Nightwish's ex-singer Tarja Turunen has posted following message in her homesite:
Since last Sunday morning, I have been asked to express my position by magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations, fan clubs and fans from Finland and from all over the world. So many in total that it is physically impossible for me to find the time to reply to them all individually. Hence I decided to put down a couple of words in this text to let my fans, family and friends and the public know how I feel after the recent events.
This is a moment of grief and pain and I find it very hard to speak.
At the moment I am in Argentina. I hope you can understand that after this shocking life change comparable to a divorce, I didn't want to stay alone at home in Finland. My husband had booked his tickets to Argentina many months ago and I decided to travel with him at the last minute.
Tarja has written a letter to the 'Tarja Turunen Fan' website outlining her feelings on her former bandmates decision to fire her. While not an official statement, the former frontwoman had the following to say:
"I don't have words to express my feelings at the moment. I am devastated. This thing happened in a way that I didn't have a slight chance to give my opinion about it. I got fired out of a band that represents the last 9 years of my life and I am very sad about it. It has been very cruel the way the band handled this in public. This doesn't change the fact that we were doing amazing music together, but I will never forget the fact that they didn't give me the chance to say good bye for the people as a Nightwish singer."
The last gig of the "Once" World Tour in Hartwall-Arena, Helsinki was recorded for the "End Of An Era" live release. At the end of this gig a letter was given to Tarja Turunen (Nightwish's singer) by the rest of the band in which the they (Tuomas,Emppu, Jukka & Marco) explain their decision of leaving her out of the band.
The open letter given to Tarja says:
It's time to choose whether the story of Nightwish ends here or whether it will still continue an undetermined period of time. We've been working with this creation for 9 years and we are not ready to give up yet. Nightwish is a way of life, something to live for, and we're certain we can't let it go.
Another very special guest has been added to the Nightwish's October-show
at the Hartwall-Arena in Helsinki. John Two-Hawks, a Native American
hailing from Arkansas USA, will appear on the stage to perform the song
Creek Mary's Blood with Nightwish.
John Two-Hawks is a multi-instrumentalist who is devoted to spreading the
culture and mentality of Native Americans. He has published six solo-
albums and although he is constantly touring the US, Two-Hawks is very
rarely seen on European soil.
Creek Mary's Blood was composed by Tuomas Holopainen and the song was
featured on Nightwish's platinum-selling Once-album. On Creek Mary's
Blood John Two-Hawks plays the flute and reads a poem translated to his
The official NIGHTWISH "beer," which was sold last year at Kitee's (NIGHTWISH's hometown in Eastern Finland) K-Market Kupiainen shop and from Kitee's Kievari restaurant, has now been made available in Germany, according to a posting on the group's web site. The lager-type beer, which is brewed by Pirkanmaan Uusi Panimo (PUP), features a label that says "A Megabueno Cerveza" and includes a NIGHTWISH photo. You can now purchase the beer from the following "cult" store in St. Pauli, Hamburg:
According to BW&BK's Tokyo based source, NIGHTWISH will release a six track EP in Japan on February 23rd through Universal Music International to coincide with the band's Japanese co-headlining tour with ANGRA. The track list will be as follows: 'Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan', 'Symphony Of Destruction' (live - MEGADETH cover), 'Wish I Had An Angel', 'Creek Mary's Blood' (two orchestral versions) and an as-yet-unspecified song.
"On November 30th Century Media will make available for the first time in the U.S. two previously unavailable Nightwish releases the End Of Innocence DVD and the Over The Hills And Far Away EP. Fans will revel in the detailed film footage and interview history as well as videos, live footage, and photo gallery found on the DVD. The EP's title track is one of the band's most coveted singles, and the additional three studio tracks and six live tracks round out this magnificent experience. Additionally, Century Media will be releasing Nightwish's From Wishes To Eternity DVD on January 25th, 2005. Content details for all the Nightwish releases can be viewed at the band's website, and they will be available from the Century Media website".
