Marko Hietala Exits Nightwish

Marko Hietala has announced his departure from Nightwish. The bassist/vocalist says he is leaving the group after being unable “to feel validated by this life.”

Hietala issued the following statement:

“Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

This past year forced me to stay home and think. And I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things. I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations. ‘My Walden’ so to speak. And it’s even in my book that I’m a chronic depressive. It’s dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.

And I don’t think that I’ll be gone for good.

Conspiracy is the word of the day. For the people who like them I need to say that my 55th birthday is now on 14th of Jan and I’ve certainly done my time for now. Blaming for instance Tuomas [Holopainen] is an insult to both him and my free thinking. This is a very sad thing to all of us too. Have a care please. But of course now we’ll know, if some go there on purpose.

There are a couple of things agreed on that I will do on 2021. Otherwise I kindly and with respect ask the media, bands, artists projects etc. to not ask me for anything within the next year. I have some reinventing to do. I hope to tell you about it on 2022. It’s not a promise though.

I am so sorry about this.

Marko Hietala

P.S. Tony Iommi is an exception to the ‘no contact whatsoever.’ Childhood hero takes a precedence.”

The band added:

“Marko’s resignation has left us with some difficult decisions and choices to be made. After much thought and consideration, we have, in mutual understanding, decided to perform the upcoming ‘Human. :II: Nature.’ world tour as planned, but with a session bass player. The live line-up will be announced at a later date.

We respect Marko’s decision and wish him all the very best. We will not comment any further.”

Nightwish’s Marco Hietala Crowned Winner Of Finnish Edition Of “Masked Singer”

Nightwish’s Marco Hietala has officially won the fall 2020 season of “Masked Singer Suomi,” the Finnish edition of “The Masked Singer.” Hietala was disguised as “Tohtori” (aka “The Doctor”) on the show.

[via Blabbermouth]

Nightwish Announce “An Evening With Nightwish In A Virtual World” Event

Nightwish have announced a two-day virtual event, which they are calling “An Evening With Nightwish In A Virtual World.” The band will be performing two different sets at The Islanders Arms, a tavern built in virtual reality, on March 12-13.

The band commented:

“Friday and Saturday, March 12-13th, 2021 we will perform at The Islanders Arms, a tavern built in virtual reality. You will get to hear songs from ”Human. :II: Nature.” live for the first time.

This will be a full-length live experience with differing sets on both nights.

You can join the show on your computers or mobile devices and watch the stream. You can also create an avatar and interact & react with gestures, cheers, emojis, and chat with other fans. You can even dress up your avatar with Nightwish merchandise!

Tickets are available right now at nightwish.com!

On top of this, we offer an exclusive T-shirt bundle which is available for Europe only.

RSVP at nightwi.sh/rsvp

Watch Former And Current Nightwish Singers Tarja Turunen And Floor Jansen’s Recent Live Chat

As previously reported, former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen and the band’s current singer Floor Jansen recently took part in an Instagram Live chat together. Now, Turunen has uploaded the full conversation to YouTube. You can check that out below:

Former And Current Nightwish Singers Tarja Turunen And Floor Jansen Announce Instagram Live Chat

Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen will be taking part in an Instagram Live chat with the band’s current singer Floor Jansen tomorrow (December 8) at 1:30 p.m. EST / 10:30 a.m. PST. Turunen tweeted the following about that:

Nightwish Announce Rescheduled Dates For European/UK Tour With Amorphis And Turmion Kätilöt

Nightwish have announced the rescheduled dates for their European/UK tour with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt. The trek is now set to take place in May 2021. Tuomas Holopainen commented:

“During these most peculiar and challenging times, we’ve been forced to reschedule our shows, and that’s now also the case with the European leg of the ‘Human :II: Nature’ world tour. This is a most unfortunate, but necessary move in order ensure everyone’s safety and make the best out of this bizarreness that all of you and us are going through. It’s not for forever though, and The Caravan will soon be on the move again. Until then, take care of each other and see you all in the spring of 2021!”

Tour Dates:

05/01 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
05/02 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
05/03 Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
05/04 Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
05/05 Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome
05/07 Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
05/08 Stuttgart, Germany – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
05/09 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
05/10 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
05/12 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
05/14 Milan, Italy – Lorenzini District
05/17 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
05/19 Leipzig, Germany – Arena
05/20 Prague, Czech Republic – 02 Arena
05/21 Bamberg, Germany – Brose Arena
05/23 Luxembourg – Rockhal
05/25 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
05/26 Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling-Halle
05/27 Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
05/29 Gliwice, Poland – Arena
05/31 Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Sportaréna

New Crab Species Named After Nightwish

A new crab species has been named Tanidromites nightwishorum in honor of Nightwish. The species was discovered in Eastern Austria and is believed to have lived around 150 million years ago.

The band commented:

“Tanidromites nightwishorum.🦀⠀

One new crab species was named after us in honor in particular for our 2015 album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” about the evolution of life.⠀

The new species of crab was found in eastern Austria and lived during the late part of the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago. While dinosaurs dominated the land, parts of Europe were covered by a warm, shallow sea full of life. Tanidromites nightwishorum was discovered in a fossil coral reef. Crab diversity and abundance exploded for the very first time in their evolutionary history during the Late Jurassic in central Europe.⠀

Thanks to Dr Adiel A. Klompmaker and his colleagues for this truly fantastic honour (Adiel is curator of palaeontology, Alabama museum of natural history).⠀

Earlier today (July 9) the scientific paper was published online: https://doi.org/10.26879/1045.”

Amorphis & Turmion Kätilöt Added To Nightwish’s European/UK Tour

Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt have been added to Nightwish’s European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below. Nightwish will be touring in support of their new double album “Human. :II: Nature.” (out April 10).

Tour Dates:

11/16 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
11/20 Leipzig, GER – Arena
11/21 Dusseldorf, GER – ISS Dome
11/23 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
11/24 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
11/25 Paris, FRA – Accorhotels Arena
11/26 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
11/28 Stuttgart, GER – Hanns-March-Schleyer Halle
11/29 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
12/03 Milan, ITA – Lorenzini District
12/04 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
12/07 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Sportarena
12/09 Bamberg, GER – Brose Arena
12/10 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
12/12 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
12/14 Berlin, GER – Max-Schmeling-Halle
12/16 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
12/18 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley

Nightwish Premiere Video For New Song “Ad Astra”

As part of their new partnership with the international conservation charity organization World Land Trust, Nightwish have shared a new video for their new song “Ad Astra.” This track is from the band’s new double album “Human. :II: Nature.,” which will be released on April 10.