The 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour was a concert tour by former members of Rhapsody of Fire. It was announced on November 21, 2016 by ex-members Luca Turilli (lead guitar, founder and composer), Fabio Lione (vocals), Patrice Guers (bass), Dominique Leurquin (lead and rhythm guitar, and Alex Holzwarth (drums). The first gig was in Le Brise Glace in Annecy, France on April 26, 2017, and the last one in La Riviera Madrid on March 20, 2018.
Fabio, who had been the lead singer has stated that the original band will no longer exist as the other members want to do different projects.
The Italian band, Rhapsody of Fire, one of the greatest icons of Symphonic Power Metal, gathered together to commemorate the 20th Anniversary from their first official release, played their album Symphony of Enchanted Lands in full, as well as other classics of the band. It was an exciting and emotional event no one should ever miss, as this (was) the only and last chance to see the band performing on stage together. But, in 2018 the whole band started a new project, called Turilli/Lione Rhapsody.
Since it´s consecration in 1997 with the album Legendary Tales, Rhapsody of Fire has become a worldwide awarded band thanks to its unique, epic and orchestral sound. Initially baptised in the “Hollywood Metal” style, because of its movies-related fascination and its characteristic epic soundtrack elements, the Italian band established itself as one of the biggest names in Symphonic Power Metal thanks to their second release, Symphony Of Enchanted Lands, which soon became a classic of that music genre.
Rhapsody’s main influences also include classical composers such as Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Niccolò Paganini and many others (the song “The Wizard’s Last Rhymes” (video) from Rain Of A Thousand Flames, for example, is based on Antonín Dvořák’s ‘New World Symphony’).
These elements made the band clearly unique in the whole Heavy metal scene and, thanks to its magic, gathered lots of fans all over the world and inspired many bands, giving birth to a brand new musical wave and genre, that established a real and effective Rhapsody imagery.
The 20th Anniversary Farewell Tour will represent a last chance for everyone to feel part of that wonderful magic once again. Luca, Fabio, Patrice, Dominique and Alex will celebrate such important and historical event with and for their amazing fans!
Luca Turilli stated: “I am really super excited to be part of this unique and special event together with Fabio and my other friends. The fact of playing legendary songs like ‘Wings Of Destiny’, ‘Beyond The Gates Of Infinity’ and ‘The Dark Tower Of Abyss’, never played on stage before, will be the best way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary and a great reason to meet together for a very last time.
This farewell tour represents for me the closing of one important chapter of my music career, as in the future I will dedicate myself to the cinematic music style of my new ‘Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody’ band and to other important projects exclusively.
Don’t miss such amazing event. It will be the last time you will be able to see us together on stage. We wait for all of you to share some wonderful emotions and live together some memorable nights!”
Fabio Lione continued: "Magic"… this is what I always wanted to find in music… and when I think about this great and unique opportunity to be again on stage with Luca, Holzy, Dominique, Patrice and celebrate with them the 20th Anniversary of the band… well… I can say this is truly ‘magic’!
What an emotional moment remembering our great friend Christopher Lee, our stories, our feelings. After many years and things happened, I feel the time is right now… the time to close this important chapter of my artistic life in the best way, with my old friends, and share such ‘magic’ once again.
We will celebrate 20 years of band history with all of you, beloved fans, in an unforgettable and glorious ‘last time party’. Be a part of it!”
"The time finally came! We are actually here in Madrid for the last show of the Rhapsody Reunion And Farewell Tour and the atmosphere is really particular as we know this is clearly the end of an era. For one very last time we’ll be hearing the intro running while warming up in the backstage, for one last time we will enter the stage and will play the songs of our reunion setlist in front of our beloved fans, for the very first time we’ll look at the lights fading down while being filled with a sense of emptiness… and at the same time, a monumental THANK YOU rising from our hearts and souls will be silently dedicated to you all, a deeply felt thank you for all the wonderful moments shared together in the name of RHAPSODY’s music and for having been our source of inspiration with your unlimited love and passion through these twenty cinematic years. Peace and Love to You all!" - Luca Turilli
So this is the end of Rhapsody Reunion. Thanks to all the beloved fans that have been supporting us all over these years, it was such a fun and emotional Farewell Tour. Thanks to our amazing road crew: you are family, you are the best! Contra Promotion GmbH and all the local promoters that made this tour possible. Nuclear Blast for the support as always. Beast In Black and Scarlet Aura for being great human beings and musicians, and of course being our company on this journey. Feat First Management and Top Link Music for the guidance and support.
We are missing you already!
This is a sample setlist from their warm-up show at, Le Brise Glace in Annecy, France:
Epicus Furor (intro)
Wisdom of the Kings
Beyond the Gates of Infinity
Knightrider of Doom
Wings of Destiny
The Dark Tower of Abyss
Riding the Winds of Eternity
Symphony of Enchanted Lands
Land of Immortals
The Wizard's Last Rhymes
Dawn of Victory
Rain of a Thousand Flames
In Tenebris/Gargoyles, Angels of Darkness (extract/outro)
Source: rhapsodyreunion.com & Wikipedia