Right now, the band is just awestruck at the attention they are getting in America. "The fans voted so much for us, it's a great feeling," Tom Kaulitz said. "It's really a big deal for a German band to have the chance to go to the U.S."
One would have to go back almost a generation when a German band last achieved huge crossover success in America. In the 1980s. The Scorpions topped the charts with songs like "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and artist Nena scored big with her Cold War-era protest song "99 Luftballoons." Incidentally, watching Nena as a child was what inspired Bill Kaulitz to become a singer, he said.
But for every "next big thing," there can be an eventual backlash. "I don't really want them to get really famous here," posted "Isabella" on Tokio Hotel's U.S fan site. "Getting big also brings about the question of them losing sight of their German culture."
As fans grow, so do "haters" of the band, who create and upload anti-Tokio Hotel videos and Web pages. The Internet has other dangerous downsides. Recently in France, a young man was arrested for allegedly posing as Bill Kaulitz in chat rooms, convincing young girls to send him naked pictures, which he then posted on the Web. The band says it doesn't have personal accounts like MySpace, other than its official Web sites, just for this reason.
But most of the fans simply want to concentrate on the good stuff, like one young brunette who waited on a New York City street to see the band when it visited. She is crying but smiling, her teeth lined in braces. "I got Bill's autograph. .... I got their autograph, and I love them!" she cried, wiping tears from her eyes with neon-polished fingertips, just another uber-happy Tokio Hotel fan.