The story of AMENOPHIS goes back to 1978 when Wolfgang Vollmuth, Stefan Roessmann and I founded AMENOPHIS. We were strongly influenced by bands like YES, GENESIS, CAMEL etc. all standing for great, high sophisticated music. We built a repertoire consisting of complex progressive rock compositions and did our first gig in October 1979.
We did not want to use an English name as German band. We were hoping for international attention and a German band name seamed to limit us too much. The pharaoh name 'Amenophis' is known in all countries in the world, so its international and independent to a language.
We did our first tour in October 1979. A famous band in the southern Germany area (TT-ROCK) was looking for a band going on tour with them between October 79 and March 80. I rejected the offer first because I did not feel prepared enough to present our music to a wider audience. But finally my brother Stefan convinced me and we accepted. Good for us, since it was very successful.
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