Commented Turunen: “I had a true pleasure to perform in Samara, Russia a few days ago. I never thought the local people would welcome me so warmly there, though. Most of the bands were Russians and I was a bit nervous how my music would fit in at this Rock On Volga festival. When it was time for us to start our show, people were shouting my name and my doubts were gone. Our show was great and the people in Russia were beautiful to us.
“The organization of the festival confirmed that there were 242,000 people watching my show that night!!! That is more than four football stadiums all together! It was very difficult to see the people far back at the end. This was an overwhelming experience for all in the band and one of the nicest moments in my career. Something I will never forget.
“I got a chance to sing in Russian with KIPELOV and that just topped everything I had experienced so far. I had the lyrics in front of me, but not even once I needed to check them out! I was so proud of myself. Ha-Ha.
“Russian is definitely very difficult language, but I wanted to learn it well. Let me tell you, it was a hard work, but I am a hard worker!”