October 6, 2016, 7 years ago

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Floor Jansen and Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish were recently interviewed by Mariskal Rock TV. During their appearance, which can be seen below, the pair clarified that Jansen will not leave the band after welcoming her first child in early 2017 during the band's previously announced year-long hiatus.

"It's just a little break that we're taking for about a year after being constantly on the road, in the studio, in the songwriting process for the last twenty years," said Tuomas. "So it's only gonna do good for the health of the band."

Added Floor: "Well, we've had a very, very great tour from the beginning to the end. Nothing bad happened, nothing horrible came in our paths; we just had great show after great show, and great tour after great tour, and great responses from audiences everywhere on the planet. So what more could we possibly wish for?"

Asked directly if there is any truth to rumors that Floor might leave the band prior to Nightwish regrouping in 2018, Tuomas said: "She won't quit." Floor reaffirmed: "No, I won't. I love this way too much; don't worry. You don't even have negative speculations one way or another. Things are great, and let's keep on doing this forever."

Jansen revealed in September that she was four months pregnant; her partner and the baby's father is Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl.

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.

In a new interview with KaaosTV, vocalist Floor Jansen discusses the upcoming release:

"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:

7 - Shanghai, China - QSW Culture Center
9 - Tokyo, Japan - Loud Park

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