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Anette Olzon not happy about the replacements at the Denver show

September 30th, 2012

Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon has commented about her flu and expressed her opinions about the two replacements who filled in for her at the Denver show HERE.

“And one more thing..

… I was never asked if it was ok they used Elise and Alica in the show last night. I don’t think it’s a good decision they made and I’m sorry for those of you who came to see the whole band but got something else. But I was very ill and this decision wasn’t mine. Tonight I’ll be on stage doing my best despite illness:-) See u in some hours!!”

Anette preformed last night in Salt LAke City despite not being in top form. She has posted about it in her blog here.

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KAMELOT Backing Singers Fill In For NIGHTWISH Frontwoman In Denver; Fan-video available

September 29th, 2012
Kamelot / Nightwish 2012 North American Tour

Kamelot / Nightwish 2012 North American Tour

KAMELOT backing singers Elize Ryd (also of AMARANTHE) and Alissa White-Gluz (also of THE AGONIST) filled in for NIGHTWISH vocalist Anette Olzon last night (Friday, September 28) at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado after Olzon was taken ill and had to be hospitalized.

Commented NIGHTWISH: “We were in hell [yesterday]. Vocalist in a hospital. Show about to be canceled… But nobody gave up an inch. With the help from the ladies Elize and Alissa from KAMELOT, we actually managed to pull of a relaxed and great show! The crowd doing the mass karaoke with the band playing was absolutely amazing. We were humbled and grateful at the same time. This is unity and help from friends and fans. Anette is already recovering, thanks to the medical staff and whatever powers there exists. The shows will go on.

We give our greatest respect to Alissa, Elize and the crowd in Ogden Theatre, Denver. You rule!!!”

Anette posted this update on Saturday, 29 September 2012:

“My dear ones…

I am so sorry that I couldn’t be on stage yesterday in Denver:-( I got very ill the night before and first went to the ER in the morning and were there for 5 hours before they released me with some painkillers and thought it was a kidney stone. Unfortunately I got worse at 7 in the evening and started vomitting heavily and my fever rised. After talking to the hospital they said I should cancel the show and come straight back in to the ER. I was there all night and I was very dehydrated so they gave me 2 litres of fluid though an IV, they did blood tests, ultrasounds on my kidneys and finally a ct scan. These tests didn’t show why I was so ill but probably the stomach pain has a connection with me having the flu or just stress. They did find something else though and for that I’m grateful. If I didn’t do the scan I wouldn’t know there’s a big cyst in my liver and I need to go check it out ASAP at home. I do feel better today but still fever cough and a very soar throat but hopefully I can be on stage tonight, even if it means shorten the set list. Thanks for your time to read this! Enjoy this day! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone”

 

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NIGHTWISH’s ‘Imaginaerum’ Film To Premiere At Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena

August 24th, 2012
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Nightwish – Imaginarium

NIGHTWISH’s long-awaited “Imaginaerum” film — based on the band’s album of the same name — will be released theatrically in Finland on November 23.

 

The movie will have its premiere on November 10 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, where the audience will be treated to both a full-scale NIGHTWISH concert and the first-ever public screening of the movie.

 

Eagerly anticipated around the world, “Imaginaerum” creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination… and what’s ultimately important in life.

 

Shot and post-produced in Canada, the movie was directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films, and features appearances by all NIGHTWISH members. The screenplay is based on a wild vision that Tuomas Holopainen, the mastermind of the band, devised after the album “Dark Passion Play” came out in 2007.

 

“I though of how we could take our expression that had already became pretty ambitious and grandiose to the next level, and that’s when I knew I wanted to tell a story, and to tell it with love and piety,” said Tuomas.

 

According to Holopainen, finishing the movie has been an eventful and challenging journey that has sometimes demanded superhuman dedication from the production crew.

 

“I want to already thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. Together we’ve managed to create something innovative, strange, and timeless,” Holopainen said.

 

The “Imaginaerum” screening at Hartwall Arena will be preceded by a show by the musicians NIGHTWISH themselves in what will be their last concert in Finland this year.

 

The official soundtrack of the movie, “Imaginaerum By Nightwish: The Score”, will be released on the day before the premiere — Friday, November 9. The album features 13 grandiose, unreleased re-interpretations of “Imaginaerum” tracks by Petri Alanko.

 

Several new photos from the “Imaginaerum” movie shoot can be found at this location.

