Nightwish

Nightwish

Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals. These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well.

The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice". The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal.

Band history

Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar).

The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etišinen").

In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First.

In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart.

In 1998 Sami Všnskš joined the band to play bass guitar. This year they released the album Oceanborn. This album was a little heavier than the previous one. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. This album did better than anyone expected.

In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone. Oceanborn was certified gold in August.

In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". They ended up in third place. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled. In May they released the album Wishmaster. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. During those three weeks it was certified gold. Wishmaster was, despite long-awaited releases from Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi, at the same time declared album of the month in the German magazine Rock Hard.

In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. Together with a couple of new songs and a remake of an old one, this was released as the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity. Shortly afterwards, Sami Všnskš left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot.

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place.

In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since.

A new album entitled Once was released on the June 7, 2004, along with their first single, Nemo, from that album. Once is their second album to feature a full length song in Finnish (Kuolema tekee taiteilijan). It has also sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and reached #1 on the Greek, German and Norwegian album charts.

Band members

  • Tarja Turunen - vocals
  • Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards, piano
  • Marco Hietala - bass, vocals
  • Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitar
  • Jukka Nevalainen - drums

Former members

  • Sami Všnskš - bass

Discography

Albums

  • Angels Fall First (1997)
  • Oceanborn (1998)
  • Wishmaster (2000)
  • Century Child (2002)
  • Once (2004)

Singles

  • The Carpenter (1997)
  • Sacrament of Wilderness (1998)
  • Walking in the Air (1999)
  • Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse) (1999)
  • Deep Silent Complete (2000)
  • Over the Hills and Far Away (2001)
  • Ever Dream (2002)
  • Bless the Child (2002)
  • Nemo (2004)
  • Wish I Had an Angel (2004)
  • Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004)

Compilations

  • Tales from the Elvenpath (2004)

DVDs

  • From Wishes to Eternity (2001)
  • End of Innocence (2003)

Similar bands

  • After Forever
  • Edenbridge
  • Elis
  • Epica
  • Sonata Arctica
  • Stratovarius
  • Theatre of Tragedy
  • Tristania
  • Visions of Atlantis
  • Within Temptation

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It has also sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and reached #1 on the Greek, German and Norwegian album charts.
. A new album entitled Once was released on the June 7, 2004, along with their first single, Nemo, from that album. Once is their second album to feature a full length song in Finnish (Kuolema tekee taiteilijan). Listen to Live Recordings for free on the Live Phish (http://www.livephish.com) site. These rumours have been proven to be false, as they have played an entire year of gigs and released a new album since. Setlists for this last run can be found at The Phish Net (http://www.phish.net/setlists/), and you can purchase and download the shows at the Live Phish (http://www.livephish.com) website. Tarja also got married during the summer of 2003, and there were rumours abound that the band was about to split up. Show highlights included the "sending-off" of the trampolines used during the bands perfomances of "You Enjoy Myself", a very emotional "Wading in the Velvet Sea", where band member Page McConnell was too choked up to sing the lyrics, a magnificent glowstick war (http://www.phish.net/faq/glowrings.html) during "Down With Disease", and of course the show closer "The Curtain With".

In 2003, Nightwish released a second DVD, entitled End of Innocence. Though considered by some to be technically lacking, the emotion of both band and fan was palpable, and it was an experience many will never forget. It set a record on the Finnish album charts as well; never before had the second been so distant from the first place. Also, it should be noted that anyone who was unable or unwilling to take the hike was invited to present their un-checked ticket in return for a book of band photos taken by Danny Clinch and autographed by the band (which have since become quite valuable) as well as a free download of the entire event from the Live Phish website. Century Child was certified gold two hours after its release, and platinum two weeks afterwards. The majority of the fans who participated in the hike felt like they part of something incredibly special. The main difference from previous albums is the use of a live orchestra on many songs, to get a stronger feeling of classical music. Because of this, many, MANY people turned around and left the show, leaving an upsetting taste in many of the fans mouths. On the positive side, even more people pulled their cars to the shoulder of the interstate, parked, and began the day long hike. Vermont state police were overwhelmed with the amount of cars on the side of the road, so the fans were confident that towing would not occur.

