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  1. Afrodite

    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Some of the interviews Tarja did while in Finland last week: Iltalehti: Ilta-sanomat
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Another interview from today! (Click on the subtitles!)
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III New interview from today, click on the English subtitles!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Blast from the past! Translation below:
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    Nightwish Off Topic

    The line goes "Paska bändi, paskat kamat, ei kaupallista potentiaalia" (="💩 band, 💩equipment, no commercial potential"). You can hear it said out loud in the very beginning (like first 10 seconds) of End Of Innocence documentary, which can be found on Youtube, I don't know if I'm allowed to link it here. If you want to check the review that sparked this motto, see the translation here: edit. Just remembered the no swearing, so I censored it a bit.. Left the Finnish ones as is so that spelling becomes clear, hope that's okay!
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    The Marco thread

    Interview with Translation below! Basist-singer Marko Hietala, 53, known for bands Nightwish and Tarot will release his first solo album Mustan Sydämen Rovio on May 24th. Hietala told to that the album is coming both in Finnish and English. - The plan all along was to release the album both in Finnish and English and that will happen. It was a personal goal for me, to be able to sing the same songs in both languages. The album is a wonderful journey of sound to Hietala’s own musical history. One can hear Finnish folk tunes as well as Black Sabbath on the album. - Everything that has affected me along the decades can be heard on the album. There’s all kind of influences there and I noticed it myself too. This isn’t just heavy, not hard rock nor prog, so shall we say it’s hard-prog, Hietala laughs. As many have noticed, the album will be released under Hietala’s birth name. In Nightwish Marko has always been Marco. - When the c came to my name, I was almost in my twenties and it sounded international and cool in the 80’s. Now that I’ve made it this far and began to make my first solo album and will be releasing it in Finnish, I thought that now it’s the time to be the guy I’ve really been since birth. The first single release is the album’s second song Isäni Ääni (= My father’s voice). In the song Hietala ponders about all of the things generations transfer to each other. - The song is about continuums we transfer from father to son. My dad for instance suffered from a severe drinking problem and I’ve suffered from that too, but luckily I got rid of it. The song tells about justness and goodness, that no matter how one strives for that, in some things we are blind when it comes to ourselves. Working on grief by work Hietala’s biography titled Ruostumaton was released in 2017, in which the artist for example opens up about his hard times with depression. Now the situation however has improved. - Things are getting better on the mental side. Though I have to admit that this work period has been hard enough that depression is lurking somewhere in the background. Luckily I’m aware of it and realize to take a break. When the book came out, I was living the time after my divorce and was processing all of that. Fortunately the way now is up. Hietala admits to being a workaholic. - At times that has surely been the case but now I’ve become aware of it. I used to work too much and in the end it started to burn the candle from both ends. Now that there is no grief to drown, I’m able to sometimes be lazy. I must say that I hate work and I hate authorities and bosses, Hietala smiles. Many fans noticed that some of Hietala’s solo concerts were published before there was any info about the album. This caused severe discussions online and the singer tells that the album was supposed to be ready already a year ago. - We meant to finish the album already a year ago. But then there was all kinds of mental baggage and a Nightwish tour and all that. I also drowned my sorrows in working which lead to me burning out a bit and really had to rest. I needed to get back to the way of humanity. - I was asked for shows already last year and I then told that I have this solo album coming up. I’m a lucky guy in that apparently my name has enough weight that we were able to book shows before anyone had heard anything about the album, so a big thank you for that. I promise to do things as well as I know how! Nightwish Members of Hietala’s main band, Nightwish, heard the bassist solo material in the demo stage. - None of them have heard the completely finished album. Last year I played demos for the Nightwish members and after that Tuomas Holopainen and manager Ewo Pohjola were humming them and said that they stay playing in your head! A new release from Nightwish can be expected next year. - We have booked a three month camp for next summer. Holopainen has a pile of song and then we start to train, arrange and record – like we’ve done before. A release should come next year!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Sure she has gained attention, I'm just dubious that she wouldn't have gotten that same amount of attention by just officially releasing that song and cover. Just like Sophia, I've seen the messages by the fan club admin and if this was intentional, those are surely well crafted. But we may never know! Anyways, #newproject, colour me intrigued!! (Is that a wig?)
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    The Marco thread

    Marco said himself on Radio Rock that there will be an English version in the fall. Will the lyrics be word-for-word translations or something a bit different of course remains to be seen(/heard). :) Oh, and that link to the interview isn't working anymore because Supla and Gramex are having disagreements about making shows with music in them available online. But it's not long anyway for the song to be released!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    That's true, sharing the image when it was available is totally understandable! I just wish people would respect any artist enough to not go against their wishes (when they are brought to their attention). I've also been wondering about intentional leaks, some people are insisting that Tarja leaked the cover and song herself to "get reactions" or whatever. I'm not saying that's not the case, I don't know, I just can't think of the advantage she would gain with that? Maybe I'm lacking imagination and I don't claim to have much understanding of the music business so please enlighten me if you do. The leak has created a lot of buzz but mostly (if not only?) in her fan base, those people would have probably checked the song out anyway? I could understand a leak before the days of Spotify, someone might hear the album/song and go out and buy it. The WT case might be a want to tide the fans over since the wait is long? Like “hang in there, hear what kind of good stuff is coming”? But I haven’t followed them in a while so I might be completely wrong! I just can’t figure out how Tarja would benefit from having her single on some Russian file sharing site first instead of being on Spotify (and Youtube) for the whole world to see and hear helped by her social media and some interviews/articles in the music media. Or is there some kind of forbidden fruit thing, one wouldn’t normally listen to any of Tarja’s song but when it’s less than legally leaked, “I must hear it!!”
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    It probably won't hurt Tarja (except making her bummed that the big reveal she had most likely planned didn't pan out the way she thought), but I was thinking more of the fans. I wish I hadn't seen it before we had the official announcement. The song has leaked too and is being shared among "fans". And yeah, I understand your point about this being not as bad as it could have been, that's true. But leaks are always vile. She's been preparing this for months and now on the home straight someone mucks up. It just makes me sad. My message wasn't meant to attack you, Tarja fanclubs were asked to not share the image and I was trying to spread that request.
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III

    Please don't share that cover before Tarja shares some info herself. A song was put available on some country's Spotify by mistake, so that image has leaked before it was meant to..
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    The Marco thread I did hear that right! Interview (in Finnish) starts at 02:37:18. And you can hear the song at 02:41:31! Marko tells that this is his first solo album in Finnish, but there is indeed an English version coming in the autumn. He's written and translated the songs. The album has been "in the making" for a long time. The riffs and things like that he's liked but haven't made it into any of his other works are here, some of them go back 15 years. But actual work on the album took two and half years. Tuomas Wäinölä and Vili Ollila (who are in the Raskasta Joulua project) are also on this album. Isäni ääni was chosen as a single because they thought it had the most point of contact and is very personal. He says that in the early days of Tarot in the 80's they were aiming for international coolness and that's why he changed the k in his name to a c, but now he wanted to go back to his actual given name Marko. This is the first time he's performing as the man himself with his own face (instead of as a part of a band or in a project), so he wanted to use the name he was born with. Now he's waiting with interest what happens with this and where it will go. :)
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    The Marco thread

    Just heard Isäni ääni on Radio Rock (world premiere). Sounded nice! It wasn't acoustic but not metal either. Reminded me of this, pretty much equal on the heaviness scale. Marco is in the studio at Radio Rock at/after 2 pm, so they might play it again then! Edit / He's on air right now. If I heard correctly, he mentioned that an English version of this album is coming out in the fall!
  14. A nice article for you from touring in the olden days. Scans (check the pictures!!) on Facebook, translation of the article below. BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, CHILE, BOLIVIA, PANAMA, MEXICO Nightwish’s tour diary from the South-American tour Our group, that includes in addition to the five-member band, our roadie-technician Tero Kinnunen and tour manager Mr Ewo, has finally found each other in the Helsinki-Vantaa airport’s cafe. Also the representatives of Nelonen and Yle Yksi newsrooms make it there. The press seems really interested in our tour of the southern American continent. The reporter for Nelonen throws us a bottle of sunscreen as a parting present, we will sorely need it.. BRAZIL July 12th-15th “PEOPLE LIKE THIS DON’T EXIST” Dead tired in São Paulo we discover that most of our instruments have travelled to Paris, luckily the first show isn’t until the next day! After a 14-hour flight, we could really use some rest but the local promoter has booked the day full of interviews, press events, signing sessions and photoshoots. Still that same night we fly to Curitiba, where the show is the following night. Our gear has finally showed up too. The worst is behind us – so we think… It’s winter in Brazil during July which means temperatures below 10 degrees and frosty hotel rooms. Signing session organized in a record shop in Curitiba gave a taste of the much-praised South-American audience. There are hundreds of screaming people and this wouldn’t work at all without security!!! They run behind our cars for hundreds of meters with their cameras! Tarja, who caught the flu on the very first flight, is really sick so the show performed to an almost sold-out venue is a little shorter than usual. Next morning we fly back to São Paulo. We have perhaps one of the best venues of the tour and the biggest audience coming up. And TOM BRASIL is amazing! An incredible stage, top technics, fabulous food & real guys doing the technics! And completely sold out, so 2200 raving mad Nightwish fans sweating! Oh yeah!!! Backstage the group develops the will to show off instead of stage fright… these Brazilians are getting a proper dose of heavy from Kitee, goddammit!!!!! The ticket prices shock the band. 25-30 American dollars, which is two weeks salary for the local worker. The local MusicTV appears to ask about the popularity of salsa in Finland. Interviews, posing and the praise of Finnish music follows. The show itself hits the bullseye. 2200 mouths sing along to all the choruses and when one band member raises a hand, 4400 hands do the same. The only negative is the insane heat that makes five people in the front row lose consciousness, security carries the fainted like back in the day on Beatles shows. Oh my! A big "obrigado" (=thank you!) to local organizers and fans. Right after the show to the hotel and to sleep. The crowd on the yard of the club is still insane. CHILE July 16th-18th ”NIGHTWISH – NO RIFFRAFF HEAVY” Up at four am and on a plane to Chile. The only thing left from the ecstasy and humour of last night is a mention in the tour diary… our group hasn’t gotten more than a few hours of sleep the past four nights. The PR smiles are starting to feel forced… but there’s no use, rock’n’roll things are sometimes like this. Local promoters and the mountainous sceneries surrounded by the Alps greet us at Santiago airport. Only one interview booked for this night. Best news of the day. 16 hours of Sleeping Beauty’s sleep follows, after which everyone has new life and are smiling much more frequently. Locals are truly excited and flattered that we have come all the way to Chile to perform. We feel the honour is all ours. In fact we have a lot to thank to the Finnish embassy whose sponsorship allowed us to be the first foreign band to perform in the country this year (as the Catholic church had denied entry for Iron Maiden only a few weeks earlier). The show goes again nicely even though the audience’s "Naitvit, Naitvit” screams cause some astonishment. We are told that pronouncing the ”shh”-sound in considered a sign of lower education and poverty in Chile. Therefore “Naitvish” is out of the question, we’re apparently playing no riffraff heavy. Local dudes organize a proper barbeque so the grill is filled with meat, sausages & chicken… and Finnish guys & gal are completely full. - I can’t take even one more bite! ARGENTINA July 19th-22nd “YEAH, WE HAVE 20 MILLION PEOPLE HERE, BUT NOT A SINGLE METAL BAR” In the morning, we say goodbye to the superb dudes in Chile and begin our travel towards Buenos Aires, which the travel brochure tells to be the most boring city of Southern America. Hard to say anything about dullness but the local’s life rhythm is quite bewildering to Finns: we eat “an early dinner” at nine pm, (the normal Argentinean dinnertime is between 11 and 12 pm). Tuomas and Tarja do straight radio interviews until four in the morning, as these dudes want to know EVERYTHING about the band and its musicians. And eight in the morning the same hassle continues… when do these people sleep? The streets are filled with people through the night. Locals tell this is normal life to them, so when in Rome… The first venue in Argentina is at least odd. A theater hall with seats for 250 ticket buyers. The sold-out show with overpriced tickets is however an unforgettable experience in its intimacy. So the audience sat for the whole show. And if someone gets excited and stands up, they are immediately shown back to their seat, though kindly and not with an ass whooping… We