Nightwish split with Anette Olzon partway through their World Tour

In a somewhat shock announcement, Nightwish have revealed that they have parted ways with their second singer, Anette Olzon, in the midst of their current multi-date world tour.

In a statement released on their website, Nightwish posted:

Another chapter of the Nightwish story has ended today. Nightwish and Anette Olzon have decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved.

In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.

They also announced that they will be substituting Anette with Floor Jansen, current ReVamp and ex-After Forever singer, for the rest of the dates in order to perform every show scheduled for the Imaginaerum World Tour.

In light of the under-reported illness suffered by Olzon, requiring hospitalisation and tests through which doctors discovered a large cyst in her liver, it is easy to question the motives behind the decision to part with the singer that saw Nightwish to release two of the biggest albums of their career; 2007’s ‘Dark Passion Play’ and 2011’s ‘Imaginaerum’. Even though their initial decision to hire Olzon after acrimoniously splitting with original (and much lauded) vocalist Tarja Turunen divided fans, the fact that Olzon saw Nightwish attain new heights is indisputable. One questions whether Nightwish have made the decision to split with Olzon rather than allow her to recover and perform the rest of the tour with substitutes in her place too rashly, and wonders if the decision really was ‘mutual’.

One Response to “Nightwish split with Anette Olzon partway through their World Tour”

  1. Reblogged this on female fronted rock & metal and commented:
    welcome Floor …

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