Once Upon a Tour

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Once Upon a Tour
Tour by Nightwish
NightwishJune2005.jpg
Nightwish live at "Himos Festival" in Jämsä, Finland, on June 25, 2004
Associated album Once
Highest Hopes
Start date May 22, 2004
End date October 21, 2005
No. of shows 130
Nightwish concert chronology

Once Upon a Tour was the third world tour by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, in 2004 and 2005, to promote the release of their fifth album, Once, released June 7, 2004.[1] A new greatest hits compilation, Highest Hopes, was also released to tie in with the tour. The albums combined with the band's most expansive merchandise campaign by Nuclear Blast Records meant this tour was heralded as the band's most important in many years.[2] Many of the band's songs had not been played in a long time.

The success of the album allowed the band to perform in many countries they had never visited before: Colombia, Ecuador, Scotland, Estonia, Greece, Romania, Denmark, Japan, Australia, Portugal, and Slovenia. The band also played their first tour in the United States, with various sold out concerts;[3] the South American leg also sold out all its concerts. A second tour for USA was planned, but it was cancelled by Tarja Turunen, who also cancelled some concerts in Australia. Nightwish performed at the opening ceremony of the 2005 World Championships in Athletics held in Helsinki, highlighting the acclaim the band had recently gained.

After touring in Europe and South America in late 2004, and some separate shows in December, the band had some time off in January 2005. In February, Nightwish won five Emma-Gala Awards (Finnish Grammy); among other awards, they won "The Band of the Year" and "The Best Selling Album of the Year".[4] Tuomas Holopainen and Marco Hietala flew to Helsinki to receive the awards from touring in Europe. In March, Nightwish performed for the first time in Japan and Australia; in April and May, they had to have a break because of Turunen's other interests; but at the end of May, the band resumed the tour by playing with Iron Maiden in Poland and Mötley Crüe in Norway. During late 2005, Nightwish played several shows including a sold-out performance at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo in London. The last show on the European tour, in Stuttgart, Germany was up until then their biggest gig, with an audience of ten thousand.

The final concert was played on October 21 for 11,500 people in Hartwall Areena in Helsinki. The concert was also recorded to be released as an End of an Era live DVD and CD.

This was the last tour with Tarja Turunen; after the last concert the four other members of Nightwish decided it was best to continue Nightwish without Turunen, a feeling they expressed through an open letter Holopainen gave Turunen after the show, afterwards posted on the band's website.[5] It was written by Holopainen but signed by the other band members. The main justification for Turunen's dismissal given in the letter was the band felt both her husband Marcelo Cabuli (an Argentine businessman) and commercial interests had changed her attitude towards the band. In May 2007, former Alyson Avenue frontwoman Anette Olzon was revealed as Turunen's replacement.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

In 2004[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Warm-up[7]
May 22, 2004 Kitee Finland Ice-Hall
May 29, 2004 Tallinn Estonia Von Krahl Theatre
May 30, 2004
Summer Festivals[7]
June 6, 2004 Nijmegen Netherlands Dynamo Open Air
June 11, 2004 Tampere Finland Sauna Open Air
June 12, 2004 Sölvesborg Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
June 19, 2004 Glauchau Germany Woodstage Open Air
June 20, 2004 Athens Greece Rockwave Festival
July 10, 2004 Turku Finland Ruisrock
July 11, 2004 Pamplona Spain Carpa Rojilla Festival
July 13, 2004 Bradford United Kingdom Bradford Rio
July 14, 2004 Nottingham Rock City Cluc
July 16, 2004 London Astoria
July 17, 2004 Helsinki Finland Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
July 21, 2004 Oslo Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
North America[7]
August 20, 2004 Worcester United States Palladium
August 22, 2004 New York City B.B. King's Blues Club
August 23, 2004 Cleveland Phantasy Theater
August 24, 2004
August 25, 2004 Chicago House of Blues
August 26, 2004 Minneapolis Quest Club
August 28, 2004 Denver Cervantes Club
August 30, 2004 Scottsdale Cajun House
August 31, 2004 Anaheim House of Blues
September 1, 2004 Los Angeles
September 3, 2004 San Francisco Slim's
September 5, 2004 Seattle Graceland Club
Scandinavia[7]
September 17, 2004 Tampere Finland Pakkahuone Theatre
September 18, 2004 Turku Karibia Club
September 21, 2004 Helsinki Nosturi Club
September 22, 2004
September 24, 2004 Oslo Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
September 25, 2004 Jyväskylä Finland Paviljonki Areena
September 29, 2004 Stockholm Sweden Stora Arenan
October 1, 2004 Gothenburg Lisebergshallen
October 2, 2004 Malmö Baltiska Hallen
Europe[7]
October 13, 2004 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
October 15, 2004 Leipzig Arena
October 16, 2004 Erfurt Thüringenhalle
October 19, 2004 Cologne Palladium
October 20, 2004 Berlin Arena
October 22, 2004 Nuremberg Arena
October 23, 2004 Munich Zenith
October 25, 2004 Vienna Austria Gasometer
October 26, 2004 Budapest Hungary Petöfi Hall
October 28, 2004 Milan Italy PalaSharp
October 30, 2004 Basel[8] Switzerland St. Jakob Arena
November 1, 2004 Lyon France Lé Transbordeur
November 4, 2004 Madrid Spain Aqualung Club
November 5, 2004 Barcelona Razamatazz 1
November 7, 2004 Brussels Belgium Metal Female Voices Fest
November 8, 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso Club
November 19, 2004 Bucharest Romania Palace Hall
November 21, 2004 Paris France Le Zénith
Latin America[7]
November 27, 2004 Buenos Aires Argentina Obras Arena
November 28, 2004 Campinas Brazil Usina Royal
November 30, 2004 Rio de Janeiro Canecão
December 2, 2004 Porto Alegre Opinião Club
December 3, 2004 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
December 4, 2004 São Paulo Via Funchal
December 8, 2004 Bogotá Colombia Gonzalo de Quesada Auditorium
December 10, 2004 Quito Ecuador Estadio del Aucas
North America 2[7]
December 12, 2004 Mexico City Mexico Circo Volador
December 13, 2004
December 15, 2004 Montreal Canada Métropolis
December 16, 2004
December 18, 2004 Toronto Opera House
Europe 2[7]
December 26, 2004 Helsinki Finland Ice-Hall
December 28, 2004 Oberhausen Germany König-Pilsener Arena
December 29, 2004 Hamburg Friedrichshafen Messehalle

