience one day how real robots will be part or our lives.

ASB: Many of the album's songs got leaked, how do you feel about that?

Bill: As an artist who puts so much effort and heart into a production and writing songs it's sad, it makes you feel kind of naked. Especially since these leaked songs haven't even been the finished versions.

ASB: Many rock bands apply Auto-Tune into their songs. Do you also utilize this music trend in the album?

Tom: We don't necessarily follow trends but for this album we tried some stuff we haven't done before.

ASB: So the video for "Automatic" was shot in South Africa. Any idea where would the next one be?

Bill: It really depends on the treatment and the idea. This step comes first and then we pick the country.

Tom: We would love to shoot in the U.S., that has always been a dream of ours.

ASB: Why were there so little shots of Georg [Listing], Gustav [Schafer] and Tom in the "Automatic" video?

Tom: Well, I'm simply the best looking band member! I would steal everyone the show had they featured me more in the video! And about Georg: nobody wants to see his hair [smile].

ASB: You said embarking on a world tour is something that you want to do in the future. Do you think it's happening with the new album?

Bill: Absolutely! We hope to travel the world with this album and play in countries like Japan which we still haven't seen. This is one of our biggest dreams. We also plan to return to the US and do another big tour in 2010.

ASB: Who do you picture will take the road as your supporting act if that plan happens?

Bill: If I would have the choice I would either take Kings of Leon, La Roux or The Prodigy.

Tom: Jay-Z would be great too.

ASB: You traveled from one city to another for your road show, what is the favorite place that you wish to include again in your new tour?

Bill: Every city has something special. We go wherever our fans want to see us.

Tom: We loved Las Vegas but we don't have a favorite place and there are so many cities left we haven't seen so far. Maybe we can tell you after the next tour.

ASB: Do you guys still get nervous when you're about to go on-stage? What would the band do minutes before doing a live concert?

Bill: I am doing my vocal exercises. An hour before the concert, we as the band always get together and lock ourselves in the dressing room to get ready for the show.

Tom: I am still totally nervous before going on stage. I don't think this will ever go away. Before the show we warm up and go through the songs.

ASB: What is the craziest fan encounter you ever had so far?

Bill: Our fans always do crazy things. One of the things I remember is that a fan named a real star after us as a gift. That was really something special.

ASB: So Tom changes the hair color and Bill goes more glamorous in the costume. What are you guys trying to say this time around?

Bill: We don't really think about our style, it just happens naturally. Tom and I dressed like this since we are kids and always fought for our own way - even though others didn't like the way we dressed or that I was wearing make-up sometimes.

Tom: We always say: Try being yourself and don't let anybody tell you what to do or to wear.

ASB: So the album is gonna be out in the U.S. on October 6 and the tour will follow. How do you guys find the time to have fun?

Tom: We have time off very rarely but if we do we try to do something special and we also spend time with our families and friends. On our birthday for example we rented an amusement park and spent the entire night on rollercoasters and had way too much popcorn.

ASB: Tell us something about the band that AceShowbiz readers probably haven't known yet!

Tom: Georg is doing 'big business' about 5 times a day ... [smile].

© AceShowbiz.com


Comments

  •  
    mai xink
    Jan 28, 2010

    dont know wht to say, i've fell in love deeply wit that person, Bill Kaulitz and i just cant stop:D

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    redemption89
    Jan 10, 2010

    I know I'm late as hell on writing this but I just have to say something! HUMAnOID is so surreal! Just amazing! I have the delux! Phantomrider is so effing awesome!! Please come to phoenix!! I never been to one of their concerts!:( I sayz they should tour with Depeche Mode und AFI!! Ahh my fav bands!! Humanoid is good but they still have more great surreal sounds and songs to write!! Maybe the next one will be great,even better! But you'll never know!! And as for georg, 5 times a day?!?! I wish he would do that to me...haha! I only wish for bill!! Haha! Ah I'm just messing! I kno u crazy azz bill finaticz will be all!(F you! Bill's mine! So back off!! I only go for.............BILL!!! Haha! Like I'll give him up to you!! Haha!!ahhh,still come to phoenix with either Depeche of AFI! Davey is soo effin hot!!

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    HUONGTO
    Nov 07, 2009

    I'm from VIETNAM and TH stole my heart! HUMANOID is SUPER!

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    Sonya
    Oct 15, 2009

    wow, its so nice to hear alot of fans having so many nice comments! i hope tokio hotel come to Canada, MB, cause i never been to one of there concerts in my life! :( i want to see them atleast once in my life time. well i hope tokio hotel NEVER break up the band. if they do, i'd be crying all the time. :( i love the new cd!! i love the songs humanoid, noise, automatic, forever now. all there songs are in my mp3!! =D <3 you tokio hotel! ich liebe dich TH, te amo! chau fans, share the love with TH and fans forever! <3

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    LWF_1961
    Oct 14, 2009

    Tokio Hotel Great Release!!!! You got to tour U.S.A No problem selling out HERE!! GREAT TALENT

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    Kelsey
    Oct 12, 2009

    Come to Vancouver, Canada! Please! I love you Bill/Tom/Georg/Gustav. I love how Tom is such a smart alec. :-P

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    TH#1Fan!
    Oct 11, 2009

    I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!! Though Bill is my favorite! I LOVE YOU BILL! HUMANOID IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP ROCKING AND I HOPE YOU GO TO TOKYO!

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    deborah
    Oct 10, 2009

    ahhh!! u guyz love Las Vegas!!!!!! please come back!!!!!!

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    sara!!
    Oct 10, 2009

    bill: good choice in bands to tour with. <3

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    paobn
    Oct 09, 2009

    Tom is so funny, "big business" haha, I love TH, Their nw cd is great, I really like 4 immer jetzt n Geisterfahrer

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    tkfan1
    Oct 08, 2009

    omg im glad its out i screamed when i woke up lol i hope they come to us ill be the most happiest girl ever. i love bills new look tom looks badass to!!!!

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    Aleesya
    Oct 08, 2009

    Is the album is selling worldwide or what? I'm a fan from Singapore and i'm soo crazy about Tokio Hotel and i love their music!

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    Manduk
    Oct 07, 2009

    They are just great, they are so down to earth and just themselves... Love them to death...

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    Skiddles
    Oct 07, 2009

    I love their new album Humanoid! Can't wait until they begin touring again. Saw them twice last tour here in the states and they ROCKED!

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    Anais
    Oct 07, 2009

    I love the album!!!! Its so different compared to the last one but it shows that what ever they might do they always surprise us with something awesome :) Ich liebe dich Tokio Hotel!

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    nelda
    Oct 07, 2009

    nice interview! :) cant wait for the tourr in the USA! lol about the georg thing...

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    Coral
    Oct 07, 2009

    Kings of Leon or La Roux going on tour with Tokio Hotel - that would be my ultimate dream!

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    Lady Di
    Oct 07, 2009

    I am 40 something and I actually took my kids out of school early just to go buy the new CD on 10/06...I absolutely LOVE TH...I almost cried when I played the CD for the first time...Favorite song is Zoom Into Me...love you Bill

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    sOuRpAtChKiD
    Oct 07, 2009

    i love there new album...i cant wait till they come to the u.s i love them so much i love everything about them

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    Georg\'s teddy Bear
    Oct 07, 2009

    it's awesome hearing about you guys again....n what do you mean Georg is doing BIG BUSINESS 5 times a day...i have 2 ideAs of what but don't know which one it is ....hmmmm =0

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    sian
    Oct 07, 2009

    I WANT THEM TO TOUR IN THE UK!! argh!! its so frustrating.

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    ItsCindyx
    Oct 07, 2009

    I wouldn't mind if they tour with La Roux or Kings of Leon, but Jay Z? c'mon guys (well Tom lol). I don't think that's a good idea. Anyway great interview. I can't wait for them to come back to the U.S. Texas needs them!. :D

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    Polish fan
    Oct 07, 2009

    Oh, Georg does that 5 times a day? Wow! He doesn't look like. I haven't got Humanoid yet:( I travelled to Empik and there weren't any CD-s;( I must just wait. But I know that it will be great!!!

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    thforeverct
    Oct 07, 2009

    I LOVE HUMANOID SO MUCH!!! Georg! Big bissness? :-( aww...anyways, at least there a 3 left for me. boo hoo. o well at least he is in love and happy...i hope. HAVE FUN GEORG! :-) HAHAHA! lol i luv tokio hotel!!!!!!! Bill <3 I luv u guys! I love ZOOM INTO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP ON ROCKING THE WORLD!!!

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    RtPunkyGirl
    Oct 06, 2009

    can't wait to see U guys Tour in the US in 2010! Detroit is waitin! Peace & Love! Randee

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    arshad
    Oct 06, 2009

    woow,humanoid album is simply amazing,lolllzz xD...

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    Alpaca Mom
    Oct 06, 2009

    The new album is a great next step in their career. This band seems to grow with each new song. Their songs are all on my mp3!

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    rachel schafer
    Oct 06, 2009

    i love automatisch and automatic. they are my favorite songs off the new album. wish that you guys would come to colorado and do a showe in littleton colorado. you guys are so good and you are the only band that whn i listen to them i go from mad to happy by listening to my boys th. you are my make me happy band. i hope that you guys stay together and don't break up. i love you Gustav Klaus Wolfgang Schafer.

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    Robin
    Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks so much for the interview!! I'm so stoked for their next tour! Hope they come to Canada again =] This is going to be incredible

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    Brittanya Rae\'
    Oct 06, 2009

    Tokio Hotel is the best band...<3...

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    dayna.
    Oct 06, 2009

    hey, guys, las vegas loves you too! :) i freaked out when i read that. :D pleaseeeeeeeeee come to las vegas again on your next tour. :D

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    Meckie
    Oct 06, 2009

    Humanoid is f*cking EPIC. I'm proud of them =]Comes out in New Zealand on the 12th though ='[

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    Vintage59
    Oct 06, 2009

    I just got done listening to Humanoid and it is a MUST BUY! This band is starting to live up to the potential that we all knew they had.

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    pockee
    Oct 06, 2009

    a tour wiht kings of leon and tokio hotle would be so awsome.thanks for the interview :D

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    GoT#!CaNN
    Oct 06, 2009

    Is it going to be released in here in the Philippines.. I want to have one also..

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    Rob
    Oct 06, 2009

    I love Tokio Hotel. they are awesome :)

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    greekitaliangerman89
    Oct 06, 2009

    I hope tokio hotel comes to chicago! that would be big cinema the boys are so lecker expecially bill he is a sexi hexi rock god! :D

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    greekitaliangerman89
    Oct 06, 2009

    i made a typo in my last post oops i meant to say the allstate arena in chicago is where i would love for them to perform i miss spelled allstate but anyway tokio hotel rocks!

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    greekitaliangerman89
    Oct 06, 2009

    thank you so much for the interview i would love it if they came to chicago and performed at the allsatae arena that would be amazing i love every song off the cd i think it would be kick ass if jay z or kings of leon joined tokio hotel on tour that would be alot of fun for the fans to see! :D

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    bertrann92
    Oct 06, 2009

    HUMANOID is epic

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    Nika
    Oct 06, 2009

    :D you just have to love them don't you :D the new album is awesome, i almost don't want to admit it but i'm going to end up buying it like four times so that i have all the songs ^.^ doesn't matter Tokio Hotel deserves every peny i spend on them :D

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    Coco
    Oct 06, 2009

    Stop picking on Georgie! He's my fav! But I know they're just kidding.

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    Tatiana <3
    Oct 06, 2009

    HOLY SCHEISSE GEORG!! 5 TIMES A DAY!! THAT IS MORE THEN ME AFTER I EAT PIZZA!!! Jeez! xD

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    Caitie
    Oct 06, 2009

    Holy Cow, I just bought Humanoid Today (oct 6th) I've been waiting MONTHS for it and Its amazing, Being so pumped for something like this is just incredible. I've not ever felt so much joy. I actually cried to be honest.

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    Romantic Verses
    Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks for bringing us this! We always love to see more Tokio Hotel! Humanoid is FANTASTIC! Can't wait for that 2010 tour they mentioned! <3

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    daciar
    Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks for the interview. I cannot wait for tour dates and to hear these amazing songs live! This album is so great I have yet to pick a favorite!

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    Tokiohotel#1fan483
    Oct 06, 2009

    Wat kind of things ohh I wish they come to NYC again

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    Alyson1019
    Oct 06, 2009

    LMAO! Tom's responses are always HILARIOUS! I have to wait til Oct. 19 (my b-day) to get the album! CAN'T WAIT!

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    Gaby
    Oct 06, 2009

    Just an awesome Interview! And tour with any of those bands will be totally Great I just wish I could get deluxe version of HUMANOID in colombia =( but anyway... (Big Bussines 5 TIMES A DAY! that gotta hurt O.O carefull with the back,Georg might have truble with that in the future)

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    ali
    Oct 06, 2009

    I'm ordering the album online when I get paid this week. I just cannot wait!!!!

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    chelsey
    Oct 06, 2009

    i just bought the new album and i love it!

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    caro
    Oct 06, 2009

    i would like to thank bill and his band for his band for his new video automatic and thanks you guys for the ineterview!!! this amazing next time can you guys make a nother interview and talk when they can come to san bernadino or los angeles again? please !!!! and i cant wait for humanoid!!!

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    shirley
    Oct 06, 2009

    the new album is AWESOME, just love it,I think is my favorite one, I hope for the next tour the come here to Colombia

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    shirley
    Oct 06, 2009

    the new album rocks I love it I think is my favorite one,I hope for the tour they come to Colombia

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    Humanoid4ATL
    Oct 06, 2009

    Please come back to Atlanta. I had so much fun that night. Are they going to post the tour dates?

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    Fatima in ATL
    Oct 06, 2009

    Tokio Hotel is amazing! ^_^ Thanks for the interview. I can't wait to get both versions of Humanoid in 3 days! But the songs I've heard on their MySpace profile are AMAZING! Their music has changed a bit, but they're still Tokio Hotel; and that's what I love about them. And touring with La Roux, Kings of Leon, or Jay-Z would make me so happy =) I can't wait for the 2010 tour! I REALLY hope they come back to Atlanta, Georgia!

