Imaginaerum World Tour

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Imaginaerum World Tour
Tour by Nightwish
Imaginaerum europe poster.jpg
A poster for the concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, scheduled to April 10, 2012.
Associated albumImaginaerum
Start dateJanuary 19, 2012
End dateAugust 11, 2013
No. of shows104
28 in North America
55 in Europe
10 in Latin America
7 in Oceania
4 in Asia
1 cancellations
Nightwish concert chronology

Imaginaerum World Tour was the fifth world tour by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, in support of their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum.[1]

The tour started in Los Angeles, USA, on January 21, 2012,[2] and then the band played an arena tour in Europe between March and May,[3] and the group has also performed in North and Latin America later that year. In 2013, the band performed in Asia and Oceania, finishing the tour with festival shows in Europe, in a 104 concert tour that finished on August 11, 2013.[4]

A "secret" concert under the pseudonym "Rubber Band of Wolves" was held at the Key Club in Hollywood, California, on January 19, 2012.[5]

On September 28 in Denver, Colorado, Anette was rushed to the hospital and missed the show that night. Kamelot backup vocalists Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz stepped in and performed five songs.[6] Anette did her final show on the September 29th show in Salt Lake City, before parting ways with the band on October 1. Floor Jansen replaced Olzon on the remainder of the tour.[7]


Songs performed throughout the tour
Over the Hills and Far Away
Century Child
  • "Bless the Child" (only with Floor Jansen)
  • "Dead to the World"
  • "Ever Dream"
Dark Passion Play
  • "The Poet and the Pendulum" (only with Anette Olzon)
  • "Amaranth"
  • "The Islander"
  • "Last of the Wilds"
  • "7 Days to the Wolves"
  • "Escapist" (only with Anette Olzon)
Other covers
  • "Finlandia"
  • "Roll Tide" (playback intro)
Sample Setlist

The following setlist was performed at a concert during the 70000 Tons of Metal festival, but has since had alterations to it: [8]


Setlist Alterations/Notes
Anette Olzon was replaced by Dutch singer Floor Jansen (pictured) in 2012, during the North American leg of the tour.

One of the band's performances during the 70000 Tons of Metal festival included the song "Dead to the World"[9] and another performance included "Romanticide."[10]

When the band kicked off the first leg of their tour in March, the setlist remained mostly unchanged, but with "Finlandia" moved to the beginning of the encore and "Taikatalvi" inserted to open the show. "The Siren" would occasionally be replaced with "Ever Dream" or "Dead to the World".

Starting with the concert held on March 4, "The Poet and the Pendulum" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" were moved up to close the show, and "Song of Myself" and "Last Ride of the Day" were moved down to serve as the encore.

The concert held on March 9, 2012, at the Paviljonki Areena in Jyväskylä, Finland included the world premiere of the song "Ghost River" following "Planet Hell". The following concert on March 10 included "Dead to the World" in place of "The Poet and the Penedulum". These songs have been used later on.[11]

The concert held on March 17, 2012, in Ukraine included "Come Cover Me".[12] The song was played between Scaretale and The Siren. The song was performed again on April 13, 2012 in the Netherlands, and remained part of the setlist until April 16. On these dates, "The Siren" was not played, and "Come Cover Me" was played between "I Want My Tears Back" and "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove"[13] with Marco's voice on the chorus, new arrangements and Troy playing.[14] This altered setlist was used again on April 21, remaining that way through May 3.

On 5 May 2012, "Dark Chest of Wonders" was played following "Ghost River", with "Dead to the World" played in place of "The Siren". "Dead to the World" was returned to its proper place in the set on 6 May, but "Ever Dream" was played in place of "The Siren".

Nightwish kicked off its North American Tour on September 12, 2012, with a few changes to the setlist. "Roll Tide" was played as the intro instead of "Taikatalvi", "Dead to the World" was played in place of "The Siren", and "Dark Chest of Wonders" was played in place of "Ghost River".

The second performance in Atlanta, USA, on September 13, 2012, of the beginning North-American Tour included "Higher Than Hope"[15][16] played before "Over the Hills and Far Away", only played four times before with Anette Olzon.[17] This show also included "The Siren" instead of "Dead to the World" and "Ghost River" instead of "Dark Chest of Wonders", and excluded "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove".

The concert held on 15 September 2012, in the Beacon Theatre, New York included "Escapist" played in place of "Planet Hell".[18]

The concert held on 16 September 2012 featured "7 Days to the Wolves" played instead of "Planet Hell", with "Planet Hell" played instead of "Scaretale". This show was also the last to feature "The Siren" instead of "Dead to the World", which was played in place of "Higher Than Hope" for this performance.

