On October 1st NIGHTWISH officially parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon, citing personal differences. Olzon responded with a farewell note on her official blog page along with the news that she was shutting it down. The message can be found below:
“Dear blog readers:
With this I say farewell to you and this blog. This blog was a way for me, as the singer in NW, to keep more in touch with you NW fans. Now when this chapter has ended, there is no more need for me to do this blog and from today I close it. I want to thank you all for being my readers for so many years, for your loving support and I wish you all a happy and healthy life! Stay kind to others and live life easy!
Just want to say thank you to all of you wonderful people who have written me so kind and warming words today. I have cried reading them and believe me, I will be back again, but I need a little time out before I decide how and where I will blog or show myself again;=) I don’t know if it will be this blog or a brand new one but I will let you know, I promise!
I got sad when so many of you got so sad I would stop blogging so I will think about it.
But believe me- I love you all and never think I don’t care about you cause I do! Lots of love to you all and strength and honor!
Anette Olzon (from now on just Anette Olsson;=)”
Nightwish issued the following statement announcing Olzon’s departure:
“Another chapter of the Nightwish story has ended today. Nightwish and Anette Olzon have decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved.
In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.
Nightwish has no intention of cancelling any upcoming shows, and as a result we have decided to bring in a substitute vocalist starting in Seattle, October 1st, 2012. Her name is Floor Jansen from The Netherlands (ex-AFTER FOREVER, REVAMP, pictured below), and she has graciously stepped in to help us complete the Imaginaerum world tour.
We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.
We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together.”