Auri, the band featuring Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish), Troy Donockley (Nightwish), and Holopainen’s wife Johanna Kurkela, have officially finished their new album. The news was confirmed via Nightwish’s Twitter account:
John Finberg, the owner of First Row Talent who worked as a booking agent for Nightwish, Epica, Amorphis, Delain, Amaranthe, Suffocation, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, etc., has been accused of sexual harassment, bullying, racism, sexism, and more. The allegations were shared in a new expose from Metalsucks, which details a number of disturbing incidents involving Finberg. You can read that piece HERE. You can also find statements from various artists, who have taken to social media to distance themselves from Finberg, below:
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!”
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
During an interview on the “Behind The Vinyl” podcast, Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) revealed that he has teamed up Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) to record a Christmas song. The frontman said the following about that:
“I wrote this song for my wife many years ago. You guys may or may not know that Celine Dion recorded a Christmas song I wrote [called ‘God Bless Us Everyone’]. I wrote it as a gift for my wife; I never wrote it for commercial purposes. And I can’t — it’s just out of my range to sing it. But long story short, I decided to do my own rendition of it, and I asked Tarja to sing it as a duet with me, ’cause it’s got some really high parts in it. So Jeff Pilson from DOKKEN and FOREIGNER, he’s producing it. And we’re just finishing the tracks right now, so we’re gonna start doing the vocals. That’ll come out later this year.”
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) has released an English version of her solo track “The Fight Goes On.” You can check that out below. This news comes after a Dutch version of the song, “De Beelden Blijven,” was previously recorded for the “Kinderen In Oorlog: 75 Jaar Later” documentary in cooperation with War Child.
“Proud to announce the release of the English version of the song ‘De Beelden Blijven’ that I recorded for War Child. In English it is called ‘The Fight Goes On’.
War Child is providing aid in Beirut as we speak and that makes this song extra important. Because the fight goes on. In so many places on this beautiful green earth help and support is vital for the future of children hurt by war and other forms of terror.
Please check out their website for more information about their amazing work: https://www.warchildholland.org/
I hope you like this song written by Han Kooreneef. Let me know about your thoughts and feelings, I always enjoy reading your comments 🙏🏻❤️”
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:
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.”
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) has shared a studio video for “De Beelden Blijven.” The track is currently available in Dutch with an English version set to be released later this year. The song was recorded for the new documentary “Kinderen In Oorlog: 75 Jaar Later” in cooperation with War Child.
Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Anette Olzon (The Dark Element, ex-Nightwish) have premiered a lyric video for their song “I’ll Never Leave You.” This track is from their collaborative album “Worlds Apart,” which was released earlier this month.
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).
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
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.