From BZ/dpa

    Before the brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz moved to Los Angeles, they lived together in and around Hamburg. Now Tokyo Hotel singer Bill Kaulitz is back in the Hanseatic city. However, only for a flying visit. It still makes you feel at home.

    Tokio Hotel singer Bill Kaulitz (33) got a bit of a sense of home during a work visit to the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. “I have to say: When I’m back in Hamburg now, memories will come up. Somehow the city has a special place in my heart,” said Kaulitz of the German Press Agency in Hamburg. He’s always happy to be here. “Somehow it feels a bit like home.”

    Kaulitz and his brother Tom also lived in and around Hamburg until he moved to Los Angeles in 2010. However, he didn’t notice much of the nightlife and everyday life in the Hanseatic city. Back then, the band could hardly walk the streets without being followed by fans. “We were insanely isolated. Going out and partying was out of the question. We lived a very secluded life,” Kaulitz recalls.

    When the twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz for their projects in Germany are, they almost always live in Berlin. This is the band home. Kaulitz initially rules out a return to Germany. “LA has become our home. I don’t think that will change again,” Kaulitz said. He grew up there. “That’s when I really lived life for the first time – without always being on the road and not having a real home.”

    Nevertheless, he always looks forward to his trips to Germany. “It’s a bit like being a tourist in your own country. I just come here and do all the nice stuff and then I’m gone again.”

    Kaulitz is one of six jurors for the Reeperbahn Festival’s Anchor Young Talent Award until Saturday evening. He is joined by Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar, Tony Visconti, Tayla Parx, The Hives singer Pelle Almqvist and Joy Denalane on the jury.