Jonas Lööw at Sweden’s Rockbladet recently caught up with AMARANTHE vocalist Elize Ryd, also known for her work with KAMELOT as a backing vocalist. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Jonas: Do you still manage to combine these two things, (musical performance) and musical career playing in bands?
Elize: “Absolutely, I’m doing my best. I work with the band Kamelot for the fourth year in a row now, and their music is very inspired by musicals. Each album is based on a unique story, and my job is to illustrate the different characters in it. I stand for the theatricals and visuals in their show. It feels really great to have an outlet for my theater, and sometimes even dancing skills there. I work to the extent that I have time to show different projects where I sing, do back-up singing and dancing behind both Swedish and international artists.”
Jonas: I’ve read that you were one of the candidates to replace Tarja Turunen in NIGHTWISH, what happened?
Elite: “Yes, it went pretty well for me during that tryout. It was Jake and Olof who did send in the application on behalf of me. I had no idea who Nightwish were when I wasn’t a part of the industry (laughing). I was way too young and because of my lack of experience, they did choose Anette Olzon instead. Olof promised me that he would start a new band and that I could be the lead singer, and that made me really happy of course (laughing). About a month ago, I did perform with the band in Denver during the support tour with Kamelot in the US, when the singer got acutely ill.”
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As previously reported, on Friday, September 28th Nightwish took the stage at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO without vocalist Anette Olzon, who was hospitalized due to illness. Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz (THE AGONIST) stepped in to fill Olzon’s role alongside bassist/male singer Marco Hietala. Fan-filmed video is available below: