LaGrosseRadio.com conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen of Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on November 25 in Paris, France. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On how NIGHTWISH will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year:
Tuomas: “Twenty sounds a bit boring. Maybe twenty-five. Hopefully fifty. Who knows? But no, we haven’t planned anything. There’ll not really be anything special. A new DVD is coming out next year, around the twentieth anniversary, maybe a bit later. But no special shows, no special tours — nothing like that — because we’re aiming for the future.”
On whether NIGHTWISH would ever consider doing a special tour with an orchestra or an acoustic tour:
Tuomas: “The orchestra idea has been there for a decade already. At some point still, we would like to do it, but maybe create something a bit more special. What it is, I have no clue yet, but something special will happen some day. An acoustic tour sounds really nice as well, but that’s a thing for the future as well. I’ve always said that since NIGHTWISH began as an acoustic project, when we are sure that a certain album will be the last one, it will be acoustic. It kind of closes the circle.”
On the best and worst parts of touring:
Tuomas: “Definitely playing the show is the best thing — the two hours on stage. That really completes the day, and just being with your mates on stage, playing the music, seeing people’s faces and feeling the stories of the songs again and again, night after night, it’s a really beautiful feeling. I don’t mind the rest at all. I don’t mind the waiting. I love being on the bus. There’s some kind of a romantic gypsy lifestyle involved, which I really enjoy. Of course, you occasionally miss home — and maybe that’s the worst part — but it’s never really been an issue either. I just feel really happy and privileged to be able to do this job, if you can call it a job.”
On having different singers interpret the melodies and the lyrics that he writes for NIGHTWISH: