An Interview with Fabio Lione - by stereoinvaders.com



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During the second day of 2012 Wability, honestly speaking, all his opposition to the decision to form two bands following the split between e rock festival, held last July 28, we had the opportunity of the attendance of Fabio Lione to exchange a few words with him. The singer from Toscana has been very courteous and helpful so we followed along this recent period, which he has concerned with Kamelot, but also with his old bands Vision Divine with a new album out, and Rhapsody Of Fire, for these bands Fabio proved his Turilli and Staropoli. Then, Lione told us his friendship with the guys of Ancestral, showing that, despite his evaluations grown quite internationally, he hasn't lost his own humility and the connection to true important persons ​that come before everything. Please read well.

- Hello Fabio, thank you for this interview. How was it going in this last period, what's new?

- Well, a lot has happened since I finished the tour with Rhapsody not long, the band been done European and American and South American tours, then we did a festival in Bulgaria in August, also Agglutination, for many years it seems finally able to do even this festival in South Italy. Though it doesn't matter much, in Bulgaria I also reeoncountered Kamelot, with whom I did the tour last year, I finally completed the new album by Vision Divine, which is valued, one of the few that received in advance of the album, very good reviews, the album that will come out in September and for which we have done something special in the sense that for example, I finished recording in the midnight of the previous day to get on the plane and to come here to Sicily, a best (album), we have decided to attach the best to a new CD, with two pieces from each album of VD, re-recorded and sang again, like this definitely an extra work, moreover, also a little heavy for the band because anyway we were recording a new disc, also a best of ... but I think it's a very interesting thing that can be attractive to fans and even for non-fans, as a new product will come out, a double CD for the price of one with a best for those unfamiliar with the band and I underline that is not a normal best.

- They have been re-recorded then, also the songs you had already sung?

- Yes, those and two pieces totally from each album, as well as those I had sung and those where I couldn't sing at that time they had the other singer. I think it will be something that will be appreciated by people.

- Sure. In short, really a very intense period.

- Maybe too much.

- However, perhaps we can not say that is at least the achivement of what you have done in recent years and that led you to have a prestige to international level and to be probably the apex of your career.

- Yes, indeed, it makes me very happy, because it means that something good you have sown, and on the other hand what I wanted was to get good results and to do good works, that is anyway I don't like to do things in a rough way, so I tried to manage time and things at the best with the various bands in order to make a great tour with both Rhapsody and a great album with VD and of course then my friends of Ancestral, they invited me and I were told about this festival here in Sicily and of course I also accepted, even though, I say to you again I finished the previous day in the midnight ... but I said ok anyway, because I was glad to see my friends, I was pleased to return to Sicily in a different chance, however, the thing that makes me pleased is the fact that people "spread" also my name, not only the name of the bands that I've done or I belong to; this might mean that I succeed in getting a little additional value only with my name in some cases, and this means that I have sown enough and I can not make this more pleasure and also to reward a whole period that perhaps I would feel heavy or stressful but I secure you it rewards because it gives you satisfaction and you don't even feel bored.

- So you think to develop into appearing as a soloist in the future?

- Yes, I'll be in some years, though I thought I could not do...

- I actually remember that in the past you were working on an album with the guys of Ancestral.

- Yes, I was not able to manage in fact for many reasons: one - that some songs I had written have gone to finish an album of Rhapsodyin the end, two - also into a CD of VD, so finally they come to miss tracks, another reasons why was for example I didn't anticipate the call of Kamelot, then actually I did a tour with them in Europe, North America and South America, not having expected this at that time, that of course I was very pleased, but it lasted almost for one year ...

- We can say, however, that it was also honor for Italy at least, which has always been a little mistreated in the metal scene, while this was a very important recognition at international level ...

- Yes, I think it was one of a few, if not the rarest occasions that even an American group would call an Italian singer in the metal genre: then an Italian singer replaced an importat singer, however, because Roy Khan is an experienced singer and then this matter gave me enough satisfaction and of course I was very happy to do this tour, that means I think I actually did fifty show dates at last, in short, such a major tour.

- Do you think that the cooperation with them will continue in the future?

- I don't think, because they have chosen the Swedish singer named Tommy, good, young, short hair modern style, who is fine in my opinion. We met again two weeks ago in Kavarna, a festival in Bulgaria, where xboth Kamelot and Rhapsody played. I went up on stage with them and I sang "Karma", another song again with Kamelot, also because after so many concerts together, there is still a relation of friendship. I think and I hope they continue in the best of ways with this singer Tommy, with whom they recorded the new album. I don't have many regrets in the sense that it's going well, it was clear that I had to replace their singer who had gone away and I had to save them during the mediation ... for a year back, we managed it in this way, and I did. What made me happy and made it beyond anyone's expectations like that, also of them, those were actually continuing... that is, until the last moment I was in dance eventually to become the new singer of Kamelot, however, clearly there are many things, so many factors ... of course I have other bands ... - Sure, it became difficult to reconcile all things, and probably it would have forced you a hard choice. - That's what I did not want ... in the end maybe we could even do it, but actually, I would not have wanted for six months, a year, seeing myself in the situation to say, "dunno, I have to leave Rhapsody and VD" or things like this also with Kamelot because I had a great experience and everything, but it is a sort of question mark, in the sense if it's ok, then (if you were in my case) do you make a new album? However, in short, the longtime singer of Kamelot Roy Khan, however when a singer of that level goes away after so many years, it doesn't mean that the group will be able to continue all flourishingly ...

- Probably, but the choice that they made perhaps leaves to anticipate a little change of style that you might be ...

- Yes, I think so too, also I think the same because the new singer is very good but he is different from Roy Kahn and then, wait, there is also the further question... I don't think that can happen, but no one can be excluded that a tomorrow a certain gentleman in Norway will wake up and say, "Well, I almost feel like I ricantare with my group" and then what would happen?

- Well, if you were to resume, I see it as a chance not too unlikely..

- I know things are not so sure because I don't think it's very feasible at least in the short term, but if that possibility happens here, that's the further question. To enter in a band like that, perhaps leaving your other bands and then maybe to make an album and then probably a year later you will find yourself singing that they reflect the original singer, well it would be half a fake. Then maybe it doesn't happen, however, one has to put in mind that also there may be that eventuality. So in the end this was the best thing, we are still friends and in good relationships, so I think that there's no problem.

- However, it was an uplifting experience that made you have further important experience.

- Very much, also because many promoters who didn't know me were surprised, many fans of Kamelot have been close to Rhapsody, many fans of Rhapsody have been close to Kamelot and vice versa, many people even discovered Fabio different as they didn't think... maybe in the general thought that singer have the band, so maybe Fabio Fabio = Rhapsody or = VD, or Bruce = Maiden, but it is not said that Bruce can sing exclusively in that way and so many people have said, "Ah, but he sings also like this? Ah well, however, the songs didn't appear bad even with him, though he had nothing to do with Rhapsody ... "like this, maybe you find most people who did not expect and then you will also get reputation or value or more, to have a further experience anyway, because you approach singing at many nights, many times, the others' songs than you're used to sing, so as an artist you also need to grow and learn, so as definitely a positive experience.

- By the way about Rhapsody, there was totally this particular situation, which led to the split with the formation of two bands: How have you seen this situation? It was a little troubled choice I guess , no?

- You know, the reality is a bit special, because the choice basically Turilli and Staropoli did and then I found myself facing with the choice almost done, so I experienced in a different way. Personally I don't approve so much the choice which they did that I dare to say for me it is a very stupid thing like ... but ...

- In fact it has caused many arguments ...

- But you know, unlike them, I want to say things as they are, I think it is a stupid choice for many reasons: one, because we had problems with the old label with the old manager, we were inactive for several years; finally we found a new good label , we had made two valuable albums that are loved so much, we had a new tour that had been very successful, and the band was going on again and I believe they have chosen the worst time ever, that is, just as we were coming up back again. Everything was going very well, they have decided to separate, but of course I cannot force them ...

- But in fact they have you placed a crossroads as to which two bands to choose or did they decide them all?

- No, that's the point, they did all their own. It was obvious that if I had been with Turilli did not make sense to have the Rhaposdy of Fire with Staropoli in short, let's make it clear, people generally identified me and Turilli, two key elements. It was obvious that if Turilli wanted to separate, he would not take me as a singer otherwise what was the point of separation?

- Well, because in any case Staropoli had always been one of the greatest composers of the band in terms of music, while Turilli has been involved in most of the lyrics, so you could think of this type of split for a matter of choice in the composition.

- Yes, also it is actually a bit more complicated there, because Luca has always written all the lyrics, all by himself; compositionally in terms of music, in fact Luca also has composed a lot, in that sense we can say that in fact they composed almost always half and half or even sometimes a few pieces of them Luca entirely composed and three songs I composed too, even though, oh well, they never said why he is not concerned with them to tell it ...

- Ah, ok, I don't think it, I still base myself in the credits that are official, so I don't know ...

- But the thing I don't mind, I mean, having three songs in a hundred doesn't make me to care to keep on clarifying, I have left a trace in three songs that I know of course that in terms when no album existed ... three songs over, I don't know, one hundred or one hundred and ten, but even that isn't true that I've never written anything ...

- Oh well, sometimes a lot of things are related, maybe one makes a song and then it possibly becomes the biggest hit of that group, we cannot say that...

- No, it wasn't, a song like "Sea Of Fate", however, was not wasted, it was the single "Frozen Tears Of Angels" but in fact, I think I had a hand in that album, also it is the unique one, and in all the other songs I didn't put a great deal then, and there is the point, you actually have always made music together, so obviously both have a large value, are excellent composers, however ike this, they might have made this choice that is perhaps a bit selfish.

- Also then why will you play the same songs that I imagine at concerts...

- Yes, now Luca, well he also has his solos and the new album he has done, but of course it will be "forced" to play even historical songs of Rhapsody, it seems obvious.

- And it seems to me that you still have also the drummer in common ...

- The drummer was in common, but he recently decided to be only with Rhapsody Of Fire, then Luca got a new drummer that he invited ... at this moment I don't remember ... Alex Ludwig or something, he made an album of Symfonia with Timo Tolkki and Andre Matos and other things, well ... I think he is Swedish or Norwegian or something like that .. (we found out later named Alex Landenburg and he is German / note of the author).

- Always one Alex, however, he changes the surname ...

- Always one Alex but, in fact, then it's nothing, it is a situation a little strange regarding with these things, although I think that Luca will try to vary the pieces of the steps and not to do the pieces so disgraded, maybe he will definitely make a song like "Emerald sword" and will make a song like "Dawn Of Victory", but maybe he will play songs from the first or second cd, trying to use the tone and voice of the new singer who he got, no? He is a singer trained very well, very good, he is a friend of mine, who anyway I introduced him to another because when he was looking for a singer for a solo, not for the second Rhapsody, he asked me if I knew anyone, and he had no idea about a new singer, true, type of Kiske, who maybe could sing in Italian, and I gave the name of Alessandro Conti because I knew him, Luca had never heard him, so it turned out that Luca actually adopted him. ..

- He was in another Italian group, I think.

- Yes, Trick Or Treat, and so this singer is very good but has some special characteristics, no? He has the voice shifted to very high, a bit thinner, and probably Luca will try to make him to sing the pieces more refined, more powerful, faster and higher, that is, so this is my ... I don't think Luca will make him to sing the pieces worse, aggressive or even slow lyrical type, well, maybe he will choose more of those.

- While you will keep more on the classical repertry ...

- Yes, we surly think that we are Rhapsody that should play the songs of Rhapsody, in that sense if you need to make a song like "Reign Of Terror" which sucks, you just do, if you need to make a song like " Dawn Of Victory it is to be done because it should be done, or a song like "Lament Eroico"will be done because it must be done ... I mean, I think like that ...

- Let's face it, it probably would have been wiser that he was leaving the group and gave a different name ... but wanted to keep this bond.

- Of course, but well, I can understand that maybe ...

- ... His name has always been linked as well to Rhapsody.

- Sure, but I can understand that also using the name Rhapsody may come in handy so I don't blame him, that I understand. See, the difference, however, is another, if I have to do a solo and I will do sooner or later, I would not make Fabio Lione's Rhapsody, I would make it Fabio Lione, period. I know that maybe if I put the sticker of Rhapsody, Kamelot and maybe even former ex Athena or Vision Divine, I attract more people and I can sell more, however, in the sense ...

- Forget a little, time is short, maybe it always remains tied to that moniker, and vice versa it fails to bring out a different identity.

- Sure, but I can understand the fact that he still wants to "exploit" the name of Rhapsody, he also has the right, in the end he was one of the founders, he was one of the major composers, so he has the right and if tomorrow a record company, a label advises him to use also the name of Rhapsody, so maybe he can attract more people and sell more, I understand. Then those are chosen.

- Coming tonight, instead, you just said that you have joined friends of Ancestral: since they are Sicilian, how was this friendship born, this collaboration?

- Well, actually we have communicated by mail since many years ago, then they had a record deal, a certain person Maurizio Chiarello of Underground Symphony I've known for many years, that has produced the first album of Ancestral, so we were in contact, but I related ... the fact is that if I have to say all, I had a girlfriend, she is now my ex, even though I will not say who, so long ago, she was Sicilian, who still has parents here, she lives in Tuscany, now I think she is married, I don't know, I haven't seen her for a couple of years, maybe even more. The fact is that I went to visit her parents with her sister and relatives in the province of Trapani, in a village not far from Castelvetrano, but that day we went to Castelvetrano to have lunch or dinner at a restaurant and the coincidence happened that brothers of Ancestral, Domiziano and Massimiliano (and Domiziano and Massimiliano are twin brothers and both play in the Ancestral / note of the author) with "Live in Canada" of Rhapsody in the car, they passed by and joking with each other, seeing me from behind, sitting in the restaurant, they said: "Look, there's Fabio Lione ..." just as a joke, haha! The happening is that then, waiting a friend of theirs for a moment to go to the tobacco shop, an usual thing, he said: "Look, it's him" (laughing / note of the author) and then we just know each other better, and in fact we spent time together, so in the end we had this friendship that is a bit more grown up. A few years ago I went together with them to Agglutiantion (Fest) as a cover band and then a good relationship is established . Then I have counted also to do this thing that we will do now nevertheless, I mean, I did the tour, the album... in that sense, you would be exhausted, but it is the same, in the sense ... I think it's also a nice thing to have friendships that go further, right? Maybe that they start from a music CD but then they become more real here, more concrete, more strong, then they also take you to know new people, new environments.

- Even so, however, it is clear that you are returning from most important experiences, maybe this is still a small festival that is growing ...

- But I'm glad if I can help out here, why not? Especially with excellent persons, good, in short, if you're in a nice atmosphere with good people, it is always nice. What then it is not Monsters of Rock or Wacken and there are not 15,000 people, who cares, like that it's no difference that a person enjoys, listens to good music, knows nice people and perhaps sometimes it is even better a situation rather than 10000 people, but in the end you didn't recognize anyone. Yes, you were in the midst of this sea, but in the end you come home, it is not you've met a friend especially or have had a particular experience, however, this can be a definitely special.

- Yes, absolutely, also as it was born like this, by a group of friends that they have had a campaign and they started with a tribute to Ronnie James Dio at the beginning and then it continued.

- Yes, and I think in the end when time passes, one goes home, it is easier that he had a reminder of these things rather than the big event that is something that you usually have a beautiful memory wheile you live at least, but if you were in for example of great big concerts, concerts from 10000-15000 people that they are, you feel the air of them, after a year or two when you're at home, perhaps that memory, you've got it from the most special evening near Etna to absurd but it's true.

- What will you play tonight?

- Well I think we spare a little different songs tonight with the guys, some piece of VD, a few pieces of Rhapsody, or perhaps even a few pieces of Kamelot in the final, various covers of Maiden, Europe, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi ... I don't know (for more details we will refer to our live report / note).

- Then, also out of your personal repertoire ...

- I think it's nice: it's not that only I exist or the bands in which I have sung. Rock music is great and all the people who appreciate it, they surely appreciate all the good songs, I hope, that I have sung rather, but instead the good pieces of old bands that have made the history of this genre for sure, in short. Then it is also a personal thing, a personal satisfaction, in short, and I think that in such an environment it is good to do a various lineup that captures everyone a bit, that is.

- In the bands that they will play tonight, did it happen to you to hear someone by chance?

- Not really, the only one is Noble Savage, but I haven't heard, but I have a cd that I have to hear even now.

- Ok, at the time they recorded the cd they were a bit different as formation, but I think they are really good and it can be interesting to listen to tonight.

- Yes, certainly I will listen to them. It is the unique band among those that exist, I've already heard to remember, and additionally I have a CD at home, sorry, I did not listen but I have, so ...

- Well, considering that it came out after three years or maybe more since they had recorded, so this has penalized them a bit, of course ...

- Yes, yes, yes, and then let's see, I'm sure the band, they devote to work and they are good, so the important thing is that a good thing comes out, and it's just a kind of festival here. That in the end I think it's the spirit and the soul of this thing. I've not been here but I think, I hope, that all the bands that are here only want to play, have fun and nothing else, that is not to demonstrate the skill ... that is, the important thing is to play great music and share some good times with the people and then if one wants to prove more he is the best guitarist in the world, the best singer in the world, that's his business, in the end I think the secret to get in that also - I do not say in people's hearts - but here to stay as long as little sympathetic and to be yourself is to do what comes naturally to you, not forcing things ever.

- A right suggestion, I agree. Ok thank you so much for your cooperation and for this nice talk.

- Thank you.




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