Nightwish - End Of Innocence
Shitty band, shitty equipment - No commercial potential!
The memoirs of Tuomas pt. XXV - "I'll never forget those pants!"
What makes Tuomas tick? What makes him write such songs?
What makes him write such lyrics?
Well... what could it be? Who knows.
I bet even Tuomas doesn't know.
It's a small island? - Yup. - Damn it's nice!
No wonder this place is sacred to your family...
A true Finnish dream...
What could be better than an island of your own?
My musical career began at the age of seven -
when mom sent me for piano classes...
Going to an island with the first snow falling - great!
In the music school I majored in clarinet and minored in piano.
I know the basics of musical theory, I can read notes -
and accompany with the piano.
There's a solar panel, you can power up your mobile there.
Then I joined my first band, a metal band comprising of -
local Kitee guys, Dismal Silence I think it was called...
That was my first band and also the first time I played keyboards.
It was a new experience, because I think that piano-
and keyboards are two completely different instruments.
Listen, the whole forest whispers... - What?
The forest whispers with the rain!
So you could say that I started playing keyboards when I was 16.
I kicked the clarinet around for a while...
I played it in the army band for nine and a half months.
After that I haven't touched the thing... not a honk in 6 years.
My first real band to score a record deal was Darkwoods My Bethrothed.
In 1996... or 5? 1995 it was.
This can't be for real...
I wasn't a proper member in that band either, -
I was asked to play the synth as a session musician.
I composed my first song at that time, too -
The outro for "Heirs of the Northstar"...
"A New Heaven a New Earth" I think it was called.
At the same time, we also started another project -
Nattvinden's Grat, brain-child of Teemu Kautonen.
That's when we also met Mr. Wilska for the first time.
Teemu had a bit of a trouble with some of the vocals -
so the engineer Mr. Valtonen suggested that we call in this guy.
I finally found me a friend... my sonny boy!
Looks a lot like his father he does...
We eventually made two albums with Nattvindens Grat.
So at the time I was in two bands -
but I always felt that I was not allowed to write any songs, -
I was just a hired hand playing the synth.
It was OK in the beginning, but I always had the urge -
to write my own songs, that's the main thing for me.
There's some kind of a lever outside...
Then in the summer of 1996 - I was still in both bands -
we spent a night here on the island, right over there.
We sat around the fire, went to sauna -
and I came up with the idea of a project my own.
I didn't have the name "Nightwish" yet, but I had the concept.
Acoustic stuff, mood music, not Heavy Metal at all...
The artist is starting to get very pissed off!
Third and the Mortal, Theatre of Tragedy and The Gathering -
those bands were a great inspiration at the time.
I felt like trying something in the same vein myself.
I went to the army in July 1996, and during the first months -
I wrote three songs, "Nightwish", "Forever moments" and "Etiäinen".
In December I booked a studio in Kitee -
and we made the three song demo then...
Is Wilska with you? We had some trouble with the boat.
Call us when you get here and I'll come and pick you up.
I can't remember exactly when Emppu came along -
I didn't know the guy so well at the time.
Jukka had known him for ages but to me Emppu was a new acquaintance.
I was told it would take ten pulls to start...
I also thought I'd ask Tarja Turunen what she thought about the idea.
I'd known her since the age of 13, we were in the same music class -
in junior high and played in the same jazz band...
She was a distant friend of mine.
It's Taape's birthday! - Happy birthday, Tarja!
Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you...
Did you congratulate Tarja on her birthday, Kimi?
Well, happy birthday to you...
Recording artist Paula... - Paula?
This toilet paper strip comes in handy when you have a pee -
You can wipe your tush with it!
Gen, Gen, Genghis Khan, enslaver of nations! Hu! Ha!
Gee, this is a good kit!
"ASS IS THE HOME OF SHIT"
I can't remember if me and Emppu called her first, -
or if we just went over and told her that we had this thing...
It only took five pulls...
Plus an additional five!
We walked to her place, it was just before Christmas...
I explained what I had in mind and asked what she thought about it.
She replied "sure", she was on right away.
Everything works like a dream today!
It was to be a project, we'd just make demo tapes, -
maybe send them to record companies, -
but definitely no gigs or anything that serious.
Tarja said "absolutely" and agreed to sing the songs -
it would probably take her two days or so in the studio.
Before each gig we have to get our lucky tattoos...
Evil Ewo made this neat skull, and Marco, ever so friendly, -
wrote "right" here so I know which hand to hit with.
I should make this tattoo permanent and ask some expert what it means!
Paris! A close up of the Eiffel tower.
- We're at the top! - In Germany!
Where are my fuckin' cigarettes? - Alles klar, wunderbar!
A lot of people say that one should move from a hick town like Kitee -
and see a bit of the world.
I've lived there for every single year of my life, -
and during the last few years I've often thought of moving to Helsinki -
or some other place. But now that I've toured the world with the band -
and by myself, I've learnt that I'm not missing anything here.
I could live here in Kitee for the rest of my life.
There's not a better place in the world.
Sao Paolo and Reperbahn, both worth another visit!
It's too hot in here...
We then recorded the basic tracks with Emppu -
at the legendary Kiteen Huvikeskus Studio.
We also met Tero then, I didn't know him either before.
A roadie at work... - It's a shitty job!
I feel a bit shy!