“Imaginaerum” is one of the projects which received grants from the Finnish government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie, directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, reportedly got $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget.

 

During a September 2011 interview with Petri Silas of Finland’s Soundi magazine, NIGHTWISH mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen explained that all the filming for the “Imaginaerum” movie was done in Canada with mostly Canadian actors/actresses. Post-production took place in Canada and Finland. He aso revealed the names of the actors who have two of the main roles in the film: Marianne Farley and Quinn Lord.

 

Speaking to Loudwire, Holopainen stated about the plot of the “Imaginaerum” film, “Basically it’s about this old guy who used to be a composer and he’s really sick; he’s lying on his death bed in a hospital and he’s going through his life, through his dreams — that’s the basic storyline. It’s all about praising life and life’s beauty, imagination and all the strife and the bad stuff we have to face.

 

“[The storyline] came from the director; I just had the twelve ideas, the twelve visions. He basically wrote the script and storyline around those originally visions and the only one we had to leave out was the ‘Ghost River’ part, because we didn’t have the finance to realize that vision.”

 

Asked if the band appears in the film at all, Tuomas said, “A little bit, we are seen in two different scenes as a band, playing in the background. That’s something that I really emphasized to the director, ‘Please don’t put the band into the movie,’ because we want to do a believable story and we have no idea how to act. We are not actors so if your give us some lines and we tried to act, it would look goofy. He insisted to put us into the movie because it’s our brainchild, so we’re just playing in there as a band; it’s a good compromise.”

 

“Imaginaerum” film cast:

 

* Francis X. McCarthy

* Quinn Lord

* Marianne Farley

* Joanna Noyes

* Ilkka Villi

* Keyanna Fielding

* Ron Lea

* Victoria Jung

* Hélène Robitaille

* Stefan Demers

* Anette Olzon

* Marco Hietala

* Tuomas Holopainen

* Emppu Vuorinen

* Jukka Nevalainen

 

The “Imaginaerum” album was released in the U.S. on January 10 via Roadrunner Records.

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earMUSIC to release TARJA’s first ever solo live album and video in rock outfit ; “Act I” to be released August 24 – new track “Into The Sun” heralding single!

June 14th, 2012
Tarja Turunen

Tarja Turunen

Hamburg, Germany, based label earMUSIC, the rock branch of entertainment company EDEL, is happy to announce the release of TARJA’s first ever solo live album as a rock singer. “ACT I” will hit stores August 24th across the globe, featuring breathtaking theatre performances from Argentina in sound and vision. The release will come in various formats: as a 2CD, a 2DVD and a Blu-Ray version.

“ACT I” is Tarja’s first solo live audio and video product in her rock outfit. The main content was filmed and recorded on two show nights this March 2012 in Rosario, Argentina, at the Teatro El Círculo. The video products include plenty of extras – video and photo material.

With the elaborate track listing and its extras, “ACT I” provides the full-fledged bill of fare to either Tarja fan. The track listing consists of Tarja’s greatest solo tracks, Nightwish classics as well as some cover versions, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera” and marvellous Gary Moore’s “Over The Hills and Far Away” – or to make it short: a unique blend of music selection. The set up of these HD filmed concerts meant an incredible extra work and effort in the live production – with an impressive result, but also an emotional rollercoaster-ride. Says Turunen: “those two nights in Rosario were a huge emotional drive to me personally.” The artist herself admits, she “was many times ready to burst into tears.”

“ACT I”, as the title already suggests, is the vanguard in a sequence of live products at a yet to be determined point of time. Fans and media can actively follow Tarja at www.tarja-act1.com on the road to release day of “ACT I”.

While releasing “ACT I”, Tarja is already working on her next solo studio album. “ACT I” already features two brand new tracks by the Finnish Soprano: “Into The Sun” is the lead single for the live album, to be released up-front August 24th.
On the artist Tarja:

No other voice and artist influenced and basically created the female fronted symphonic metal genre as much as Tarja Turunen. A pioneer in Goth-and Symphonic Metal, the classically trained Finn rose to fame with the metal outfit Nightwish, whose face and voice she had been for 9 years. With a vocal range of a lyrical soprano, Turunen started her solo career in 2004. Releasing two very successful metal rock solo albums (2007 and 2010), awarded gold and platinum in multiple countries, Tarja Turunen has been constantly touring the world with her live band.

