Fabio Lione

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Fabio Lione
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Background information
Birth name Fabio Tordiglione
Born (1973-10-09) 9 October 1973 (age 41)
Pisa, Italy
Genres Symphonic power metal, power metal
Instruments Vocals, keyboard
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze, Labyrinth, Kamelot, Ayreon, Angra

Fabio Tordiglione (born 9 October 1973) is an Italian singer and lyricist who has sung with many music bands including Rhapsody of Fire, Labyrinth, Ayreon, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze and Athena. Lione started making eurobeat songs in 2000, but has decided to continue his solo career and work with Rhapsody of Fire.

Lione also worked as a touring lead singer with bands Kamelot and Angra, while they were searching for an official replacement to their previous lead vocalists. After Luca Turilli's departure from Rhapsody of Fire in 2011, he became the band's lyricist.

He presently fronts four bands: Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze and Angra.

Musical career[edit]

Lione was born in Pisa. His career started in 1990 at the age of 17 when he began to sing with a small rock and roll underground group who played classics of 1950s and 1960s similar to Elvis Presley's songs[citation needed]. He had a passion for groups such as Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and Crimson Glory, which inspired him to form his own heavy metal band.

His musical activities continued with a young group from Pisa, named Athena. They were a progressive metal band with their own unique style and challenged various expressions. Lione recorded a demotape with Athena and it was his first experience in a metal band. Lione did twenty shows with the band, but after two years, he left the band in 1994. Athena made their first album in 1995 (Inside the moon).

At first his stage name was Joe Terry which was the combination of his favourite heroes' names in Japanese games (Joe Higashi and Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury). His first piece of musical equipment was a Shure SM 58 microphone.

Labyrinth[edit]

Lione met the band Labyrinth, then going under the name of "Vision". Shortly after, in 1993 the band started to work on a demotape called Midnight Resistance. Before the album No Limits was released, Lione recorded a mini CD with Labyrinth.

Lione created the album No Limits together with Olaf, a band member of Labyrinth. His lyrics were mainly based on his personal experiences and his emotions. All the lyrics in the album were connected; Lione did this as an experiment. Labyrinth's style was different from other bands because it was mixed with different music genres including thrash metal and progressive rock. Lione was the singer of Labyrinth for just more than three years.

Athena[edit]

He joined Athena in 1991 and in 1992 they recorded their first demotape. After several concerts he left the band in 1993 for a new collaboration, the one with Labyrinth.Athena called Lione again in '97 ..so they could start work on their second album A New Religion which was released in 1998. Lione wrote the lyrics and the vocal lines for ten songs; the lyrics used religious and philosophical words and had the tendency to reflect deep meanings on their music. Lione and the other members of Athena attended Axel Rudi Pell Tour 1998 with Dreamscape, another progressive metal band from Germany in December. Shortly after the tour the band decided to break up.

Vision Divine[edit]

In 1999 he again meets Olaf Thorsen and to seal their newfound friendship, they decide to create what was originally supposed to be only a "side-project" Vision Divine. Lione now finds itself in the two groups Rhapsody and Vision Divine, and this situation continues, with successes in both groups until 2003.The same year he was forced to leave the Divine Vision no longer able to register within the time limit granted the third album of the band "Stream of Consciousness "in 2004, for which the other hand he worked for a year in the drafting of almost all the songs.The first so-called "Vision Divine" record in 1999 will receive excellent sales results and criticism (and took the band on tour in South America for the first time). The CD "Send Me An Angel" in 2002, resulting in the band's appearance at the Gods of Metal 2003 and Heineken Jammin 'Festival (Imola)The second album of Vision Divine recorded at Rodgers Studio from Send me an angel was released in january 2002. Lione composed eight vocal lines for this album, their expressions became more serious and deeper, close to the reality of divinity and humanity with progressive and heavy sounds and the album Beto Vazquez Infinity was released in February, including the song "The battle of the Past" in which Lione was singing as a guest vocalist for Beto Vazquez project.

In 2003 Lione attended shows with Vision Divine at Gods of Metal 2003 (Milan) and at Heineken Jammin' Festival (Imola) in June. He then recorded four demo songs with Vision Divine in November and performed on Italian Tour in December. Shortly after it was announced Lione had to leave the band, he gave the band six new vocal lines and they started a new album with a different singer (Michele Luppi)

In 2008 Lione took part at some shows with Vision Divine to celebrate the ten years of the band. On 28 May, Vision Divine announced that Fabio Lione has rejoined the band as new singer.The band release the new cd "9 Degrees West Of The Moon"on 2009 and did many shows supporting the record. In 2012 they release with Edel/Ear music what is probably considered their best work so far, "Destination Set To Nowhere",with many great reviews received.. also regarding the limited edition of 2 cds..with the Savatage cover "Gutter Ballet"..the band performed many shows in Italy,Spain and also a South-American tour supporting the record.