From September 17, 2012 onward, the setlist reverted to its format at the start of the North American tour, but with "Ghost River" played in place of "Dark Chest of Wonders". "Dark Chest of Wonders" was played after "Ghost River" on September 21; "Dead to the World" was replaced with "7 Days to the Wolves" on the same date.

"7 Days to the Wolves" was played in place of "Scaretale" on September 23 and 24.

On September 24, 25 and 27, "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove" was omitted and "Dark Chest of Wonders" was played following "Ghost River". The concert held on September 27 also included "The Siren" played in place of "Dead to the World".

Olzon was hospitalized due to illness during the concert held on September 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado, so Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz of Kamelot filled in on vocals. The shortened setlist included the world premiere of "Rest Calm".

The concert held on September 29 omitted "Dead to the World" and included "Rest Calm" after "Ghost River".

Following the departure of Anette Olzon on October 1, 2012, Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever & ReVamp) agreed to continue touring with the group. The setlist featuring Jansen was largely unchanged from that featuring Olzon, but with "Dark Chest of Wonders" following "Wish I Had an Angel", "Slow, Love, Slow" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" omitted, and "Song of Myself" and "Last Ride of the Day" moved up to follow "Ghost River", meaning the band no longer performed an encore.[19]

"Slow, Love, Slow" was reintroduced into the setlist on October 3, 2012 following "Dead to the World", with "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove" removed.

The concert held on October 6, 2012, included "Higher Than Hope" played following "Ghost River" and omitted "Dead to the World".

Beginning October 7, 2012, "Dead to the World" was replaced with "Ever Dream".

The concert held on 10 October 2012, at Emo's, in Austin, Texas, included "Ghost Love Score" played following "Song of Myself"; "Scaretale" was not played. This change in the setlist was used in later shows.

Beginning October 11, "Wish I Had an Angel" and "Dark Chest of Wonders" were switched in the set.

"The Siren" was played first time with Floor at Birmingham on 6 November 2012.

"Arabesque" was played first time at Hartwall Arena, Finland, and featured fire dancers.[20] The first public screening of Imaginaerum took place after the concert.

"Wishmaster" was played first time with Floor at Mexico City on 29 November 2012.

