Dark Passion Play World Tour

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Dark Passion Play World Tour
Nightwish-Melbourne-2008.jpg
The band live in Melbourne, Australia, on January 30, 2008
Tour by Nightwish
Associated album Dark Passion Play
Start date October 6, 2007
End date September 19, 2009
Legs 3
Shows 199 (3 secret and 5 cancelled)
Nightwish concert chronology
Once Upon a Tour
(2004–2005)
Dark Passion Play World Tour
(2007–2009)
Imaginaerum World Tour
(2012-2013)

Dark Passion Play World Tour was the fourth world tour by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, taking place from 2007 to 2009 in support of their sixth studio album, Dark Passion Play, released by Nuclear Blast on September 26, 2007; it was the first tour with the current frontwoman, Anette Olzon, who joined the band in 2006, after Tarja Turunen's dismissal on October 21, 2005. During this tour, the band played for the first time in Israel, China, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, Serbia and Croatia.

On September 22, 2007, the band hosted a secret concert at Rock Café in Tallinn, Estonia, disguising itself as a Nightwish cover band called "Nachtwasser".[1] Their first official concert with the new singer was in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 6, 2007.[2] The tour thus started, visiting the United States, Canada, most of Europe, Asia, and Australia.[3][4] In 2008, the band played over 100 shows, with concerts in Oceania, Europe and Asia. In November, the band played in South America, and later took a three month break; Nightwish started the third leg in 2009, with dates in North America and Europe, and also attended various summer festivals, including Graspop Metal Meeting and Masters of Rock. The last show was played at Helsinki Hartwall Areena, with an attendance of 11,000 people.

For their Once album, Nightwish had planned to give a grand concert in London with a live orchestra, as the progressive metal band Dream Theater had done on what later would be their Score album, and this project is still in the works. In an interview in December 2007, Holopainen said that they have been planning the concert and that this was something he really wanted to do, but that the locale they needed was already booked for two years in advance.[5] The show was never played though, but according to Holopainen it is still in the future plans for other tours.

Setlist[edit]

Dispelling the rumours that Anette Olzon would never be capable of performing old Nightwish hit songs, the band used a setlist containing songs from all their album, except for Angels Fall First and the Over the Hills and Far Away EP[6] He was not afraid that Olzon would not be able to perform the songs that Turunen usually sang, because even on her demo she showed her ability performing for example "Ever Dream" and "Higher Than Hope", but he has confirmed that they will never again play songs "The Phantom of the Opera", "Passion and the Opera" and "Stargazers", as these go beyond Olzon's non-operatic vocal style.[6]

The band ending a concert in Mantova, Italy, on March 30, 2009

The ballad "Eva" was performed only a few times in the tour, as well as "Sleeping Sun", while "Cadence of Her Last Breath" and "She's my Sin" haven't been performed since the 2008 concerts in Australia. During the 2008 European leg, "Slaying the Dreamer" and "She's my Sin" were performed in selected dates while "Dead to the World" and "The Siren" were included in the usual setlist, remaining until the end of the tour. During this European leg, the Irish musician Troy Donockley joined the band on stage to play Uilleann pipes on "The Islander" and "Last of the Wilds", and the native-American singer John Two-Hawks joined the band in a few dates to sing and play flute on "Stone People" and "Creek Mary's Blood". Also during the European leg the band started to play a version of Megadeth's Symphony of Destruction, occasionally replaced by the original "While Your Lips Are Still Red", both featuring Marco Hietala on led vocals. In the second North American leg in 2008 the band brought back their "Come Cover Me" song, played until the end of the Latin American tour in November.

Some old songs like "Dead Boy's Poem", "Romanticide" and "Ghost Love Score" have only been performed by the band since in the 2009 tour dates, starting in London's Brixton Academy on March 11, and Olzon has performed "Kuolema tekee taiteilijan" without the support of the band during a festival in Sweden. Holopainen has also revealed that the band rehearsed Elvenpath with Olzon, but that the song "didn't work" well enough to be performed live. The final concert at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki featured the previously never performed song "Meadows of Heaven", also including an acoustic version of "Walking in the Air" and the unreleased cover of "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" recorded for Dark Passion Play was also played while the band left the stage.

Tour dates[edit]

Date[7][8][9] City Country Venue
Warm Up
September 22, 2007 Tallinn Estonia Rock Cafe
September 26, 2007 Helsinki Finland Tavastia Club
September 28, 2007 Hamburg Germany Delphi Club
Middle East[7]
October 6, 2007 Tel Aviv Israel Hangar 11
North America[7]
October 15, 2007 Springfield United States Jaxx Club
October 16, 2007 Philadelphia Trocadero Theatre
October 18, 2007 New York City Nokia Theatre
October 20, 2007 Worcester Palladium
October 21, 2007 Montreal Canada Metropolis
October 23, 2007 Toronto Sound Academy
October 24, 2007 Cleveland United States Peabody's Club
October 26, 2007 Detroit Harpos Concert Theatre
October 27, 2007 Chicago House of Blues
October 28, 2007 Minneapolis First Avenue
October 31, 2007 Seattle Showbox
November 1, 2007 Portland Roseland Theatre
November 2, 2007 San Francisco Slim's Club
November 4, 2007 Los Angeles House of Blues
November 6, 2007 Santa Ana Galaxy Theatre
November 7, 2007 Phoenix Marquee Theatre
November 8, 2007 Albuquerque Sunshine Theatre
November 10, 2007 San Antonio White Rabbit Club
November 11, 2007 Dallas Palladium Ballroom
November 12, 2007 Houston Meridian Theatre
November 14, 2007 Fort Lauderdale Culture Room
November 15, 2007 Orlando Firestone Club
November 17, 2007 Atlanta Masquerade Theatre
Europe[7]
November 28, 2007 Copenhagen Denmark KB Hallen
November 30, 2007 Gothemburg Sweden Lisebergshallen
December 1, 2007 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
December 2, 2007
December 4, 2007 Stockholm Sweden Arenan
December 5, 2007 Umeå SkyCom Arena
December 8, 2007 Levi Finland Hullu Poro Areena
December 9, 2007
December 11, 2007 Oulu Teatria 25
December 12, 2007 Joensuu Areena
December 14, 2007 Jyväskylä Paviljonki Areena
December 15, 2007 Tampere Ice-Hall
December 16, 2007 Turku Karibia Club
December 28, 2007 Salzburg Austria On a Dark Winter's Night Festival
December 29, 2007 Oberhausen Germany
January 1, 2008 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
Asia
January 17, 2008 Osaka Japan Big Cat Club
January 18, 2008 Tokyo Ebisu Liquid Hall
January 21, 2008 Beijing China MG Live House
January 23, 2008 Shangai Hongkou Coliseum
January 24, 2008 Kowloon Hong Kong HITEC Auditorium
Oceania
January 27, 2008 Perth Australia Metro Theatre
January 29, 2008 Adelaide HQ Club
January 30, 2008 Melbourne Palais Theatre
February 1, 2008 Sydney Enmore Theatre
February 2, 2008 Brisbane Tivoli Theatre
Europe
February 17, 2008 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
February 19, 2008 Kraków Poland Wisla Hall
February 20, 2008 Prague Czech Republic T-Mobile Arena
February 21, 2008 Berlin Germany Arena
February 23, 2008 Leipzig Leipzig Arena
February 24, 2008 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
February 25, 2008 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
February 27, 2008 Bamberg Jako Arena
February 28, 2008 Vienna Austria Gasometer
February 29, 2008 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
March 2, 2008 Milan Italy Palalido Gymnasium
March 4, 2008 Ljubljana Slovenia Tivoli Hall
March 5, 2008 Budapest Hungary JRC Ice-Hall
March 8, 2008 Athens Greece Olympic Fencing Arena
March 17, 2008 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
March 18, 2008 Hanover AWD Hall
March 19, 2008 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
March 21, 2008 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
March 22, 2008 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
March 23, 2008 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
March 25, 2008 London United Kingdom Astoria
March 26, 2008
March 27, 2008
March 29, 2008 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
March 30, 2008 Newcastle upon Tyne O2 Academy Newcastle
March 31, 2008 Glasgow O2 Academy Glasgow
April 2, 2008 Belfast Mandela Hall
April 3, 2008 Dublin Ireland Vicar Street
April 4, 2008 Manchester United Kingdom Apollo Theatre
April 6, 2008 Paris France Le Zénith
April 7, 2008 Strasbourg Zénith de Strasbourg
April 10, 2008 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
April 11, 2008 Marseille Le Dôme de Marseille
April 12, 2008 Toulouse Le Zénith
April 14, 2008 Barcelona Spain Razzmatazz 1
April 15, 2008 Bilbao Santana 27
April 16, 2008 Madrid La Riviera
April 18, 2008 Porto Portugal Coliseum
April 19, 2008 Lisbon Recreations Coliseum
North America
May 2, 2008 Mexico City Mexico Vive Cuervo Salon
May 3, 2008
May 7, 2008 Poughkeepsie United States Chance Theatre
May 9, 2008 Quebec City Canada Centre de Foire
May 11, 2008 London Cowboy's Club