Adored by many fans as their “Goddess”, the Finnish Soprano has the skill to take her fans just by her presence. Probably more than any other female artist in this very genre. When classic meets Rock and Heavy Metal, this inevitably leads to Tarja.
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Nightwish on Imaginerium European Tour 2012 at Falconer Theater Copenhagen, Denmark

April 26th, 2012

 

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Nightwish – headline

Imaginerium European Tour 2012 – first leg

Battle Beast – special guest

Eklipse – support act

Falconer Theater

Copenhagen

Denmark

11/4 – 2012

Live review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Nightwish & Kamelot North American tour this September/October 2012

April 20th, 2012

Enterthevault.com would like to announce the Nightwish 2012 tour.

With support from Kamelot. All dates are onsale now. Vip tickets will be offered for select dates which includes meet and greet and early entry.

Sept
12     Atlanta , GA     Center Stage
13     Atlanta , GA     Center Stage
15     NYC, NY  Beacon Theater ( tickets onsale May 5 only on Ticketmaster )
16      Philly, PA      Electric Factory    VIP tickets onsale
17     Worcester  ,MA           Palladium    VIP tickets onsale
19      Montreal, QC     Cepsum        VIP tickets onsale
20    Toronto,ON            Sound Academy
21    Columbus ,OH     Newport Music Hall           VIP tickets onsale
23    Royal Oak , MI     Royal Oak Music Hall
24     Chicago  , IL    Congress Theater       VIP tickets onsale
25     Sauget , IL     Pops         VIP tickets onsale
27       Kansas City , MO    Beaumont Hall
28      Denver  ,CO   Ogden Theater
29       SLC ,UT                The Complex

Oct
1     Seattle,WA        Showvox Sodo
2     Portland ,OR     Crystal Ballroom
3     SF, CA     Warfield Theater          VIP tickets onsale
5     Anaheim ,CA     The Grove        VIP tickets onsale
6     San Diego ,CA    HOB
7     Tempe,AZ        Marquee Theater
9      Ok City, OK       Diamond Ballroom
10     Austin, TX       Emos            VIP tickets onsale
11    New Orleans , LA     HOB          VIP tickets onsale
13    Ft Laud . FL       Revolution            VIP tickets onsale
14     Lake Buena Vista, FL     House of Blues

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NIGHTWISH: Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki 2012

March 15th, 2012

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NIGHTWISH

10’TH of MARCH, 2012

ICE HALL, HELSINKI

Symphonic metal quintet Nightwish, the most successful Finnish band abroad at the moment, played a show in front of over 7000 people in Helsinki’s Old Ice Hall. The show was a part of the bands six day Finland tour which was a great hit when all shows were completely sold out. It seems that Nightwish is now having the time of their career although their future was at stake following former vocalist Tarja Turunen’s departure in 2005. Swedish vocalist, Anette Olzon, was chosen to replace Tarja in 2007 the band’s latest two albums DARK PASSION PLAY and IMAGINAERUM have received both critical and commercial success across the globe.

 REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

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‘ONCE UPON A NIGHTWISH: The Official Biography 1996-2006′ ; Kindle Edition eBook Now Available

December 2nd, 2011
'ONCE UPON A NIGHTWISH: The Official Biography 1996-2006'

'ONCE UPON A NIGHTWISH: The Official Biography 1996-2006'

The Kindle Edition of the acclaimed ‘ONCE UPON A NIGHTWISH: The Official Biography 1996-2006′, by Mape Ollila, is now available in English language in all Kindle hardware and app formats via Amazon.com, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Italy, and Amazon Spain. Upcoming editions of the English language ebook formatted for Nook and Apple iBookstore will soon follow.

View the Amazon.com page, including a look inside and downloadable sample chapter, at this location:

http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Nightwish-Biography-ebook/dp/B006CQAM3G/

In this remarkably revealing official biography, author Mape Ollila charts the rise of Nightwish from village student project to global stardom, based on unprecedented access not just to the members of Nightwish past and present; but also their families, their loyal and lewd crew, their peers, their critics, and countless other insiders from the Nightwish adventure. The book lays bare the creative firepower and personal demons of songwriter Tuomas Holopainen; the unique talents and traits of guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and bassist Marco Hietala; and the true reasons behind the 2005 departure of vocalist Tarja Turunen – in the band’s words and hers.