Tero, what was it like in Russia? - A bit on the shitty side...
A pissed-up trip, literally... - No, it was OK. Cool.
Surprisingly I can once again see your underpants.
What's this then? You broke a stick? - No, I didn't break a single one.
- Don't you try that on me...
Tero's being scrupulous with the cords...
- Situation normal, all fucked up...
Wrong hole... phase out conflict again.
Toni, production, Paris!
Actually I have a few here, I can write one for her...
Say something to the people of Finland! - What?
Wrong hole. - No way! - It's phase out conflict again!
Some mascara... This is what I do for living.
This is the second night Ulsch got no beer and he's pretty pissed off...
- The fridge is full, grab as many as you like!
Just a few, 'cos otherwise it would be third night in a row...
Do you have a wisdom for the people of Finland this time?
Tommi and the piggie... - Tommi, any spanking tonight?
The piggie squeals!
What's the little guy's name? - Kurko.
We knew Tero vaguely, he had recorded some of our old demos.
So we went there to do the recording.
Welcome to the legendary Caverock studio!
The studio where we've recorded all our four albums, -
the first we even mixed here. Looks like a sauna or a doghouse...
So should we listen to it again? ...but you can get a good sound here.
Get a load of this..."- The peak of Tero's engineering career..."
Greetings, good folks.
Now it's just the cabin...
Line-in is 5 dB less.
Shit, it's... well, we'll get it right.
So, how are you doin'? - Tuning is what I'm doing...
A beer wouldn't hurt, you know.
Let's play this fast so we can go to the bar!
Go away, moron!
One bum note!
Just a moment please.
I wish the battery would run out already...
Tarja came and we went through the songs, checked the melodies...
It was a shock when she started singing for the first time.
We had expected a tender young girl's voice, like Kari Rueslatten -
but even at that stage she had a powerful, dramatic classical voice.
It was a total surprise.
People often think that... that there was a conscious plan -
of how Nightwish would sound,
mix a little metal, atmospheric stuff, and put some operatic vocals on top.
But it was just a lucky coincidence.
So this is broke too? A fine day it is... bad karma!
We were just experimenting with those three songs, -
acoustic guitar, flute, synth, Tarja's vocals and nothing else.
That's what Nightwish was inititially to be all about.
Only Sumi the Finn can know about it all...
Sumi's in Germany... - Um. I guess he is then.
Sumi's in Germany. - Yeah, again!
We sent the demo to Century Media, Massacre, and maybe Spinefarm...
Yeah, Spinefarm too. 3 or 4 places, and we didn't receive a single reply.
We also sent it to Soundi magazine's demo review, we have it here...
Is it just the legendary one where it said...
"No commercial potential!"
"Is this really relevant in its atmospheric ambitions?"
The first ever newspaper article on Nightwish.
Note the pitch: "Finland's Gatherinki has been found!"
The day after I got out of the army we went into the studio.
We did a seven song demo -
which later became the limited edition of Angels Fall First.
- So that was the first demo with the whole band? - Yes.
And then you went on tour with Nattvinden's Grat?
- With Wish and Babylon Whores.
And when you came back we heard that we have a record deal.
- Have you gotten any, boys?!
There's this funny story... When we embarked on the tour -
Ewo had with him a boxful of demos sent to Spinefarm.
Something like 600 demo tapes which we listened in the bus for 2 weeks.
We'd insert the tape, gave it 20 seconds, and if it failed to impress -
We'd throw it right out of the window.
Tuomas didn't have the guts to play his tape to Ewo,"He'll never like it..."
We prepped him for like 3 hours, "We go in the bus you put in the tape..."
He finally managed to open his mouth, "Uh, we made this demo..."
We were listening to Carpenter, Ewo sat smoking and drinking Lonkero
And in true Ewo fashion he pondered "Mm... let's give it another spin..."
"Mm... maybe we can work something out..."
Tell it now to the good people of Finland!
We had a gig in Bischofswerda, Ewo still had some 200 tapes left.
That's when he lost his nerve:
"I've had it with this shit!" and he hurled the box -
right on down a hill smack in the middle of a highway -
and just like in American movies the demo box crashes down, -
and instantly a huge truck comes - wroom - and levels the contents!
So I wonder if there's still time to impregnate a mare?
I still have some credit left...
Check out the goons - the goons have a couple of bags.
Which department? - Department of poo!
"We were out last night with the boys, I drank a half of Koskenkorva -
and Jussa drank the other half and Terssi too drank a half, -
and we were all, like, so drunk!"
"And we didn't a sleep wink that night and in the morning -
when we woke up we had a terrible hangover!"
So it goes. Seems like Tero won't be here tonight.
The album came out in November 1997.
At that point we also found our ambitions, -
something that came characteristic of us -
A healthy, naive will to prove ourselves, to really go over the top.
That's when the acoustic stuff gave way to a more bombastic style.
Not only an average keyboardist but also a tolerable mechanic!
"The scent of a woman was not mine"
It's simply not possible to begin a song with a line like that! Fuck!
This song's a knife in his back...
It's not possible I wrote that!
What were you thinking at the moment? - I really don't know!
I stand behind all of my lyrics except that one - it simply doesn't work!
Well, the lyrics to Elvenpath are quite hilarious too...
"Trivial boasting... no high hopes... a rural band... from Kitee..."
There were a few reasons why we went more "metal"...
