According to the NIGHTWISH North American fan club Oceansouls Of America, NIGHTWISH is rumored to be playing a "secret" gig at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California on January 19 — two days before the Finnish/Swedish symphonic metal act's sold-out world-tour kick-off performance at the Gibson Ampitheater in Universal City. The Universal City concert 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.
On October 24, Finnish newspaper Karjalainen quoted the band's management as saying that there would be a "secret NIGHTWISH gig scheduled somewhere in California in mid-January."
A flyer on the Key Club's web site utilizes a dark, pixelated image of the NIGHTWISH "Wishmaster" cover art to promote a January 19 concert by the "RUBBER BAND OF WOLVES (from Finland)."
**IMPORTANT**: NIGHTWISH has not officially confirmed or denied that the band will perform at the Key Club on January 19 and any such suggestion should be treated as speculation and rumor only.
"Imaginaerum", the first album in four years from NIGHTWISH, entered the official chart in Finland at position No. 1.
According to Rytmi.com, "Imaginaerum" sold 50,000 copies in Finland in its first two days of release. The band's first CD since 2007's "Dark Passion Play" — which was then-new singer Anette Olzon's debut — is due in North America on January 10, 2012 via Roadrunner Records.
Key Club advertisement for RUBBER BAND OF WOLVES:
NIGHTWISH "Wishmaster" cover art