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Nightwish begin 2013 with a bang, as the band hop on a plane immediately after the New Year celebrations to tour Australia and New Zealand, exchanging the Finnish winter for the record heat wave of Australia.
While the spring is quiet on the live front, there’s laurels to be collected: in the Finnish Emma Awards in March, Nightwish win the categories “Metal Album of the Year” and “Band of the Year”. The movie “Imaginaerum by Nightwish” is also released in April in numerous formats.
The band hit the road again in May, playing four concerts in Japan. A Nightwish exhibition is opened in Kitee, Finland, where guests of the local history museum get to see artifacts connected to the band’s history.
The second festival season of The Imaginaerum World Tour starts at Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland, and the highlights of the summer include Ilosaarirock in Joensuu, a “home festival” for the band, where they play in front of 25,000 people, Byblos in Lebanon, and Midnattsrocken in Lakselv, northern Norway.
There’s excitement in the Nightwish camp in early August, as the concert at Wacken Open Air will be shot for the forthcoming live release. Over 80,000 fans witness a spectacular performance in northern Germany. A week later, the “Imaginaerum World Tour” that had ran for 18 months and over 100 concerts is capped off at the M’era Luna festival.
In September Nightwish get more well-earned recognition in Germany, as Metal Hammer magazine awards the band with the title “Best International Band”.
In early October Nightwish fans are thrilled to hear the new line-up confirmed: having been accepted by the fans, Floor Jansen is expectedly announced as the new vocalist, and the British multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, who has collaborated with the band for years, is simultaneously confirmed as a permanent member of the band.
Late November sees the release of “Showtime, Storytime”, a DVD / Blu-Ray that, in addition to the spectacular Wacken performance, also features a two-hour documentary film “Please Learn the Setlist in 48 Hours”. Directed by Ville Lipiäinen, the film follows the band on their roller-coaster ride through the Imaginaerum World Tour.
So what’s up next for Nightwish?
In 2014, the band will concentrate on writing their next album, scheduled for spring 2015 release, while a new world tour is being booked. As a taster of what’s to come, let us reveal that the forthcoming album will feature, among others, the longest song in the history of the band so far…