Finnish metal band HIM announced today that they will be concluding the band, and doing one last world tour for fans in 2017. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise, as the band had been quiet for quite some time. The band have posted the following statement to their Facebook page:
Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.
"After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you." Says frontman Ville Valo.
Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).
Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.
Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.
"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"
Ville Valo (voc)
The complete list of tour dates (with United States and Finnish tour dates to be announced) can be found below. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, March 8 at 9 AM.
June 14: Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
June 15: Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
June 16: Santander, Spain - Sala Escenrio
June 17: Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
July 1: Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Festival
July 13: Tuuri, Finland - Miljoonarock
November 24: St. Petersburg, Russia - DK Lensoveta
November 25: St. Petersburg, Russia - DK Lensoveta
November 26: Moscow, Russia - Club Stadium Live
November 28: Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
November 29: Hamburg, Germany - Docks
December 1: Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
December 2: Prague, Czech Republic - Forum Karlin
December 4: Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee
December 5: Munchen, Germany - Tonhalle
December 6: Zurich, Switzerland - X-tra
December 7: Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
December 8: Koln, Germany - Palladium
December 9: Esch-Sur-Alzette, Lux. - Rockhal
December 11: Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
December 12: Tilburg, Holland - 013
December 14: Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland
December 15: Nottingham, England - Rock City
December 16: Manchester, England - Academy
December 17: London, England - Roundhouse
This has been another Shameless Promotion.