NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen will tour with TIMO RAUTIAINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS for several weeks in June/July.

"Yes, it's true. I will tour with NISKALAUKAUS for their first gigs this summer," Tarja confirmed in a statement posted on NIGHTWISH's official web site. "Timo [Rautiainen] called me end of last year and asked me if I was interested in this kind of 'part-time activity' during NIGHTWISH's break. My calendar was empty for those days so I said yes."

When asked what her role in the band will be, Tarja said, "I'm really going to sing with Timo. The other NISKALAUKAUS members first didn't like the idea at all, but the rehearsals went so great that we are really looking forward to this opportunity. I know that some songs will sound a little different. For example, when I try to sing like Wilska in 'Nyt On Mies' (Now is a Man), of course, I will be singing 'Nyt On Nainen' (Now is a Woman). I have been training to sing in a very different way and lower my voice with whiskey, which is totally new to me. It's doesn't affect my ability as an opera singer, it just adds more elements to my voice."


May 31 – Kauhajoki, FIN - Kauhajoen Kasino
Jun. 01 - Heinola, FIN - Heinolassa Jyrää
Jun. 28 - Imatra, FIN - Imatra Big Band Festival
Jun. 30 - Kuopio, FIN - Kuopion Viinijuhlat
Jul. 09 - Oulu, FIN - Oulun Rotuaari Picnic
Jul. 10 - Kemi, FIN - Hullun Mylly
Jul. 13 - Helsinki, FIN - Tuska Open Air
Jul. 19 - Tampere, FIN - Tammerfest

[UPDATE: Since this item was originally published, NIGHTWISH's webmaster, Christian Lessner, has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to let us know that "the news about [NIGHTWISH singer] Tarja Turunen joining TRIO NISKALAUKAUS (and singing like Wilska) was our April 1 joke. Unfortunately, it got to you early because of the time difference to Finland."]


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).