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Nightwish posterFinland-based symphonic metal storytellers are pleased to announce their 26-date headlining tour of North America for 2016, launching in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd.  Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

Checking in from the first leg of the North American Tour, shared the following about the second leg of the tour in 2016: “The first one was so brilliant that we just gotta come back!”

Advanced tickets for the confirmed tour dates are now on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com.

A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which include a poster signed by the band + a tour program) are available for each show for purchase. Tickets will go on sale June 6th at all other outlets.

Confirmed dates for the upcoming 2015 tour with Delain are:

2/19/2016  Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

2/20/2016  Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

2/21/2016  Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA

2/22/2016  Music Hall – London, ON CANADA

2/24/2016  Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA

2/25/2016  LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH

2/26/2016  Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI

2/27/2016  Rave – Milwaukee, WI

2/29/2016  First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

3/01/2016  Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA

3/02/2016  O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA

3/03/2016  Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA

3/05/2016  MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA

3/06/2016  Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT

3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

3/08/2016  Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

3/10/2016  Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

3/11/2016  City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA

3/12/2016  The Grove – Anaheim, CA

3/14/2016  Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

3/15/2016  City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO

3/16/2016  Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO

3/18/2016  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

3/19/2016  Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX

3/20/2016  New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA

3/21/2016  Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL

3/23/2016  The Ritz – Tampa, FL

NIGHTWISH members are currently on the first leg of the North American Tour with Sabaton and Delain.

Watch all the NIGHTWISH album episodes and listen to the singles “Élan,” “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” and “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/JwCwuC

ABOUT NIGHTWISH

Hugely influential, unique, and categorically unrivaled in the heavy metal pantheon, Finland-based symphonic master storytellers NIGHTWISH continue to expand the breadth and scope of their artistic vision with each successive release. Having received over sixty Gold and Platinum awards and selling more than seven million albums worldwide, theirs is an esteemed place among Finland’s most successfully exported rock bands.

An avid reader whose childhood aspiration was to become a biologist, NIGHTWISH band leader, song composer, founding member, and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen cites the works of American humanist, poet, and essayist Walt Whitman, English author & journalist Christopher Hitchens, and English evolutionary biologist & writer, Professor Richard Dawkins as inspirations to the themes explored in the new material that became the band’s forthcoming epic 78-minute album for 2015, Endless Forms Most Beautiful.

The goals for this collection of songs were threefold: 1) To reflect the bliss of existence and its temporary character; 2) To capture the poetic nature of science; and 3) To musically illustrate the capacity of science to be profoundly spiritual. To that end, NIGHTWISH befittingly took up residence in the wilderness of Hattula, Finland with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnunen to record their eighth studio release.  The album title itself is an excerpt from the writings of English naturalist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory via his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.

A milestone in their 20-year career, Endless Forms Most Beautiful is resplendent in a sophisticated beauty and proudly features the participation of London’s The Metro Voices choir group, London’s Young Musicians Children‘s Choir, and the Orchestre De Grandeur led by the esteemed orchestral arranger Pip Williams, who teaches Music and Music Technology at the London College of Music.

In the album’s opening track, “Shudder Before The Beautiful,” we hear the regal voice of narrator Richard Dawkins, who also recites the Charles Darwin passage that gave the album its name in the album’s grandiose 24-minute closing track, “The Greatest Show On Earth.” An endeavor demanding that attention be paid to the rich detail in its spoken words, lyrics, and background noises, Endless Forms Most Beautiful includes the sounds of animal life on Earth as did the Voyager Golden Records the two space probes launched into interstellar space in 1977. The digital single for “Elán” appropriately includes a bonus track entitled “Sagan,” a musical tribute to American cosmologist, astronomer, and astrophysicist Carl Sagan who hosted the award-winning television series Cosmos back in the 1980s.  This program – whose impact continues to radiate around the world – was re-launched in 2014 with new host American cosmologist and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The compositions on Endless Forms Most Beautiful are on-par with an emotionally engaging film score and brilliantly showcase the talented voice of NIGHTWISH’s 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 2014.

The soaring melodies, momentous choruses, and grand orchestrations in the music of NIGHTWISH are essential components of their endearing and enduring magic. Endless Forms Most Beautiful urges us to remember that our time on Earth is fleeting, to embrace the opportunities to gaze at the Milky Way on a cold winter’s night, to ponder the unfathomable vastness of space… and most importantly, to share such moments with the people we love in this limited time we’re granted on this “pale blue dot” we call home.

 

“At the back of our brains, there is a forgotten blaze

or burst of astonishment at our own existence.

The object of the artistic and the spiritual life

is to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder.”

–         G.K. Chesterton

 

NIGHTWISH members include:

 

  • Floor Jansen – Vocals

Tuomas Holopainen – Keyboards

Marco Hietala – Bass & Vocals

Kai Hahto – Drums

Emppu Vuorinen – Guitar

Troy Donockley – Pipes, Flutes, Whistles

 

Visit NIGHTWISH online at www.NIGHTWISH.com

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