Nightwish Announces 2015 Headlining Tour

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Hey readers, so first let me apologize for getting this news to you a couple of days later than planned but I had a few posts in queue and I don’t like to overdo it here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ. Too many items in a single day risks you not getting the proper chance to absorb something cool and with that being said, its awesome to be able to share the news that Nightwish will be returning to the US Shores next year for a Springtime Tour and bringing along Delain as well. I’ve copied the full on press release for this great news and shall return with some added thoughts at the close. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, NIGHTWISH bassist & backing vocalist Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:

“Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!”

Tour Dates:
04/09/15: Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15: Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15: Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/14/15: Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15: Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15: Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15: Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15: Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
04/21/15: Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15: Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15: Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15: Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15: House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15: Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15: Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15: House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15: Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15: Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15: Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15: Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15: Filmore – Silver Springs, MD

NIGHTWISH members are currently working on new song demos with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnumen in the wilderness of Hattula, Finland.

Hugely influential, unique, and unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, Finland-based symphonic storytellers NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Their 2011 studio album, Imaginaerum, arrived into the world with a visual counterpart “Imaginaerum – The Movie,” an album-length film directed by Stobe Harju and produced by Solar Films which created a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Cirque du Soleil. A journey between two different dimensions, the film tells an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination & memory and what is most important in life.

The keyboard-driven compositions from band leader & song composer Tuomas Holopainen surpass that of some of the most dynamic film scores and work brilliantly alongside their engaging and electrifying Dutch frontwoman Floor Jansen, who was announced as an official member of the band – along with British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley – in October of last year. With more than 7 million albums sold worldwide and over 60 Gold and Platinum awards, NIGHTWISH continue to be one of Finland’s most successful rock bands to date. Soaring emotion, divine melodies, haunting choruses, and grandiose orchestrations are all part of the endearing and enduring magic of NIGHTWISH.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Alright so let me say that there are a few reasons as to why this tour news excites me. The first is because it is going to happen a few days after this websites 10th Anniversary so I will surely be locked into the celebrating mood. I cannot believe my little outlet on the web is reaching such a milestone but let me leave it at that since we are only in September still and that is months away. The next reason I am excited is because Nightwish was the band that I did my first bit of “Internet Journalism” about and launched me into the craft back in 2003 with their first ever US tour and that appearance at L’Amour. For those of us who have seen the band over the years there is no convincing to be done but for those newbies I offer a suggestion. Make sure you get your ticket nice and early so you don’t miss out on one of the most thrilling musical experiences that the Metal scene of today has to offer. You will not hear them on the radio so stop scanning the dial and you will most likely never hear them mentioned by some of the Metal personalities and their video programs but trust someone who has been writing about stuff like this for almost thirteen years – this is the real deal and as a matter of fact, Delain is rather awesome as well. This will be Metal money wisely spent. Now before I go on and on to much longer let me close this by asking you what you think of this tour announcement. Will you be on point with us and raising a fist into the air? Let me know in the comments section.

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