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NIGHTWISH: Spring 2008 North American Tour Dates Revealed

BLABBERMOUTH.NET can reveal the details of NIGHTWISH's upcoming spring 2008 North American run, which is scheduled to kick off in early May. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 05 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 06 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
May 07 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
May 09 - Quebec City, QUE @ Centre De Foire
May 11 - London, ONT @ Cowboy's
May 14 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
May 15 - Regina, SK @ The Drink
May 16 - Edmonton, AL @ Starlite Room
May 17 - Calgary, AL @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
May 22 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
May 23 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 26 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
May 27 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 28 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
May 30 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
May 31 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room

Tickets are available exclusively through until November 26, 2007 at which point they will go on sale through all normal ticketing systems.

In a brand new interview with, NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen stated about the band's popularity on the American continent, "In North America, our success has been more underground. There has been a cult following for a few years now, and it's looking really good because the new album went to the charts, like 24, in Canada and the U.S., which is really good for a band like this.

"But in Europe it's going really well. I think we hit number one in six countries with this new album.

"I think the whole North American scene is a challenge because, for a European band, it's the hardest market for music there is in the world. So if you can have success here, that's an accomplishment."

Holopainen also broke down why so many people have embraced NIGHTWISH's music like this:

"Our music is very diverse," he said. "There's the real heavy stuff, there's a lot of ballads as well, and the hybrid of orchestra with guitars, so it's a little bit for everybody, I guess.

"I think it's the honesty of the music. We've never followed any trends. We've always done things our own way. People have inner feelings when they sense what's real and what's not. Even though we are kind of childish and kind of a naive band, there is a lot of honesty, and that's what people can appreciate."

NIGHTWISH kicked off its current U.S. tour on October 15 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia.

The band's mainman Tuomas Holopainen told a Finnish TV station that NIGHTWISH has just finished shooting the third video from its latest CD, "Dark Passion Play". The clip for an as-yet-undisclosed song was shot in Rovaniemi, Finland with director Tuomas "Stobe" Harju. Ilkka Immonen of Lapland Studio Oy produced the video.

Watch fan-filmed video footage of NIGHTWISH performing the song "Ever Dream" live at Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Sunday, October 21, 2007:


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