Rhapsody[edit]

In 1997 started the most important experience for Fabio's career, Rhapsody of Fire. That year was released their first album "Legendary Tales", the first of the many achievements of the band.Rhapsody first began negotiations with Lione at Gate Pathway Studio in Wolfsburg (Germany) after hearing him in the "Piece of Time" album from Labyrinth.His first album with Rhapsody was Legendary Tales in 1997. Lione recorded "Symphony of Enchanted Lands" with them In 2000 Rhapsody released their third album "Dawn of Victory" In 2001 the band had many concerts. He also recorded a new EP album Rain of a Thousand Flames with Rhapsody in Germany between April and August, the album was released in December. Lione performed on stages with Rhapsody at Gods of Metal 2001 (Milan) in June, during South American Tour (Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Chile) and at Rock Machina Festival (Spain) in July.After that Lione recorded the 4th album "Power of the Dragonflame". Rhapsody travelled with Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica on a successful European tour in April and May 2000 when they also had a chance to join the Wacken Festival 2000 in Germany. Lione attended Rock Machina Festival in Spain in July. Rhapsody released "Power of the Dragonflame" in March. Lione set out on Rhapsody's first headlining tour (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and Korea) and joined the summer festivals in Europe including the Bang Your Head Festival (Germany). In February 2004 he finished vocals for Rhapsody's new album Symphony of Enchanted Lands part 2. He went to be on Rhapsody promo tour for their new album(Canada, US, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Greece, UK). On the release day, September 27th, they had a signing session with Christopher Lee in London. Lione appeared with Christopher Lee on a TV music program in Germany. In 2005 because of copyright issues the band changed its name to Rhapsody of Fire. Under the label Nuclear Blast they released two great albums and one EP and did a worldwide tour and many festivals. After that the band split with guitarist Luca Turilli.

Kamelot[edit]

On 16 December 2010, the American power-metal band Kamelot announced that Lione would take over lead vocal duties for Roy Khan for the Kamelot's tour supporting their "Poetry for the Poisoned" release due to Khan's eventual departure from Kamelot. 70000 Tons of Metal was the last of 49 shows with them, in January 2012.[1]

Angra[edit]

Fabio is again on the stage at the 70000 Tons Of Metal but this time with the Brazilian band Angra. The two shows had a great success and Fabio was again with them at the Live n' Louder Festival in São Paulo with Twisted Sister, Metal Church and Loudness. After that the band decide to do a special tour, a commemorative one celebrating 20 years from the release of the first record "Angels Cry". They celebrate 20 years of career with 11 shows in Latin-America and the release of a new DVD,recorded in the last show in São Paulo. After that Angra played in Japan as co/headliner at the Loud Park festival 13 with Stone Temple Pilots and Europe and they had a very good response. The commemorative tour continue with another 14 shows in latin America and 4 shows in Europe..where the band performed at Hellfest in France..with Black Sabbath,Soundgarden,Aerosmiths etc..after that they enter in studio in Sweden recording a new Cd.

Eurobeat[edit]

Lione's first eurobeat song Eye of the Tiger was released in Japan in 2000. His name for eurobeat project was "J. Storm", deriving from Joey Tempest. He published thirteen eurobeat songs (list bellow) under this name between 2000 and 2005 and has declared that he wouldn't be making anymore eurobeat in the future. However, by the end of 2013 a new song was released called "Dancing into fire".

  • J. Storm - Ave Maria
  • J. Storm - Born To Make Music
  • J. Storm - Dancing In My Dreams
  • J. Storm - Demolition
  • J. Storm - Eye Of The Tiger
  • J. Storm - Gettin' You Gettin' Me
  • J. Storm - I Wanna Be Your Rainbow
  • J. Storm - Music
  • J. Storm - Rock The Universe
  • J. Storm - Shout
  • J. Storm - The Power Of The Dance
  • J. Storm - Vision Of Paradise
  • J. Storm - We Are The Children Of Rock


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Rhapsody of Fire releases
Labyrinth releases
Athena releases
  • A New Religion? (1998)
Vision Divine releases
Ayreon releases
Angra releases
  • Angels Cry 20th Anniversary Tour (DVD) (2013)
  • Secret Garden (2014)
Avalon releases
Miscellaneous releases
Thy Majestie releases
  • ShiHuangDi (2012)
Sebastien releases

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Shows Announced! Singer Update…". Official Kamelot Website. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 

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