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Радио-интервью с Туомасом от 29 сентября,
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Nightwish Had a Successful Tour - Now Going to Media Silence
(Apparently, Hilma ja Onni was played on radio before this interview)
That was Nightwish and Marco Hietala performing Hilma ja Onni. Tuomas Holopainen, how long did it take to make this cover song?
- About eight hours. We made it in one day. The idea was that we don’t rehearse and think about it beforehand. We just wanted to go to the studio and play it by feeling and see what happens. So, we wanted to make this as non-Nightwish style as possible and I think we succeeded well. Pretty much every part of the song is the first take without too much thinking.
That’s amazing. You are really professional guys. When I heard the song for the first time, I thought that you’ve planned and arranged it several weeks.
- Nope. We went to the studio about 12 AM and began to think how to play the song. Marco Hietala had already planned in his head how to approach the song and you just heard the result.
Tuomas Holopainen, the two-year tour is now over. How do you feel?
- Very well, but I’m also a bit confused. The last concert in Hartwall Areena was about a week ago and I haven’t yet fully been able to start living a so called normal life. I haven’t slept much and I’ve been wondering what to do. I remember the moment when I came home a week ago. I just played keyboards whole night. I just couldn’t let go.
You visited the United States twice during the tour. How do you rate the tour as a whole?
- It had lots of ups and some downs too, but the final grade will be full A. Everything from replacing the vocalist and the massive production of the latest album gave us a lot of pressure and we didn’t know how the people will react. When I now think about the last two years, I feel very good and relieved.
Now the band members have separated from each other for a while. Was it a wistful moment or did you think that “at last”?
- The final bow in Hartwall Areena, the moment when you realized what has just happened, was a very bittersweet moment. I didn’t expect it to be such. The group has been exhausted in the last months so everyone has been waiting for this moment. The moment when you can take some distance to Nightwish. But when we went away from the stage we all were in tears. And somehow I’ve lived the last few days in that melancholy. Apparently a human being can’t ever be satisfied to the present situation. I’ve personally been waiting the end of the tour because I’ve been tired, but the day after the last concert we had a long group hug. Now I’m already waiting for the summer when we start working together the next time.
Could you tell shortly what the other band members are going to do during the break? How’s Anette?
- I’ve never seen Anette so happy than she has been in last few weeks. She seems to have a really good moment in every aspect of live. We’ll have a two-year concert break and during the break she’ll make a solo album and maybe features in some other albums. We’ll probably contact each other often and in July or August we’ll start making the new album. At the latest we’ll see each other then.
Can Anette already speak Finnish?
- She tried hard to learn it, but I think it has left to the state that she understands quite well what we speak but can’t talk much herself.
What does the guitarist Emppu Vuorinen do during the break?
- I think he’ll start making a new album with Brother Firetribe in the beginning of the next year. I don’t know how much concerts they’ll have. At the moment they are driving motorbikes in Europe. He has earned the vacation.
How about Marco Hietala, the man from Savo (Eastern Finland)?
- Marco is such a workaholic that he can’t be away from music projects. He’ll probably have 20 or so side projects going on every time. He promised to do nothing in October, but in November he’ll go to the studio with Tarot. And they’ll probably have a tour in the next year.
And how about Jukka Nevalainen who lives in Joensuu and manages the business side of Nightwish?
- Big thanks to Jukka for that. It’s a huge blessing to have a person like him in the band. He is a person who is sincerely interested about business and is good at it. Jukka is a good musician and friend. And it is important to have someone who understands the finance of the band.
What do you think about your fans? How they have treated you recently?
- When I watched the people in the front row in Hartwall Areena and met them after the concert, it was an emotional moment. I love them.
Media is interested about celebrities’ personal life and makes money with it. How have the journalists treated you recently? Have you seen men with cameras in the bushes of your garden in Kitee?