May 14, 2008 Winnipeg Garrick Centre
May 15, 2008 Regina The Drink
May 16, 2008 Edmonton Starlite Room
May 17, 2008 Calgary The MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 19, 2008 Victoria Sugar Club
May 20, 2008 Vancouver Croatian Cultural Centre
May 22, 2008 Orangevale United States Boardwalk Club
May 23, 2008 San Diego House of Blues
May 23, 2008 Las Vegas House of Blues
May 26, 2008 Denver Ogden Theatre
May 27, 2008 Lawrence Granada Theater
May 28, 2008 Sauget Pop's Club
May 30, 2008 Louisville Headliner's Music Hall
May 31, 2008 Mokena The Pearl Room
Summer Festivals
June 7, 2008 Nürburgring Germany Rock am Ring
June 8, 2008 Nuremberg Rock im Park
June 26, 2008 Helsinki Finland Kaisaniemi Park
June 28, 2008 Gothemburg Sweden Metaltown Festival
July 4, 2008 Turku Finland Ruisrock
July 6, 2008 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
July 8, 2008 Novi Sad Serbia Exit Festival
July 13, 2008 Joensuu Finland Ilosaarirock
July 26, 2008 Lorca Spain Lorca Festival
August 2, 2008 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air
August 7, 2008 Skanderborg Denmark Skanderborg Festival
August 9, 2008 Tuuri Finland Miljoona Rock
August 13, 2008 Colmar France Foire aux Vins
August 15, 2008 Gampel Switzerland Gampel Open Air
August 16, 2008 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival
August 17, 2008 Derby United Kingdom Bloodstock Open Air
North America
August 29, 2008 Philadelphia United States Trocadero Theatre
August 30, 2008 Worcester Palladium
September 1, 2008 Montreal Canada Metropolis
September 2, 2008 Toronto The Dock's
September 4, 2008 Cleveland United States Agora Theatre
September 5, 2008 Detroit Harpos Concert Theatre
September 6, 2008 Chicago House of Blues
September 9, 2008 Seattle Showbox
September 10, 2008 Portland Roseland Tehatre
September 12, 2008 San Francisco Filmore Irving Plaza
September 13, 2008 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre
September 14, 2008 Phoenix Marquee Theatre
September 16, 2008 Dallas Palladium
September 17, 2008 Austin La Zona Rosa
September 20, 2008 New Orleans House of Blues
September 21, 2008 St. Petersburg Jannus Landing
South America
November 5, 2008 Curitiba Brazil Master Hall
November 7, 2008 São Paulo Via Funchal
November 8, 2008
November 10, 2008 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
November 11, 2008 Brasilia AABB Club
November 13, 2008 Manaus Amadeu Teixeira Arena
November 15, 2008 Fortaleza Arena
November 16, 2008 Recife Português Club
November 18, 2008 Vila Velha Marista Gymnasium
November 19, 2008 Rio de Janeiro Circo Voador
November 21, 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Obras Arena
November 23, 2008 Santiago Chile Caupólican Theatre
Europe
March 11, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Academy Brixton
March 14, 2009 Brussels Belgium Forest National
March 15, 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
March 17, 2009 Cologne Germany Palladium
March 18, 2009 Lingen Emslandhallen
March 20, 2009 Karlsruhe Europahalle
March 21, 2009 Erfurt Messehalle
March 23, 2009 Paris France Le Zénith
March 24, 2009
March 26, 2009 Munich Germany Zenith
March 28, 2009 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
March 30, 2009 Mantova Italy Palabam
March 31, 2009 Pordenone Palasport
April 2, 2009 Zagreb Croatia Cibona Hall
April 4, 2009 Debrecen Hungary Főnix Hall
North America
May 1, 2009 Hartford United States Webster Theater
May 2, 2009 New York City Nokia Theatre
May 3, 2009 Allentown Crocodile Rock
May 5, 2009 Baltimore Sonar Club
May 6, 2009 Louisville Oasis Club
May 8, 2009 Sauget Pop's Club
May 9, 2009 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom
May 11, 2009 Corpus Christi Concrete Street Pavilion
May 12, 2009 Houston Warehouse Live
May 14, 2009 Atlanta Masquerade Theatre
Summer Festivals
June 7, 2009 Tampere Finland Sauna Open Air
June 12, 2009 Interlaken Switzerland Greenfield Festival
June 18, 2009 Pori inland RMJ Party Camp
June 28, 2009 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
July 3, 2009 Tolmin Slovenia Metalcamp
July 9, 2009 Vizovice Czech Republic Masters of Rock
July 11, 2009 Kvinesdal Norway Kvinesdal Rock Festival
July 18, 2009 Sibiu Romania Artmania Festival
July 24, 2009 Seinäjoki Finland Race & Rock Festival
August 8, 2009 Hildesheim Germany M'era Luna Festival
Europe
August 15, 2009 Savonlinna Finland Olavinlinna Castle
August 16, 2009
September 5, 2009 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Hall
September 19, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena

Cancelled dates

Original Date City Country Venue
November 6, 2007[10] Anaheim United States House of Blues
May 5, 2008[11] Sayreville Starland Ballroom
May 6, 2008[12] Hartford Webster Theater
September 19, 2008[13] Houston Meridian Theatre
September 23, 2008[14] Knoxville Valarium Club
September 27, 2008[15] New York City Nokia Theatre
September 28, 2008[16] Baltimore Rams Head Live!
September 29, 2008[17] Charlotte Tremont Hall
October 11, 2008[18] Moscow Russia Luzhniki Hall
October 25, 2008[19] Reykjavík Iceland Laugardalshöll
November 4, 2008[20] Porto Alegre Brazil Pepsi On Stage

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Dates Tickets sold / available Gross revenue (approx.)
Nokia Theatre New York City 2 4,200 / 4,200 (100%) $189,000
Metropolis Montreal 2 4,600 / 4,600 (100%) $207,000
House of Blues Chicago 2 2,600 / 2,600 (100%) $106,000
Showbox Seattle 2 2,200 / 2,200 (100%) $99,000
House of Blues/Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles 2 4,000 / 4,000 (100%) $180,000
Lisebergshallen Gothenburg 1 7,000 / 7,000 (100%) €350,000
Sentrum Scenne Oslo 2 3,400 / 3,400 (100%) €153,000
Teatria 25 Oulu 1 2,500 / 2,500 (100%) €100,000
Areena Joensuu 1 9,000 / 9,000 (100%) €405,000
Paviljonki Areena Jyväskylä 1 4,500 / 4,500 (100%) €202,500
Ice Hall Tampere 1 6,000 / 6,000 (100%) €270,000
Ice Hall Helsinki 1 7,500 / 7,500 (100%) €337,500
T-Mobile Arena Prague 1 12,500 / 12,500 (100%) €562,500
Arena Berlin 1 7,500 / 7,500 (100%) €337,500
Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt 1 4,800 / 4,800 (100%) €216,000
Hallenstadion Zurich 1 13,000 / 13,000 (100%) €585,000
Palalido Gymnasium Milan 1 4,500 / 4,500 (100%) €202,500
JRC Ice Hall Budapest 1 6,000 / 6,000 (100%) €270,000
Heineken Music Hall Amasterdam 1 5,500 / 5,500 (100%) €247,500
Lotto Arena Antwerp 1 7,000 / 7,000 (100%) €315,000
Astoria/O2 Academy Brixton London 4 10,921 / 10,921 (100%) €491,445
O2 Academy Birmingham 1 3,009 / 3,009 (100%) €135,405
O2 Academy Newcastle 1 2,000 / 2,000 (100%) €90,000
O2 Academy Glasgow 1 2,500 / 2,500 (100%) €112,500
Mandela Hall Belfast 1 900 / 900 (100%) €40,500
Vicar Street Dublin 1 1,500 / 1,500 (100%) €67,500
Apollo Theatre Manchester 1 3,500 / 3,500 (100%) €157,500
Le Zenith Paris 2 14,000 / 14,000 (100%) €630,000
Vive Cuervo Salon Mexico City 1 3,500 / 3,500 (100%) Mex$157,500
Starlite Room Edmonton 1 1,000 / 1,000 (100%) $45,000
MacEwan Hall Calgary 1 1,800 / 1,800 (100%) $81,000
Croatian Cultural Centre Vancouver 1 1,100 / 1,100 (100%) $67,500
House of Blues San Diego 1 1,300 / 1,300 (100%) $58,500
Granada Theater Lawrence 1 1,700 / 1,700 (100%) $76,500
Hartwall Areena Helsinki 1 11,000 / 11,000 (100%) 495,000
Total ~178,030 / 178,030 ~8,011,350

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "The concert in Sayreville is cancelled". Nightwish's Official Website. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  12. ^ "Tonight's show in Hartford is cancelled". Nightwish's Official Website. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  13. ^ "Houston -concert has been cancelled". Nightwish's Official Website. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
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  15. ^ "New York also cancelled". Nightwish's Official Website. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  16. ^ "Baltimore also cancelled". Nightwish's Official Website. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
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