Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish have announced that they will be parting ways with their current vocalist Anette Olzon, leaving the future of the band in question.
Nightwish recently embarked on a U.S. tour in support of their newest album Imaginaerum. The band kicked off the tour with back-to-back shows in Atlanta on Sept. 12th and 13th, at Center Stage Theatre.
Nightwish members later said on their Facebook page that “Atlanta earned an award for the best start of the tour of all times,” and the tour seemed to be headed for success.
However, on Sept 28th, the day of the Denver, Colorado show, things took a turn for the worse. Nightwish frontwoman Anette Olzon became extremely ill and was forced to stay in a local hospital overnight.
Instead of cancelling the show, the other members of Nightwish decided to go on without her, enlisting the help of opening act Kamelot’s backing vocalists Elize Ryd (also of Amaranthe) and Alissa White-Gluz (also of The Agonist). The crowd sang along in what was described as a mass karaoke, and with the help of these two women, the band played a rather successful show.
Anette was released from the hospital the next day and returned to the band for the Salt Lake City show that same night. Many fans seemed to breathe a sigh of relief upon her surprise return.
After the Salt Lake City show was over, Olzon wrote an entry on her official blog voicing her discontent over the fact that the other members of the band chose to continue the concert without her on the previous night.
Anette posted that she “was never asked if it was OK if they used Elize and Alissa in the show” and that she did not agree with the band’s decision to play without her. In another posting, Olzon wrote, “Sometimes we get ill and shows do get cancelled. Rihanna wouldn’t ask Britney Spears to sing for her if she was ill.”
The following morning, Oct 1st, the band released a press statement revealing that Nightwish and Anette Olzon would be parting ways. The statement went on to say that the agreement to split was mutual and for the good of all those involved.
The press release also revealed that the band had no intentions of cancelling any shows and stated that Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever, ReVamp) would be joining the band in order to complete the tour. Whether or not Jansen will become a permanent member of the band is uncertain at this point.
Nightwish is a band with a history of vocalists not working out. The band formed in 1996 and has since lost two vocalists. Original Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen was fired from the band in 2005. Over the course of these nine years, the band released five albums.
Anette Olzon replaced Turunen in the band in 2007, and during her time with the band, two successful albums were released. Now, despite the fact that the band has parted ways with Olzon, members seem to be hopeful about the future.
When interviewed after the press release concerning the band’s split, all members agreed that the decision to split “will lead to a brighter future for everyone” and expressed genuine excitement about the “adventures to come.”