Along the way, the band struggles with religious protesters, fortune-tellers, naked crew members, health problems, shady promoters, out-of-control fans, and the growing pains of an ever-steeper rock star learning curve. Happily ever after or not, these unique Finnish personalities are brought to life in this detailed account of the early era of the Nightwish journey. For longtime fans and newcomers seeking the backstory of how Nightwish came to where they are today, this is rare public airing of the mysteries that exist…Once Upon a Nightwish.

“Essential for any diehard fan” -Revolver

“Ollila’s sense of band history and beyond-the-stage access elevate this book”-Library Journal

Once Upon a Nightwish is also available in high-quality physical edition at this location:

http://www.bazillionpoints.com

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NIGHTWISH – ‘Storytime’ Single Streaming

November 8th, 2011

Radio Rock Finland premiered the anxiously-awaited new single ‘Storytime’ by Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH this week. Check out the track below:

 

Nightwish will release ‘Storytime’ on Friday, November 11th. The single will be available as a CD (digipak) and 10” MLP (gatefold) versions featuring the following tracks:

 

‘Storytime’ (Radio Edit)

‘Storytime’

‘Storytime’ (instrumental)

 

Nuclear Blast Germany have unveiled a number of formats for Nightwish’s upcoming album, Imaginaerum, and their ‘Storytime’ single as detailed below:

 

Imaginaerum Mail Order Edition: limited and numbered to 1000 copies, the boxset includes the double digipak, the one-track-single ‘Rest Calm’ in its demo version featuring Marco Hietala on vocals and the exclusive Imaginaerum mirror:

Imaginaerum Mail Order Edition

Imaginaerum Mail Order Edition

 

 

Imaginaerum Two-CD digi pack featuring instrumental version of the album as bonus CD

Imaginaerum Marbled Vinyl: Strictly limited to 250 marbled 180g double gatefold LPs incl. a DIN A2 poster

‘Storytime’ CD Single featuring ‘Storytime’ (radio edit), ‘Storytime’ (album version), ‘Storytime’ (instrumental version).

‘Storytime’ Single Clear, White and Dark Blue Vinyl: Strictly limited to 250 lush 10″ gatefold mini albums. Featuring ‘Storytime’ (radio edit), ‘Storytime’ (album version), ‘Storytime’ (instrumental version).

For more details visit Nuclearblast.de.

 

Nightwish will release Imaginaerum on the following dates:

 

Finland – November 30th

Europe – December 2nd

Australia – January 6th

Brazil – January 10th

North America – January 10th

Japan – January 11th

New Zealand – January 16th

 

The album is the band’s first since 2007’s Dark Passion Play, which was then-new singer Anette Olzon’s debut.

The track listing for Imaginaerum is as follows (note that track 12 is broken down into four parts):

 

‘Taikatalvi’

‘Storytime’

‘Ghost River’

‘Slow, Love, Slow’

‘I Want My Tears Back’

‘Scaretale’

‘Arabesque’

‘Turn Loose The Mermaids’

‘Rest Calm’

‘The Crow, The Owl And The Dove’

‘Last Ride Of The Day’

‘Song Of Myself’

Song 1: ‘From A Dusty Bookshelf’

Song 2: ‘All That Great Heart Lying Still’

Song 3: ‘Piano Black’

Song 4: ‘Love’

‘Imaginaerum’

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NIGHTWISH’s ‘Imaginarium’ To Arrive Before End Of The Year

August 22nd, 2011
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Nightwish - Imaginarium

“Imaginarium”, the long-awaited new album from Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, will be released before the end of the year via Nuclear Blast Records in Europe and Roadrunner Records in North America. A movie of the same name is currently in production and is expected to arrive in 2012.

 

More information about the “Imaginarium” album, including the CD’s complete track listing and details of the first single, will be made available in the coming weeks.

 

“Imaginarium” is one of the projects which recently received grants from the Finnish government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie, directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, will get $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget.

 

The Finnish Film Foundation grants support for professional Finnish film production. The Foundation’s goal is to promote high-quality, versatile and unique Finnish film. The support can be granted for feature-length, short and episodic fiction, documentary, animation and children’s films.

 

The production support is granted for the writing of a film script, development of a film project, the actual production of a film and for the marketing and distribution of the film in Finland. The Foundation also grants post-release support on the basis of a film’s total attendance.

 

NIGHTWISH will kick off the “Imaginarium” world tour in Los Angeles. The very first show of the trek will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on Saturday, January 21. This will be the biggest NIGHTWISH show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off — there will be no U.S. tour until later in 2012.

 

NIGHTWISH Signs New Deal With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have inked a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s new album, “Imaginarium”, will be released in December.

