Ex-NIGHTWISH Singer TARJA TURUNEN: More Tour Dates Announced

October 30, 2007

Former NIGHTWISH frontwoman Tarja Turunen has scheduled the following dates:

Nov. 25 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
Nov. 27 - Budapest, Hungary @ Petöfi Hall
Dec. 02 - Moscow, Russia @ Club B1
Dec. 08 - Kuusankoski, Finland @ Sami Hyypiä Areena
Dec. 10 - Köln, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Dec. 11 - Paris, France @ Elysee-Montmartre
Dec. 13 - Amsterdam, Holland @ Melkweg
Dec. 15 - Athens, Greece - Club Fuzz
Dec. 18 - Zürich, Switzerland @ X-Tra
Dec. 20 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

Turunen's backing band that will accompany her for the above-listed "warm-up concerts" will be as follows:

Bass: Doug Wimbish
Guitars: Alex Scholpp
Drums: Mike Terrana
Keys: Maria Ilmoniemi
Cello: Max Silja and Markus Hohti
Lead and back vocals, guitars, additional electronic drums and keyboards: Toni Turunen

A 30-second audio sample of Tarja Turunen's cover version of the ALICE COOPER smash "Poison" is available for streaming at this location. The song, which will appear on Turunen's upcoming solo album, "My Winter Storm", was laid down at the same studio where the original track was recorded — The Village Recorder (a.k.a. The Village) in Los Angeles, California.

Tarja previously stated about her decision to cover the track, "The original song has lots of backing vocals. I can say without a doubt that the song is a 'classic.' I decided to cover it after listening to it hundreds of times in the Finnish radio. I never performed the song before 'My Winter Storm' sessions."

The original version of "Poison" appeared on ALICE COOPER's 1989 album "Trash". Produced by the proven hitmaker Desmond Child, "Trash" featured guest appearances by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and most of AEROSMITH. The record became a Top Ten hit in Britain and peaked at No. 20 in the U.S., going platinum. "Poison" became Cooper's first Top Ten hit since 1977.

As previously reported, Tarja Turunen will perform her new single, "I Walk Alone", on November 30 at the farewell fight of the German female boxing champion (and Doro Pesch's close friend) Regina Halmich. The event will take place at the DM Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany.

"My Winter Storm" will be released on the following dates:

Nov. 14 - Finland
Nov. 16 - Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Nov. 17 - Australia
Nov. 19 - Iceland, Netherlands, UK, France, Malaysia, Russia, New Zealand, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Central America, Denmark
Nov. 20 - Canada
Nov. 21 - Sweden, Israel
Nov. 25 - Argentina

The cover artwork for "My Winter Storm" has been posted online at this location. The CD was produced by Daniel Presley (FAITH NO MORE, JEWEL, THE BREEDERS),who has been joined in the studio by a truly stellar line-up of musicians: Doug Wimbish on bass (LIVING COLOUR, ANNIE LENNOX, JOE SATRIANI, JEFF BECK, MADONNA, ROLLING STONES),Alex Scholpp on electric guitars (FARMER BOYS) and Earl Harvin on drums (SEAL, PET SHOP BOYS, AIR),a player personally selected by Tarja after she saw him stealing the show at a SEAL concert. Keyboards and programming, meanwhile, are being provided by Torsten Stenzel, whose previous credits include NELLY FURTADO, MOBY, TINA TURNER, VANESSA MAE and more.

"My Winter Storm" track listing:

01. My Winter Storm
02. I Walk Alone
03. Oasis
04. Lost Northern Star
05. The Seer
06. Damned And Divine
07. Sing For Me
08. Calling Grace
09. Boy and the Ghost
10. Minor Heaven
11. The Reign
12. Ciarán's Well
13. Poison (ALICE COOPER cover)

For more "My Winter Storm" samples, click here.

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