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Floor Jansen – “I am super exited to join them [Nightwish] on the rest of the World Tour and the summer festivals in 2013!!!”

October 13th, 2012

Floor Jansen has updated her Blog  from the Nightwish USA tour:

“Hello to you from our night liner! We are driving to our show in Fort Lauderdale. If I look outside I see nothing but beautiful green water lands. I tried to spot an alligator…did see some deer and the most amazing birds!

Last time I wrote was in Oklahoma City. Days fly by so fast I cannot believe we are about to do the last two shows of this USA tour already! In a weird way the show on Tuesday seems ages ago, and yesterday at the same time. Coming here feels the same. Time is like the Dali clocks, liquid, relentless.

But memories are timeless and fortunately I have beautiful ones to share with you. I just wish words could describe them better!

How can I tell you how amazing the show in Oklahoma was? Or in Austin? Or in New Orleans? There is something special about every show. A unique night, a magical ride that always ends too soon! And with a unique audience. Hundreds of wonderful people at the meet&greets every day. Thousands of sweating and rocking bodies; getting just as high on the music as we do.

We played ‘Ghost Love Score’ twice now. My favorite song! Goosebumps on my entire body every time I sing, “My fall will be for you”. Tears came to my eyes the second time we played it. First time I was thinking a bit more. Second time I only had to feel. Again, words are failing on me to describe the real emotion I had. But I have hope that the people who were that in New Orleans that night felt it too.

Back in Austin we went shopping at Congress Avenue. A street full of antique shops and other rare and funny stores. Lovely to be in places that sell stuff you cannot find anywhere else. We had a good time! (see the main picture of me)

The next morning we were in New Orleans. Tuomas, Troy and I had breakfast in a sushi restaurant, with a nice Japanese beer…a great start of a great day!

We took a stroll through the city afterwards. A unique atmosphere is there in those streets. Beautiful neo colonial houses, bars and restaurants everywhere, the Mississippi, the huge necklaces you that have a ritual of its own, the cigars. I bought one. I never smoke but an occasional (mild) cigar is something I can enjoy.

 

After a super show we left the venue and headed into town. We went to a famous bar that sells absinth… I tried it and it turned out so much nicer than I expected. The cigar and the drink together made me look like a femme fatale haha. We had the most amazing night off together. Really special!!!

For now, we have the two last shows coming up. I will miss this!!! But I also look forward to come home! I will go back to ReVamp songwriting because we have a planning to hold on to, album will come in March/April next year!!!!!! On the 4th of November the Nightwish shows continue in the UK. I am super exited to join them on the rest of the World Tour and the summer festivals in 2013!!!

With love,

Floor”

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Floor Jansen – Posts Nightwish tour USA Blog from Oklahoma

October 10th, 2012

As posted to: http://floorjansen.com/blog/third-tour-nightwish-tour-usa

Dear reader,

A big hello from Oklahoma City! Another backstage moment, and actually again, I am writing right before the meet & great we’ll have today!

I left you in Anaheim. We had a nice meet & great there. So wonderful to see people really welcome me into the band! We do one every night now and it’s great for me to meet loyal Nightwish fans who are happy to see me and thank me for stepping in. I feel loved!!!

Also behind the scenes I meet the most wonderful people! We played Higher Than Hope after I met the mother and sister of the man whom this song is about. They came to the show in Anaheim and when they were also there the day after in San Diego, we played it for them. Emotional rollercoaster, but so beautiful! Music is emotion and to be able to sing these songs live is just something special, I can’t put this into words really…

My cold is almost gone and hasn’t been bothering me when I sing anymore. I can now belt out the notes and vary in dynamics and vocal styles. The songs scream for that! It feels so good!

This is picture taken at the meet&greet in the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City:

Nightwish meet & greet in the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City. Pic courtesy of http://floorjansen.com/blog/third-tour-nightwish-tour-usa

Nightwish meet & greet in the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City. Pic courtesy of http://floorjansen.com/blog/third-tour-nightwish-tour-usa

 

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NIGHTWISH – Vocalist Floor Jansen Check In From The Road, Fan-Filmed Video From San Francisco Show Posted

October 7th, 2012
Nightwish photo (by Ville Lipiäinen)

Nightwish photo (by Ville Lipiäinen)

Vocalist Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER), who replaced NIGHTWISH singer Anette Olzon to finish out the remainder of shows on the band’s North American tour for Imaginaerum, has checked in with the following update:
“I am writing to you from our backstage in a venue called ‘The Grove’ in Anaheim. I will go back to where I left you at the last blog, in San Francisco.

