Nightwish Announces North American “Imaginaerum” Tour w Kamelot

Hey there readers so it seems as though the Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers of NIGHTWISH will embark on a North American headlining tour in September for their brand new album “Imaginaerum” with support from KAMELOT. As I didn’t get a proper full-on press piece for this one, I culled bits and pieces from the mighty Bravewords, Official Websites of the bands and of course their own Facebook Pages. Here we go. Don’t worry, I’ll return at the close with some personal opinion on this one.

The Tour Dates:
Sep. 12 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Sep. 13 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Sep. 15 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
Sep. 16 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Sep. 17 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Sep. 19 – CEPSUM University of Montreal – Montreal QC
Sep. 20 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
Sep. 21 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Sep. 23 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Sep. 24 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
Sep. 25 – Pop’s – Sauget, IL
Sep. 27 – Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
Sep. 28 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Sep. 29 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 01 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
Oct. 02 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Oct. 03 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
Oct. 05 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
Oct. 06 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Oct. 07 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Oct. 09 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Oct. 11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Oct. 13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL

NIGHTWISH will release a limited-edition “Trials Of Imaginaerum” 10-inch picture disc for Record Store Day (April 21). The effort includes four previously unreleased demo recordings with Marco Hietala on lead vocals. It also comes with a download of the previously unreleased track “The Heart Asks Pleasure First”, a cover with lyrics from the movie “The Piano”.

“Trials Of Imaginaerum” features a picture of “The Crew, The Owl And The Dove” on one side, and the “Imaginaerum” grounds on the other side. “The Crow, The Owl And The Dove”, the second single from NIGHTWISH’s latest album, “Imaginaerum”, entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 1. The single features the title cut in three versions — radio edit, album version and instrumental — and the previously unreleased song “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” (theme from the movie “The Piano”) in two different versions. NIGHTWISH released a special “tour edition” of “Imaginaerum”, on April 13 via Nuclear Blast Records. It is a 2CD+DVD digibook in slipcase.

“Imaginaerum” sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, 2007’s “Dark Passion Play”, opened with 11,000 units to land at No. 84. “Imaginaerum” was released in North America on January 10 via Roadrunner Records.

KAMELOT’s recently completed North American, South American and European tours featured guest singer Fabio Lione of RHAPSODY OF FIRE following the departure of KAMELOT’s longtime frontman, Roy Khan. A permanent replacement for Khan has not yet been announced. KAMELOT returned to Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany in January with Sascha Paeth producing, to begin recording its new album. The production is expected to be several months long and will include special guests, orchestra arrangements and much more.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve been a fan of Nightwish since the second album if memory serves me correctly and they were one of the very first bands that I wrote about before even having this little website. It’s been an interesting musical ride as they grow in sound and in how their membership changes steered it slightly into something different but with familiar flare. Kamelot I was a latecomer too and only first got into them with “The Black Halo” but that has not deterred me from trying to see them each and every time they come around. With two of my very favorite Power Metal bands on the same bill and making a stop in my city you know I will be there and now I must ask you what you think of this tour. Is it something that excites you at all? Let me know in the comments section below.

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