are surprised before the show the following night by being told that the show will be recorded with four cameras. They could have just not told us. Nevertheless, the audience is again totally ecstatic so you don’t have to look for the right feeling for long. After a successful Argentinean tour leg there’s even a hint of a smile on our overstressed head promoter Marcelo’s face. He tells that everything so far has gone much better than expected. Top-notch! PANAMA July 23rd – 26th “FINNISH BOYS ARE COOKING ON THE BARBEQUE AND WE’D STILL NEED TO PLAY SOME HEAVY” We fly to Panama with Aereo Boliviano airline, the horror stories of South-American flight security come to mind and some of the group are guessing who are the potential airplane hijackers among the other passengers. We switch planes in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz airport, where a press conference has been set up for us. Far out! The heat is already infernal. Help! I’m melting! If the presence of the press and fans on a Bolivian airport raised some surreal amusement in our group, it felt at least as incredible to step onto Panama’s soil. As the infernal tropical heat strikes you in the face for the first time none of us are able to understand what on earth a heavy band from Kitee is doing here in Panama!! And at night an pump-action shotgun armed guard stands in every street corner. You shouldn’t go out of the hotel at night, not even in a group, “you will be mugged”, the locals guide us in a friendly way. Okay, we won’t go then… We later hear that we are the first European heavy band ever to play in Panama, which feels unbelievably awesome. Days go by with interviews and signing sessions. We find a local heavy store nearby with its extensive just released (and heavy) selections. Again, we have to say goodbye to preconceptions and illusions of llama mail… there’s probably metalheads even on the moon, if here too… The show has over 300 people, which apparently doubled the organizer’s target – not bad! And when Tarja gets to say the definite king of stage banter one-liners, “We love you Panama”, the whole group can do nothing but smile. Hey, Panama rules! Sami and Ewo burn themselves badly in the sun on the hotel’s roof – without sunscreen of course… - We were up there for only like 90 minutes and now I can’t walk… The guitarist of our warm up band takes us to his completely obscene beach villa, located far from everything on top of a cliff, like next to the Pacific and the endless sandy beaches, oh yeah! Some of the group immediately head to go swimming and bodyboarding. The day is rated as the most memorable of the tour and the place as paradise. Thank you Peter, Evan & Eva, Tacho & companions. MEXICO July 27th-31st “BITE INTO A TACO, EVERYTHING’S GOING TO HELL ANYWAY” We’re severely warned beforehand that nothing works in Mexico, and by the way it doesn’t. The list of things that don’t work right away includes showers, toilets, music gear, electricity, schedules, car tires and security men. At times one feels that the only things that do “work” around here are local beer and tacos, haha! Both are enjoyed in fair quantity to ease stress. The show towns in Mexico are Morelia, Mexico City and Guadalajara, the first demanding a dose of rock attitude: our gear arrives six hours late, but even after that, nothing really works. There’s barely 200 people in the audience and after playing we travel 400 kilometers in a cramped van on empty tires and the window open (= flu and even more flu) back to Mexico City. And the driver plays the local salsa hit channel with maximum volume. We rate the day as the most futile of the tour. Never coming here again. Dammit! Next night’s show in Mexico City together with Swedish Tiamat promises something better: the stage is big, almost 2000 have bought tickets and the schedule almost holds. But as the gig starts the local guitar equipment break down and the show nears a fiasco. The audience is, incredibly, completely ecstatic and apparently understand technical difficulties, amazing people! Mexico City rules, we’ll come back and bring Finnish electricity with us! It’s always hard to deal with the last show of the tour. You know in advance the melancholy feeling during the last song, the upcoming goodbye and the long plane ride back home. And the added pressure of wanting to leave a good feeling of the tour to yourself and everyone else. The reception in Guadalajara is typically enthusiastic as Latins are – even the security are standing at the edge of the stage with cameras in hand and partying along the songs. Tarja is forced into an embrace with some Mexican fanatic= moron in the middle of a show and the whole gig is in danger of coming to halt. But we get through the songs including the last encore and the security will surely have repentance to last them for a lifetime, considering how badly a few of the dudes took the assault on Tarja… When leaving time arrives at Mexico City airport, the atmosphere is melancholy. Hugs, reminiscing, praising each other and changing addresses with the local folk many times. And promising to come back again, of course. The awesomeness of this three week experience will surely fully hit us after some days or weeks. It’s homely to finally hear news from Finland on the plane and read Finnish papers. And on the next weekend we’ll head for shows in Germany and Belgium. And then a tour in Finland. And then Canada. And in between apparently to Japan… rock’n’roll!!!
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    Tarja Turunen pt. III