In my last words I was hoping to see something of the city. There was no time for this for me though. Fully consumed by all the new things, saving all my energy for the show. My cold was nasty as well so I focused on the show, and the show only! It was a great one!!! The venue was beautiful and gave the magical Nightwish show and extra glance with its theatrical look. This was the third show and for me things were getting easier (even though I did miss some words here and there :-) The fun in the backstage was superb as well, just a great and magical night all the way through!

We had a day off after this one and we spend it in LA. We had a great bbq with our dear promoter John and some of the guys had some energy left to go to the famous Rainbow Bar. I went back to my hotel room for a nice long sleep to fight the cold and to get all my reserves back to go for the next round of three shows!

Today we are in Anaheim, right next to Disneyland! We took a taxi to Disney Downtown and enjoyed the sun, the stores and the ‘world within a world’ there for a little while.

Right now I’ll be preparing myself for a second meet and greet and of course, the show tonight! I look forward to it!”

Remaining tour dates are available below:

October
7 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL

Fan filmed footage of Nighhtwish performing at the Warfield in San Francisco on October 3rd is available below:

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FLOOR JANSEN Says She Was Already Preparing To Join NIGHTWISH On Tour In November

October 4th, 2012

New NIGHTWISH touring singer Floor Jansen has revealed that she was originally asked to join the band for their upcoming dates in November, December and January but that plans changed over the weekend following the sudden departure of Anette Olzon in the middle of the group’s North American tour.

 

During an October 2 interview with the “Giel Beelen” show on the Dutch radio station 3FM, Floor said, “Saturday morning [September 29] I got a text message saying, ‘How fast can you come to the USA?’ So I packed everything as quickly as I could and booked a ticket for the first plane and practiced the songs. They had already previously asked me to join them on the road for the dates in November, December and January, [so] I had been preparing for it a little bit for only one week. And since those plans changed [over the weekend], I ended up only having a few days to get ready and a rehearsal of two hours with [the songs’] lyrics in front of me.”

 

Jansen, who called the opportunity to sing for NIGHTWISH a “dream come true,” also confirmed that she will be on the road with the band through the end of January.

 

Asked if fans can also expect to hear her on NIGHTWISH’s next studio album, Floor said, “There has been no discussion about that at this point. Right now, the plans is just for me to be a temporary replacement for Anette. All is I know is that it is really an awesome opportunity for me and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it and we’ll see what the future brings.”

 

In announcing the sudden singer switch on Monday (October 1), NIGHTWISH said, “In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.”

 

They added, “We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

 

“We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together.”

 

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.

 

Multi-instrumentalist and NIGHTWISH touring musician Troy Donockley, has also posted the following update from Nightwish’s current North American tour:

“‘Keep Calm and Carry On….’. Oh yes indeedy. These were the famous words written on “morale boosting” posters by the British government at the beginning of WW2. Now, I am not for one moment suggesting that the first half of our US tour has been like the outbreak of the war, but those words are pretty bloody pertinent!

Oh how we love touring the states. It’s trite to say that the fans here are so brilliant (they are of course) because the fans are brilliant EVERYWHERE. But they have been particularly lovely to us; especially in light of the recent explosive events.

Yes, a split with the singer Anette occurred but it was really, really for the best. Believe me. The joy of this adventure was being wrecked and everyone was feeling very insecure… It was seriously interfering with our tasting sessions of the fine wines from the Napa Valley. Outrageous!

I mean, we never could have predicted that myself and Tuomas would find ourselves on stage, alone, asking an audience of over 1,600 in Denver to vote by a show of hands on whether the band should perform or not. Touchingly we were met by a sea of upraised hands; beautiful but how surreal.