We all liked heavy metal...
Jukka, Emppu and me all have a metal background, that's where we come from.
And it might have been boring to do just acoustic stuff after a while.
Tarja's voice was also too dramatic, too bombastic for that atmosphere.
So we figured we'd make the music more bombastic, too.
We first visited Spinefarm after we had signed the deal.
We were pretty quiet boys when we walked in!
"Here's Ewo" -"Hi!" - "Go sit over there somewhere!"
Now there's a tour poster! Mega-bueno-iglesias-poster!
I saw a huge Children of Bodom Something Wild -poster on the door -
and I wondered when we could have such cool posters, too!
This is the Potaskavaara Gym...
After the album came out in the end of October 1997 -
we still had doubts if this is ever going to work live.
That year I moved to Kuopio to study environmental sciences.
One of the greatest moments in the history of Nightwish -
is when I listened to the singles chart on the radio one Sunday-
and heard that Carpenter had risen to number 15...
It felt better than the later platinum album for Century Child.
Cold shivers ran down my back as I listened to the radio.
After that I went to walk in the park for two hours -
and I wondered "Oh my God what have I gotten myself into"
But that was only the beginning.
If people bought the album, we thought we might try playing live -
maybe do a couple of gigs...
"Nightwish - a band from the better side of Helsinki city limits."
Didn't we organize the first gig in Kitee ourselves?
Yeah, a New Year's disco, a crowd of 400...
"People jubilant at a Disco concert"
"Everybody except drummer Jukka stood frozen on stage -
like they were in a high school auditorium."
I bet it was like that... - An exciting experience!
I had played there many times with my former bands -
But this was the first time we had an album out -
and people really came to check us out.
- Scary... - It was frightening!
And then Lepakko, Helsinki, January 9, 1998...
I've never had such stage fright in my life, it was horrible!
I was about to faint, I had a strange taste in my mouth...
It was living hell!
Even 5 hours before the gig, I've never seen you so messed up!
The gig was not that special, everybody was stiff as a corpse...
I remember the feeling when Angels Fall First charted, -
We did some gigs and people showed up, that's when it hit me:
There's something going on!
We got a huge surge of energy, and we really went for it, like -
let's practice like crazy and go all the way, write huge songs...
The result was Oceanborn.
"Tuomas Holopainen reveals that the sound will be huge!"
I'm a bit edgy today... - Have some booze! A tall one!
Check out Sheik Ali Hassan... Osama summer look!
Marco is actually a retired pirate captain...
Here we have a female singer, also a notorious lush...
Then we suddenly thought of Sami who had played in Nattvindens Grat.
Like, why look farther than that...
Then Sami joined and... it was OK. It clicked.
A nice little promo picture from 1998...
Guess which three band members just got out of the army?
I had the idea to have a contrast for Tarja's voice on two songs.
I'd learned from my mistakes and knew not to open my own mouth again.
For a couple of songs I wanted a more masculine feel -
and I had liked Wilska's voice in Nattvinden's Grat, the sound of it...
His pronunciation, the way he growls and improvises...
I remember when Tuomas called and said he wanted "a contrast lout"
It was probably the fastest studio session in my whole life.
"Come to the studio on Tuesday at 6..."-
"Here are the lyrics, there's the booth, there's the mike" -
In three minutes Tuomas explained that the song should go - "like this"!
I think Devil took two takes... -
and with Pharaoh we wasted even three.
So I was in the Kitee studio for a total of 52 minutes.
"OK, that's it - thank you!" And then back to Savonlinna.
And a while later I noticed "Oops the album's hit the charts!"
The following gigs had some particular issues of course...
"For black I am and known throughout the world"
"One lord and king from the land of Prester John!"
"One lord and king from the land of Prester John!"
...so maybe we'll tell it some other time.
Would be cool... - What? - A boat ride!
I have absolutely no recollection...
I've had it, just don't drown please!
Oh yeah, now I remember...
You can leave your shoes ashore. - No you can't! - Yes you can!
Don't rock the boat!
I'll tell you it will suck up water any time now -
...and that serves you just right!
Get out of the water now, the firemen are on their way!
This is not safe, these guys are up to no good!
I haven't even started drinking yet. - That's nice.
So are you like, drunk yet? Confess now!
This won't be on the DVD...
Yeah, I've masturbated twice.
These guys are going to get arrested...
The studio session for Oceanborn was living hell... it was horrible.
It was fun recording Angels and Wishmaster, but Oceanborn and -
Century Child were extremely difficult in the making.
When you listen to it, Oceanborn is maybe the most technical one.
Yes, the most difficult songs we ever wrote...
Especially hard, too, cos we were sloppier musicians at the time.
We were definitely pushing our limits on that one.
Tempos got faster, hooks multiplied, versatility tripled...
We worked long and hard on that one.
It was completely recorded in Kitee, except for the mix.
It was the first album that was really rehearsed, and in a sense -
I consider it our first album, as Angels was sort of a demo.
"DON'T TOUCH A THING"
At that point Stratovarius was a huge influence for everybody -
- and you can hear that on the album, too.
"Success knocked Nightwish out"
It was definitely the biggest influence on Oceanborn...
The whole A-part you say? - Yeah, play the whole part...
Originally Ewo suggested Tolkki as the mixer, and I was "right on!"
Tolkki was a god at the time... Can't remember how it happened -
But in the end Karmila did it, and of course we were very pleased.
It was sort of a culture shock to go to Finnvox and meet Karmila -
We'd heard stories, and he was sort of a god, too, especially for Tero...
and once again we were very quiet boys!
But we got on great - once we had gotten used to his sense of humor.
We decided that this is the guy who we want in the future, too.
This one? Yeah, but this is just the part...
"A shitty sound"? No way, it rocks man! It's heavy.
It's hard'n'heavy, the sound of Paiste wailing.
OK... let's crawl through the first part then.
It was pretty cool...
We are a democratic band, we talk about stuff -
and we've never had many musical quarrels.
Usually we sort it out, but "Moondance" was an exception -
Emppu said that he definitely doesn't want the song included.
It's the only occasion in our history... but I think it fits in.
Yeah, it's part of the album...
Country girl look...
I've never understood the maple-leaves-in-the hair-thing!
"The hardest metal of the year comes from Kitee..."
It was a completely different kind of session...
The drums were recorded in a locker room of the Kitee sports hall!
It was quite claustrophobic to play in a 3x3 m locker room -
All alone, doors closed...
The other guys were downstairs some 200 meters away -
and we communicated through a crackling headphones system -
Should we listen to it? - The session was totally amateurish...
It was a learning process, a pain in the ass -
but well worth the trouble in the end.
A lot of people still think that it's our best album, The NW album.
"Nightwish is now priority number one for Tuomas Holopainen"
That summer we also started gigging heavily...
- A very nice summer. - Yes, sure was, nice crowds -
And we found out that this thing really does work.
Just warming up my fingers!
When did we do "Sleeping Sun" for Germany...?
We started getting a lot of foreign attention then...
It was in the Fall the same year.
I was originally against the whole idea -
I was told that the song must be four minutes tops -
a hit formula, a big chorus, must be a ballad...
"Nightwish, Oceanborn - Masterpiece of Finnish Heavy Metal"!
"Show us your titties!"
Well, we had done a video for "Sacrament of Wilderness"...
Let's not talk about that. - We better not!
The legendary pigtail video...
We started getting a lot of foreign attention, especially from Germany.
Through Drakkar we got the chance to tour Europe supporting Rage -
Rage are on Drakkar, right? - Yup, they were.
It was a mind-boggling experience...
It was a good school, it made us musically a lot tighter as a band -
and it added to our own vision of the band, it did so much...
It definitely gave us a lot of confidence as a band at the time.
At the time we were asking ourselves who we really are...
A bunch of clowns and some diva that escaped from the opera?
And they're playing heavy metal... what is this thing all about?
We were definitely searching for our identity as a band then.
Like, why does some guy in Austria come and watch us -
and see us bang away our greasy, Carelian heavy metal?
I was totally upset when I heard that Sinergy would support us -
on the European tour for Wishmaster...
Like, you have a support band that features -
Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala on guitars? They support us?!
And Marco Hietala on bass... - Yeah, even that...
"3 hands and 6 penises, call me a mutant"!
Okay, calm down guys...
Here's a wisdom, ye pole standeth one kilometer away!
Remember whence thou come from, and whose sons ye be!
Are you from pöksylandia?
There's the same girl again - See the Chärön guys?
For fuck's sake... Miss Orange Bosom!
It's one of these situations where you really should -
have been there to make any sense of it...
Come over here! - Oh, Jasmine!
Eero did these... - Not bad, looks very natural!
Got a light? Gimme light!
Uh, yeah, but where did I put my cigarettes?
Is this Ewo, the Ewo person?
- Can I have this pillow please?
Marco? - Yup? - A word to the wise, please?
I remember the feeling when Oceanborn was in the can.
I had the feeling I'll never be able to write another song.
I felt I'd given everything I got, all my creative energy was drained.
With Wishmaster I had felt like doing another one right away -
I had lot of ideas, and I wanted to make everything much better.
But after Oceanborn I was depleted, all empty inside.
It's audible on Angels and Oceanborn, only on those two albums -
you can hear the genuine enthusiasm, the lost innocence -
that no longer can be heard on Wishmaster or Century Child.
Two years old, on a meadow near my home, when I was still innocent and blond!
Now it's completely different... - It really is.
After the success of Oceanborn, we've just lost it, I've got to admit.
Do you think you can achieve it again? - I don't think so. No.
But you're still searching for it? - Of course.
Ouch, that looks bad... I wonder where that came from...
Just sweat it out there, pal!
...but on the Bless the Child tour I totally enjoyed myself again...
I mean, what's it called? Bless the Child? Century Child?
What the fuck is the album called? - Kantturakidi
No, what is it? Century Child?
"The big-handed girl in the waterfall" album!
We're skyrocketing, pal...
Marco, remember to smile in that direction.
Now we're rolling...
The morons are being catapulted into the sky!
Damn, this is a rush!
Waiting for it!
Here we go again!
The cable tightens...
The lights are flashing... This rocks big time!
Any second now...
This is insane!
We're really high now...
And now we'll take the plunge!
Your last words? - Goodbye!
Wishmaster and Century Child didn't have that feeling.
For me, as a songwriter, they were not easy ones to write.
They lacked the certain innocence.
Especially on the latest one it was extremely hard work.
I was thinking everything in the context of the whole album.
My grandmom used to rub noses so that only one eye remained!
Hi, it's me again...
The other reason for going to Kuopio was that I had to -
get some milk for the kids...
Guys, with freedom comes responsibility...
Tuned in "B"!
But you can never get back the feeling on the first two albums.
That's for sure.
Night Owl ready for action!
The toast is missing...
The Night Owl is a notorious broadcast that commences -
when the last bottle of Vodka or the last beer has been opened.
This is just the thing again!
Usually there's only two people awake, the rest are asleep -
and want their calm, that's when the Night Owl broadcast begins.
Nightstalker starts the camcorder, usually in Nightvision mode -
and then it's "This is just the thing again!"
This is just the thing again!
Here we go again...!
It was like this - we screwed it!
We tried shooting his ass but our Tuomas is such of a chaste boy.
The best Night Owl show was on the bus trip back from St. Petersburg...
Everybody had passed out, and we went around -
painting people's lips red with a felt tip pen...
This is the Night Owl - this is is just the thing again!
This is the thing in its most pure and noble form!
And here we go.
Emppu... in the spotlight.
Fuck, I really can't figure out this money at all!
Have you seen the pipari cookies?
Century Child cookie. - Hot damn.
We also have a... Marco pipari!
Jukka cookie... - Keppi cookie!
Emppu pipari... - The pipari of all piparis!
Turvajussi... security guy!
What about Tommi's relation to oriental martial arts?
Go for it!
We've never had much success in Japan, we've never played there.
But we went to Korea - was it because of "Walking in the Air"?
Yeah, it was sort of a local radio hit. - So we went there after Wishmaster.
There was a 50.000 people festival, a free concert organized by the state.
The arrangements were absolutely top notch.
At the airport we wondered about all these suit-and-tie guys -
like is there a presidential visit or something...
But why are they surrounding us? They were our bodyguards!
We got into our minibus that would drive us to our hotel -
And suddenly these cars with flashing lights accompanied us.
The bodyguards sat there behind darkened windows -
they cut in in front of other cars to make way for us, -
one car ahead and the other behind, wedging through traffic.
And the hotel was a five-star paradise, too.
When it was time for the gig, we were supposed to play a full set -
as headliners for 50.000 people, but we had no sound check...
Two minutes before the gig we were told that it will also be live on TV
Then the schedule went awry, and we started wondering...
We were something like 2 hours behind the schedule.
And after 3 songs the local police came and said that we must stop.
The concert permit was about to expire, we'd still have time for one more song.
There's a girl behind you, film her!
Luckily we understood we'd better start drinking.
The chief body guard was an army instructor or something.
And our lighting guy, a jiujitsu expert and an all-around superman -
He just had to try...
He started wrestling the guard just a little at first, just for fun.
Then when Tommi twisted as hard as he could, the guard calmly pressed -
a spot behind Tommi's ear, and Tommi fell right flat on his back -
He totally lost his hearing, and got knocked out!
The guard started massaging the spot behind his ear again -
his ears started ringing, and he could slowly rise up again.
Not a good try!
Gen! Gen! Genghis Khan! Enslaver of nations!
Happy birthday to you...
I'm the only one sober, the rest are on the juice.
OK, it is Tommi's bachelor party.
Tommi's bachelor party in Brasilia, Brazil...
Just water, only water.
Kesä! Pottu! Kesä! Pottu!
Talking about the security... - Jukka's little dive in Moscow...
The first time we were in Russia the local record label guy warned us -
that the crowd is really wild, the fans are really enthusiastic.
Especially the front row - it can even be a little dangerous -
so be careful, don't go too near the front of the stage.
Of course we had to go and shake their hands after the gig.
We had a small accident, but Doctor Rock is already on it!
Doctor Vänskä tends to the wounded.
There's a super disco on that boat...
The story of Nightwish ends here, I think, probably.
We come from Russia. - Welcome home then.
Yeah, home sweet home... Now we'll have peaceful stay in Kitee...
- Maybe we could go to sauna and have a few beers...
We have a few cans with us!
In case somebody gets thirsty!
How long have you had this rehearsal place?
A few years...
If I have to choose whether I'll pay the rent or buy a guitar...
I will buy the guitar.
- This is starting to look bad...
This is my last month's rent. - Please don't!
Why did you lose your innocence then?
Maybe it was the success... - Success surely did it.
Everybody says that it doesn't do a thing, but it does.
It affects you unconsciously, it will change everybody, always.
Everything was totally different when we started recording Wishmaster.
It was the most fun I've ever had in the studio, at least for me -
I was present during the whole production.
For me it was the easiest of our albums.
Wishmaster is sort of an intermediary album.
There's nothing new in there that wasn't already on Oceanborn.
The production's a bit better, the songs are equally good -
Everything's just a bit bigger. With Century Child we started afresh.
It's snowing... even the sky weeps for us!
How many times I've told you not to mess with the cords!
Just play those damn drums! - Got no sticks now, pal!
This comic book is really exciting...
Tarja makes up...
I got you another cymbal!
Maybe there's too many?
Give me a break!
Here or there? Is this a better place?
A fork, a knife and a napkin too? - Naturally!
My "little angel!" - More like a "large angel"!
Hey wait, that was a good one!
How are you supposed to keep a straight face?!
I am supposed to bring souvenirs to mommy bear...
