Finland-based symphonic metal gods, NIGHTWISH, are back in Europe! After their extremely successful European headlining tour with ARCH ENEMY and AMORPHIS last winter, a North American run with label mates SONATA ARCTICA and DELAIN as well as trips to Down Under and Asia, the band return to the local stages. Find all dates below!
15.05. RUS Yekaterinburg – Divs Arena
18.05. RUS Voronezh – Event Hall
20.05. RUS Moscow – Crocus City Hall
22.05. UA Kiev – National Palace Ukraina
24.05. RUS St. Petersburg – Yubileiny Palace
27.05. D München – Rockavaria
28.05. D Dortmund – Rock im Revier
01.06. SK Kosice – Amphitheatre (w/ ALMANAC)
03.06. CZ Plzen – Metalfest Open Air
05.06. A Vienna – Rock In Vienna
08.06. I Rome – Rock In Roma (w/ EPICA, APOCALYPTICA)
10.06. CH Interlaken – Greenfield Festival
12.06. UK Donington Park – Download Festival
18.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
30.06. FIN Seinäjoki – Provinssi
02.07. S Norrköping – Brävalla Festival
06.08. CDN Montréal – Heavy Montréal
20.08. FIN Jämsä – Himos Park (w/ ARCH ENEMY)
26.08. PL Straszecin – Czad Festival
08.09. P Lisbon – Coliseu – NEW!
10.09. E Madrid – Barclaycard Center – NEW!
14.09. BG Sofia – Arena Armeec – NEW!
09.10. J Tokio – Loud Park
Italian opera/metal singer and model, CHIARA MANESE – who just recently launched a new band OCEAN NIGHT, a tribute band to NIGHTWISH – has posted on her Youtube Channel two NIGHTWISH cover songs, for “Nemo” and “Sleeping Sun”, stream them below.
The debut concert of OCEAN NIGHT is set to take place on April 16th in Prato, Italy.
CHIARA MANESE, opera/metal singer and model from Tuscany, Italy. After graduating and becoming a professional opera singer she started to work on metal albums in order to answer to her strong passion for metal and rock music. She has worked as a session singer and recorded with various artists like Pursuing The End, Tommy Vitaly and directs her own music school and musical centre called “Centro Musicale Sound Check”.
More information at: https://www.facebook.com/chiara.manese
Sleeping Sun -cover:
Former NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon was taken to hospital after being attacked by a woman near her home in Sweden, she’s reported, according to metalhammer.teamrock.com.
And she says the situation could have been worse than it was if passers-by hadn’t stopped to help her.
Posting a picture of her head injuries, Olzon says: “I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car. She hit me hard and I fell on to the stony street on my head. I’m shaken and bruised.
“The worst thing of all was that were were two adult men standing feet away, watching me get beaten, doing nothing. Thank God a girl ran after, and finally two real men took the junkie down. She is now with the police.”
She adds: “Drugs people are really dangerous. Please be careful out there.”
Olzon split acrimoniously with Nightwish on tour in 2012, and was replaced by Floor Jansen at short notice. She went on to launch solo album “Shine” in 2014.
In January, AVANTASIA‘s 7th studio album “Ghostlights” will be released via Nuclear Blast. After many guest stars, Tobias Sammet announces: NIGHTWISH bassist & vocalist Marco Hietala:
“What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann and me have in common with Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH? Yes, we’re all good looking, funny and amazingly talented… AND: we’ll be on the new AVANTASIA album »Ghostlights« – out on January, 29th 2016.
About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the »Vain Glory Opera« album of EDGUY when someone played the band TAROT to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany TAROT were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called NIGHTWISH had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. EDGUY played a festival in England with SAXON and amongst others: NIGHTWISH! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ that they did – if I remember correctly – which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band too; and there’s only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they’re only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren’t taken seriously because… well, because they’re bass players. 🙂 And they’re always suspicious… 😉 Anyway – I don’t need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!). AND Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an AVANTASIA album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We’re putting together an epic metal record I believe…
Furthermore Robert Mason (WARRANT) can been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in LYNCH MOB. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the AVANTASIA world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it!
Photo by Ville Akseli Juurikkala
Kalevala Jewelry, in collaboration with NIGHTWISH, is launching a new jewelry collection “Evolution Series by Nightwish”. Since spring, Nightwish’s lead singer, the Dutch soprano Floor Jansen, has lent her face to Kalevala Jewelry. Now the collaboration is being taken one step further with the launch of the jewelry collection Evolution Series by Nightwish, created together with the band.
The new jewelry collection accompanies the theme of the rich diversity of life – as on Nightwish’s album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”. It is something that the band’s founder, musician Tuomas Holopainen, emphasizes in the collaboration.
“From the start, it was important for the band that when we start to create a jewelry collection it should in some way reflect the theme of our new album. The message on the album is associated with the endless variety of all living things on our planet: we are one, made out of the same DNA, of the same matter. It’s an extremely beautiful and humbling fact, which we wish to bring out in the album. The same theme is also present in the new jewelry collection.”
The Evolution Series by Nightwish collection includes two different silver pendants and a bracelet. The larger pendant has been inspired by the form of the fossil of the ancient marine animal, the ammonite. The smaller pendant echoes the spiral form of DNA.
Launched to shops in mid-October, pre-sale of the jewelry collection starts in the official Nightwish shop (shop.nightwish.com) on August 18. Pre-sale of the jewelry collection, as well as of the numbered, limited edition gold charm starts in Kalevala Jewelry’s online store on September 1. The jewelry collection will also be sold on Nightwish’s World Tour.
More information at this location.
Right before the European leg of the “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” tour kicks off, NIGHTWISH announce a strictly limited (no re-prints!), special tour edition of their current record, coming with a bonus DVD, out on October 30th via Nuclear Blast.
The DVD contains all 21 making-of episodes, which came along before, during and after the album release. Besides those, the DVD includes two new, unreleased live clips for “Yours Is An Empty Hope” and “Stargazers” as well as five special clips incl. documentary scenes for the songs “Planet Hell”, “Last Of The Wilds”, “Storytime”, “Arabesque” and “Last Ride Of The Day”. On top, there will be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period of “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”.
“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” Tour Edition tracklist:
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Weak Fantasy
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope
05. Our Decades In the Sun
06. My Walden
07. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
08. Edema Ruh
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth
01. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Live)*
02. Stargazers (Live)*
03. Planet Hell (Special-Clip)
04. Last Of The Wilds (Special-Clip)
05. Storytime (Special-Clip)
06. Arabesque (Special-Clip)
07. Last Ride Of The Day (Special-Clip)
09. Élan (Videoclip)
10. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Videoclip)
*Previously unreleased, 5.1 Dolby digital & stereo
More information at this location. Pre-order the tour edition here.