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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”.
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Nightwish: Live Photos @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (5/2/2009)

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Nightwish was back in NYC at long last and the show was nothing less than a thunderous one when all was said and done. The concert was documented in full on THIS LINK and now here is our complete photo gallery to enjoy.

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Nightwish by Ken Pierce (2009)

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Nightwish by Ken Pierce (2009)

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Nightwish @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (5/2/2009)

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Artist: Nightwish
Venue: Nokia Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Volbeat
Date: 5/2/2009
Label: Roadrunner Records

Last September the Big Apple was excited to find Nightwish making a return visit once again to close out the touring cycle in this part of the world for their release “Dark Passion Play”. The band was storming the country with fellow Finns Sonata Arctica but sadly a bad illness would hit their singer Anette and the New York show would be cancelled much to the disappointment of the fans. The show must go on was the mantra of the night as the guys in Sonata Arctica delivered an absolutely stunning set for those who chose to remain in the venue for the now free performance. We were glad to be there for it and more can be learned about that particular show by clicking HERE. Fast forward to this evening’s proceedings and a once again healthy Anette Olzon fronts her companions in Nightwish for a sold out Nokia Theatre Times Square appearance. The strange thing was that the city had been hit with a number of cases of the Swine Flu recently and resultant of this breaking news I would not be the only one on edge as I walked into a jam packed venue loaded with some two thousand plus people. Nightwish would bring the Danish rockers Volbeat along for this tour and they were an interesting choice based on the vastly different type of music that they would be delivering.

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Volbeat by Ken Pierce (2009)

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Nightwish @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (10/18/2007)

It might spark some of you readers interests because my whole adventure into writing and photography actually began with the band Nightwish and as result they always hold a special place in my media guy heart. The band was back with new music and a new singer and hitting the Nokia and I was on point to bring you the larger than life scoop. If you want to learn more just scroll past the logo below; It was truly the beginning of a new era.

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Artist: Nightwish
Venue: Nokia Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Paradise Lost
Date: 10-18-2007
Label: Roadrunner Records

It’s been a little over two years since the United States last had the chance to enjoy the music of Nightwish on the concert stage but now all those who had hoped for it to happen again would get their wish as the group was armed and ready for a triumphant return with not only new material but a new lead singer as well. The blockbuster show would be at the NokiaTheatre, a perfect venue for this kind of show, and they would be supported by Paradise Lost. I had been a fan of Nightwish since around 2002 and was quite excited about this show as hey were the first band that I had ever written about. The whole experience was going to be quite the “full circle” sort of vibe when it came down to it. Friends had gathered in nearby pubs and all around the discussion was on how the group would do without Tarja fronting them. As a fan I admit that I wasnt worried at all as the new album “Dark Passion Play” didn’t disppoint me in the least with the band sounding as vibrant as ever,only with a fresh new voice.

Paradise Lost: I only knew so much about Paradise Lost before this show and despite their being well-known eaders inthe Gothic Metal realm, they were a band that I very simply had never followed before. The Century Media Records artists had just released a new album entitled “In Reqiuem” and tonight their set would pay attention to it as well as present some of their older material. This was a smart choice for this very high profile gig, because even though they have been at this for awhile they had not yet toured this region and been able to reach this market as far as fans were concerned. The group was tight and this was to be expected and my observation found them going over well, yet despite this the audience was too charged up for Nightwish for it to have them make any great impact. I did feel that a whole new crowd was able to enjoy them tonight and perhaps will even be looking a little deeper into the music that they bring to the table going forward. Now it was time for Nightwish to hit the stage and like the two thousand plus in the Nokia Theatre joining me – I couldn’t wait to see them.
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“Dark Passion Play” by Nightwish

Artist: Nightwish
Title: “Dark Passion Play”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 9/28/2007
Genre: Symphonic Operatic Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

If you have missed the story so far here is where we stand; Tarja Turunen is no longer singing for Nightwish, the band held a world wide audition and presses on with a new member and new music – let the new Era begin. Attention Metal legions for it is my pleasure to introduce you to the beautiful Annette Olzon, who truly had some big shoes to fill and scores of fans to impress with her talents based on their loyalty to the former singer. “Dark Passion Play” is the long awaited return of Nightwish and what a return it is. Musically there has been no dramatic shift in the way of things because when it came to the composing end, it was always the task of bandleader/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. While Tuomas penned the music and lyrics for a good 85% of the release there are a couple of songs that have the talents of bassist Marco and guitarist Emppu as the creative force. Yet even with the added contributions from them the core sound is very simply the Nightwish that you had missed and longed for the return of. It opens with an epic number called “The Poet And The Pendulum” and I was surprised to find such a song as the introduction of Olzon. Broken into three distinct movements, the song demonstrates that Annette can handle all the varied aspects of Symphonic Metal that Nightwish delivers on a regular basis.
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