It's been a long journey and... let me connect.
Oops, this was the longer version.
Kama Sutra of Kerava presents!
It's yer ol' bulldozer of love!
Aw! The tape started too late!
Now that's what I call unnecessary footage...
I'm getting there!
Like two testicles they are!
Can you blow rings with it?!
So I understand nobody else wants a puff?
I wonder if this is relevant at all? - Maybe...
Pants down! - Here's some entertaintment for you guys...
Do you think we'd get our asses kicked if we did that?
Naah... - Let's do it.
It's a deal? - It's a deal.
It's one of those things... never mind the bollocks.
Stupid story... - Maybe we'll continue the official line.
Stupid story... - Maybe we'll continue the official line.
I wanted a young boy's voice to recite a poem.
Of course it had to be good English, a native speaker.
We got Neil Hardwick's son Sam to recite the poem.
It might be that Dead Boys Poem is the best song we ever wrote.
We've been able to... I don't know.
It is such of a personal song... A sort of a...
The basic idea is that if I were to die tomorrow -
If I really died, there'd be so much I wanted to say.
There are so many people whom I should thank -
So many I should apologize to but haven't apologized.
So many people who I should tell to go fuck themselves -
but haven't had the guts to do so far.
I just had to write a song for them.
A Finnish man rarely voices his thanks or apologies -
but with music it's easier, at least for me.
My mother and father are the best people in the world -
but I haven't been able to tell them what they mean to me.
If they listen to the song, read the lyrics, maybe they'll find -
themselves there, too, and understand.
Same thing with some of my best friends -
and the whole Nightwish thing, that in the last five years -
has grown to be such of a big part of my life, if not the biggest.
The band mates and everything connected to it.
How important they are...
It's hard for a Finnish man to tell it to their face.
Or apologize to them... You'd rather write a song about it.
And write the kind of lyrics that Dead Boys Poem has.
Read it there, because I can't say it to your face -
and maybe you'll understand.
Slaying the Dreamer is maybe the other side of the coin then?
It is exactly that.
I don't have the guts to go and say to somebody's face -
that you're an asshole, a total jerk-off of a person.
So I write a song about it, and hopefully they recognize themselves.
Tarja does death grunt on this one!
Heavy Metal as good as it comes!
What did you get? - Books about Hungary.
Oh, they're books... - Pornographic publications!
Tarja is a kinky girl...
Toilet? It's that one over there... toi!
I just let myself in the toi!
You've got to have a true metal fork.
Then Wishmaster came out in 2000, the album release show was -
at the Kitee Icehall, and there we also got our first gold albums -
these four, including the Sacrament single and Oceanborn...
And now, "Kiteen Pallo 90" kicks in.
Make no mistake about who wrote that tune! Posh...
An anthem made for the Kitee baseball team a couple of years ago.
Then the boys are going to Brazil!
In the summer we toured South America... - Forgot about that one!
If I had to name the tour that I have the most fond memories of -
it' d have to be our first South American tour.
Damn, it was so cool...
At that time we'd yet to experience all the fans and glamour -
that can come for a rock band.
When we went there, our album had just come out...
Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Panama and Mexico...
and an intermediate landing in Bolivia -
where we had a press conference.
A press in Hungary...
Nice scratching in Barcelona! - He's got crabs!
This picture was in a magazine? - Yup.
The camcorder just ran out of batteries!
Mind your step!
People fainting and running after our van, banging the windows...
We were like "so this is how it is!"
Not very many lighting guys do their laundry in an embassy!
Maybe we could take a pee in the bushes as in Finland.
Well, this is a Finland away from Finland.
Remember to fight, too! - And take a squat crap!
How do you do!
Pleased to meet you.
We'll take the group photo first.
Sumi the Finn!
Keppi guys in Brazil!
Sauna at 8.30...
Hey, German police!
"Browner is the cornhole of a lad so nice and gay"
"Dip a stick therein and gangrene will eat it away!"
The driver shows some skin!
You can check it out on the DVD!
I think everybody in the band, and in the crew, -
has two personalities, and the other comes out on the tour...
After a few nights on the road, 4 AM in the morning after the gig -
and you've had a few drinks, you're a totally different person.
These guys are really dangerous...
At least they have backstage passes... and a roll of paper?
He must be a wanker!
It's of course a part of yourself - but it's still a different person!
He's probably passed out... or missed the flight...
You'd spot him right away... I wonder what's happened?
There! No... that keijo has too much hair...
I was looking for a bald guy!
Goddamn! - So shall we go? - You Teletubby...
I thought you passed out, missed the flight, took the wrong flight...
- Have some of that! - Gee!
Last call for T Stolt, T Stolt...
Drummer! - Light show!
The new material sounds like I can't drink before the gig -
I got to be able to sync the lights with the music!
It is so wrong, this is a personal revenge!
- Tommi! Your jacket looks just like the one Jackson wore in the "Beat lt" video!
Left... straight ahead... says Nevalainen on the door...
Sample some! Take as much as you can with a single gulp!
- You spineless morons!
It's going to be on the DVD, right?
Some good whiskey...
And a drink is done.
Secret ingredient, dishwashing liquid!
I want more bombs for the next tour!
Was that intelligent enough?
Jukka, what happened? Did you break something?
"Droopy the bear I was named for my ears hang so funnily!"
"I am just a nice little bear - and chubby too!"
