Directed by Ville Lipiäinen (NIGHTWISH, 30 SECONDS TO MARS, HIM), incorporating Mika Jussila‘s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio, and featuring Finnish vocalist Johanna Kurkela, the official video for the track “A Lifetime Of Adventure” from Holopainen’s debut solo album is now available for viewing on YouTube:
The Life And Times Of Scrooge is based on writer & illustrator Don Rosa’s graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, which NIGHTWISH song composer and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen read nearly twenty years ago. About the video, Holopainen shares:
“The idea of someone dressing up as Scrooge McDuck and then filming him digging gold and riding an emu on an Australian desert felt just a tad corny. The director, Ville Lipiäinen, and me went through some options of how to approach the video and soon agreed to shoot a sort of ‘Making Of’ clip of the song. Ville then followed us to London’s Angel Studios and later Petrax Studios to film some shots from the orchestra, vocal, guitar, and piano sessions. The hero of the video is Don Rosa himself. His presence and facial expressions always put a big smile on my face. I hope you’ll enjoy this adventure as much as we did!”
Don Rosa with Tuomas Holopainen. Photo credit: Mika Jussila
Fourteen years in the making from concept to reality and featuring artwork by writer & illustrator Don Rosa, The Life And Times Of Scrooge will be released this spring via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded from August to October 2013 at Angel Studios in London plus various locations around Scotland and Finland.
Featuring four guest vocalists – Finland’s Johanna Kurkela, Tony Kakko of SONATA ARCTICA, Johanna Iivanainen, and Alan Reid – the album’s musical guests include: The London Orchestra, the Metro Voices choir from London, NIGHTWISH’s Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, bodhran), Mikko Iivanainen (guitars & banjo), Teho Majamäki (didgeridoo), Jon Burr (harmonica), and Dermot Crehan (solo violin).
The Life And Times Of Scrooge track listing is:
01. Glasgow 1877
02. Into The West
03. Duel & Cloudscapes
05. Cold Heart Of The Klondike
06. The Last Sled
07. Goodbye, Papa
08. To Be Rich
09. A Lifetime Of Adventure
10. Go Slowly Now, Sands Of Time
11. A Lifetime Of Adventure (Alternate Version)
Visit Tuomas Holopainen online at http://www.TUOMAS-HOLOPAINEN.com.