Ville Valo On The Possibility Of A HIM Reunion: “Never Say Never”

During a recent appearance on “The James McMahon Music Podcast,” Ville Valo was asked about the possibility of a HIM reunion. The frontman, who is currently planning to release his debut solo album “Neon Noir” on January 13, responded by saying “never say never.”

Valo said the following:

“Never say never, I’d say. HIM was so much more than just a band to me. I met Migé [Mikko Paananen], the bass player, when I was about 12. I met Linde [Mikko Lindström], the guitar player, when I was maybe 13 or 14. So we grew up together and went through so many different phases in our lives anyway together, with HIM providing the soundtrack for it and the focus or being the focal point. And it’s so much more than about just monetary things.

If there would be a good reason, good sort of idea or good cause, or if, all of a sudden, everybody would start to gravitate towards each other, I think that would be the best thing. [If] all of a sudden everybody in their own lives just start[ed] to… where it would make sense [to get back together] after all this time. ‘Cause you need to take breaks.

[Toward the end of HIM], it wasn’t necessarily fizzling out, but we had definitely lost the spark regarding creating new music. We tried to work it out, but it didn’t sound good. It started to feel like a day job, and when it starts to feel like that, it’s definitely time to end it, in the world of rock and roll, I think. Or in our world of rock and roll. So I cannot tell you whether we’re gonna feel like that in the future. I wouldn’t mind, but I don’t wanna do it right now. It’s not something I will think about constantly, or ever, to be honest with you.”

He continued when asked if he was approached about going solo while HIM were still active:

“It was a weird existence, because I did write most of the songs [in HIM], and a lot of people, when we started out, they thought it was a solo project, also because it was called ‘HIM’. It was a weird combo. So all those 25 years I had to fight for the guys to get some recognition, saying that I do write the songs, I sing the songs, but we are childhood mates and that the sound and the way they play their instruments, it makes a big difference; it cannot be just whomever. So I’m actually glad not to talk about that at all [when it comes to my solo project]; I don’t have to, ’cause I played all the stuff by myself and I’m the one to carry the blame or the good and the bad and the ugly.

I was told that many a time. And especially when something happens to be successful… I mentioned [earlier in the interview] ‘Join Me In Death’ [HIM’s 1999 single] being sort of a pop hit in Germany and all that stuff, and you can’t imagine the amount of cooks that wanted to be in that kitchen at that time. Everybody had something to say and dollar signs in their eyes. But it’s not a world I feel comfortable in.

Music is still my safe place, so whenever in doubt, I start listening to BLACK SABBATH. That’s what I did. And that’s where it all started. And that’s also how it happens. Because I don’t wake up in the morning and say to myself, ‘Now I’m gonna write a song.’ Working on music or being creative, it’s my way of understanding the reality around me — it’s my survival kit. It helps me out to understand the world and cope with the pressures and the struggles that we all go through. That’s been my method. And it’s funny that it’s a passion that turned into a hobby that turned into work, and it’s all those things in one neat little box. It’s terribly hard at times, but then again I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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CKY & 3Teeth Added To North American Leg Of HIM’s Farewell Tour

HIM have confirmed that CKY and 3Teeth will serve as support on the North American leg of their farewell tour. You can see the dates for that below.

Tour Dates:

10/24 Phoenix, AZ – The Vanburen
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10/26 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/29 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/02 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
11/03 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
11/06 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
11/07 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/09 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
11/10 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/11 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/13 Toronto, ON – Rebel
11/15 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
11/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/17 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

HIM Announce North American Leg Of Farewell Tour

HIM have announced the North American leg of their farewell tour. You can see the dates for that below.

Tour Dates:

10/24 Phoenix, AZ – The Vanburen
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
10/26 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/29 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/02 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
11/03 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
11/06 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
11/07 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/09 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore
11/10 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
11/11 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11/13 Toronto, ON – Rebel
11/15 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
11/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/17 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

HIM To Call It Quits, Announce Farewell Tour

HIM have revealed that they will be breaking up following an upcoming farewell tour. The dates can be found below.

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The following statement was issued:

Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.

“After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo

Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).

Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.

Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.

“At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!”

Ville Valo (voc)
Mige (bass)
Linde (gtr)
Burton (kb)
Kosmo (dr)

Tour Dates:

06/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
06/15 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
06/16 Santander, SPA – Sala Escenrio
06/17 Porto, POR – Hard CLub
07/01 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Festival
07/13 Tuuri, FIN – Milkoonarock
11/24-25 St. Petersburg, RUS – DK Lensoveta
11/26 Moscow, RUS – Club Stadioum Live
11/28 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/29 Hamburg, GER – Docks
12/01 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
12/02 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
12/04 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/05 Munchen, GER – Tonhalle
12/06 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
12/07 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
12/08 Koln, GER – Palladium
12/09 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUZE – Rockhal
12/11 Amsterdam, NET – Paradiso
12/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/14 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
12/15 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
12/16 Manchester, UK – Academy
12/17 London, UK – Roundhouse

U.S. and Finnish dates TBA.

Gas Lipstick Leaves HIM

Drummer, Gas Lipstick has announced his departure from HIM. He said their is no “bad blood” between members. He just feels like its time to “move on.”

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Lipstick posted the following on Facebook:

“FINAL WORDS

With a heavy heart I’m announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I’ve been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure.

I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician.

I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.

I’ve always been a guy who played every note straight from my heart and I feel the music very strongly while I perform.
If my heart feels that it’s time to let it go, then I have to listen because otherwise it wouldn’t be right towards myself, the rest of the band or you wonderful fans.
It would end up being a forced effort and I can’t perform or create like that.

Another thing that I’ve recently started to miss is songwriting. I’ve always been a songwriter. I didn’t feel the need to write after I joined the band in 1999 and noticed that Ville is a tremendous songwriter. In my mind he has never brought a single half assed song to the practice room. Every song was top notch and I felt that I didn’t have the need to stir the mix. All of his songs were amazing as he presented them. But last fall I’ve started to feel that I’m missing writing again and that I would like to pursue my own musical interests. I started to miss the feeling of being in a band, where I could be one of the songwriters again.

Three years ago, I had a very heavy year with my arm problems and it took a toll on me.
It took me 9 stressful months to get back into playing shape, but after recording the “Tears On Tape” record and performing 100 + live shows following the release of that record, I can safely say that I’m back 100% physically and mentally. Those 9 stressful months were one of the toughest periods I have ever experienced throughout my career and adding everything mentioned above, I feel that I need a change in life. I need a fresh start.

I have nothing but great words to say about my brothers: Ville, Mige, Burton, and Linde, our touring crew Viltsu, Antti, Manne, Sean, Brad and our management Seppo, Taina and Vuokko. I wish them nothing but a great success in the future! They are all amazing people and it has been a pleasure working with them all of these years.
I’d like to as well thank all the record company people, promoters, past crew members, producers and engineers that I’ve had the privilege to get to know and work with. You rock BIG TIME!

And for the last but not the least important I’d like to thank all of you fabulous fans. Thank you for your never ending support and love. HIM has the best fans in the world!
Without you, nothing would’ve been possible.

I hope that our paths will cross again eventually and you can count on that I’m going to keep you posted about my future endeavours in the crazy world of Musicland. Stay tuned!

Cheers, Gas Lipstick.”

Motionless In White To Open For HIM On Upcoming December Dates

HIM have revealed that Motionless In White will be the opening act, for their Love Metal Archives Tour. The tour will kick off December 9 in New York, NY and end December 19 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Tour Dates:

12/09 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
12/10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
12/11 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/12 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
12/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
12/17 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
12/18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
12/19 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Resort

HIM To Release Limited Edition Box Set & Remastered Albums

HIM will be releasing a limited-edition box set, titled “Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96 – ’03,” on November 25 via The End Records. The set will come with their debut EP, 666 Ways to Love: Prologue, on 180 gram vinyl, a Heartagram slipmat and a USB drive with their remastered albums and 37 bonus tracks (80 in all).

The band also plan to release remastered versions of their classic albums Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666, Razorblade Romance, Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights, and Love Metal, with each containing bonus tracks, exclusive liner notes, and special packaging. These will be available in multiple options.

You can preorder everything at www.theomegaorder.com.

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One the of the bonus tracks, “Right Here In Your Arms” (Live at El Teatro Flores BS.AS.MMXIV), is also available for steaming: