Nightwish are working on new material for their next album. The band shared the below photo of keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen from a recent demo session:
Nightwish have announced the revised dates for their 2021 European tour. You can find the updated schedule for that run below.
11/14 Oslo, NOR -Spektrum (with Sonata Arctica and Turmion Kätilöt)
11/22 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome (with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt)
11/23 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome (with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt)
11/30 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Sportaréna (with Sonata Arctica and Turmion Kätilöt)
12/10 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena (with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt)
12/13 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley (with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt)
12/19 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle (with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt)
12/20 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena (with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt)
12/29 Tampere, FIN – Uros Areena (with Botox)
12/30 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall (with Botox)
We are happy to confirm the following European concert dates for 2021…
Due to various Covid restrictions, we have had to postpone the rest of the European tour dates to 2022 and we will announce the new dates as soon as possible. Hold on to your tickets!
We would also like to kindly remind you that proof of vaccination and/or recovery will be required to enter these shows.
We heartily thank you for your patience in these peculiar times and hope to see as many of you as possible very soon!”
Earlier tonight (July 28), Nightwish played a secret show at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The band performed under the name Nevski & The Prospects.
Nightwish have shared “Nemo” from their “An Evening With Nightwish In A Virtual World” livestream concert exclusively through Amazon. The track, which is called “Nemo (Virtual World Version) (Amazon Original),” can be found HERE.
Nightwish have officially recruited bassist Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun) for their “Human. :II: Nature.” world tour. He will be filling the void left by Marko Hietala, who exited the band earlier this year. Nightwish commented:
“Finally we can share the awaited news with you all! Let’s welcome Jukka Koskinen on board!”
“I couldn’t be more honored to be part of the vehicle of spirit of Nightwish on its onward journey sharing special live moments to come on the ‘Human. :II: Nature.’ tour with all of you out there!”
Nightwish have postponed their two-day “An Evening With Nightwish In A Virtual World” event. The shows are now set to take place on May 28-29 and they will feature two different sets at The Islanders Arms, a tavern built in virtual reality.
The group commented:
“An Evening with Nightwish In a Virtual World” live experiences have been rescheduled from March to May due to changes in the our touring schedule. The new dates are Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29, 2021.
Tickets purchased for the original dates are automatically valid for the new dates.
2 evening tickets will be on sale for the current price until February 14, 2021, 10.59pm CET. After this the price will go up. The sooner you purchase your ticket, the lower the price.
VIP packages will go on sale at the same time. The VIP package includes a virtual session with the yet unrevealed bass player of Nightwish’s ”Human. :II: Nature.” tour, among other perks. The identity of the bass player will be revealed on the live virtual session included in the VIP package on Friday, May 28, 2021.
Buy tickets and find additional information about the live-events, ticket returns and new ticket types on: www.nightwish.com“
Nightwish have postponed their European/UK tour with Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in late 2021.
11/17 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/18 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
11/22 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
11/23 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
11/24 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
11/25 Dusseldorf, GER – ISS Dome
11/27 Leipzig, GER – Arena
11/28 Gilwice, POL – Arena
11/30 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Sportarena
12/02 Stuttgart, GER – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
12/03 Milan, ITA – Lorenzini District
12/05 Bamberg, GER – Brose Arena
12/06 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
12/07 Paris, FRA – AccorHotels Arena
12/09 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
12/10 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
12/13 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
12/15 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
12/17 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
12/19 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle (club)
12/20 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
12/21 Berlin, GER – Max-Schmeling-Halle
Zee Productions will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Nightwish’s “”Human. :II: Nature.,” “Century Child,” and “Once” in March. Pre-orders can be found at zeeproductions.co.uk.
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.
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 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.