Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH kicked off their North American tour last night (Thursday, April 9) at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
04. She Is My Sin
05. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
06. My Walden
07. The Islander
09. Weak Fantasy
12. I Want My Tears Back
14. Sleeping Sun
15 The Greatest Show On Earth
16. Ghost Love Score
17. Last Ride Of The Day
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
NIGHTWISH's new album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", was made available on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.
The "Élan" four-track single, which arrived on February 13, features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan".
The cover artwork for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins appears as a guest on the effort.
Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" due to health issues. He has sicne been replaced by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY).
The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band in 2013, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.