NIGHTWISH Perform With Original Bassist SAMI VÄNSKÄ At Himos Park Show, Video Available

September 2, 2016, 3 years ago

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NIGHTWISH Perform With Original Bassist SAMI VÄNSKÄ At Himos Park Show, Video Available

On August 20th, Nightwish performed Himos Park in Jämsä, Finland. During their set the band was joined by original bassist Sami Vänskä, who was let go in 2002. Check out the footage of "Stargazers" below. Following is the translation of current bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala's speech at the beginning of the clip. 

"So, the last time I saw Nightwish live was the year 2000 and after that, due to a chain of few events, I haven't been really able to get to the front row myself. Anyway, I'd have just a small humble request, if I'd climb down to the pit to see what this looks like from your perspective, would it be possible to watch it without having to do selfies and such? I'm just really interested of how all this works, because it seems to work when we do it. There's just a little 'but' about it, you know, because then we need someone on the bass. Fortunately, we have one, celebrating his name day, Sami Vänskä."

Drummer Jukka Nevalainen also rejoined his Nightwish bandmates on stage at Himos Park. Jukka announced in August 2014 that he was taking a break from the band to deal with some health issues. Check out video of the performance of “Last Ride Of The Day” below:

The Nightwish documentary created by the fans, To Nightwish With Love, was recently streamed online. It is now available in both English and Finnish courtesy of Click here for the English version.

A trailer is available below.

The makers of the documentary issued the following message:

"Making this Nightwish fan documentary has been an adventure, the journey blessed with passionate people. It's not too late to participate in the documentary; check out our website here."

After touring for a year and a half throughout almost every corner of the world and leaving fans of all nationalities breathless, the time has come for Nightwish to immortalize their Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour on DVD. Therefore, the symphonic metal visionaries are set to release their new live milestone Vehicle Of Spirit on November 4th, featuring not only two full concerts, but also plenty of bonus material.

"The title Vehicle Of Spirit came from a friend of Troy's, who after seeing our show a few years ago defined Nightwish as 'A vehicle of spirit that defies category'. That beautiful description has followed us ever since, and felt like a perfect match as the DVD title," states keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen.

Sold out arenas and spectacular shows with never before seen pyro effects, wind machines, video screens and of course Nightwish's incomparable melodies are the elements that made their latest tour so unique. Special highlights for the band have been two particular shows though:

The one in London, where they not only played their hymns such as 'Élan' and the majestic 'The Greatest Show On Earth' to more than 12,000 fans, but also welcomed the world famous scientist Richard Dawkins live on stage with them. Richard Dawkins´ works had a massive impact on the thematical orientation of their latest studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Finland's Tampere show however was a home run for the band and never before Nightwish had such an immense stage production with them:

"I would say the main part of the DVD are those two shows, both Wembley and Tampere. Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognizability and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mind-blowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride! The show in Ratina Stadion, Tampere, was a home crowd specialty (for 4/6th of the band) with the biggest stage production we've ever had. A lovely atmosphere throughout the concert, with many same faces in the front row as there were 15 years ago. Heartfelt."

When it comes to the fine artwork of the DVD, Nightwish decided to walk different paths this time and come up with a little alternative idea, as Tuomas explains:

"We didn`t want to include a traditional band shot for the cover, as on the previous DVD release Showtime, Storytime. So we started brainstorming on different options and the idea of a classic silent movie era Hollywood visuals quickly came up. With those classic slogans the cover has a little tongue-in-cheek-touch to it, but it's still classy and eye catching in its simplicity and originality."

Catch Nightwish live one more time on their Endless Forms Most Beautiful World Tour 2015-2016:

3 - Havirov, Czech Republic - Havirovske Slavnosti
8 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseu
10 - Madrid, Spain - Barclaycard Center
12 - Mantova, Italy - Palabam
14 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Arena Armeec

2 - Seoul, Korea - Samsung Blue Square
5 - Shenzeng, China - A8 Live House
7 - Shanghai, China - QSW Culture Center
9 - Tokyo, Japan - Loud Park

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