In 2002 Nightwish released Century Child, and the singles Ever Dream and Bless the Child. Early Saturday morning, Mike Gordon painfully announced via their radio station, The Bunny, that no further cars would be let into the venue. Hietala left Sinergy to join Nightwish, however, he is also a part of the band Tarot. Many of those in attendance hiked upwards of 20 miles to the show after weather conditions made further onsite parking impossible. Shortly afterwards, Sami Všnskš left the band for personal reasons, and Marco Hietala from Sinergy joined the band. The festival was an emotional event for the band and fans alike, attended by well over 70,000 fans and was also broadcast locally on FM radio, on XM satellite radio, and simulcast in high-definition video to hundreds of movie theaters nationwide. All of these were entitled From Wishes to Eternity. Coventry was held in the band's "home state" of Vermont on August 14 and 15, 2004.

They also released a VHS, DVD and CD with live material. Then Phish headed home, to the Northeast, for two shows at Great Woods in Mansfield, Mass., a show in Camden, NJ, and the final show, Coventry. Together with a couple of new songs and a remake of an old one, this was released as the EP Over the Hills and Far Away. To augment this anticipation, Phish added another show at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA, just two weeks before the run started. In 2001 Nightwish recorded a cover of Gary Moore's Over the Hills and Far Away. The tour then took a break of several weeks, building the fans anticipation of the final run. Wishmaster was, despite long-awaited releases from Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi, at the same time declared album of the month in the German magazine Rock Hard. Both midwest venues had long been fan favorites.

During those three weeks it was certified gold. Two shows at the beautiful Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, followed, before the band headed to the midwest to hit the classic Deer Creek Ampitheater and Alpine Valley Ampitheater for two nights each. It went straight to first position in the Finnish album charts, and stayed there for three weeks. It started with two shows at Keyspan Park on Coney Island in Brooklyn, a venue radically different from the arenas and ampitheaters that had been Phish's domain (with a few exceptions) since around 1994. In May they released the album Wishmaster. The tour was quite a send-off, however. They won the public televoting, but the jury overruled. We don't want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act." So ended Phish's twenty-one year run, with a two-leg tour of 14 shows.

They ended up in third place. Trey stated ". In 2000 Nightwish participated in the Finnish qualification for the Eurovision song contest with the song "Sleepwalker". On May 25, 2004 Phish frontman Trey Anastasio announced via the Official Phish website (http://www.phish.com) that the Summer 2004 Tour would be their final tour, and that the 2004 album Undermind would also be their final album. Oceanborn was certified gold in August. A partial list can be found on the Phish Net Guest FAQ page (http://www.phish.net/faq/guests.html). This single sold 15.000 copies during the first month in Germany alone. King, George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic, Jay-Z, and bluegrass legends Del McCoury and Bela Fleck.

In 1999 they recorded the single Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse), for the eclipse in Germany. Phish truly transcend genres, as evidenced by the sheer number of guests who have taken the stage with them over the years. Notables include Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead (who showed up at their final pre-hiatus show, 7 October 2000), blues legend B.B. This album did better than anyone expected. All net profits from the sale of soundboard recordings from their website are donated directly to the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization of Phish fans supporting music education for children. The single from that album, Sacrament of Wilderness, went straight to the first place of the Finnish single charts. They may freely give or trade them with other fans, however, and many do. It reached position 5 on the Finnish album charts. Though soundboard copies of Phish's shows are now pressed and sold on the band's website, fans are also permitted to tape any performance they so desire, with the understanding that no profits from the recording are to be made.

This album was a little heavier than the previous one. Like the Grateful Dead before them, Phish (along with an increasing number of bands these days) have always allowed people to record and distribute audio of their live performances. This year they released the album Oceanborn. While the band knew and emulated the group they are quick to point out they are technically very different from them. In 1998 Sami Všnskš joined the band to play bass guitar. The free and artistic community which often accompanies them has as its roots the followers of the Grateful Dead. A single entitled The Carpenter had been released beforehand, and it reached position 8 on the Finnish singles chart. Phish fans are often associated in the public eye with a revival of some elements of hippie culture, especially marijuana use.

Angels Fall First was released in November, and reached position 31 on the Finnish album charts. Other music groups have had flavors named after them as well, with the Grateful Dead being the first ("Cherry Garcia (http://www.benandjerrys.com/our_products/flavor_details.cfm?product_id=5)") and Dave Matthews Band being among the more recent ("One Sweet Whirled") and ("Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies (http://www.benandjerrys.com/our_products/flavor_details.cfm?product_id=151)"). In May the same year, they were signed onto the Finnish record label Spinefarm Records for two records. The band's share of the profits go towards the cleaning of Lake Champlain. These songs can be found on the limited edition of Angels Fall First. It is Ben and Jerry's third highest selling flavor as of 2000. In April they went into the studio and recorded seven songs. Ben and Jerry named a flavour of ice cream after them, "Phish Food." It has chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallows and fudge fish.