 

Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mainman Tuomas Holopainen: “We are very happy to continue working with the Nuclear Blast family! Our collaboration started on a friendship basis and continues to do so.

 

“I was utterly happy and relieved to see they truly understood what ‘Imaginarium’ is all about, and we seem to share similar profound enthusiasm towards it.

 

“I feel privileged working with such people who, despite the infinite maze of business they must handle properly, still have a huge heart for music itself. ”

 

Added Andy Siry, head of A&R and label manager of Nuclear Blast: “We are very happy that NIGHTWISH and Nuclear Blast Records can continue as a team.

 

“NIGHTWISH became the biggest success of our label and everyone in the band, their management and crew also became trustful and close friends. For us, it is a pleasure to work with such highly gifted musicians and a genius like Tuomas Holopainen, as a songwriter and composer. We also thank King Foo Entertainment [NIGHTWISH's management company] for their belief and the great relationship between all of us.

 

“We are looking forward to the next releases with the band, starting with the upcoming masterpiece, ‘Imaginarium’, which is another big step for this visionary band, which is simply outstanding and brilliant.”

 

NIGHTWISH recently spent time not only putting finishing touches to its new album, “Imaginarium”, but also planning a movie of the same name. If all goes well, the film will arrive at some point in 2012.

 

NIGHTWISH will kick off the “Imaginarium” world tour in Los Angeles. The very first show of the trek will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on Saturday, January 21. This will be the biggest NIGHTWISH show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off — there will be no U.S. tour until later in 2012.

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Tarja Turunen What Lies Beneath European Tour – Second Leg 2011 at Lilla Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

July 1st, 2011

 

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Tarja Turunen

What Lies Beneath European Tour – Second Leg 2011

Lilla Vega

Copenhagen

Denmark

22/5 – 2011

Review and live pictures by Anders Sandvall

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NIGHTWISH confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL

June 25th, 2011

For many nights they had the wish to go back to the country of thousand lakes, which is famous for it’s vodka but also for its many great Heavy Metal bands!

 

Time to announce two very special performances of one of Finland’s finest on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival… a band that has sold millions of records and collected over 60 Gold and Platinum awards world-wide.

 

Sailors… please welcome NIGHTWISH!

 

Will this be 70000TONS OF METAL’s last visit to Finland this year? Time will tell… For now, they set sail in the Gulf of Finland with their course set West…

 

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with regular cruise guests. This is an all Heavy Metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? You can enjoy tons of onboard live shows on several in and outdoor stages from early in the morning until late at night, open-mic nights, Heavy Metal karaoke with members of the bands, bars that never close, again: bars that never close…, a fun-and-sun-filled day on the beautiful island of Grand Cayman and since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

 

So far 13 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

 

AMORPHIS

CORONER

ELUVEITIE

GRAVE DIGGER

IN EXTREMO

MOONSORROW

MY DYING BRIDE

NIGHTWISH

PESTILENCE

SAMAEL

STRATOVARIUS

THERION

TRISTANIA

 

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

 

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!

 

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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TAROT – The 25th Anniversary Tour, DOM, Helsinki on April 6th

April 10th, 2011

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TAROT – The 25th Anniversary Tour, DOM, Helsinki on April 6th

Review & live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen


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NIGHTWISH Recording Vocals For New Album

April 9th, 2011
Nightwish's Anette Olzon

Nightwish's Anette Olzon

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following studio update:

 

“Time to add the final touches for Imaginarium while waiting for Anette to get well. This means the celtic magic of Mr. Troy Donockley with his pipes and bodhran, the smoking fingers of Mr. Pekka Kuusisto with his violin and some additional percussion & tribal drums.

 

I picked up Troy at the airport on Saturday night while Jukka and Kai (Hahto) were generating some new percussive ideas and boozing at Petrax. When we returned they had already nailed all tambourines, shaman drums etc. Satisfied with the day`s work we celebrated the Cumbrian – Carelian Dead Poets` reunion by entering the realm of the ultimate alchemic magic potion called Salmari. Jari (Sinkkonen of Kotiteollisuus) also joined us during the night to do a new tattoo for Jukka.

 

It took one and a half days for Troy to record his pipes and bodhran. He even ended up doing some singing in one of the songs, which was a killer of a last-minute-idea. This particular tune has grown up to be one of the highlights of the whole album. Saturday evening was filled with the much anticipated Troy`s magic show, sauna and a Youtube medley consisting some of our all-time faves like the ultimate tenor fail, cat vs. printer with translation, Sony releasing a stupid piece of shit that doesn`t f…ing work, etc.