- I’ve seen them, men and women, with and without cameras. It feels weird. But I think that the Finnish media has treated us very well during these years. I think it depends on what kind of imago you have and how you treat the media. It’s better to work with the media rather than fight against it. But in some moments they don’t treat me very well. I would like to be at home in peace. That’s where I draw the limit.
How have people harassed you? Could you tell some examples?
- I don’t want to whine, but sometimes I have come home and seen people in my patio taking pictures of my house through the windows. And sometimes I’ve heard the doorbell ringing and found a group of people asking autographs to their CDs. I don’t think that they mean anything bad, but they don’t seem to understand that it’s not appropriate. When I’m home, I like to wear my broken Winnie the Pooh undershorts and be like anyone at home. So I don’t want to be worried that someone is taking pictures.
Has these things happened often in the last summer or whenever you are home?
- I don’t even have to be home. I’ve heard that people visit my house anyway.
Have you ever been really upset because of media?
- In these years I’ve learned to live with it. And as I just said, the media have treated us really well, much better than the prime minister recently*. But there have been some totally false front page news which have hurt me a bit. But I believe that the people will understand what’s true and what’s not.
How well do you manage to keep your privacy? Everyone knows your face.
- Well, I just try live a normal life and don’t think that I’m so special. That’s why it’s so confusing when people treat my as a celebrity. But I have to admit that I’m similar myself. A couple of years ago I saw Michael Jackson in the airport and went as crazy as the other people. So I followed him a while and took pictures. So, who am I to blame anyone?
Then some questions about you. Can you use an axe? When was the last time you sliced wood?
- It was about two weeks ago when I sliced wood for the winter. But we used a machine because there was so much wood. We cut the wood by disk saw and carried them to storage.
Are you good at making food?
- I’m average. When I’m home alone, I tend to eat noodles, tuna fish and rye bread. But I like to cook and I like to try everything new.
How about sport? Do you train?
- It’s a shame how little I’ve trained in the last few months. One of the projects during the break is to improve my physics back to the state it has been at best.
How do you train?
- Well, walking, jogging. And maybe I’ll try to ski in this winter, for the first time since army. I’ll also go to weight room every now and then.
Speaking of army, where did you serve your military service?
- In Kontiolahti. I was in the military band playing clarinet nine and half months. I had to spend only one night in the forest. So it was quite easy.
What kinds of news are you interested in? Do you read often the daily news?
- I don’t read news often. In the morning I might read the latest NHL ice hockey results and in the summer the pesäpallo (Finnish version of baseball) results. But I’m not very interested about the real news. Maybe I should, but I’m such an escapist that news tend to seem too realistic and distressing. Somehow I’m numb to the sad news from the world. If I see a news like “20 people have died in a car bomb explosion in Iraq” I just don’t feel anything. And I think that the same has happened to many other people too. It’s awful, but violence is so common subject in media and news, that people just becomes numb to the evilness of the world. And I don’t want to be numb to things like that.
You’ve told in other interviews that you like to jump to the imaginary world. Can you do that in a normal day?
- Yes I can. I have so many things to choose from. I like movies, books, Disney and sport.
So, you jump to Tuomaslandia. Do you make songs there?
- In there too. It’s not that I would hate the real world. I think that the world is a beautiful and wonderful place, but sometimes life sucks and I want to go to another place.
Tuomas Holopainen, you told me that this will be your last interview for a long time and that you are going to Australia. Why?
- I feel that I’ve been too much in the media and probably our fans too are annoyed to see us so often in certain newspapers. So we decided that we’ll keep a low profile in the media for a while. If possible, I’ll try to stay away from the newspapers, radio etc for the next 12 months.
And you are going to Australia. Why there?
- I’ve dreamed about this for years. Australia and Finland are my favourite countries and now we have time to do this road trip, 6 weeks in Australia.
Can you tell who’s going with you?
- It’s a group of me and my three friends who are technicians of the band. And knowing the guys, I believe it’s going to be a wild trip.
Have a nice journey.
- Thank you very much.