According Blabbermouth, the first of two interactive Nightwish experiences drew some 150,000 viewers, setting the record for the largest paid virtual concert in Finnish history. Most of the spectators came from Europe and North America, but the performance was a true global event, bringing together fans from 108 countries who bought tickets for the concert and had a total collection that exceeded one million euros.
Nightwish performed in a fictional tavern they called “The Islanders Arms” built in a virtual world and that served as the stage for the two concerts that the group gave on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 May. On both nights, fans experienced an hour and a half performance listening to songs from the album ‘Human for the first time live. : II: Nature. ‘ Each of the concerts had a slightly different setlist.
The programming agency Fullsteam Agency, Zoan, which was in charge of the technical part, and the management company Till Dawn They Count produced ‘An Evening With Nightwish In A Virtual World’, the preparation of which took six months. The Zoan team consisted of a team of 30 people from seven different countries, which made it possible for fans to interact with other fans and experience imaginary 3D worlds built from the band’s vision.
“This is without a doubt one of the coolest things we’ve been able to do with the band.”said Nightwish drummer Kai Hahto. “When the visual, the technology and the music come together so well, it becomes a unique experience.”
Friday’s concert marked Nightwish’s live debut with session bassist. Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun), who joined the band to replace Marco Hietala. Marco announced his departure from Nightwish in January, explaining in a statement that there was not “been able to feel validated by this type of life for many years”.
Earlier this month, Nightwish keyboardist and lead songwriter Tuomas Holopainen said that Hietala’s decision to leave the band “It was a bit surprising.” He told Finnish television Kaaos TV: “Marco informed us in December of last year [que dejaba la banda]. And while he’s been very open about his moods and troubles over the past few years, it was still a bit of a surprise to us. So it was a very hard pill to swallow. And for a few days, he was actually pretty sure there was no going back, that that was it. I remember I spoke with Emppu [Vuorinen], the guitarist, and we said: ‘Do you think this is it? Yes, I think this is it. ‘ I mean, enough is enough. A lot has happened in the past. Something that broke the camel’s back, as they say. So after a while – a few days – we started to think that it’s been a 25-year journey, with so many climbs too, that this is not the way to end it. “
‘Human. : II: Nature. ‘ was released in April 2020. The follow-up to 2015’s’ Endless Forms Most Beautiful ‘,’ Human. : II: Nature. ‘ is a double album that contains nine tracks on the main CD and a long track, divided into eight chapters, on CD 2.