 

Pekka`s violin virtuosity stunned us once again when he joined us on Monday night to play a couple of leads. His hand-written notes make medical doctors` prescriptions look like Rembrandt`s art. A true genius of a musician with a big heart.

 

A huge thanks and eternal gratitude to all of you fellow imagineers contributing to this album! A special appreciation goes to Tiina and Petri, our studio hosts, caretakers and dear friends at Petrax.

 

At the moment we are recording Anette`s vocals, seven songs done so far. She hasn`t quite cured from her broken ribs yet but fortunately it doesn`t affect her singing at all. She`s never sounded better. Time to enter the lair of Mr. Karmila now and start devouring song number eight.”

 

Holed up in Finland’s Petrax Studios for the better part of this spring, Nightwish’s’ new album, Imaginarium, is scheduled to be released early in 2012, followed by the movie after an indefinite time. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the movie should appear well before the end of the 2011.

Nightwish - Imaginarium

Nightwish - Imaginarium

 

A recent Imaginarium movie update from Nightwish reads: “If you were to witness an unprecedented magic trick that could not be explained rationally, would you want to know how it is done?

 

A child experiences something new and unique each day. Something that is often impossible for the child to put into words without the guidance or explanation of an adult. Often the explanation has disappointed us. Sometimes it’s better not to know the truth.

 

If you had the chance to return to your childhood – just for a split second – when witnessing a magic trick, would you forfeit that chance and seek for a rational explanation?

 

Imaginarium is all about such questions. They have been answered by many people who have worked with the album and the movie already in the planning stages. As the final storyboard is being created, the producers, the director, the band, the production designer, the concept artists, and the casting director all work together to perfect their various arts for the movie. Contradictorily, they often have to ask the question: “How can we weave that kind of magic?”

 

The script has seen many improvements, more than ever before. The truth about movie production is that the script is often polished right until the first day of shooting, sometimes even during the shooting. At the moment, a lot of loose ends are being tied together, and a lot of characters are changed substantively to act as either a negative or a positive force in the story.

 

The SFX and prop design is underway, as well as the casting for the main roles. Storyboard drawing is interrupted momentarily, as concept art is needed to outline the characters and the environments.

 

We’ve experimented with arranging the background score with the actual songs off the album, and the best indicator of success is the amount of goose bumps the combination has raised.

?These are exciting times, because the decisions being made now largely shape the finished movie. We can only say that we’re already immensely proud of it.

 

We’ve travelled a long road, but not until the next crossroads can we distinguish a sign “Imaginarium, X miles”.”

 

Nightwish recently announced that the very first show for the Imaginarium World Tour will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012.

 

This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off – there will be no US tour until later in 2012. Ticket sales will begin soon.

NIGHTWISH Recording Vocals For New Album

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Posted on Saturday, April 09, 2011 at 10:57:49 EST

NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following studio update:

“Time to add the final touches for Imaginarium while waiting for Anette to get well. This means the celtic magic of Mr. Troy Donockley with his pipes and bodhran, the smoking fingers of Mr. Pekka Kuusisto with his violin and some additional percussion & tribal drums.

I picked up Troy at the airport on Saturday night while Jukka and Kai (Hahto) were generating some new percussive ideas and boozing at Petrax. When we returned they had already nailed all tambourines, shaman drums etc. Satisfied with the day`s work we celebrated the Cumbrian – Carelian Dead Poets` reunion by entering the realm of the ultimate alchemic magic potion called Salmari. Jari (Sinkkonen of Kotiteollisuus) also joined us during the night to do a new tattoo for Jukka.

It took one and a half days for Troy to record his pipes and bodhran. He even ended up doing some singing in one of the songs, which was a killer of a last-minute-idea. This particular tune has grown up to be one of the highlights of the whole album. Saturday evening was filled with the much anticipated Troy`s magic show, sauna and a Youtube medley consisting some of our all-time faves like the ultimate tenor fail, cat vs. printer with translation, Sony releasing a stupid piece of shit that doesn`t f…ing work, etc.

Pekka`s violin virtuosity stunned us once again when he joined us on Monday night to play a couple of leads. His hand-written notes make medical doctors` prescriptions look like Rembrandt`s art. A true genius of a musician with a big heart.

