Despite rumors to the contrary, NIGHTWISH vocalist Tarja Turunen will not leave the band in order to focus on her classical singing studies in Germany in the fall, according to band manager Ewo Rytkönen, who spoke to www.soneraplaza.fi earlier today. Instead, NIGHTWISH will take a long break following the completion of the band's upcoming Century Child three-month world tour, and will not reunite before the end of 2003 or the beginning of 2004, at the earliest. The break will allow Tarja to complete her studies before rejoining forces with the rest of the band for the recording of the group's follow-up to Century Child.“A touring break is not that unusual nowadays, especially when you consider some of the bigger bands like STRATOVARIUS, so there's no fear of NIGHTWISH splitting up,” stated Rytkönen. “However, the news of this extended break from the touring front will hopefully give all of the band's fans the incentive to attend NIGHTWISH's summer dates, since it may be quite some time before they get a chance to see the group play out again.” NIGHTWISH's fourth full-length studio album, the aforementioned Century Child, is due to be released on July 1st. (Thanks: Tuomas Toivonen)
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