The following statement was made by the band:

Hello Kamelot Nation,

The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour – Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician’s care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future. After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality – our good friend Michael from Circus Maximus (Norway) has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring. Also as a special thank you to our North American fans, our friends at ESP guitars have donated a beautiful ESP guitar which will be signed by Thomas Youngblood and given away at the end of our North American tour – this contest is open only to North American tour concert goers. Fans can enter for a chance to win this exclusive item by signing up in the designated area at each show! More surprises are in store at many shows including special guest appearances and more.”

:: Sample of Michael’s vocals ::

Michael EriksenRoy especially would like to add:

“I am terribly sorry that I cannot do this upcoming tour in North-America this fall. We have our most fantastic album ever coming out in September, and the timing could have been better I guess. The band has my full and unconditional blessing to go out there and kick ass regardless, and I feel we have found a good replacement in Michael. He is a very good singer and long time friend. Be good to him! Hope to see you soon!” All the best from Roy Khan.

Michael states:

“Roy and I go way back, so when he called and asked me to help him and the rest of Kamelot to do their long planned USA tour, I told him, “Sure bro, I am there for you.”

It will be big shoes to fill , but in his honor I will do my best to give the Kamelot fans a show they have long awaited. So grab your earplugs and come join the party!”

We cannot thank you enough for your tremendous support over the years, and look forward to being out to meet more of you on the road! Please join us in wishing Roy a speedy recovery, and swift return to us!”

KAMELOT will release “Poetry For The Poisoned” on September 10th in Europe. September 14th, 2010 in North America.

ESP Contest North America

KAMELOT will embark on its first North American tour in two years starting September 8th. Support on the trek will come from LEAVES’ EYES and BLACKGUARD.

Poetry For The Poisoned” Track Listing:
01. The Great Pandemonium
02. If Tomorrow Came
03. Dear Editor
04. The Zodiac
05. Hunter’s Season
06. House On A Hill
07. Necropolis
08. My Train Of Thoughts
09. Seal Of Woven Years
Poetry For The Poisoned
10. PT I Incubus
11. PT II So Long
12. PT III All Is Over
13. PT IV Dissection
14. Once Upon A Time

Kamelot North American Fall 2010 Tour Dates:

Sep 08, 2010 Lake Buena Vista, FL – US House of Blues
Sep 10, 2010 Atlanta, GA – US Progpower USA
Sep 11, 2010 Springfield, VA – US Jaxx Nightclub
Sep 14, 2010 Philadelphia, PA – US The Trocadero
Sep 15, 2010 New York, NY – US Nokia Theatre
Sep 17, 2010 Worcester, MA – US The Palladium
Sep 18, 2010 Montreal QUE – CAN Club Soda
Sep 19, 2010 Toronto ON – CAN The Opera House
Sep 21, 2010 Cleveland, OH – US Peabody’s
Sep 22, 2010 Milwaukee, WI – US The Rave
Sep 24, 2010 Chicago, IL – US Logan Square Auditorium
Sep 25, 2010 Minneapolis, MN – US First Avenue
Sep 27, 2010 Denver, CO – US Bluebird Theatre
Sep 29, 2010 San Francisco, CA – US Slim’s
Oct 01, 2010 West Hollywood, CA – US House of Blues (Sunset Strip)
Oct 02, 2010 San Diego, CA – US House of Blues (San Diego)

For tickets please visit our Kamelot tour page.