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Jukka Nevalainen


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Just for fun, here's a short bio from the official NW web site, back in 1999.


Name: Jukka Nevalainen
Date of birth: 21.04.1978
Place of residence: Kitee

E-mail: jukka@nightwish.com
Hobbies: Swimming, badmington, jogging and music.
Musical background: I started playing drums when I was in fifth grade but for the first five years I was able to practise only half an hour per week because I didn’t have any place to play in. I’ve played in various bands which have been from different genres.

food: Mashed potatoes and steak.
drink: With food I drink milk and when I'm not eating I drink "leijonaviina" with apple juice.
movie: Titanic, Braveheart and T2
director: James Cameron
tv-program: The Simpsons and Men behaving badly.
actor/actress: Robert DeNiro
book: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight
author: Margaret Weis ja David Eddings
band: Dream Theater, Stratovarius and Freedom Call
album: Dream Theater: Images & Words
song: Stratovarius: Black Diamond/Sarah Brightman: Eden
season: Summer

Our best gig: Ilosaarirock '99
Best gig you have seen: Dream Theater in Helsinki at March 2000
Worst nightmare: Music Television
Place you'd like to go: Egypt
Life philosophy: Live every day like it was your whole life.
Instruments: Tama Starclassic drums, Zildjian cymbals, Pro Mark sticks and Remo drumheads

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  • 10 months later...

Jukka's goodbye letter and a video that was published when he stepped back -- temporarily it was thought -- from drumming (August 6, 2014).


How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.

For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.

During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.

On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is “just” part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.

My good friend Kai Hahto will play drums on the forthcoming album. I’m extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the line-up will be.

If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting.

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”― Eckhart Tolle

Best regards, Jukka Nevalainen / Nightwish


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