A huge thanks and eternal gratitude to all of you fellow imagineers contributing to this album! A special appreciation goes to Tiina and Petri, our studio hosts, caretakers and dear friends at Petrax.

At the moment we are recording Anette`s vocals, seven songs done so far. She hasn`t quite cured from her broken ribs yet but fortunately it doesn`t affect her singing at all. She`s never sounded better. Time to enter the lair of Mr. Karmila now and start devouring song number eight.”

Holed up in Finland’s Petrax Studios for the better part of this spring, Nightwish’s’ new album, Imaginarium, is scheduled to be released early in 2012, followed by the movie after an indefinite time. The first single off the album as well as the trailer for the movie should appear well before the end of the 2011.

A recent Imaginarium movie update from Nightwish reads: “If you were to witness an unprecedented magic trick that could not be explained rationally, would you want to know how it is done?

A child experiences something new and unique each day. Something that is often impossible for the child to put into words without the guidance or explanation of an adult. Often the explanation has disappointed us. Sometimes it’s better not to know the truth.

If you had the chance to return to your childhood – just for a split second – when witnessing a magic trick, would you forfeit that chance and seek for a rational explanation?

Imaginarium is all about such questions. They have been answered by many people who have worked with the album and the movie already in the planning stages. As the final storyboard is being created, the producers, the director, the band, the production designer, the concept artists, and the casting director all work together to perfect their various arts for the movie. Contradictorily, they often have to ask the question: “How can we weave that kind of magic?”

The script has seen many improvements, more than ever before. The truth about movie production is that the script is often polished right until the first day of shooting, sometimes even during the shooting. At the moment, a lot of loose ends are being tied together, and a lot of characters are changed substantively to act as either a negative or a positive force in the story.

The SFX and prop design is underway, as well as the casting for the main roles. Storyboard drawing is interrupted momentarily, as concept art is needed to outline the characters and the environments.

We’ve experimented with arranging the background score with the actual songs off the album, and the best indicator of success is the amount of goose bumps the combination has raised.
?These are exciting times, because the decisions being made now largely shape the finished movie. We can only say that we’re already immensely proud of it.

We’ve travelled a long road, but not until the next crossroads can we distinguish a sign “Imaginarium, X miles”.”

Nightwish recently announced that the very first show for the Imaginarium World Tour will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012.

This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off – there will be no US tour until later in 2012. Ticket sales will begin soon.

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NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following studio update

March 19th, 2011

“Petrax Studio, March 2011

 

A week or so ago I felt the Curse of the Mummy was cast upon us. The vocal recordings were set to begin on Monday, March 7th but Anette (Olzon; vocals) fell at her home just a few days before that and broke her rib. Thinking positive, luckily just that, from the sound of it it could’ve been much worse. So now she just needs to rest and heal well before we continue, the new vocal recording date set to the beginning of April. We’ll take our time and do nothing half-way at this point.

 

So we called Marco to enter the studio for a couple of days before he left for winter holidays with his family. We figured we need to make the best of the booked studio time anyway. The first thing he told me on Tuesday was that he’d slipped on his front porch and hurt his rib, not sure if he’ll be able to sing. At the same time Mikko (Karmila, the recording engineer) was lying in bed, sick to the core.

 

On Wednesday Marco was still hurting, Anette hadn’t improved at all, Mikko was still sick in bed and Tero (Kinnunen, the other recording engineer) was run over by a horse and a cart (!)

 

There was three more weeks of studio time left and I was alone sipping some Shiraz by the studio’s mixing console trying to come up with a counter – spell to put the poor mummy’s soul to rest.

 

Now, a week later things are looking much brighter. Marco was actually able to sing a couple of tracks thanks to Mr. Burana, Tero hurt his pride worse than his body, Mikko is back from the dead, and I just heard Anette was able to go outside for the first time in two weeks. Wonderful news! I also got all my keyboard, piano & hammond – parts recorded, we got majority of the soundscapes a’la Mr. Jussi Tegelman put in place and Mikko already started the editing process. So no studio time wasted after all.

 

Now it’s all about waiting for Anette to get well, getting Marco to record the rest of his vocals, and flying Troy over to record his pipes and show us some of his legendary magic.

 

In the meanwhile, a beautiful springtime to everyone. I’ll write more soon.”

 

 

Nightwish announced that the very first show for their Imaginarium World Tour will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012. This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off – there will be no US tour until later in 2012.

 

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