ROY KHAN Opens Up About His Decision To Leave KAMELOT: 'It Was Easy But It Was Hard'

ROY KHAN Opens Up About His Decision To Leave KAMELOT: 'It Was Easy But It Was Hard'

Roy Khan has once again said that leaving KAMELOT was “the best decision” he ever made.

The singer announced his exit from KAMELOT in April 2011 after taking several months off to recover from a “burnout.”

After his departure from KAMELOT, Khan, who is a devout Christian, joined a church in the coastal town of Moss, Norway.

In a brand new interview with the “Breaking Absolutes With Peter Orullian” podcast, Roy (full name: Roy Sætre Khantatat) reflected on the circumstances that led to him ending his long working relationship with KAMELOT was. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “That whole thing was a cocktail of several things that just happened to climax at that point. As you all, KAMELOT was getting more and more popular, so I was away months every year — like half the year at least I was gone. I was having a family, and that right there was starting to tear me apart. And then I was living my life not very healthy — let’s put it that way — and I did a lot of stupid stuff back then that… I knew in my heart that it was going down the drain.”

He continued: “I remember every night when I sang [the KAMELOT song] ‘Karma’, I would feel that this shit is gonna knock me on the back of the head at some point. If it’s gonna tomorrow, [if] it’s gonna be two years from now, I don’t know, but the way I live my life, that’s not gonna work — it’s not sustainable. And then it happened. I knew for so many years, actually, that this was gonna not work out, and then, all of a sudden, it happened. I broke down. I had a full summer where I barely slept — like six to eight weeks where I didn’t sleep a whole lot of hours during those six to eight weeks, and I was going really completely crazy. And in connection with that, a lot of stuff happened.”

According to Khan, leaving KAMELOT after a 13-year run weighed heavily on him at the time.

“Quitting KAMELOT was the best decision that I’ve ever made, and by that I don’t mean that… KAMELOT was a fantastic thing in my life, and Thomas [Youngblood, KAMELOT founder] and the other guys — it had nothing to do with them; it was all me and the way I lived my life, and I just couldn’t take it any longer,” he explained. “And I was also overworked — I worked all the time. Even when I was home. The first thing I’d do when I got back home is I would kick my shoes off in the hallway and I’d just sit right down at the computer and start working. I was really not a good husband and I was not a good father. Lots of things weren’t good about me at that point.

“Quitting KAMELOT at that point, it was easy but it was hard,” he elaborated. “It was easy because I didn’t really have a choice. I was really wrecked. And at the same time, it was hard because I’d been working to get to that point my whole life, basically — 20 years, at least — and finally I was there. And then I threw the towel in and said, ‘Hey, guys, I’m not coming in for the next tour.’ ‘Okay. Well, what’s wrong?’ ‘Well, actually, I’m not coming back at all.’ And obviously, everybody… My mom was, like, ‘Are you kidding me? Are you serious?’ Then the guys in the band, they thought that it was gonna pass. But I knew in my heart that summer [of 2010], already in August, I knew that that’s it.”

KAMELOT officially announced Tommy Karevik as its new lead singer in June 2012. The Florida-based band has recorded three albums so far with the Swedish vocalist: 2012’s “Silverthorn”, 2015’s “Haven” and 2018’s “The Shadow Theory”.

Asked if he has listened to any of KAMELOT‘s recent material with Karevik, Roy told Italy’s SpazioRock back in 2018: “Yes I have. I really like some of their new stuff. Sounds classical KAMELOT in my ears, and Tommy is a great singer.”

Youngblood had previously discussed the role of religion in Khan‘s decision to leave KAMELOT, saying in a 2011 interview: “I know that there is a religious aspect to it that I can’t really 100 percent explain. The religious aspect is something that I wanna let him to kind of talk about, but I know that he had been going to religion classes for whatever reason. Obviously, over the years of working together, being at times best friends and things like that, we have discussed all kind of topics about religion, so it’s actually very surprising to me that this is where we are at now with him. But really, I don’t really want to talk too much more about it because that’s really something I think that he should come out about, in terms of what he believes or doesn’t believe or whatever.”

Three years ago, Khan officially reformed his pre-KAMELOT band CONCEPTION and released an EP, 2018’s “My Dark Symphony”, and a full-length album, 2020’s “State Of Deception”.

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ROY KHAN Opens Up About His Decision To Leave KAMELOT: 'It Was Easy But It Was Hard'
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NIKKI SIXX Says VINCE NEIL Was 'Really Lucky' When He Fell Off Stage: 'The Guitar Broke His Fall'

NIKKI SIXX Says VINCE NEIL Was 'Really Lucky' When He Fell Off Stage: 'The Guitar Broke His Fall'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx says that Vince Neil is “on the mend” after breaking his ribs during a concert earlier in the month.