In 2005[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[9]
February 9, 2005 Copenhagen Denmark Stora Vega
February 11, 2005 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
February 12, 2005 London United Kingdom Astoria
February 15, 2005 Birmingham O2 Academy
February 16, 2005 Glasgow O2 Academy
February 18, 2005 Manchester Apollo Theatre
February 19, 2005 London Astoria
February 21, 2005 Wieze Belgium Oktoberhallen
February 22, 2005 Trier Germany Arena
February 24, 2005 Braunschweig Volkswagen Halle
February 26, 2005 Bayreuth Oberfrankenhalle
February 27, 2005 Chur Switzerland Stadthalle
February 28, 2005 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
Asia[7]
March 12, 2005 Osaka Japan Namba Hatch
March 13, 2005 Fukuoka Zepp Hall
March 16, 2005 Tokyo Shibuya AX
March 17, 2005
Oceania[7]
March 21, 2005 Melbourne Australia Corner Hotel
March 22, 2005
March 23, 2005 Sydney Metro Theatre
March 26, 2005 Brisbane Arena
Summer Festivals[7]
May 26, 2005 Budapest Hungary Petöfi Open Air
May 27, 2005 Madrid Spain Festimad
May 29, 2005 Chorzów Poland Mystic Festival
June 10, 2005 Oslo Norway Spektrum Arena
June 11, 2005 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
June 12, 2005 Leicestershire United Kingdom Download Festival
June 13, 2005 London Astoria
June 17, 2005 Seinäjoki Finland Provinssirock
June 18, 2005 Frauenfeld Switzerland Frauenfeld Open Air
June 24, 2005 Jämsä Finland Himos Festival
July 15, 2005 Zlín Czech Republic Masters of Rock
July 16, 2005 Toscolano-Maderno Italy Evolution Festival
July 22, 2005 Erfurt Germany Earthshaker Festival
July 28, 2005 Porto Portugal Vilar de Mouros Festival
August 4, 2005 Wacken Germany Wacken Open Air
August 5, 2005 Dresden Dresden Open Air
August 6, 2005 Helsinki Finland 2005 World Championships in Athletics
August 7, 2005 Vantaa Ankkarock
August 14, 2005 Rothenburg Germany Taubertal Open Air
August 19, 2005 Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop
August 20, 2005 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival
Europe 2[9]
September 3, 2005 Hell Norway Hellodrome
September 5, 2005 Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall
September 8, 2005 Stockholm Sweden Arenan
September 9, 2005 Gothenburg Lisebergshallen
September 11, 2005 Umeå SkyCom Arena
September 17, 2005 Žilina Slovakia Boräk Hall
September 19, 2005 Ljubljana Slovenia Krizance Hall
September 23, 2005 Copenhagen Denmark K.B. Hallen
September 25, 2005 London United Kingdom HMV Hammersmith Apollo
September 30, 2005 Bucharest Romania Polivalenta Hall
October 1, 2005 Athens Greece Lycabettus Anfitheatre
Latin America[7]
October 8, 2005 Mexico City Mexico Live'N'Louder Festival
October 12, 2005 São Paulo Brazil
October 15, 2005 Porto Alegre
Scandinavia[7]
October 21, 2005 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Once- Nuclear Blast Records". Yiannis. Metal-Temple.com. Archived from the original on January 10, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Band – Biography". www.nightwish.com. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nightwish on USA tour". www.nightwish.com. January 16, 2004. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ "NIGHTWISH Win Emma Awards For Best Finnish Artist And Most Sold Album 2005". Bravewords.com. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. March 5, 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Open letter to Tarja Turunen". Wikisource. Retrieved October 23, 2005. 
  6. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET". NIGHTWISH Announces New Singer. Retrieved June 17, 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Live: Past Shows (2004)". www.nightwish.com. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ Rockslave. "Nightwish 30.10.2004". Metal Factory. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Live: Past Shows (2005)". www.nightwish.com. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 

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