Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH performed the song "Amaranth" at the German Echo Awards Friday night (February 15) in Berlin. Footage of the playback performance, which was broadcast in Germany on the RTL network, can be viewed below.NIGHTWISH was honored with an Echo award in the "Rock/Alternative (International)" category. The other nominees in that category were FOO FIGHTERS, KAISER CHIEFS, MARILYN MANSON and WITHIN TEMPTATION. As previously reported, NIGHTWISH will play a Tuska festival warm-up show on June 26 at the Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland, the day before the official start of the festival. They will play the main stage along with AMORPHIS and EPICA. Tickets go on sale on March 3. It should be noted, however, that the NIGHTWISH concert is not part of Tuska festival and will require separate tickets to attend. NIGHTWISH has been nominated in the following categories at the Emma Gaala (Finnish Grammy equivalent): * Band Of The Year
* Best Metal Album ("Dark Passion Play")
* Best Album" ("Dark Passion Play")
* Song Of The Year ("Amaranth")
* Best Finnish Artist Emma Gaala will be held on Saturday March 8, 2008 at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki. NIGHTWISH will perform at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 24 as part of the third U.S. leg of the band's tour in support of the "Dark Passion Play" album. The trek is tentatively scheduled to begin at the end of August and run through the end of September. Final details, including special guest support and on-sale dates, will be officially announced on April 9. Discussions have also started to bring the band back to North America in early 2009 for additional touring. NIGHTWISH's latest album, "Dark Passsion Play", has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The award presentation took place on December 29, 2007 at the On A Dark Winter's Night Festival in Oberhausen, Germany, where NIGHTWISH played in front of 6,000 fans. "Dark Passion Play" has also been certified triple platinum in the band's home country of Finland, platinum in Switzerland, and gold in Sweden, Austria and Poland.