So I've never pretended to be an expert on the mind of the adolescent female, and I hate to sound like an out-of-touch old man, but I really don't get this Tokio Hotel thing. Last night at Phooson, they prompted a wave of shrieks at almost every turn, being topped only by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who is, of course, a well-established heartthrob who's had naked pictures circulated online and knocked up a semi-starlet. Tokio Hotel, though? It's very odd, indeed. The lead singer of the band, Bill Kaulitz, isn't so much androgynous as completely feminine and the rest of the guys just look like the sort of dirtballs who somehow manage to schedule nothing but shop classes their senior year.
Yes, this is the band the girls were going crazy for. Again, I'm not even sure these clothes are fashionable -- though certainly the bar is a little lower for Germans than the rest of us -- but, really, I can't imagine them being compared favorably to, say, My Chemical Romance, who almost caused a stampede at last year' Tempe Music Fest, when singer Gerard Way was being interviewed in a booth to the right of the stage. To my untrained eye, these guys look more like the sort of emo dandies the Hot Topic girls love.
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