DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

Nightwish - 'Vehicle Of Spirit' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/93/e3/f1/Nightwish-Vehicle-Of-Spirit-30-1482004277.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 17, 2016    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
2993   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Label

An essential purchase for Nightwish fans.

"The title 'Vehicle Of Spirit' came from a friend of Troy Donockley's, who after seeing our show a few years ago defined Nightwish as "A vehicle of spirit that defies category". That beautiful description has followed us ever since, and felt like a perfect match as the DVD title" – Tuomas Holopainen.

That rather wonderful description is rather apt, as Nightwish's music transcends a lot of barriers and has thousands upon thousands of fans who listen to their music on a near spiritual level. I happen to be one of them and one only has to witness the emotional outpourings at their concerts to understand how their music touches people. Admittedly, the Tarja Turunen years were the more transcendental and Nightwish suffered for a while after her very public departure until Anette Olzon found her feet and became accepted by the majority. The rather messy second fall-out after Olzon's acrimonious departure didn't help matters and Holopainen refused all questions regarding it. But when Floor Jansen stepped in to complete their 2012 North American tour she was the overwhelming fans choice to become the new permanent singer, and as the 'Showtime, Storytime' release showed, she was more than capable of filling the huge shoes of both previous singers.

Thus we come to this release that documents the eighteen month 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' world tour which lasted from April 2015 in New York, USA through to October 2016 in Saitama, Japan, and at the same time celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the band. It features three discs – two complete live shows and a compilation of songs filmed live at various concerts on the tour, alongside a short interview with professor Richard Dawkins conducted just before the Wembley show.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music


Holopainen wanted to document the two most special shows of the world tour and he chose Wembley due to its recognisability on the world stage and its legendary status. He remembers all the artistes and bands throughout the decades that have played there, many of whom are the band members' heroes, and wanted to be able to say "Good evening Wembley" out loud. He described the twelve thousand sold out crowd as "heart-warming" and the overall experience as a "once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride" – both beautiful and poetic. Thus, on December 19th 2015 Nightwish also became the first Finnish band to ever headline at Wembley Arena and I am very proud and blessed to have been there to witness such an amazing night, completed of course by professor Richard Dawkins walking on stage at the end to narrate his spoken part personally at the end of 'The Greatest Show On Earth'.

The other show was at Ratina Stadion in Tampere on July 31st, 2015. This was a sold-out twenty thousand home crowd speciality for four members of the band and featured the biggest stage production in their history with massive pyrotechnics, raging wind effects and hypnotic video screens aligned to each song. Holopainen described the show as having "a lovely atmosphere throughout with many of the same faces in the front row as there were fifteen years ago".

The Wembley show features seven of the eleven numbers from the album '...Beautiful', Jansen's first, whilst the Tampere show additionally featured the title track. Wembley also includes three from 'Imaginaerum' and Tampere two, and both shows feature two different songs each from 'Dark Passion Play' that covers Olzon's era in the band. That left just four Tarja numbers at Wembley and five in Tampere for Jansen to cover, including 'Stargazers' (from second album 'Oceanborn') which was played on tour for the first time in over a decade; Jansen sings Operatically in a wonderful reference to Tarja. On the bonus disc we see the first ever live (acoustic) rendition of 'Edema Ruh' and 'Sahara', the only number not to feature at either Wembley or Tampere, plus we get to see the wonderful outfits as worn by Jansen and some great T-shirts and even a kilt from Marco Hietala. The quality of the production is outstanding, the camera angles are effective and Jansen looks genuinely elated to be fronting the band, whilst Kai Hahto is also an excellent stand-in for Jukka Nevalainen. An essential purchase for Nightwish fans.

Carl Buxton

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  October 2017  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 4 days, 14 hours ago
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Great interview with JON STEVENS (INXS, Noiseworks) is now online! Check out the review of his latest album, too.
  • Berny : Rocktopia EXCLUSIVE music video premiere: H.E.A.T - 'Redefined'!
  • Rocktopia Te : Discover new music with Rocktopia: Today we posted 20 new album reviews! More to come ...
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Thanks! Can we expect a review from you in the not too distant future? :) Having said that, I'd like to thank you for all your support! I know that our forum is far too 'silent' at the moment, but this is going to change soon. Watch this space & once again: THANKS! ... ;)
  • Johns Band : Good post for THE WHO "TOMMY LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL" I have pre - order double CD version.
  • Berny : New interviews: We spoke with Jon C Butler & Sass Jordan! Check out the Rocktopia interviews section.
  • PJS : Mid September.
  • KI2000 : Really like the latest issue of Fireworks, when will 80 be out??
  • Hysteria : Best melodic rock site! Thanks for the hard work guys! \m/
  • Berny : Rocktopia July 2017 update: 50 new album reviews, 17 live reviews, 4 interviews. In addition, we are now posting daily news from Monday to Friday. Have fun! :)
  • Berny : Another Rocktopia UK music video premiere: 'tonight' by The Midnight Ghost Train. Pls. check out the LATEST NEWS on the front page!
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • mattnavy : For the record, the first issue of my order should commence with the latest edition.
  • mattnavy : Ok let me know please.
  • Berny : @ mattnavy: We'll sort it out now.
  • mattnavy : Just checked my post, still nothing arrived. My postcode is PL21 9JP.
  • Berny : @ mattnavi: I forwarded your question to the Fireworks team. Thanks for your patience.
  • mattnavy : I bought years membership two weeks ago, commencing from the latest edition. Nothing has turned up. Can you let me know if there has been a problem.
  • Berny : 25 new album reviews incl. Harem Scarem, Mr. Big, Bonfire, Mostly Autumn, TEN, Cheap Trick and many more! Check out our Revíews section!
  • Berny : @mattnavy: Pls. click on "Shop" - > "Fireworks Mini Shop" in the TOP menu on Rocktopia or send an e - mail to «email»
  • mattnavy : I cant seem to work out how I buy the latest edition or a years subscription of firework magazines.
  • Berny : Fireworks #79 out now! Ye Banished Privateers video premiere! 14000 words interview with Harem Scarem! New album and live reviews!
  • Rocktopia Te : 20 new album and 10 new live reviews!
  • Berny : Thanks Rob, review was updated!
  • rocktopiarob : Hi in the Bad For Good review - please replace "Rundgren's absurdly genius guitar playing" with "Davey Johnstone's absurdly genius guitar playing"
  • LeChef : Thumbs up!!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle