Tokio Hotel - Durch den Monsun
Tokio Hotel are taking the music world by storm. After their first single "Durch den Monsun" ("Through the Monsoon"), went to number one in just one week in 2005 it’s been hit after hit for the band from Magdeburg. Tokio Hotel have become the biggest act to come out of Germany in 20 years. Quite a feat for a band that formed when the members were only 13 to 15 years old.
When Tokio Hotel started out in 2001, they had no idea they'd go on to win every prestigious German music award. "But there was never a plan B," explains Bill, "music is all we know. We want to succeed, we want to prove it to ourselves, and to be honest, to everyone else."
And successful they are! Teenagers everywhere start crying uncontrollably at the mere glimpse of Bill Kaulitz (vocals), Bill's twin brother Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (bass). Breaking down cultural walls, the Tokio Hotel phenomenon has crossed language barriers, causing a tornado-like frenzy all over Europe and even in Israel. In France, they've had a crowd of 500,000 chanting along to their songs in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Their first US tour in the spring of 2008 sold out overnight. "It's always been a dream of ours to make it in the States," says vocalist Bill Kaulitz, who sings in English for the first time on Scream, the band's U.S. debut. "We grew up listening to American bands like Metallica, Green Day and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. We wanted to get a chance to do what they do."