STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Makes Surprise Appearance With NIGHTWISH

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson joined NIGHTWISH on a cover of MEGADETH's "Symphony Of Destruction" halfway through the band's appearance at the B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City on Sunday night (August 22). According to an eyewitness, "Before the song, the band introduced Jens Johansson to play keyboards for this one special [track]. The crowd went nuts."

NIGHTWISH's North American tour kicked off Friday night (August 20) in Worcester, MA. Support at all shows comes from fellow Finns LULLACRY.

NIGHTWISH's latest album, "Once", is slated to receive a U.S. release on October 20 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child" has been certified gold in Germany for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The album has also achieved double-platinum status in the group's native Finland for sales in excess of 60,000 copies.

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