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Magdeburg, Germany (2001 – present)

Tokio Hotel is a German band founded in Magdeburg, Germany in 2001 by singer Bill Kaulitz, guitarist Tom Kaulitz, bassist Georg Listing and drummer Gustav Schäfer. The four met in 2001 after a live show in a Magdeburg club, where Listing and Schäfer, who knew each other from music school, watched from the audience while Bill and Tom Kaulitz played on the stage.

After Bill Kaulitz’s participation in a children’s Star Search in 2003 at age thirteen (which he lost in the quarter-final), he was discovered by music producer Peter Hoffmann. Devilish changed their name to Tokio Hotel: “Tokio” is the German spelling of the Japanese city Tokyo, due to a love of the city, and “Hotel” due to their constant touring and living in hotels.

Soon after Sony BMG took them under contract, Hoffmann hired David Jost and Pat Benzner into the team of creators and authors, and had them give the teens instruction on songwriting and instrument playing; most of the songs of the first album were written by Hoffmann, Jost and Benzer (including the singles Scream and Rescue Me which were completely written by them), only the single PlayUnendlichkeit was written completely by Tokio Hotel themselves. However, shortly before release of their first album, Sony terminated their contract. In 2005, Universal Music Group took Tokio Hotel under contract and developed a marketing plan. The band has now become one of the biggest acts from Germany.

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  • Regen-

    Well , I really like their new album but I'm not going to see them live even if it's just a bus ride from where I live. The tickets are ridiculously expensive!

    26 Feb 5:07pm Reply
  • cantrells

    [laughs at female vocalist tag bc the vocalist is no longer "female"] he never was? [3] // someone needs some sarcasm classes.

    25 Feb 7:57am Reply
  • janaplein

    Amazing

    23 Feb 4:27pm Reply
  • in_lange

    oh man I love GGG so much new album is everything

    18 Feb 12:36pm Reply
  • PerfectSelf

    петухи

    15 Feb 11:42am Reply
  • mariaclaragama

    Hate Tom and Georg's new look. Bill looks ok though... Just think this new album would be better if it was Bill's solo, it just doesn't match

    15 Feb 6:36am Reply
  • tom_welling

    Come to North Korea и расстреляйте их там, как вредителей режима !

    14 Feb 2:51pm Reply
  • RandyBlunt

    Music for cocksuckers :-D

    10 Feb 11:07pm Reply
  • theirins

    @laah_483 the guys didn't want to the pop/rock/teen angst stuff anymore, they grew up. "kings of suburbia" is extremely good work, bye.

    9 Feb 10:40pm Reply
  • Jaina999

    Come to North Korea <3

    8 Feb 9:40pm Reply
  • laah_483

    sincerely, i was wainting for some more about the new album, but it really disappointed me... Tokio Hotel became a pop "band" with sooo much autotune and eletronic beats, its not rock anymore, its just... pop, the "mainstream" pop. Humanoid was the last album from Tokio Hotel as a rock band, Kings of suburbia is the debut album from "Tokio Hotel POP ARTIST"

    7 Feb 12:54am Reply
  • matheus232

    Can't wait for Feel It All music video [3]

    4 Feb 6:34pm Reply
  • Eyris_

    Come to North Korea <3 !!! Lol.

    4 Feb 5:00am Reply
  • velvethorologer

    Anyway thnx 4 childhood, guys [5]

    27 Jan 12:56pm Reply
  • DivulgaKERLI

    Downloads all Kerli's unreleased songs for free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HKtdVkPMiU

    26 Jan 11:38pm Reply
  • m2a1

    охуенные ребята

    26 Jan 8:39pm Reply
  • floatt

    Can't wait for Feel It All music video [2]

    25 Jan 9:12pm Reply
  • floatt

    This is the best band ever! [9]

    25 Jan 9:11pm Reply
  • AndreNorton

    Новый альбом - гавно. Больше сказать нечего. Где прежний драйв и энергия?

    24 Jan 12:59pm Reply
  • theirins

    [laughs at female vocalist tag bc the vocalist is no longer "female"] [2] he never was?

    20 Jan 4:03pm Reply
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