End of an Era

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End of an Era
Video by Nightwish
Released June 1, 2006
Recorded October 21, 2005
Genre Symphonic metal, power metal
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Tero Kinnunen, Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala
Nightwish chronology
End of Innocence
End of an Era
Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Ultimate Guitar 8/10 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic.com (4.2/5)[3]

End of an Era is a DVD and double CD from Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. Nuclear Blast recorded their live performance at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, on October 21, 2005, the final concert of a long worldwide tour for their album Once. During the concert the band was joined on-stage by Lakota musician John Two-Hawks, who performed "Stone People" from his album Honor as an introduction to "Creek Mary's Blood", which featured his voice and cedar flutes. End of an Era is the final Nightwish production to feature Tarja Turunen on vocals. She was dismissed by a letter after this concert.[4]

In addition to original Nightwish songs, three significant covers appear, their known cover of Gary Moore's "Over the Hills and Far Away", Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera", and a cover of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes".

The running time of the concert is 1 hour and 43 minutes. The DVD also contains a 55-minute documentary about the fifteen days prior to the concert, "A Day Before Tomorrow.", and a photo gallery.

The Blu-ray Disc version was released on May 29, 2009 and features the concert in High Definition 720p, with Dolby Digital audio.

Track listing[edit]

Title Writers Notes Length
"Red Warrior" Hans Zimmer Intro (From The Last Samurai soundtrack) 0:35
1. "Dark Chest of Wonders" Holopainen 4:43
2. "Planet Hell" Holopainen 4:45
3. "Ever Dream" Holopainen 5:27
4. "The Kinslayer" Holopainen 4:09
5. "The Phantom of the Opera" Andrew Lloyd Webber / Charles Hart / Richard Stilgoe Andrew Lloyd Webber cover 5:12
6. "The Siren" Holopainen / Vuorinen 4:53
7. "Sleeping Sun" Holopainen 4:55
8. "High Hopes" David Gilmour / Polly Samson Pink Floyd cover 6:54
9. "Bless the Child" Holopainen 6:25
10. "Wishmaster" Holopainen Including the intro to "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden 4:44
11. "Slaying the Dreamer" Holopainen / Vuorinen 5:05
12. "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" Holopainen 4:13
13. "Nemo" Holopainen 4:46
14. "Ghost Love Score" Holopainen 10:29
15. "Stone People" John Two-Hawks Performed by John Two-Hawks 4:09
16. "Creek Mary's Blood" Holopainen Featuring John Two-Hawks 8:39
17. "Over the Hills and Far Away" Gary Moore Gary Moore cover 5:26
18. "Wish I Had an Angel" Holopainen 4:17
"All of Them" Hans Zimmer Outro (From the King Arthur soundtrack) 3:35

A Day Before Tomorrow[edit]

A Day Before Tomorrow is a documentary film about Finnish band Nightwish. It is featured on the End of an Era DVD, released in June 2006. It follows the band on the last days before the big, last Once concert on Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland, on 21 October 2005. For example, it shoots the band on the flight, before a couple of concerts in South America, in interviews, and with fans. It ends with the band going out to the audience before the last show, which was shot and made into the original material on End of an Era. During the end credits, one can hear the orchestral version of "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan". It was never officially released, but some fans ripped it off the DVD and released it through the Internet under the name "Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (Orchestral Version)".

Charts performance[edit]

The DVD was released on June 1, 2006 in Finland, and on June 2, 2006 in Germany. After only one day on sale, the DVD was certified gold in Finland, and later sold Platinum.[5][6] End of an Era also was Platinum in Germany[7] and Gold in France[8] and on 2009 in Switzerland.[9]


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