Nightwish will play a special home coming show at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki on September 19. which marks the end of Nightwish's colossal "Dark Passion Play" world tour. Nightwish are supported by their fellow Finns, Apocalyptica. Nightwish's previous show at the Hartwall Arena in October 2005 was recorded and released as the highly successful "End Of An Era" DVD.
Nightwish have set the release for a new MCD and DVD in March, details are as follows: "Nightwish: "Made In Hong Kong (And Various Other Places)" MCD + DVD. The MCD was recorded during the still ongoing "Dark Passion Play World Tour". The release also includes a bonus DVD with material from Israel to South America, directed by Ville Lipiäinen. The tracklist of the MCD will be published later.
The band will be touring in March as well, see all dates here!
UPDATE (thanks to ArtiA)
Nightwish have revealed the tracklist of the upcoming MCD/DVD "Nightwish: "Made In Hong Kong (And Various Other Places)" cover art]:
Nightwish were forced to cut Monday night's (November 10) concert in Belo Horizone, Brazil short after the group's lead singer Anette Olzon suddenly started "crying" at the end of the song "The Poet And The Pendulum" (about six tracks into the group's set) and walked off stage, leaving the rest of the band to finish the song with bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala attempting to handle some of the lead-vocal parts. The group reportedly played two more cover songs and ended the show, explaining that Anette is going through a difficult phase in her life, and that she was really sad.
Fan-filmed video footage of Olzon walking off can be viewed here and here.
Pain's brandnew videoclip for "Follow me" taken from the album, "Cynic Paradise" is now online. Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks of that album ("Follow Me" and "Feed Us") and also makes a guest appearance in the video. Check it out here.
An exclusive Nightwish gig in Russia has just been announced by the band. It will be the only show Nightwish will be playing in Russia all year. The gig will take place on the 11th October at the Palace Of Sport Luzhniki, Moscow. "Cyber-goth-industrial" band Pain will be Nightwish's support for the night.
Advance tickets will be available soon from www.concert.ru
Nightwish were awarded an "ECHO" as band of the year in the category "rock/alternative (international)". The other nominees in that category were Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Marilyn Manson and Within Temptation. The ECHO Music Awards were held Friday night (February 15) in Berlin, Germany. ECHO is a German music award granted every year by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie (an association of recording companies). Nightwish performed the song "Amaranth".
All info about the ECHO 2008 at http://www.echopop.de (website in German).
UPDATED on 9 March:
At the annual Emma Awards (Finnish Grammy), Nightwish won awards in four of the six nominated categories. The jury awarded Nightwish Emma awards in the following categories: "Album Of The Year", "Metal Album Of The Year", "Band Of The Year" and "Best Selling Album 2007".
Nightwish kicked off its current US tour on October 15 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The band revealed via their website the details of their upcoming spring 2008 North American run, which is scheduled to kick off in early May 2008.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
May 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 06 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
May 09 - Quebec City, QUE @ Centre De Foire
May 11 - London, ONT @ Cowboy's
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 15 - Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 16 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
May 17 - Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
SMN is proud to present Nightwish streaming live (for free!) this Friday, October 19 on SMNnews.com.
The show, marking the North American debut of new frontwoman Anette Olzon, kicks off at 6pm EST, and will be an exclusive 30 minute in-store electric performance.
Nightwish's new studio album was released earlier this year through Nuclear Blast in Europe and Roadrunner Records in the US.
YeboTV.com, gateway to the world of new internet music, will be providing the stream. During the broadcast, you can chat live with other fans, upload personal videos, and even create your own private profile page. Stay tuned!
Nightwish have confirmed a tour of the U.K. and Ireland in 2008 in support for their forthcoming album "Dark Passion Play". These will be the first shows in the U.K. with new singer Anette Olzon.
The dates are as follows:
Mar. 25 - Astoria - London, England
Mar. 29 - Carling Academy - Birmingham, England
Mar. 30 - Carling Academy - Newcastle, England
Mar. 31 - ABC1 - Glasgow, Scotland
Apr. 02 - Mandela Hall - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Apr. 03 - Vicar Street - Dublin, Ireland
Apr. 04 - Academy 2 - Manchester, England
The newest Nightwish video "Amarath" has been played on the MTV Finland and it is now online. It is the first appearence of the band after the replacing of soprano singer Tarja Turunen with Anette Olzon. Amaranth is the release single of the new album Dark Passion Play and it has been directed by Antti Jokinen (Korn, Stratovarius).
The new Nightwish-CD "Dark Passion Play" is on pre-sale now! There are CD-, 2CD Digipak and 2LP-picture vinyl versions available. In addition to these, there's also a special, exclusive webshop version that includes Dark Passion Play 2CD (Digipak)-album and Dark Passion Play -TS or -girlieshirt. These shirts are exclusive and available only in Nightwish-Shop and MoreMusic.fi, you can't buy them anywhere else!
The following message was posted on Nightwish's official website:
"The video of the track "While Your Lips Are Still Red", written by Tuomas as the main theme track for the upcoming Finnish feature film "Lieska", is now available on YouTube from the link below. The track features Marco on vocals, Tuomas on keys and Jukka on drums. Though "While Your Lips Are Still Red" is not exactly a Nightwish-track, it will be included as a bonus track on Nightwish's forthcoming "Amaranth" CD-single.
The movie "Lieska!", directed and written by renown Finnish movie director Markku Pölönen, premiers in Finland during September 2007. Watch the video here."