The acoustic guitar was replaced with an electric one. The band in fact only had one non-album b-side on all of their officially-released singles, an outtake from Billy Breathes entitled "Strange Design" from overseas copies of their song "Free". In early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined the band, to play drums. In fact, the culture surrounding the Phish was discussed much more frequently by the media than the actual music. The name Nightwish came from one of the songs on their very first acoustic demo ("Nightwish", "The Forever Moments" and "Etišinen"). In fact, the group only had one foray into music video, that for their song Down With Disease, cobbled in part from their legendary live performances, and directed by Mike Gordon. At this time there were three band members: Holopainen, Turunen and Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (guitar). Despite the great successes by the band, the group seldom found themselves regularly on the radio or MTV.

It started out as Holopainen's experiment using keyboards, acoustic guitar and the operatic voice of Tarja Turunen. Coventry is further discussed below. Nightwish's formation officially took place in Kitee, Finland in July of 1996. This 2 segment tour ended with the Coventry festival on August 14th and 15th, 2004, which was a very emotional, though not well played, farewell. The recent commercial success of Nightwish has made certain power metal elitists label their music pop metal. 2nd, a stellar four night New Year's run in Miami, a three night April 2004 Las Vegas run, and the final summer tour of 2004. Tuomas Holopainen once described their music as "melodic heavy metal with a female voice". 28th - Dec.

The musical style of Nightwish has been described as epic metal, power metal, opera metal, symphonic metal, and goth metal, amongst others. After the IT festival, a few days after the Starlake show, Phish played a 4 night anniversary run from Nov. In recent songs, Marco Hietala, the bass player, has started to sing as well. On this night, Trey declared that the ficticious character "Jimmy" mentioned in songs like "Squirming Coil" and during nearly every "Harpua" story was really drummer Jon Fishman, cluing the fans in to one of Phish's inside jokes (similar to Paul McCartney of the Beatles being the "Walrus"). These are performed by Tarja Turunen, who has studied classical singing in the Finnish Sibelius Academy, and currently studies opera singing in Germany. "Harpua" is one of the most rarely played Phish originals, and is known for the stories Trey tells during the middle section. While the songs are mostly written by the band's keyboard player, Tuomas Holopainen, their success is also widely attributed to the vocals. During the second set the song "Harpua" was played for the last time.

Nightwish is a Finnish goth/power metal band, formed in 1996. During the first set, the first 9 songs played made their first appearance that tour, with many being the first versions since Hiatus ended, delighting those fortunate enough to be in attendence. Within Temptation. Notable during this summer tour was the July 29th show at the Star Lake Ampitheater in Burgettstown, Pennsylvaina. Visions of Atlantis. They completed a Winter and Summer Tour for 2003. Tristania. Phish ended the self-imposed hiatus with a sold-out New Year's Eve (12/31/02) show at Madison Square Garden in New York City followed by a 3 show run in Hampton, VA.

Theatre of Tragedy. Bruce Hampron and making films such as Outside Out and The Deep End, along with touring with The Benevento Russo Duo. Stratovarius. The band members then began embarking on side projects: Trey fronting his own 10-piece band featuring Cyro Baptista and Jennifer Hartswick and working with Stewart Copeland of The Police and Les Claypool of Primus in the super group Oysterhead, Page forming the trio Vida Blue with Russell Batiste (The Meters) and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Fish performing with Pork Tornado and Jazz Mandolin Project, and Mike working on his own solo album with help from artists such as Bela Fleck and Col. Sonata Arctica. Phish toured throughout the summer and fall of 2000, and began a hiatus at the end of the tour (The first break longer than a few months for 17 years). Epica. It is, in this sense, not altogether surprising that the band's hiatus came but 10 months after Big Cypress.

Elis. The band later commented that this performance was a true highlight for them, so much so that it was the apex of their time as a band. Edenbridge. The "Midnight to Sunrise" set included a performance of "Heavy Things" that was broadcast on ABC at around 2:30 am EST as part of the millennium celebrations. After Forever. The final day of this festival was capped by a now legendary eight hour set that ran from shortly before midnight on December 31, 1999 until roughly 8 am the next morning. End of Innocence (2003). The concert at Big Cypress was particularly notable, for the band and the fans alike.

