Finnish Heavy Metal 'Idol' Performs STRATOVARIUS On National TV; Video Available

Video footage of 22-year-old Finnish heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen performing STRATOVARIUS' "Hunting High And Low" and LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock and Roll" on the Finnish TV talent show "Idols" last Thursday (March 22) has been posted online on YouTube:

"Hunting High And Low" (video)
"Rock and Roll" (video)

There are only three contestants left in the competition (including Ari), and two more shows to go.

In other news, Ari recently met his own idol — Timo Kotipelto of STRATOVARIUS — backstage at the Tavastia club in Helsinki. The two reportedly talked for a while and sang a part of a STRATOVARIUS song together.

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Commented Ari: "I have been listening to STRATOVARIUS since I was 10 years old. When I first started listening to them, I was a drummer and paid particular attention to their drums, the double-bass."

Check out a photo of Ari and Kotipelto backstage at the Tavastia club at this location.

Ari is from Lahti, the Finnish town that has given birth to such metal acts as PROFANE OMEN, BEFORE THE DAWN and ENTWINE. One of his hobbies is "Hevikaraoke" (Finnish "heavy metal" karaoke); in 2005 he won the Finnish karaoke championships. Among his favorite bands are IRON MAIDEN, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, PROFANE OMEN and HELLOWEEN.

The "Idols" program is broadcast in Finland every Thursday on MTV3.

Watch previous Ari Koivunen "Idols" performances:

* IRON MAIDEN's "The Evil That Men Do": video
* DEEP PURPLE's "Perfect Strangers": video
* WHITESNAKE's "Here I Go Again": video

(Thanks: Siria / www.konzi-tip.de)

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