"7 Days to the Wolves" was played first time with Floor at Adelaide on 18 January 2013.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support
North America[21]
January 19, 2012 Los Angeles United States Key Club[A] N/A
January 21, 2012 Gibson Amphitheatre Amorphis
January 23, 2012 Grand Cayman Cayman Islands 70000 Tons of Metal N/A
March 2, 2012 Joensuu Finland Areena Poisonblack
March 3, 2012 Sotkamo Vuokattihalli
March 4, 2012 Oulu Teatria 25
March 9, 2012 Jyväskylä Paviljonki Areena
March 10, 2012 Helsinki Helsinki Ice Hall
March 11, 2012 Tampere Ice Hall
March 14, 2012 Saint Petersburg Russia Lensoveta Culture Hall N/A
March 15, 2012 Moscow Crocus City Hall
March 17, 2012 Kiev Ukraine MVC Arena
April 10, 2012 Gothenburg Sweden Lisebergshallen Battle Beast
April 11, 2012 Copenhagen Denmark Falconer Amphitheatre Battle Beast
April 13, 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
April 14, 2012 Düsseldorf Germany ISS Dome
April 16, 2012 Brussels Belgium Forest National Arena
April 17, 2012 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 18, 2012 Nantes Le Zénith
April 20, 2012 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
April 21, 2012 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
April 23, 2012 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
April 24, 2012 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
April 25, 2012 Milan Italy Datch Forum di Assago
April 27, 2012 Vienna Austria Gasometer
April 29, 2012 Budapest Hungary Sports Arena
April 30, 2012 Prague Czech Republic Tesla Arena
May 1, 2012 Leipzig Germany Arena
May 3, 2012 Hamburg Color Line Arena
May 5, 2012 Nuremberg Arena
May 6, 2012 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May 8, 2012 Ljubljana Slovenia Tivoli Hall
Summer Festivals[21]
June 2, 2012 Warsaw Poland Ursynalia – Warsaw Student Festival N/A
June 8, 2012 Leicestershire United Kingdom Download Festival
June 10, 2012 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
June 15, 2012 Seinäjoki Finland Provinssirock
June 30, 2012 Letisko Piešťany Slovakia Topfest 2012
July 5, 2012 Gävle Sweden Getaway Rock Festival
July 7, 2012 Turku Finland Ruisrock
July 12, 2012 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival
July 14, 2012 Vizovice Czech Republic Masters of Rock
July 21, 2012 Benicàssim Spain Costa de Fuego Festival
July 28, 2012 Kuopio Finland RockCock
August 5, 2012 Colmar France Foire Aux Vins
August 25, 2012 Trondheim Norway Borggården Festival Triosphere
North America[22]
September 12, 2012 Atlanta United States Center Stage Kamelot
September 13, 2012
September 15, 2012 New York City Beacon Theatre
September 16, 2012 Philadelphia Electric Factory
September 17, 2012 Worcester Palladium
September 19, 2012 Montreal Canada Cepsum Arena
September 20, 2012 Toronto Sound Academy
September 21, 2012 Columbus United States Newport Hall
September 23, 2012 Royal Oak Royal Oak Music Theatre
September 24, 2012 Chicago Congress Theater
September 25, 2012 Sauget Pop's Club
September 27, 2012 Kansas City Beaumont Club
September 28, 2012 Denver Ogden Theatre [B]
September 29, 2012 Salt Lake City Complex Hall [C]
October 1, 2012 Seattle Showbox
October 2, 2012 Portland Crystal Ballroom
October 3, 2012 San Francisco Warfield Theatre
October 5, 2012 Anaheim Grove Club
October 6, 2012 San Diego House of Blues
October 7, 2012 Phoenix Marquee Theatre
October 9, 2012 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom
October 10, 2012 Austin Emos Club
October 11, 2012 New Orleans House of Blues
October 13, 2012 Fort Lauderdale Revolution Club
October 14, 2012 Lake Buena Vista House of Blues
Europe 2[22]
November 4, 2012 Manchester United Kingdom O2 Apollo N/A
November 5, 2012 London O2 Academy, Brixton
November 6, 2012 Birmingham O2 Academy
November 7, 2012 Glasgow O2 Academy
November 10, 2012 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena[D]
Latin America[22]
November 28, 2012 Mexico City Mexico Teatro Metropolitan N/A
November 29, 2012
December 1, 2012 San Juan Puerto Rico Tito Puente Amphitheatre
December 3, 2012 San José Costa Rica Peppers Club
December 5, 2012 Lima Peru Centro de Convenciones Plaza San Miguel
December 9, 2012 Porto Alegre Brazil Opinião Club
December 10, 2012 Rio de Janeiro Circo Voador
December 12, 2012 São Paulo Credicard Hall
December 14, 2012 Buenos Aires Argentina Teatro Flores
December 15, 2012
January 4, 2013 Brisbane Australia Arena N/A
January 8, 2013 Auckland New Zealand Studio Club
January 11, 2013 Sydney Australia Enmore Theatre
January 14, 2013 Melbourne Palace Theatre
January 15, 2013
January 18, 2013 Adelaide HQ Complex
January 20, 2013 Perth Metropolis Fremantle
May 21, 2013 Osaka Japan[23] Namba Hatch N/A
May 23, 2013 Nagoya Diamond Hall
May 24, 2013 Tokyo Liquidroom
May 25, 2013 St Coast (Finland Fest)
Summer Festivals 2[22]
June 8, 2013 Tampere Finland Sauna Open Air N/A
June 15, 2013 Interlaken Switzerland Greenfield Festival
June 30, 2013 Helsinki Finland Tuska Open Air
July 4, 2013 Byblos Lebanon Byblos International Festival
July 11, 2013 Lakselv Norway Midnattsrocken[24]
July 13, 2013 Joensuu Finland Ilosaarirock
July 20, 2013 Vuokatti Sotkamon Syke
July 27, 2013 Liberec Czech Republic Benatska Noc
August 3, 2013 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air
August 10, 2013 Kortrijk Belgium Alcatraz Festival
August 11, 2013 Hildesheim Germany M'era Luna Festival[25]
  • A^ This was a secret concert that the band played under the pseudonym "Rubber Band of Wolves".
  • B^ This was the band's only show with guest vocalists Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz of Kamelot filling in for Anette Olzon who was hospitalized due to illness
  • C^ This was the band's last show with vocalist Anette Olzon, and Floor Jansen filled in on every show for the remainder of the tour.
  • D^ The world premiere of Imaginaerum took place after the concert at Hartwall Areena.



* filled in as vocalist during the September 28, 2012 show in Denver, Colorado while Anette Olzon was hospitalized due to illness.[26][27][28]


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