Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have been forced to postpone their concert at the Alcatraz in Milan, Italy to Sunday, February 27, 2011 from the previously announced September 30, 2010. According to the band, the reason for the date change is the fact that SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Elias Viljanen broke his right hand "while doing his daily exercise routine." As a result, he will be unable to play guitar for the next five or six weeks.
All tickets for the September 30 show will remain valid for the new date.
Commented SONATA ARCTICA: "It was pretty shocking to hear from Elias about his accident.
"We are really sorry we need to postpone the show to a later date and want to excuse for any inconveniences this might cause to our fans in Italy and to all fans who had made travel plans from around the world. We really hope to see you all again in February at the Alcatraz".
SONATA ARCTICA's February 27, 2011 concert in Milan will be filmed for the band's second live DVD, to be released in late 2011. The group states, "[SONATA ARCTICA] will perform a pretty unique show of at least 120 minutes. Next to songs of their latest albums, 'The Days Of Grays' and 'Unia', they also will perform some of the older songs from previous albums plus some very rare songs they didn't play live during the last years. For sure this will be an unforgettable event and a journey from the beginning of their career as one of the most popular Finnish metal bands until now — you definitely shouldn't miss it.
"The DVD will be released through Nuclear Blast Records and Marquee Inc. in Japan and will, next to the show in Milan, contain another show, recorded 2009 during the SONATA ARCTICA Open Air Festival in their hometown Kemi, Finland. And of course there will be massive bonus material such as the 'making-of,' interviews, and plenty of video footage the band recorded the last few years during their career on tour."
"The Days Of Grays", the latest album from SONATA ARCTICA, sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 19 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"The Days Of Grays" was released on September 22, 2009 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.