A totally sold-out show in Hartwall-Arena should have been a warning. Unfortunately getting there took a while longer, and I missed a part of Sonata Arctica's show... but I could still enjoy the birthday-serenade for keyboarder Henrik and their hits "Replika" or "Don't Say A Word". Shouter Tony Kakko, again in army-camouflage-Outfit, and his guys had raised the audience's spirit already.
Even in the break "the wave" emerged from humble beginning to full ecstasy - and when Nightwish entered stage, 12.000 fans sounded as if Finland had just become soccer-, icehockey- and formula 1-worldchampion at the same time.
The band released a firework - literally, and musically with "Planet Hell" and "Dark Chest of Wonders". All the hits from their "Once"-Album, older highlights like "End of All Hope" or "Phantom Of The Opera", perfect sound and amazing optical effects - stagelights and videoscreen, for example, created stunning effects for "Ghost Love Score". And Tarja changed her outfit at least three times ...
Nightwish displayed top-form, at emotional parts (like Tarja's Solo "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan") as well as with Slayer-Metallica-riffing ("Slaying The Dreamer"), and they added some humor (a "Trooper"-reference or Marco's speeches).
No wonder some merchandise-stands were sold out only after a few songs... "Nemo" and "Creek Mary's Blood" featuring John Two-Hawks were final highlights before "Wish I Had an Angel" and "Over The Hills" rounded up a truly great and historical concert.
Not only the final of their world-tour, Nightwish also terminated cooperation with Tarja Turunen two days later. Disappointed fans might be comforted by the upcoming live DVD... Details at www.nightwish.com!
If you like to read what Tarja told us, a short time before she got kicked out, take a look on our "Stories - Interviews" section.