Tokio Hotel were instant sensations in their native Germany, melding together pieces of punk, metal, glam and dance music for a new, vibrant stew. Their first album Schrei (which means "scream") became a hit, moving over a million copies worldwide (interestingly, some songs were re-recorded a year later when Bill's voice dropped due to puberty). They followed up with Zimmer 483, but it was their first English album (Scream, which contained remakes of songs from their first two albums) that really kicked it up a notch. They made huge inroads into America, where they were greeted with the same sort of fervor that they received elsewhere in the world.
A true international band, Tokio Hotel have wooed fans with universal music and a truly forward-thinking sense of fashion and style. (Thousands of words have been written about Bill Kaulitz's hair alone.)
Happy belated birthday to both Tom and Bill.
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