From March 6 until 23 the band Nightwish will go on a USA tour, with the Dutch musician Floor Jansen as their leading lady.
Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of its debut album, Angels Fall First. In 2002, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers.
Although Nightwish have been prominent in their home country since Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn, Wishmaster and Century Child. Their 2004 album, Once, has sold more than one million copies and was the band’s breakthrough in the United States. Their biggest US hit single, Wish I Had an Angel, received MTV airplay and was included on three US film soundtracks to promote their North American tour. The band produced three more singles and two music videos for Once, as well as a re-recording of Sleeping Sun for the “best of” compilation album, Highest Hopes, before Turunen’s dismissal in October 2005. Her last performance with Nightwish was recorded on the live album End of an Era; after the show, the other members announced to Turunen that she was no longer a member of Nightwish.
In May 2007, Nightwish announced Anette Olzon as Turunen’s replacement. That September, the band released their sixth album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies. The album’s lead single, Amaranth, became one of Nightwish’s most successful in Europe. The supporting tour, one of the band’s largest, started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009. The band released an EP/live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), in March 2009 as a CD/DVD, and their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, was released globally on various days in late 2011/early 2012.
On October 1, 2012, Nightwish announced that they had parted ways with Olzon and would be finishing the current tour with ReVamp and former After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen. In October 2013, Nightwish made Jansen and longtime session uillean piper Troy Donockley permanent members of the band, and they are featured in the new album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, released March, 2015. The band also announced that drummer Jukka Nevalainen would be taking a temporary leave from the band due to insomnia, being replaced by drum technician Kai Hahto for the upcoming album and tour.
Floor started in After Forever (1997) which was one of the first female fronted bands to make it big in a predominantly male scene. Being one of the pioneers made her name well known and gave her new band ReVamp a head start after After Forever retired. Thanks to her natural-born versatility both as a singer and an artist, and her extensive studies in music and singing, she successfully sang and performed at many other occasions. She became the new singer of the Nightwish in 2013 after touring with them since 2012. The new Nightwish album ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ will appear in March 2015 and a new world-tour will start right after this long awaited release.
March 7: Seattle
March 10: Reno
March 11: San Jose
March 12: Anaheim
March 13: Tucson
March 15: Colorado Springs
March 16: Kansas City
March 18: Oklahoma
March 19: San Antonio
March 20: New Orleans
March 21: Birmingham
March 23: Tampa