Now this is news that brings me great sadness as the music of HIM in concert was truly something that I have enjoyed since first deciding to try my skills at being a music scribe. The statement below comes from the bands Official Facebook Page and delineates their first stages as they call it a career. Read on.
The Facebook Post:
Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.
“After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.” Says frontman Ville Valo
Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).
Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.
Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.
“At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!”
HIM is: Ville Valo (voc), Mige (bass), Linde (gtr), Burton (kb), Kosmo (dr)
Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows:
The Tour Dates:
June 14: Spain Barcelona @ Razzmatazz
June 15: Spain Madrid @ La Riviera
June 16: Spain Santander @ Sala Escenrio
June 17: Portugal Porto @ Hard Club
July 01: Finland Helsinki @ Tuska Festival
July 13: Finland Tuuri @ Miljoonarock
November 24: Russia St Petersburg Dk @ Lensoveta
November 25: Russia St Petersburg Dk @ Lensoveta
November 26: Russia Moscow @ Club Stadium Live
November 28: Poland Warsaw @ Stodola
November 29: Germany Hamburg @ Docks
December 01: Germany Berlin @ Columbiahalle
December 02: Czech Rep. Prague @ Forum Karlin
December 04: Germany Leipzig @ Haus Auensee
December 05: Germany Munchen @ Tonhalle
December 06: Switz. Zurich @ X-Tra
December 07: Italy Milan @ Alcatraz
December 08: Germany Koln @ Palladium
December 09: Lux. Esch-Sur-Alzette @ Rockhal
December 11: Holland Amsterdam @ Paradiso
December 12: Holland Tilburg @ 013
December 14: Scotland Glasgow @ Barrowland
December 15: England Nottingham @ Rock City
December 16: England Manchester @ Academy
December 17: England London @ Roundhouse
Tickets go on general sale 9am Wednesday 8th March.
U.S. and FINNISH DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
*** end of statement ***
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ll leave this at how sad the news makes me for the moment. When the US Dates are unveiled I will add more to this part of the narrative. I’ve covered the band quite extensively over the years and fans can peruse all of the content posted on the website by clicking THIS LINK which will present a comprehensive history.
Official Website: http://www.heartagram.com