Anyway, we have fully embraced the slogan from that heroic old poster, and we are all feeling a squillion times better. Our replacement singer Floor is simply majestic and we are having fearless fun. And on evidence of the ecstatic response to the last two shows, the fans seem to understand that this “vehicle of spirit” cannot be derailed so easily.”

 

Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:

October
5 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
6 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
7 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL

 

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FLOOR JANSEN “My first days on tour with Nightwish”

October 4th, 2012

Here is a posting taken from Floor Jansen’s blog before last night’s show in San Fransisco:

 

“Dear reader,

I am writing to you sitting here in the tour bus with Nightwish! We are heading to San Fransisco. The sun is shining bright here and the scenery is beautiful. I am trying to find words to describe how I feel but it’s impossible to really cover it. I am on a high!

What do you do when Nightwish asks you to join them on tour? Stay calm and say, well OK….? Or does your heart start beating twice as fast instantly, hands start to sweat and your mouth is unwilling to pronounce words like “that sounds amazing”. I guess I don’t need to tell what happened to me :)

The time to prepare was scarily short…I packed my bags and left and printed the lyrics into my head all the way over from Amsterdam to America. 15 hours of airplane later I arrived with a jetlag, a full head and the most happy feeling ever. The next day I jumped on board on this bus and the adventure truly began. I was welcomed into the group as an old friend and I felt great instantly. It is now 10 years ago I joined Nighwish on tour with After Forever as their support act. We stayed in touch ever since and that made the whole situation so much easier and smooth.

The day of the first show we also did a long soundcheck to rehearse the songs. That was the only possibility… You cannot imagine how nervous I was before that first show started!!! Next to nerves my voice was battered by a cold due to all the travels, lack of sleep and airco’s.

The intro started…..I ran on stage….and all nerves were gone! The music and the guys took me in and so did the audience. What an experience! The excitement lasted the entire show, and way after. When I went to my tour bus bed that night I still had a smile on my face. I felt so happy and satisfied I fell asleep instantly.

The next morning I woke up, ahum afternoon….in Portland. Show number 2 was there already. So were the first online reactions and the massive amount of press that responded to the news. You must be living under a stone if the news didn’t reach you yet J I even did an interview with the Dutch radio, standing outside the venue in my stage outfit. With a 9 hour time difference…

My cold got worse and the doctor had to give me some power supplies to help me. Thank goodness for that, they helped instantly and the second show was an amazing blast. The Crystal Hall in Portland is a beautiful venue and the atmosphere extraordinary! Again the audience welcomed me warmly! I am so grateful!!!

Today we’ll play in San Fransisco (see the pic)! I always wanted to see this city so I hope there is some time (and energy) left for this! I will keep writing to you. And for those who came to the show: thank you for your support!!!

 

Love,
Floor”

 

Below is some fan-filmed video from last night’s performance:

 

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FLOOR JANSEN Performs With NIGHTWISH For First Time; Video Available

October 3rd, 2012
Floor Jansen of ReVamp

Floor Jansen of ReVamp

Dutch singer Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) made her glorious live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on night (Monday, October 1) at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.  Reports from fans have been resoundingly positive.

Fan-filmed video footage of the songs “Storytime” and “Amaranth” can be seen below.

Jansen is filling the role of lead vocalist in NIGHTWISH on the band’s current North American tour after the group parted ways with Anette Olzon over the weekend. NIGHTWISH stated about the sudden singer switch, “In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.”

They added, “We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

“We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together.”

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.

Remaining dates on the North American tour are as follows:

October
3 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
5 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
6 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
7 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL

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REVAMP To Enter Studio In December

September 3rd, 2012

REVAMP, the band led by former AFTER FOREVER vocalist Floor Jansen, will enter the studio in December to begin recording its sophomore album for a tentative March/April 2013 release.

A new one-and-a-half-minute video update from Jansen regarding the progress of the songwriting sessions for the upcoming CD can be seen below.

REVAMP returned to the live stage in January at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands as the support act for EPICA.

Video footage of REVAMP performing a brand new song, entitled “Sins”, during the concert can be seen below.

Jansen performed at Carioca Club in São Paulo, Brazil in November 2011 as a special guest of MAYAN, the band featuring EPICA/ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist/songwriter Mark Jansen alongside Jack Driessen (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and Frank Schiphorst. This marked his first live appearance since her burn-out last year, which forced her to put on hold all concert activities.

REVAMP’s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Former AFTER FOREVER Guitarist Sander Gommans Announces Opening Day For New Company, The Rock Station

July 12th, 2012

HDK/ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Sander Gommans has checked in with the following update.

“It’s official: The Rock Station will officially be opening on September 17th, 2012. Check the site www.therockstation.eu for updates on the music lessons and the workshops (also interesting for schools/bands) we’ll be organising.

Looking forward to see you at the official opening; more info about that later.

For more updates, make sure you like the Facebook page of The Rock Station here. Thanks for your support!”

Following is a previous update from Gommans on the songwriting front:

“Just finished some songwriting for a project of Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR) and Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X). Just soloing and riffing.. I love my job:) Soon an update about HDK2.”

Gommans previously worked with Sinner on the KISKE/SOMERVILLE album from 2010, contributing some song ideas and appearing in the video for ‘If I Had A Wish’. He also wrote for the SCHEEPERS debut album, featuring Primal Fear frontman Ralf Scheepers.

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AFTER FOREVER – Decipher Album To Be Re-Released With Bonus Material; Details Revealed

December 7th, 2011
AFTER FOREVER - Decipher

AFTER FOREVER - Decipher

Nuclear Blast will re-release AFTER FOREVER’s 2001 album, Decipher, on December 9th. It features 10 album tracks, three bonus tracks, and 14 album session tracks (non-album tracks, unreleased versions, demos and rough mixes) on 2CDs. Guitarist Sander Gommans provided new liner notes for the record.

The tracklist is as follows:

 

Chapter 1 – Decipher: The Album

‘Ex Cathedra – Ouverture’

‘Monolith of Doubt’

‘My Pledge of Allegiance #1 – The Sealed Fate’

‘Emphasis’

‘Intrinsic’

‘Zenith’

‘Estranged – A Timeless Spell’

‘Imperfect Tenses’

‘My Pledge of Allegiance #2 – The Tempted Fate’

‘The Key’

‘Forlorn Hope’

 

Bonus Tracks:

‘For The Time Being’

‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ (QUEEN cover)

‘Imperfect Tenses’ (duet with Damian Wilson)

‘Monolith of Doubt’ (single version)

 

Chapter 2 Decipher: The Sessions

‘The Key’

‘Monolith of Doubt’

‘My Pledge of Allegiance #2′

‘Emphasis’

‘Estranged’

‘My Pledge of Allegiance #1′

‘Imperfect Tenses’

‘For the Time Being’

‘Forlorn Hope’

‘Zenith’

‘Intrinsic’

‘Monolith of Doubt’ (demo)

‘Emphasis’ (demo)

‘For The Time Being’ (demo)

 

Go to this location to purchase.

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EPICA, ReVamp @ Scala, London

April 18th, 2011

EPICA with support: Revamp

@ Scala, London

15th March 2011

Review: Danny Draper

While traveling to the Scala, I was contemplating a couple of things; I hope that the sound is good and also that the singers have brought their good voice today.

I do like a female vocalist, soaring vocals over heavy guitars, gets my juices flowing as they say! But it has to be good, especially in this style of music as a poor sound or vocal performance, can turn the most beautiful of song in to the worst thing in the world.


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Revamp – Floor Jansen, singer

August 4th, 2010

Revamp Interview With Floor Jansen

Interview and transcription by Erich Heintzelman

 

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AFTER FOREVER – Floor Jansen

October 11th, 2007


Vocalist Floor Jansen

Interview by EvilG
Transcription by Mike ‘Fucking Hostile’ Holmes
Live Pics by Arto Lehtinen

Floor Jansen is the vocalist for the Dutch melodic metal band, After Forever. Floor’s emotional vocals are something you not only hear, but feel, especially on the band’s newest self-titled album where the band has outdone themselves.  In this interview we talk to Floor about the music on the band’s latest album, the deeply personal nature of some of the lyrics on the album, and a range of other relevant topics.
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Live And Louder, Mexico 2006

November 9th, 2006

Live And Louder Rock Fest
8th of October 2006,
Palacio de los Deportes (México)

Article by Chico Migraña, Pics by OCESA

 

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