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    kandy
    Oct 06, 2009

    I just love them!!! today is oct.6 unfortunately i'm going to buy the album until thursday..I CANT WAIT!! I LVOE bill!! ANd i cant wait for the US tour next year!!! HAPPY HUMANOID DAY!!!

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    VictoriaChan
    Oct 06, 2009

    OMG, I have only listened to 1 song...because there albuma int out in the u.k yet ¬.¬.it sucks!..But i reeealy hooope you come tooo the u.k *does happy dance* x <33

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    GigglyGoth
    Oct 06, 2009

    It seems the sound difference can be nothing but an improvement for their careers. I love the 80's feel to Pain of Love, and the passion put into Automatic. Things seem to be looking even higher for these great guys.

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    OfficialMrsBillKauli
    Oct 06, 2009

    Humanoid rocks!!!!!!!! I gots the album!!! Im soooooooooooo happy xD

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    rokette77
    Oct 06, 2009

    come to BOSTON PLEASEY

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    transformers! and bi
    Oct 06, 2009

    i hope big buisness isnt what i think it is. will the album come out in australia? stupid question, of course it wont.

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    ♥maFer♥
    Oct 06, 2009

    I &#9829; tokio hotel!!! the new album is amazing!!! i love it!!!

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    TOKIOANGEL~
    Oct 06, 2009

    THAT WAS AM AMAZING INTERVIEW! TOM, YOU CRACK ME UP~ LOVE TO ALL OF YOU AND CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN OKLAHOMA{HOPING}

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    jay
    Oct 06, 2009

    the album is pretty amazing =] i guess im retarded. what does big business mean?

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    Meow
    Oct 06, 2009

    If Tokio Hotel and The Prodigy are going on tour together, I can die happy! :D Love them! :D

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    mei
    Oct 06, 2009

    I'm inlove with Humanoid song, and Humanoid album.

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    JKaulitz
    Oct 06, 2009

    haha wow.Georg is doing big business!mmhmmm..well yeah i hope they come over to DC!!! cuz alot of fans are waiting!

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    EvilKirby
    Oct 06, 2009

    I just finished listening to the album, and it is AMAZING. This was definitely a step forward in their career and I feel so proud of the guys for how far they've come since releasing "Schrei". I hope the guys get to go on that World Tour they want and the best to them!

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    Croatia
    Oct 06, 2009

    de&#269;ki su nevjerovatni!!! mogli bi koji put do&#263;i u Hrvatsku ;))

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    Katii
    Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks for the interview!!<3 Humanoid is amazing<3 Hope you guys plan on comming to Canada *possibly tour* :]] I think you guys + GreenDay would be an amazing concert :]]<3

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    ImmerMEHR
    Oct 06, 2009

    I would LOVE it if they toured with La Roux!! The album is just so creative and strong, I am so proud of them! Also, Tom always has to say stuff like that, but I had to laugh...go Georg!

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    Alexis
    Oct 06, 2009

    OMGGG THEY HAVE GO ON TOUR SOON PLEEASEEE &#9829;gawd please come to chicago !

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    lexi
    Oct 06, 2009

    omg i love la roux and kings of leon and jay-z and prodigy. that would be great if they all went on tour with my fav tokio hotel. tokio hotel and la roux are amazing live. i saw tokio in chicago when they were there. and i saw la roux live when i went to its on with alexa chung in NYC.

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    Official Houston Tex
    Oct 06, 2009

    WOW! Thats an interesting interview! hahahahaa THEY NEED TO COME BACK TO HOUSTON TEXAS FAST!

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    eiri
    Oct 06, 2009

    Their new album is amazing, love them.

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    Kori
    Oct 06, 2009

    Awesome interview. :) I can't wait for the tour, hearing the new songs live is going to be incredible.

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    Nicole
    Oct 06, 2009

    I loved the album! I'm still waiting for my German version to come, but in the meantime I have the English ones. Love the interview, please have more! :)

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    intheparkinglot
    Oct 06, 2009

    Awesome interview! Humanoid is a fabulous album.

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    Emmie
    Oct 06, 2009

    Touring with La Roux would send me to the moon. *_* Augh, the new album is great. Can't wait for concerts.

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    Brit
    Oct 06, 2009

    HUMANOID is AWESOME!

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    Vnlasteamer
    Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks for the interview!! I am STOKED to hear them discussing concrete ideas for touring partners. A tour with La Roux or Kings of Leon would be completely badass! This is very, very exciting. Humanoid is so incredible... I can't wait to hear these songs live. I may not survive. Pure love.

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    vicky
    Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks for the interview. Just got Humanoid and I love it

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