Nightwish Announce “Decades” North America Tour For 2018

The morning coffee was just given an extreme upgrade as the news about the return of Nightwish with a comprehensive 2018 tour began making the rounds. I’ve culled the press release, dates and awesome poster for you below. Take a look at that while I brew another cup. I’ll be back to close out with some thoughts.

The Press Release:
NIGHTWISH WILL START THEIR 9-MONTH ”DECADES: WORLD TOUR” FROM NORTH AMERICA. In March 2018, symphonic metal legends NIGHTWISH will begin their 9-month-long ‘DECADES: WORLD TOUR 2018’ starting with 34 shows in North America. The band will have a very special setlist for the tour, featuring rarely heard material from the earlier era, and excitingly for both band and fans, they will revisit the old songs with some new twists. This setlist will be a ‘one-off’ and only performed on this ‘DECADES: WORLD TOUR 2018’ – To accompany the tour, Nuclear Blast will release a 2CD compilation »Decades« on the 9th of March 2018.

The Tour Dates:
3/9: Atlanta, GA – Tabernable
3/10: Charlotte, NC – The Filmore
3/12: Norfolk, VA – The Norva
3/13: Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theater
3/14: New York, NY – Playstation Theater
3/16: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
3/17: Worcester, MA – The Palladium
3/18: Albany, NY – The Egg
3/20: Montreal, QC – Metropolis
3/21: Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
3/23: Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
3/24: Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
3/25: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
3/26: Covington, KY – Madison Theater
3/28: Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre
3/29: St. Louis, MO – Touhill Performing Arts Center
3/30: Minneapolis, MN – The Myth
3/31: Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
4/2: Omaha, NB – Sokol Auditorium
4/3: Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
4/5: Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud
4/6: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
4/7: Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theater
4/8: Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
4/10: Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
4/12: Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theatre
4/13: San Jose, CA – City National Civic
4/14: Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
4/15: Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
4/17: Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
4/18: Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
4/19: Mobile, AL – Saenger Theater
4/21: St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
4/22: Miami, FL – Olympia Theater

In December last year, NIGHTWISH released their double-DVD ”Vehicle Of Spirit” with their shows at London’s Wembley Arena and in Tampere. In case you missed it, you can order it below.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: According to my personal concert records, I’ve been into Nightwish in the live sense since their first ever appearance in NYC at the long shuttered L’Amour club back in 2003. For some reason I made notes about the show and shared them with an online forum who posted the information and began me on this music scribe journey. That story from my own history can be found HERE and mind you there was no yet at all. Thinking of this new tour makes me smile with reflective memory on the idea of taking a chance on something completely new to my concert going dollars. Sure I had enjoyed a number of the songs that were found on the Internet but was this going to be any good live? It surely was and I was a devoted supporter ever since. The band has gone through several changes but each one allowed for greater musical growth and now its pretty safe to say that Nightwish is one of the most important Metal bands in existence in terms of their success in bringing the world together in music. It’s quite an experience and I cannot wait to see them in my city at the Playstation Theater. I’d suggest that those interested get their tickets fast because this will sell out very quickly. Considering they played at the Hammerstein during their last tour and sold it out, the smaller PST will likely be an almost immediate sellout. If you are still new to Nightwish and waivering at the idea of checking it out live, that’s fine, just order some of the videos which I’ve linked below and by the comprehensive “Best Of” when it gets released. So far no opening act has been announced and there is a part of me that doesn’t want one at all since this lets fans get an evening loaded with Nightwish. I’d be totally fine with that since they really don’t need support from anyone to guarantee all the tickets get sold. So let me close this one up and get back to the rest of the day, what do you readers think of this new tour announcement? Is it something that you will add to your list of to do? Let me know in the comments section below. See you next time.

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