Fan-filmed video showed the 60-year-old CRÜE singer walking to the front of the stage while performing with his solo band on October 15 at the Monsters On The Mountain festival at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. With his guitar strapped around him, Neil was encouraging the crowd to clap along while playing the 1989 MÖTLEY CRÜE hit “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” when he suddenly fell and dropped out of the camera’s view almost instantly.

TMZ later reported that there was a small gap between the speaker and the stage that Neil didn’t notice. His roadie and a security guy helped him get to his feet, and Vince “limped away.”

Now, in a new interview with Billboard, Sixx said the festival crew didn’t put down reflective tape to mark the edge of the stage, which led to the fall.

“Without that, it’s all completely black, so you can walk forward thinking there’s still stage there and fall off,” Sixx explained. “I’ve done that myself. Vince and I were laughing about one time we both fell off the stage at the same show. But he was really lucky. He said if it wasn’t a song that he was playing rhythm guitar on it could’ve been his head, which would’ve been a worse injury. The guitar broke his fall. But he’ll heal up and we’ll be ready to go on tour [with MÖTLEY CRÜE] in June.”

According to Nikki, he and his CRÜE bandmates are looking foreard to “The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, which was originally scheduled to take place last summer but ended up being pushed back to 2021, and then to 2022, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This tour’s been (postponed) twice,” he said. “We just didn’t have enough information at the time, with protocols and all, to go and do a stadium tour. We’re all feeling good about it now, and we can’t wait, man.”

This past May, Neil apologized to fans at his first pandemic-era performance when he began losing his voice several songs into his set.

Last month, Vince revealed that he was trying out a new toning machine in an apparent effort to get in shape for “The Stadium Tour”. The singer said he was using Emsculpt Neo, a revolutionary new treatment which supposedly builds muscle and reduces fat using both radio frequency and high-intensity electromagnetic energies.

It’s not clear how long Neil will need to recover from his injuries, but Mayo Clinic claims broken ribs usually heal on their own in one or two months.

So, Vince Neil took the stage tonight and into the third song he fell off the stage and broke his ribs.
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Posted by Joe Wintrow on Friday, October 15, 2021

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GENE SIMMONS On KISS's Upcoming Las Vegas Residency: 'The Show Is Gonna Come Into The Audience'

GENE SIMMONS On KISS's Upcoming Las Vegas Residency: 'The Show Is Gonna Come Into The Audience'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons spoke to Beond TV about the band’s upcoming second Las Vegas residency, which will kick off at the end of the year. The legendary rockers’ engagement at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood will launch the last week of December.

Regarding what fans can expect to see this time around, Gene said: “We hired a big technical staff, and to the extent that the concert facility is gonna allow us, we’re gonna blow the roof off the joint. There are gonna be things that are gonna be lifted and separated — in other words, the show is gonna come into the audience. I don’t wanna say too much about that. So wherever you are, even in the upper areas and stuff, the show is coming at you. Usually shows stay on stage. You’ll see what I mean.”

The 12 shows are as follows:

December 2021: 29, 31
January 2022: 1, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
February 2022: 2, 4, 5

The legendary rockers previously set up shop in Sin City in November 2014 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. The nine-show run was captured for the “Kiss Rocks Vegas” DVD and Blu-ray set, which arrived in August 2016.

Asked by Rolling Stone what brought KISS back to Las Vegas for another residency, Simmons said: “There are matters of the heart and then there are matters of the pocket and it’s nice when they both converge. So it’s a very nice payday. They pay well and that’s reason enough. But it’s also easier for the band because you don’t have the wear and tear of traveling.”

As for what kind of production the residency will have and whether it will be scaled down or on par with the touring show, Gene told 95.5 KLOS‘s “New & Approved” show: “The plus side of Vegas is that now, the culture of Vegas has changed so that it welcomes punk bands and rap and all kinds of stuff and lets them do their art their way, instead of saying that Vegas is about showgirls and magicians and stuff like that. Yes, it is, but it’s also about other artists, comedians and people coming in — Mike Tyson had a talk show there; he’s a friend. If they don’t tell you what the rules are, you make the rules. You can come in and do it your way. So that’s exactly what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna be KISS, ’cause that’s all we know how to do. THE [ROLLING] STONES already exist, and [LED] ZEPPELIN already existed, so doing second best isn’t a good idea. But we can be the best KISS, and that’s what we’re gonna do when we come in and play New Year’s Eve right there at Planet Hollywood, and we’re gonna do a bunch of shows through January and February. And our good friends the fire department promised to sort of extend the limits of what you can do indoors, and it’s gonna be safe. If you’re an asshole and don’t wanna wear a mask and stay safe and do that stuff, you’re not gonna be allowed in. We wanna keep everybody safe, responsible and have the best party on earth.”

KISS is in the middle of its “End Of The Road” farewell tour, which was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but is now expected to last well into 2022.

KISS‘s current lineup consists of original members Simmons and Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals), alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first “farewell” tour in 2000, the last to feature the group’s original lineup.


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