STRATOVARIUS Singer Timo Kotipelto's Band Wins First War Of The Choirs Competition

March 1, 2009, 11 years ago

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Singer Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS, KOTIPELTO) and his choir from Lappajärvi, Finland have won the first War Of The Choirs competition. In the finals Kotipelto's choir was against the choir of Mikki Kauste. The winner received 40,000 Euros which they would donate to the cause of their choice and Timo decided to give the money to musical activities for the youth in his hometown Lappajärvi.

Timo's choir sang three songs in the final and they were 'You Shook Me All Night Long' (AC/DC), 'Over The Hills And Far Away' (GARY MOORE) and 'I Want It All' (QUEEN).

As previously reported, the rejuvenated Stratovarius, now featuring 25-year old Finnish guitarist Matias Kupiainen in place of former guitarist Timo Tolkki, have confirmed May 21st as the official release date for their forthcoming album, Polaris. It will be released via Edel's new sub-label, earMUSIC, in Europe and through JVC in Japan.

Working song titles due to appear on Polaris include 'King Of Nothing', 'Eternal Life', 'Something Precious', 'I Am Blind' and 'Free Diving'. The album will feature 11 songs in total.

Stratovarius 2009 is Timo Kotipelto (vocals), Matias Kupiainen (guitars), Lauri Porra (bass), Jörg Michael (drums), Jens Johansson (keyboards).

Stratovarius have scheduled a string of North American dates in September/October. Tickets for the dates are now on sale at exclusively through March 20th, when they will be available from standard ticket outlets.

Dates for the North American trek include:


16 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
18 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
19 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
20 - Montreal, QC - Medley
21 - Boston, MA - Middle East
23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
25 - Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
27 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
28 - Regina, SK - The Riddell at University
29 - Calgary, AB - Warehouse
30 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room


2 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
3 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
4 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
7 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Stratovarius will hit the UK for a couple of exclusive European shows before starting into the festival season 2009.

Fans in the UK will be the very first to see them live in 2009 and witness Kupiainen’s introduction on stage. In addition to that Stratovarius will also perform one show in Warsaw, Poland at Progresja right after the Wacken Rocks festivals.

Confirmed dates:


15 - Wolverhampton, England - Wulfrun Hall
16 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
17 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
18 - London, England - Islington O2 Academy
19 - Manchester, England - Academy 2
20 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
22 - Kreuth /Aurich, Germany - Wacken Rocks
23 - Kreuth / Aurich, Germany - Wacken Rocks
24 - Warzaw, Poland - Progresja
29 - Moscow, Russia - CDK MAI
30 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glavclub


21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest


11 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock

At the same time Stratovarius is running a competition for free tickets and meet & greets with the band. Head here for further details.


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