From Wishes to Eternity (2001). Their fame grew with each successive release and, instead of succumbing to the pressures of huge stadium concerts, the band began organizing massive festivals such as the Clifford Ball (1996 in music), Great Went (1997 in music), Lemonwheel (1998 in music), Oswego (1999 in music), a 3 day millennium concert at the Big Cypress Seminole reservation at the end of 1999 (1999 in music), and the IT festival at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine held in August, 2003. Tales from the Elvenpath (2004). Phish fans are extremely giving, and with a little cajoling, you'll be on your way. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (2004). To really hear Phish, you must get live recordings, which can be bought through the Live Phish (http://www.livephish.com) website, or traded on any number of music messageboards. Wish I Had an Angel (2004). Phish is a live band, and studio albums often don't give an accurate picture of what the band is really capable of.

Nemo (2004). They have also released three DVDs of live performances, one from a Las Vegas performance on September 30, 2000, a documentary about life on the road entitled Bittersweet Motel and a documentary about their 2003 festival in Limestone, ME called, simply, "IT" (http://www.phish.com/drygoods/home/product.html?pid=100DV&cid=19&pg=). Bless the Child (2002). The Live Phish Series began in late 2001. Ever Dream (2002). Phish is also releasing a steady stream of recorded live concerts from their archives, which contain thousands of concerts. Six albums are released twice each year. Over the Hills and Far Away (2001). Note: All album information is taken from The Pharmer's Almanac book released in 2000..

Deep Silent Complete (2000). They were signed to Elektra Records and released:. Sleeping Sun (Four Ballads of the Eclipse) (1999). They recorded their debut album, "Junta" in 1988 (1988 in music), and began touring nationally soon after, playing 150 concerts in 1990 (1990 in music) alone. Walking in the Air (1999). Their more epic compositions (such as "The Divided Sky" and "You Enjoy Myself") are often said to resemble classical music in a rock setting. Sacrament of Wilderness (1998). Phish began playing at local clubs in Burlington, and their live shows gained a reputation for extended improvisational jams. Their musical ethos is a playful mix of skilled improvisation, psychedelic rock, folk, bluegrass, funk, a capella/barbershop quartet, and intricate compositions. Some of their original compositions (such as "Theme from the Bottom" and "Farmhouse") tend towards a psychedelic-rock and bluegrass fusion, with more rock and funk elements than the Grateful Dead and other earlier so-called jam bands.

The Carpenter (1997). After 21 years together, the band parted ways in 2004. Once (2004). In early 1986, Holdsworth left the group, thus solidifying the band's classic lineup. Century Child (2002). In 1985, Page McConnell joined on keyboards. Wishmaster (2000). Phish, a US band, was formed in 1983 (1983 in music) at the University of Vermont by guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, rhythm guitarist Jeff Holdsworth, bassist Mike Gordon, and drummer Jonathan Fishman.

Oceanborn (1998). Download sample of "Farmhouse" from Farmhouse. Angels Fall First (1997). Undermind (2004 in music). Sami Všnskš - bass. Round Room (2002 in music). Jukka Nevalainen - drums. Farmhouse (2000 in music).

Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen - guitar. Hampton Comes Alive (1999 in music). Marco Hietala - bass, vocals. The Siket Disc (1999 in music) - "All music on this disc was recorded live (no overdubs) during two multi-day jam sessions at Bearsville Studios in 1997." (1997 in music). Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards, piano. The Story of the Ghost (1998 in music). Tarja Turunen - vocals. Slip Stitch and Pass (1997 in music) - Recorded live at Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, March 1, 1997.

Billy Breathes (1996 in music). A Live One (1995 in music) - Recorded live during the fall of 1994. Hoist (1994 in music). Rift (1993 in music).

Picture of Nectar (1992 in music). Lawn Boy (1990 in music). Junta (1988 in music). The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday (1987 in music).

Phish (1986 in music).

09-02-15 FTPPro Support FTPPro looks and feels just like Windows Explorer Contact FTPPro FTPPro Help Topics FTPPro Terms Of Use ftppro.com/browse2000.php Business Search Directory Real Estate Database WebExposure.us Google+ Directory Dan Schmidt is a keyboardist, composer, songwriter, and producer.