There is a lot riding on the success of Kamelot’s Pandemonium Over North America 2011 tour, as the shocking and abrupt departure of signature vocalist Roy Khan put the band’s fate and future in limbo, while igniting a firestorm of heated reactions on the Internet.
The front man slot has been assumed, at least for the tour, by Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), and judging by the crowd’s reaction at the Bluebird Theater on Sunday, the band has dodged a bullet. Charging through energetic renditions of “Center of the Universe,” “The Haunting,” “Rule the World” and other fan favorites, guitarist Thomas Youngblood, drummer Casey Grillo, keyboardist Oliver Palotai and bass player Sean Tibbetts blasted through a tight set that made a case for their ability to hold their ground in the face of change. Female guest vocalists Simone Simons (Epica) and Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) provided a welcome, sporadic touches of “metal elegance” throughout the well-received show. For now, life goes on in the world of Kamelot. Can they weather the oncoming storm that follows a new album with a yet-to-be-determined new singer? Only time will tell.
Alan Cox is the president/creative director of Cox Creative, a Highlands Ranch-based creative shop. He works too much, sleeps too little and spends every free moment coaching baseball, shooting images and hanging out with his rowdy sons and rowdier wife. Check out his photos here.