Fugazi Posted April 5, 2020 Share Posted April 5, 2020 The official reports of Anette Olzon leaving Nightwish are rather confusing and don't help at all understanding how the divorce came about. For instance, here's the story according to the official web site: https://www.nightwish.com/band#bio "The unexpected chain of events begins in late September, as vocalist Anette Olzon falls sick and is rushed to hospital just before the concert in Denver, Colorado. As Nightwish do not want to disappoint the fans that have already filled the venue, after a quick counsel, they decide to take the stage after all, performing the songs with the help of Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz of the support band Kamelot. Olzon returns to front the band for one more performance, but nothing can prevent the ending of a chapter in the story of Nightwish. After the concert in Salt Lake City on September 29, Olzon and the band part ways. The situation is challenging to say the least, as Nightwish’s professional ethic does not let them cancel the remaining eleven concerts of the important US tour. The band immediately contact their old friend Floor Jansen, who had proven her vocal skills in the Dutch band After Forever. The timetable seems nearly impossible, but against all odds, Nightwish take the stage in Seattle on October 1st with Floor Jansen as their singer. Having rehearsed the vocal parts during the intercontinental flight, Jansen tackles the formidable challenge amazingly well, and the band get to sigh in relief. The tour can go on, and what’s even better, Jansen, whose skillful vocals and dedicated stage presence are immediately recognized, receives a great welcome by the fans on the West Coast, in Florida, and elsewhere in the US." This raises only more questions -- does the chain of events really begin only two days before Anette is fired? How does Anette being sick leads to her leaving the band? How does Floor manage to sing in Seattle without the band skipping a single show? The surprisingly candid documentary "Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours", while extremely revealing about the stress prevailing at the time in the band, doesn't provide answers either. In order to reconstruct the chain of events I thought of posting a few notes I had saved from the days of this second major schism in the NW lineup. The intent is not to rekindle an endless debate but rather to provide some background -- for old fans to relive a traumatic and divisive event, and also for new fans to get some perspective on how the events were lived and perceived by fandom at the time. Enjoy and feel free to add to the thread if you have related info! From Wiki: Quote On October 1, 2012, Nightwish announced that they had parted ways with Olzon and would be finishing the tour with at that time ReVamp vocalist (ex-After Forever) Floor Jansen. This is how it happened. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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