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Dramatic Lineup Changes In Finland’s Santa Cruz :(

It was just about a week ago when I pointed out that the Finnish Rock band Santa Cruz had pulled out of the remaining dates on their US Tour. They were one of the many openers for Fozzy and also doing some headlining dates on the off times during this run. We did that HERE if you missed it and want to be properly up to speed.

Though there wasn’t any sort of full OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT made about the status of the tour and why it was cancelled on their Official Website or Facebook Page, it seemed as though the band members took to their personal Instagrams and posted that they had left the group; Here are the embedded posts from Johnny Cruz, Taz Cruz and Middy Cruz (Joonas Parkkonen, Mitja Toivonen and Tapani Fagerstrom respectively).


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Santa Cruz Cancels Spring Headline & Fozzy Supporting Dates

Finnish Rock sensations Santa Cruz are currently on the road supporting Fozzy (which we shared months ago on THIS POST) and well, earlier today the band issued the statement that follows their photo. Let’s have a look.

The Statement: “Santa Cruz fans, we regret to inform you that we had to cancel our remaining shows on the U.S. Tour. If you purchased tickets for our headline shows (March 20th, 22nd, 23rd or 24th), please contact the appropriate venue for information on refunds.”

The Cancelled Gigs:
March 20, 2018: Pub Station (Headline) @Billings, MT
March 22, 2018: The Aquarium (Headline) @Fargo, ND
March 23, 2018: Nomad (Headline) @Minneapolis, MN
March 24, 2018: What’s Up (Headline) @Mankato, MN
March 27, 2018: Turner Ballroom w/Fozzy @Milwaukee, WI
March 28, 2018: Bottom Lounge w/Fozzy @Chigago, IL
March 29, 2018: Intersection w/Fozzy @Grand Rapids, MI
March 30, 2018: Shelter w/Fozzy @Detroit, MI
March 31, 2018: Oddbody’s w/Fozzy @Dayton, OH
April 2, 2018: House Of Blues w/Fozzy @Cleveland, OH
April 3, 2018: Jergel’s w/Fozzy @Pittsburgh, PA
April 4, 2018: Upstate Concert Hall w/Fozzy @Clifton Park, NY
April 5, 2018: The Gramercy w/Fozzy @New York, NY
April 6, 2018: The Foundry w/Fozzy @Philadelphia, PA
April 7, 2018: Aura w/Fozzy @Portland, ME
April 8, 2018: Wally’s Pub w/Fozzy @Hampton Beach, NH

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Infinity Concerts Announces Exclusive Tarja Turunen NYC Show In September 2018

It feels like we’ve got Finnish musical greats on the mind for the past week that led us to last night’s spectacular Nightwish show at the Playstation Theater. If you missed that one it was your loss for sure and I’ll be cobbling together a full review with a gallery as soon as my head stops rattling because I had SUCH a great time with so many friends at this one. Now, the reason this notice exists is to tell you that the folks over at Infinity Concerts have announced a special one-off NYC show by the original voice of Nightwish, the one and only Tarja Turunen. Take a look at their statement below the dramatic poster. I’ll opine some more afterwards, don’t worry.

“It’s been a while folks… but we have some news! New York City fans; get ready to welcome the one and only Tarja Turunen for a very special night September 6th; for an exclusive area show!”

PiercingMetal Thoughts: According to my records, it’s been a LONG time like they denoted and it was back in 2009 that Tarja last did a performance in NYC. It was a show that I was happy to have attended and it was all documented in words and images on a Concert Review that you can examine HERE. I’m really curious as to what kind of show this might be for the fans because Tarja has been experimenting with sound across the last few albums. She has done a few classical themed released, some Hard-edged Rock and even a Christmas Album (albeit a slightly darker one in tone). Considering this is a one-off show, and given the size of the Highline Ballroom, these tickets will likely sell out quick. You can get yours care of our Calendar entry HERE. What do you readers think about this special appearance? Will you be on point? Chime in down in the comments section below. All the topical notations are approved immediately.

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Tarja by Ken Pierce (2009)

Official Website: http://www.tarja.net

Nuclear Blast Records Unveils Nightwish “Decades” Trailer #4

Today is a great day to be a Heavy Metal fan my friends because not only has the mighty Judas Priest released their 18th album with “Firepower”, but the ever-inspiring Nightwish has delivered their greatest songs compilation “Decades” AND offered up a fourth Behind The Scenes trailer about it. As I’ve shared the previous three, it was a guarantee that I would continue the process so let’s look at the next chapter about this album and how it came to be.

About The Clip: Bandleader Tuomas Holopainen talks about ‘DECADES’ a collection of essential Nightwish tracks. With clip number four we learn “How The Idea Of DECADES Was Born”.
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Nuclear Blast Records Unveils Nightwish “Decades” Trailer #3

The excitement continues to build for the brand new Nightwish album “Decades” and its subsequent tour and with this being the case, the folks at Nuclear Blast Records are continuing to deliver a series of “Behind The Scenes” clips. So far we’ve seen “Origins” and “The Evolution Of Nightwish” – Now it’s time for the third installment in this series that discusses “Song Choices”. Take a look.

About The Clip: Bandleader Tuomas Holopainen talks about ‘DECADES’ a collection of essential Nightwish tracks.
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