NIGHTWISH – Prior To Heavy Montréal, Remembering First Time In Canada

July 13, 2016, a year ago

Mark Gromen

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In preparation for their show at Heavy Montréal, which will be one of the last times anyone sees Nightwish, until 2018, we takes a look back. We were all a lot younger then. Take a gander at the baby-faces, as the members of Nightwish were mere kids. However, in the fall of 2000, the Finns had already begun to create an uproar on the international scene. BraveWords had witnessed them on the main stage at Wacken, so definitely wanted to be in attendance when they landed on our front door. Most would not take notice until a few years hence, but for two nights, November 25-26, the youngsters brought their brand of metal to North America for the first time. Le Medley, played host to a band that's undergone numerous changes since, with only mainman/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and guitarist Emppu Vuorinen the lone constants. Holopainen recalls, "Those were the weird times when I still was scared to death of playing live, every time. So yes, I was a wreck, but once on stage, I remember enjoying both of them immensely. Back in 2000, I still had very little idea on anything that had to do with music business, touring, or establishing one`s name abroad. We were five enthusiastic kids just happy to have the chance to see the world and play our music. It was great, seeing in action, the stuff we did together in a small town in Eastern Finland carried this far overseas. It was a feeling of awe & disbelief. I was the happiest bloke on the planet, so much, that at the airport, on the day of our departure, I turned on my heels and stayed there an extra 5 days, before flying back home!"

Until the weekend of August 6th-7th, here's a time capsule memory, for your enjoyment.

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