WISH I HAD AN ANGEL WENT STRAIGHT TO THE TOP IN FINLAND!
Nightwish´s second single from the album ONCE, "Wish I Had An Angel", went straight to #1 on finnish TOP-20 singlechart!
Drakkar Records has set an October 18 European release date for a NIGHTWISH "best of" collection, entitled "Tales From the Elvenpath". The complete track listing for the album is as follows:
02. Sacrament Of Wilderness
03. End Of All Hope
04. Bless The Child
05. Sleeping Sun
06. She Is My Sin
07. Walking In The Air
09. Over The Hills...
10. The Kinslayer
11. Dead Boy's Poem
15. The Wayfarer
TARJATURUNEN.COM IS OPEN!
The official website of Tarja Turunen is now open. Welcome! The address is www.tarjaturunen.com.
Nightwish got certified with a golden record both in Switzerland (20.000 sold copies) and Norway (25.000 sold copies) for their hit album "Once"! Single "Nemo" has passed the golden border in Norway as well and gets certified too for more than 5.000 sold CDs. Currently the band is in Norway, playing sold-out shows for three weeks now!
NIGHTWISH have entered the German Media Control Charts on # 1 with their new album "Once"! That marks the biggest success for the band thus far and also for record company Nuclear Blast, as this is the first number 1 album in the label's history! The current single "Nemo" remains in the German Top 10 as well with a strong 9th place (top position so far: # 6) NIGHTWISH songwriter Tuomas Holopainen reacted to the great news as follows: "Holy fuck! I will get drunk now!"
"Once" also captured the rest of the European charts:
Finland: # 1 (platinum record for more than 30.000 sold copies!)
Norway: # 1
Greece: # 1
Slovenia: # 1
Hungary: # 1
Switzerland: # 4
NIGHTWISH have sold more than 15,000 copies of their new bombastic album "Once" in Finland after only half a day - enough for the CD to be certified with gold in the band's home country! "Once" is scheduled to be released in the rest of Europe on June 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.
In other news, NIGHTWISH's current single "Nemo" received gold in Finland as well - the song remains on top of the Finish single charts for over three weeks now. Further chart positions Europe-wide are as follows:
Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming album, "Once", here.
The much-anticipated follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" is scheduled for release on June 7 through Spinefarm Records. A U.S. release date for the album has yet to be announced. The band recently shot a video for the first single, "Nemo", with renowned director Antti Jokinen, who has previously directed music videos for such international artists as CELINE DION, EMINEM and SHANIA TWAIN. "Nemo" is due in the Finnish shops on April 26 (postponed from its originally announced April 19 release date).
NIGHTWISH will launch their world tour in support of "Once", dubbed "Once Upon A Tour 2004-2005", this summer. The trek is expected to last until the autumn of 2005.
Finland's NIGHTWISH have announced the details of the three different versions of their new single, "Nemo", which are planned for release in late April/early May. All three versions are currently on pre-sale at the "Nightwish-Shop" on the band's official web site, Nightwish.com. The details are as follows:
"Normal" version (release date: April 19):
01. Nemo (from the album "Once")
02. Planet Hell (from the album "Once")
03. White Night Fantasy (non-album bonus track)
04. Nemo (orchestral version)
05. Enhanced part: Studio footage
"Collector's Edition Digipack" version (release date: April 26):
NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen recently spoke to Get Ready To ROCK! about the songwriting and recording process for the group's new album, "Once". Asked why they chose to record the orchestral parts for the album in London using the London Session Orchestra, Tuomas said, "Well the simple reason is that we really wanted to have the best, you know. It sounds kinda corny, but we wanted to have the best no matter the costs, and our record engineer Mikko Karmila, he had some connections with Pip Williams who is doing the arrangements and he recommended him to us. We contacted him and he was very interested in us and then he booked the orchestra for us. To be honest, the whole thing, the orchestra, it costs like twice as much as the whole previous album altogether. But it doesn't matter because the result is so awesome. So I'm very proud to be working with them."