On October 1st, NIGHTWISH officially parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon, citing personal differences. The band has since announced the addition of substitute vocalist Floor Jansen from The Netherlands (ex-AFTER FOREVER, REVAMP), who will help the band complete their current Imaginaerum world tour.
Multi-instrumentalist and NIGHTWISH touring musician Troy Donockley (pictured at left), has posted the following update from Nightwish’s current North American tour:
“‘Keep Calm and Carry On….’. Oh yes indeedy. These were the famous words written on “morale boosting” posters by the British government at the beginning of WW2. Now, I am not for one moment suggesting that the first half of our US tour has been like the outbreak of the war, but those words are pretty bloody pertinent!
Oh how we love touring the states. It’s trite to say that the fans here are so brilliant (they are of course) because the fans are brilliant EVERYWHERE. But they have been particularly lovely to us; especially in light of the recent explosive events.
Yes, a split with the singer Anette occurred but it was really, really for the best. Believe me. The joy of this adventure was being wrecked and everyone was feeling very insecure… It was seriously interfering with our tasting sessions of the fine wines from the Napa Valley. Outrageous!
I mean, we never could have predicted that myself and Tuomas would find ourselves on stage, alone, asking an audience of over 1,600 in Denver to vote by a show of hands on whether the band should perform or not. Touchingly we were met by a sea of upraised hands; beautiful but how surreal.
Anyway, we have fully embraced the slogan from that heroic old poster, and we are all feeling a squillion times better. Our replacement singer Floor is simply majestic and we are having fearless fun. And on evidence of the ecstatic response to the last two shows, the fans seem to understand that this “vehicle of spirit” cannot be derailed so easily.”
Fan-filmed video of Nightwish performing ‘Nemo’ in Seattle, and a 22-minute overview of their Portland show is available below:
Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
5 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
6 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
7 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL