Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, who cancelled the September 23 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee, the September 24 show in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the September 26 gig in Baltimore due to singer Anette Olzon's "sudden severe illness," have issued the following update:
"Due to Anette's illness, also the show in New York [on September 27] is cancelled. SONATA ARCTICA will play though, and the guys of NIGHTWISH will be there for a meet-and-greet. This was one of the best tour legs we have ever done, and it's a pity it has to end this way, but there's no competing with the forces of nature. There is nothing anybody can do about these things. We want to thank all the fans for all the sympathy, you guys have been so understanding, it's heartwarming. Thank you! We will do our best to make up for the cancelled shows sometime in the future."
NIGHTWISH released a digital-only collection of demos and B-sides titled "The Sound of Nightwish Reborn", on September 2. This release, which clocks in at nearly 70 minutes of music, retains "must-have" status for all NIGHTWISH diehards, since it includes a bevy of exclusive material, such as demo versions of songs from the "Dark Passion Play" sessions that were recorded prior to singer Anette Olzon joining the band and that feature Marco Tapani Hietala handling the vocals, as well as B-sides.