"I play with children all of the time"
"I am just a nice little bear - and chubby too!"
"And children love me so!"
I'm the Nightwish lighting designer...
You know guys, it's 9 AM on a Sunday morning...
Hey, the church is at 10! The priest is onstage about 10.30...
It's still very early...
Some Winnie the Pooh-erotica... he's got his mouth full of honey!
That guy is too much!
Maybe it is a bit of a clichéd picture you get on the DVD -
but who wants to see me stretch before the gig, or go jogging...
Or Tuomas writing a SMS-message or reading a book in bed?
Of course it's not like that all of the time...
I've got to go and check the fire in the sauna...
But as we all know, people do have a drink or two in this scene.
...even a one too many...
But you only live once, you know.
Oops. - Seems like we broke a bottle now.
Well, back to business.
I'm not really up to it right now.
Say something... who called you just a while ago?
Mom called. - Did you tell any lies?
- White lies. She asked how I'm feeling and I said that I feel great.
- I hope that didn't ruin everyone's mood...
I remember the South American people, the normal people -
they have this culture of hugging and kissing, it's very charming...
They're hugging you all the time, it doesn't mean anything special
It's just friendliness...
- Are you sure you've got enough foam in there?
A Finnish hillbilly from Karjala could learn something from them...
We're in Kitee, at the S-Market supermarket. Legendary indeed!
It really, like, rules man! Rules!
Wait a sec...
There's nothing apart from Nightwish going on in Kitee!
Nightwish keeps the whole town rolling! Nightwish rules!
Kitee is like a mini-sized Finland... - It's a double edged sword...
Most of it is very positive...
You've got to come with us! - Good evening from Night Owl!
lmage is everything...
It's a shitty job, but someone's got to do it!
You always got to have a spare one...
This is just the thing again!
Look there! Really dangerous keijos...
Please accept our apology for we do not have toast in our arms...
These are really dangerous keijos... - Fuckin' lethal man...
Especially that one.
And that guy. From Tohmajärvi.
Don't speak a word of Finnish, just Tohmajärvi or Russian.
Fuckin' dangerous keijos. This is just the thing again!
Soon we'll find ourselves at Karhu-baari with our asses whupped!
There was a bit of an aftermath with the Russian Night Owl show,
The heart of Kitee nightlife - the Karhu Bar.
- Jukka! This is really good! - What is it? - Lordi!
"Dunces and Bitch Driven pulled a healthy crowd"
What the fuck is Tero doin'?!
Finnish people have as many emotions as the South Americans-
but we are just not able to show them... We can't or won't.
We are afraid to.
Tuomas, what do you long for?
During the winters, this is just the thing that I long for.
- I hadn't really been abroad before touring with this band.
And of course it then felt that Kitee is such of a small place.
- I haven't been able to find a place quite like this anywhere.
But when you've been there and done that...
Each time you're abroad, you always miss the peace -
the small town; home... Kitee... or as it's now, Joensuu.
But when you've been home for a month or two -
the idea of going abroad feels enticing once again.
What is this place, then?
This is our summer cottage.
For me and my family it means so much more than just a summer place.
I don't miss anything here. That does it.
What makes Tuomas tick, what makes him write such music?
What makes him write such lyrics?
Yeah... what could it be?
Who knows. I bet even Tuomas doesn't know.
Is it success? I don't think so, it has never been a reason -
for us to make music; or for Tuomas to write songs and lyrics...
What could it be then? - Longing?
Yeah, but for what? - That is just what we're asking you.
Those are just the kind of questions, that when the album is done -
I remember when I got Century Child and read through the lyrics -
I felt I had to call Tuomas, for it seemed the guy was really down.
What's happened to our Tuomas, he wasn't this bitter before...
If you're going to write songs like Tuomas does -
Those kind of grand compositions
There just has to be a greater force that motivates him.
A strong feeling, like longing, or love, or something like that...
If you managed to fulfil that craving one day, what could you do then?
Nothing! What else could your next album be then but meaningless?!
There just wouldn't be a purpose anymore.
Fuck! I'm nervous!
You're all assholes!
Now you broke something...
Last year was the worst year of my life in many respects.
For a year, we'd constantly been touring and doing gigs.
Tensions arose inside the band...
There was generally a bad vibe on the gigs.
Hey, stop somewhere, I've got to take a leak!
Welcome to Finnish winter. A normal day on the road.
As you can see, it's nice and warm in the bus
And our joy knows no boundaries.
Aw, it's all fucked up... beyond redemption.
Take him out for a walk!
Dude is all anxious and freezing...
Don't, don't, don't!
Didn't feel a thing!
And here we go again!
Sihen rallin! Sihen rallin!
I just have to...
Is my hair OK?
- Anybody have some dough? Some hillo anyone?
I need some batteries... - You won't get any money from me.
Mr. bus driver, Urkki Kekkonen.
And the first redneck starts brawling...
Get the fuckin' camcorder out of my face!
Somebody will get his ass kicked when we load out.
"Nightwish - the new album Century Child"
What do you long for?
So this is the question, no further details?
What I really miss is -
a right kind of balance... In everything I do.
A balance for my whole life... What I definitely want is -
that I wouldn't have to be so stressed up all of the time.
I miss the feeling of happiness.
The feeling of being proud of yourself...
The feeling of being able to forgive yourself.
