Nighwish Bassist/Co-Vocalist Marco Hietala
Interview conducted by Robert Williams
Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres
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An Excerpt From The Interview….
Hey Marco. How are you doing today?
Doing quite fine. A little earlier I was still feeling the last night a little bit, but I’m getting there. (Nightwish and Children Of Bodom both played Dallas the night before, and as often the case when seeing old friends, many adult beverages were enjoyed in the true spirit of metal friendship)
So how is the tour for Dark Passion Play going so far?
Well we’ve been doing it now for almost a year, we’re pretty much in the routine.
Are you getting better turnouts each time you return to the US?
Yeah I think so. This is the third time that we’ve been here, right now. It seems like this tour has really been going easily…day by day. We just roll on.
Tell me about when you first met Anette. What was your first impression of her when you heard her sing for the first time?
Well we had this kind of rehearsing session and it seemed that she was making a lot of noise and she had quite of lot of energy, which as it happens seems to be true.
You had demoed some of the material featured on Dark Passion Play, for instance the original chorus for Amaranth was completely different. Was it interesting to see another singer’s perspective on that?
Sure, I mean…those demos versions, I mean…for instance Amaranth had a different chorus, like melodies, different stuff and everything and even in the demo version we try out two different melodies, which no one was really that satisfied, so in the end it came down as it is on the album.