NIGHTWISH Begins Rehearsing For Upcoming Tour; Photos Available

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have begun rehearsing for their "Imaginaerum" world tour, which will kick off on Saturday, January 21 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California. This will be the biggest NIGHTWISH show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off there will be no U.S. tour until later in 2012.

In a posting on NIGHTWISH's Facebook page, the band's lead singer, Anette Olzon, writes, "Last Thursday we went to our rehearsal place already in the morning and it was really nice to get in front of the microphone again and hearing what the guys had done the days before. We have some nice things planned and it's always interesting to hear if it works out, and yeah, it did.

"Singing the songs from [the new NIGHTWISH album] 'Imaginaerum' live for the first time was interesting, and it's always this weird thing that songs I thought would be easy to sing live can be a bit tricky, while the ones I thought would be hard went really easy. This is something that happens every time, and some songs seem to come alive even more in the rehearsing space.

"This first day we practiced for many hours and it takes some time to get into the songs so the day after we all sounded even better. I felt how we all started to get more and more into every song and leaving that day behind me felt very rewarding and anticipating of the rehearsals yesterday when our dear Troy [Donockley, who handles assorted Celtic instrumentation] joined us and made our group complete. For me, personally, Troy gives me calmness and positiveness and everything feels so fun, the music flows and we just had so fun together all day.

"Yesterday [November 29] was the last rehearsing day for this time and even if I long to go home to my dear boys at home, I already long for our rehearsals in January 'cause I leave Helsinki with a sense of joy and knowledge that next year will be wonderful and fun together with these guys and with the music I love to sing."

Check out photos from the rehearsal sessions below.

"Imaginaerum" is due in North America on January 10, 2012 via Roadrunner Records. The CD is the band's first since 2007's "Dark Passion Play", which was then-new singer Anette Olzon's debut.

The band examined its catalog when sitting down to write what would become "Imaginaerum". The songs for the album were written between 2008 and 2010, after the "Dark Passion Play" tour cycle ended.

"Imaginaerum" release dates:

Finland: November 30
Europe: December 2
Australia: January 6
North America: January 10
Japan: January 11
New Zealand: January 16

NIGHTWISH's new single, "Storytime", recently topped the official chart in Finland.

"Storytime" was released as a single on Friday, November 11 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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