Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen has officially exited the band. Kai Hahto, who has been touring with the group since 2014, will now serve as a permanent replacement.
“It has now been five years since my difficult decision, due to severe insomnia, to step aside from the Vehicle of Spirit of Nightwish. This included the previous studio album and the tours which followed.
As I then expected, it turned out to be the right thing to do. These days I’m doing fantastic, and hardly ever need to deal with any sleeping issues. It also dawned on me that having more time to merely focus on band – related things happening behind the curtains made all the difference.
Having said this, I have decided not to push my luck by returning to the band. My dear pal Kai Hahto will take my place as a full-time member of the band. I will continue to take care of the band`s businesses in the background, and I`m very much looking forward to what other adventures life has to offer!
My sincere thank you`s for the band and the fans for the glorious time we shared!
In other news, Nightwish have also started working on their new album, which is expected to be released in spring 2020.