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Give German Rock Band Tokio Hotel a Listen

Gustav Schäfer, Bill Kaulitz, Tom Kaulitz, Georg Listing at the Roxy photoshoot in February 15, 2008.

Tokio Hotel is a German, rock-pop band that formed in Magdeburg, Germany, in the early 2000s, they are still active and will be touring at London, Germany, Italy, Spain, and other European countries in 2025. 

The members of Tokio Hotel are, the lead singer Bill Kaulitz, guitarist Tom Kaulitz, bass guitarist 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, However, after Bill Kaulitz participated in a children’s Star Search in 2003 at age thirteen (which he lost in the quarter-final), and he was discovered by music producer Peter Hoffmann.

Furthermore, their original band name was Devilish, but in 2003 they changed it to Tokio Hotel because “Tokio” is the German spelling of Tokyo, the city in Japan, and also their love of the city, and “Hotel” due to their constant touring and living in hotels.

An interesting fact about the band is that the song “Durch den Monsun” (Through the Moonsoon) became #1 on the German Single Charts in August 2005, which made them the youngest band to reach the top of the charts ever.

Bill Kaulitz at the premiere of “Arthur and the Invisibles” at the CineStar.

Also, Tom and Bill are identical twins, born on September 1, 1989,  Georg’s birthday is March 31, 1987, and Gustav’s is on September 8, 1988. 

In 2006, Bill Kaulitz’s voice acted in “Arthur and the Invisibles” as the main protagonist character, Arthur, for the German version of the film and met the director.

They also met celebrities like Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Måneskin, and many more. 

The song Schrei (Scream) the meaning behind it is about not being in control of your life, finding your own voice, and speaking up for yourself.

In the end, Tokio Hotel is an internationally successful German rock band that has made a name for themselves with their unique blend of rock and pop music. Their catchy singles have been a hit with audiences around the world and they continue to tour regularly.

Tokio Hotel with Miley Cyrus

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Jasmyne Rodriguez
Jasmyne Rodriguez is a freshman, and this is her first year writing for the Silver Streak. Rodriguez joined because she wants to report on the interesting events that happen in the world. Other Interests: Listening to Tokio Hotel and reading books Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookie dough or cotton candy Favorite colors: Dark red, magenta and black Favorite Animal: Ferret or sea otter Favorite Movie or TV Show: All the President's Men and The Big Band Theory
Favorite Quote: "Live every second, Here and now. Don't let go, Before it's too late.” - Bill Kaulitz of Tokio Hotel

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    KristenApr 20, 2024 at 5:37 pm

    I’m obsessed with them omg

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    Rodolfo E GuerreroMar 25, 2024 at 10:15 pm

    Great rock band, when are you coming to USA

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      Jasmyne RodriguezMar 26, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      They live in LA but i haven’t seen tickets for USA.

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    MilanMar 23, 2024 at 12:11 pm