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

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 Postpone European/UK Tour With Amorphis And Turmion Kätilöt To Late 2021

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.

Tour Dates:

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

Therion Premiere Music Video For New Song “Tuonela” Featuring Marko Hietala (Ex-Nightwish)

Therion have premiered a new video for their new song “Tuonela.” The track, which features Marko Hietala (ex-Nightwish), appears on the band’s new album “Leviathan,” which was released today (January 22). Christofer Johnsson commented:

“Like everyone else, I’m very sad and was also surprised to read that Marko is leaving Nightwish. But I understand the meaning of his reasons and there are many that are frustrated about the same things. But Marko has been active as a professional recording artist with various quality bands since the mid-’80s, so I am absolutely sure we will see his return to the scene in time. He is simply too good to not be involved with music. But right now I hope he will take a good amount of time to just find himself and get the full energy and inspiration back on track.”

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 Floor Jansen Covers “Ave Maria”

Nightwish’s Floor Jansen has shared a cover of “Ave Maria,” an 1825 piece that was composed by Franz Schubert. The cover features music arranged by Tommy Johansson and a video for it can be found below. Jansen commented:

“Merry Christmas & Happy Yuletide from Freja, Hannes, me and the rest of the extended Jansen & Van Dahl family! ⛄️🎄❄️As a small surprise I bring to you Ave Maria, originally created by Schubert.”

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: