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Tarja & Marko together for a one-off show in Switzerland


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I missed a few things, but this is pretty big. 👀

 

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SYMPHONIC METAL DREAMS

8.07 - Z7 Summer Nights Open Air
Finland's most popular soprano voice, Tarja Turunen, comes to Pratteln to headline a first class Z7 Summer Night. Joining the symphonic metal queen, freshly returned to Europe from her "Living The Dream" US tour, is her former Nightwish colleague Marko Hietala and a very special guest to be announced soon. The opener Illumishade completes the fantastic line-up. The open-air event on July 8th guarantees a dreamy night for die-hard symphonic rockers and friends of versatile metal sounds.
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Want to take any guesses about that special guest? And whether any Nightwish songs will be played?
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Both Delain and Illumishade will be the opening bands for this show.

If I had to know what Nightwish songs would be performed, it'll probably be the same ones that she has performed for a couple of years now, as her last tour which finished in March this year, she only performed "Nemo". So it'll probably be that, "Over the Hills and Far Away", or "Sleeping Sun". I wouldn't be surprised if she and Marko perform at least one song from the Nightwish days together.

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Who would have thought that within less than a year, we would see new live performances of The Phantom both by Nightwish and the original 'strange duet' Tarja and Marko? I can't choose which I like best, because the emotions each performance evoke are completely different. Anyway seeing Marko share the stage and sing this iconic song with Tarja after so many years apart is strange and wonderful. And they're doing good job of it -- even though they'll never be able to top that 2005 Helsinki performance!

 

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It would appear that the aforementioned show will not be a one-off, but more like part of a full tour with Tarja and Marko. 👀

 

From Tarja's Facebook:

Just days after wrapping up an extended and successful tour in South America on her own, an exciting news: March 2024 will witness the first time in 18 years when Tarja will tour again with Marko Hietala!!

Having shared many albums and world tours, they will get back together on stage within Tarja´s own “Living the Dream – The Hits Tour 2024”.

Tarja recently released her first greatest hits album: “Best of Tarja – Living the Dream”. Tarja chose the songs for the album, most of them fans' favorites and her own preferred ones.

The album remastered at Sterling Sound presents her new single “Eye of The Storm” together with material from all her rock albums ‘My Winter Storm’, ‘What Lies Beneath’, ‘Colours in the Dark’, ‘The Brightest Void’, ‘The Shadow Self’ and ‘In the Raw’.

Often recognized as the Queen on the symphonic rock scene, Tarja is the best-known Finnish solo artist in the world of music. Soprano, composer, and performer, she achieved worldwide fame by co-founding and being the voice and image of the Finnish metal band Nightwish for nine years, with whom she garnered Gold and Platinum records in many countries. But she was not alone in the band as Marko was an integral part of it as well.

Marko will perform his own songs together with his band mate, the talented guitarist Tuomas Wäinolä and after that will join Tarja on stage for a memorable night.

Expectations are high. What will Tarja and Marko come up with? Old songs? New ones maybe? What would you like to listen to in the set list of the 2024 concerts?

Please name your favourite song in Tarja's SM and don’t miss out on these unique unrepeatable shows!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/tarjaofficial/posts/pfbid02EyMHFmEZ9sxddzS8YtkZg8JZ3GchNj6Upv4ZoYFLWjFGw4dauLUpwYYLXcCJFyTPl

 

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I'm looking forward to more details, this could be a rare chance to see Marko in North America now that he's no longer in a major band, but so far only South American dates have been posted. What would you like to hear them sing together?

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