I'd want to find a balance, not a routine, definitely not.
The right kind of balance in everything I do...
That's what I've been looking for for the last 10 years -
but haven't been able to find. That's the thing that I want.
When you think of a song like "Gethsemane" -
The bottom line of the song...
It gets extremely personal.
It's all there, and at the time it made me feel a lot better.
There's nothing taken out... You can read it all there.
Or when you think about "Everdream"...
It is such of a personal song.
Opening up about my feelings, the way I miss a certain person.
It's pretty much all in there.
When you get one thing done, there's always something new.
When that no longer is the case -
I'm afraid there'll be no new Nightwish album either.
Nothing bothers me!
I just get moody when my blood sugar runs low!
I'm still pissed off occasionally, but not as often as a year ago.
A year ago I was pissed off constantly.
Every time an artist works, be it a painter, musician or actor,
the art never fails to somehow reflect the artist's state of mind.
Personal relationships didn't work at all -
and I generally hated myself most of the time.
I kept thinking about a lot of stuff,
and on top of that was the band thing.
It felt like the walls were closing in.
We knew we had to go to the studio in December -
to record a demo, and I should have been writing new songs.
You can hear the mood on some of the songs...
I put an end to Nightwish in Autumn 2001.
It was mainly the self-hate again, some 24. year crisis.
I started thinking what I've done, what still needs to be done -
what kind of a person I am, I was not satisfied with anything.
On top of that, my personal relationships were a mess.
And also, Nightwish, which still is the most important thing for me -
was going through its most difficult crisis at the time.
It all sort of piled up... in the Summer and Fall of 2001.
After our last gig in Nivala I personally called it quits.
The next day I called Spinefarm and Drakkar -
and said "End of story, Nightwish is through, I won't do it no more."
If all goes well, we might do an album, but we'll never go onstage.
I told the others, it got really tense, we quarrelled alot -
and I knew then that this just couldn't work anymore.
I went straight to Kemi to visit Sonata Arctica's Tony -
and for a week we went hiking in the woods of Lapland.
I felt really damn good, I'd gotten it all off my chest.
I didn't have this burden called Nightwish anymore -
I could start a new life.
We talked about it with Tony and I felt really great.
I'd told the label people that I couldn't take it anymore...
And this was the beginning of a new life.
It was a bit scary that I didn't feel poignant, I felt just great.
But now, after a year, I realize I would have -
made the biggest mistake in my life if I had quit then.
As I let time go by and steered clear of the other guys -
I regained faith in myself, realized the beauty of this thing.
And where we'd gotten in 4 years, it didn't deserve to end like this.
All problems could be solved.
The first thing on my mind was that if Nightwish were to go on -
me and Sami just couldn't work in the same band.
It was a fact, and the other fact was that I couldn't tell it to him.
Don't know if I'm too gentle or too cowardly, but I couldn't do it.
He'd been my friend for 10 years, and I couldn't tell him that -
I just can't continue in the same band with him, he'd have to leave.
I'd rather quit the whole band than go and tell it to his face.
That's one of the things I regret the most in my life.
That I couldn't tell it to him myself... I'll regret it all my life.
It was a lousy thing. As a friend and a bandmate -
I really should have told him personally.
It would have been fair to say the least.
It was a bad mistake, but what can you do about it anymore?
Ewo called and told Sami. He came to see me right after.
We talked about the way things are for about an hour.
Sami said "OK" and left. We haven't talked since.
A terribly lousy self esteem, that's the tragedy of my life...
or at least the main reason for the tragedies in my life.
I'm not able to really appreciate anything I do -
but Nightwish is the kind of a thing, that every once in a while -
I get a glimpse that I'm really doing something worthwhile...
And the things I've envisioned...
They've done a lot of good things for the people around me.
And add to that there are fans who tell you -
that your music is the only thing that keeps them alive -
saved them from suicide and so on...
That's when I feel I've managed to do something good.
I've noticed that I've lost most that remained of my innocence.
In two things I've managed to keep it intact.
I've always been loyal, and I've been true to the music.
These two things I won't compromise.
If I didn't have them, life would be even more strenuous.
Music in itself is such of a beautiful thing.
The spirit in the band is currently simply marvellous, -
better than ever, and not just because of Marco.
I think the whole band has now reached the level -
where we don't have to prove anything to anyone anymore.
We'll just make good music, be a good band.
Check out the color scale... - Very good scale!
Vodkotin! - Vodkotin...
Tarja too, grab a vodkotin!
Shitty band, shitty equipment, - No commercial potential!
- If I could get back my childhood... - And those pants!
This is the end of this ralli!
Tarja will get shitfaced before the gig! - It will be on the DVD!
We'll end our documentary right here!
While waiting for my inheritance...
Not even the X-mas spirit could survive in this weather!
Don't put that on the DVD!
We're out of film!
Na Cha The Great
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum
Na samote u lesa
Naissance de lAmour La
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Naked Gun 33x3 - The Final Insult
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Name Of The Rose The CD1
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Nameless - Los sin nombre
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Narayama Bushiko - Ballad of Narayama
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National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
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Navigators The 2001
Ned Kelly (2003)
Negotiator The CD1 1998
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Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud
Nest The 2002
Never Die Alone 2004
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New Police Story CD1
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New York Stories
Next Karate Kid The (1994)
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