About to Pop: Tokio Hotel
Why They're About to Pop: This hard-rocking foursome has been wowing audiences overseas since its members were in their early teens. Now, still barely legal, Bill Kaulitz (vocals), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (bass) have sold upward of 3 million CDs and DVDs in Germany, and have four No. 1 singles and two No. 1 albums under their belt. Their following has spread like wildfire across Europe, and they hope to do the same in the U.S. "It's always been a dream of ours to make it in the States," says lead singer Bill Kaulitz. "We grew up listening to American bands like Metallica, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We wanted to get a chance to do what they do." On their impressive third album (the first in English), Tokio Hotel will get a chance to do just that.
Three Questions with Tokio Hotel:
What inspired the songs on your record?
Bill: A lot of things: We found inspiration in situations or circumstances that happened in our lives over the past few years and also in the lives of our friends and family. We've also been moved by fans who have written us letters about their lives, and we've included some of that in our music and lyrics.
What's your favorite song on the record?
Tom: That's a tough one because it always changes and we also differentiate between "favorite song on the record" and "favorite live song". My favorite live song right now is 'Don't Jump.'
Gustav: For performing live, it's 'Raise Your Hands.'
Bill: For me, it's 'Break Away.'
Georg: Hey, same here. Right now, it's 'Break Away.'
Bill: But as Tom said, if you would ask us tomorrow we might name totally different songs -- it always changes.
What are the most-played songs on your iPod?
Tom: '99 Problems,' by Jay-Z.
Georg: 'Big Casino,' by Jimmy Eat World.
Gustav: 'Make It Whit Chu,' by Queens of the Stone Age.
Bill: 'It Means Nothing,' by Stereophonics.