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Scream for Portugal

By: PAULO SILVESTRE

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FORMED IN 2001 in Magdeburg, Germany, pop band Tokio Hotel will perform on March 16 at Pavilhão Atlântico, in Lisbon.

Identical twin brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz performed in small shows and talent shows when they were children.

Later they met Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing and their similar tastes in music led them to create a band called Devilish.

They played small shows from 2001 and by 2003 they were contacted by music manager, Peter Hoffman.

They were signed to the Universal music label in Hamburg, Germany, and changed their name to Tokio Hotel.

Their debut single Durch den Monsun (Through the Monsoon) quickly gained popularity after its release, appearing on the German music charts at number 15 before reaching number one five days later and it also went to number one in Austria.

Their second single was Schrei (Scream), which reached number five in the German charts.

They released their debut album Schrei in 2005 and in 2006, their third single, Rette Mich (Rescue Me), was released and went to number one.

The first single, Zimmer 483, off their second album, Übers Ende Der Welt (About the End of the World), was released in January, 2007, and once again went to number one.

With such huge success, these young German boys quickly became well-known all over the world. Tokio Hotel is mostly popular among teenage girls, of whom the majority are drawn by the sex appeal of the lead singer of the band, Bill Kaulitz and his brother.

Bill’s androgynous look has created a lot of controversy (long eccentric dyed hairstyle, black nail polish, unusual wardrobe), but in spite of this, young Kaulitz has made it clear that he is just an artist expressing himself through his music as well as through his clothing.

There has also been controversy about Bill and Tom’s weight and apprehension about their thinness that could potentially cause problems for their bodies as well as sending out a bad message to fans.

Furthermore, the band members have been criticised for being too young and juvenile and for having their music composed and arranged by their production company.

Apart from the criticism, Tokio Hotel is a young band formed by youngsters that since signing with Universal records have sold nearly three million records and DVDs in Germany. They have also won numerous awards in Austria and Switzerland.

Check out their music at www.myspace.com/tokiohotel