… of the UK”
With Tokio Hotel finally returning to a UK live stage tomorrow, we thought it would be the perfect time that we’d share our page called “Reminding Tokio Hotel of the UK” with you. This includes big fan actions and little gestures, big planning with lots of fan involvement or barely any planning and no fan involvement due to short notice opportunities or idea. Those of you who have been a part of THUKST (and later THUKST & FC) for a while will know about most of these things and probably even got involved in some of them. However, there are still a couple of things that we haven’t shared before. The main reason for this was that we weren’t sure if it had an impact and we didn’t want to get hopes up for no reason because there had been enough of that since 2007.
Please have a look at our list of things that were done by others and all of us to keep reminding Tokio Hotel that the UK was still waiting for them and not giving up: http://tokiohotelstreetteam.co.uk/thukst/reminding-th-of-the-uk/
— Emotions were running high in our “Final Day UK” fan action as UK fans were starting to feel confused (e.g. when the official UK forum disappeared from one day to the other in February), angry, sad and frustrated when it became apparent that the promise of “2008 will be the year of Tokio Hotel in the UK” was not one that was going to be fulfilled. (You can read all 136 submission of part 1 if you feel up to it. ><) Of course, 2008 was also the year of Bill having vocal chord surgery which was a frightening time.
Dark times awaited us in 2009 as it not only started out rather badly for the band members but also almost broke THUKST & FC when our founder and leader Claire decided to resign in August, which prompted our “Loud & Proud!” Email fan action. However, we also wanted to put a bit of fun back into the mix and had a day of silly, UK celebrity role play comments on Tom’s Blog in September 2009. Most of you probably haven’t see those before.
2010 was a bit of a tricky year for the UK fans as well. Not only did we not get a UK release for Humanoid but Tokio Hotel kept secretly coming to the UK… to shoot their video for “World behind my Wall” and even their tour rehearsals. o_O We put on a brave face even though some UK fans felt like they were slapped in the face. Well, with lots of guess work we caught a lucky break as Liz ended up being the first fan to get a good glimpse at the Humanoid City Tour stage. Some of us travelled to a few of the HCT dates and clung to every opportunity there was to get a little reminder to the band. We were not very well prepared but we were lucky enough to have supportive fans, friends and fellow ST & FC leaders along the way. In the end our efforts paid off and we even got the opportunity to get a video message for THUKST.
As the band took a well-deserved break, things got quiet but in 2013 we seized an opportunity when Bill and Tom were judges on German TV show “Deutschland sucht den Superstar”. That was our most “recent” reminder. This is another one we haven’t publicly shared before but maybe it also helped our cause as tomorrow is the big day and Tokio Hotel will kick off the Club Experience part of their “Feelt It All” World Tour in London.
Thank you to everyone who ever got involved, supported our efforts and never gave up. :-*
It’s been a long, winding memory lane with this one…