Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Nightwish have been forced to reschedule their UK touring dates.
The Finnish Metal giants were originally due to tour in November and December 2020 as part of their EU tour before rescheduling dates back to May 2021 due to Covid-19 but now they have been forced to delay the dates again.
Amorphis and Turmion Kätilöt will join them as tour support.
Announcing the first postponement, Tuomas Holopainen called the situation “a most unfortunate but necessary move in order ensure everyone’s safety and make the best out of this bizarreness that all of you and us are going through”.
“It’s not for forever though, and The Caravan will soon be on the move again,” he added.
In addition, the band will be without their former Bassist / Co-Vocalist Marko Hietala, whom left Nightwish earlier this month citing a disillusion with the music industry and chronic depression as the reasons for his departure.]
Nightwish Bassist / Co-Vocalist Marko Hietala has announced that he is leaving the band as well as his “public life”.
In a lengthy statement posted to his Social Media, the musician has explained the reason for the departure is a combination of the disillusion with the music industry and chronic depression led to the decision.
You can read the full statement below.
“Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.
“For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.
“This past year forced me to stay home and think. And I found myself very disillusioned about these and a lot of things. I found out that I am in need of that validation. For me to write, sing and play, I need to find some new reasons and inspirations. ”My Walden” so to speak. And it’s even in my book that I’m a chronic depressive. It’s dangerous for me and the people around me, if I continue. Some of the thoughts a while back were dark. Don’t worry, I’m fine. I have my two sons, a wife, the rest of the family, friends, a dog and lots of love.
“And I don’t think that I’ll be gone for good.
“Conspiracy is the word of the day. For the people who like them I need to say that my 55th birthday is now on 14th of Jan and I’ve certainly done my time for now. Blaming for instance Tuomas is an insult to both him and my free thinking. This is a very sad thing to all of us too. Have a care please.
“But of course now we’ll know, if some go there on purpose.
“There are a couple of things agreed on that I will do on 2021. Otherwise I kindly and with respect ask the media, bands, artists projects etc. to not ask me for anything within the next year. I have some reinventing to do. I hope to tell you about it on 2022. It’s not a promise though.
“I am so sorry about this.
“P.S. Tony Iommi is an exception to the ‘no contact whatsoever’. Childhood hero takes a precedence.”
Festival news now! This comes from an announcement at Bloodstock Open Air! Last week, organizers confirmed Gojira, Nightwish and Judas Preist as the headliners but now there’s been a few new additions to the festival.
Those bands are:
The festival is set to take place on August 9th – 12th 2018 at Catton Park in Derby.
Early bird tickets are on sale now from the Bloodstock’s website. VIP tickets are also available.