Award-winning Finnish heavy metal artist Tarja Turunen will embark on the 2023 "Living The Dream" U.S. tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 12-city run kicks off on Wednesday, June 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Theatre of The Living Arts, with stops across the U.S. in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and more before wrapping up on Friday, June 30 in Berkeley, California at The UC Theater.
The tour will support the former NIGHTWISH singer's most recent album "Best Of: Living The Dream", which was released December 2, 2022 via earMUSIC. The album reflects back on the past 15 years of her solo career, featuring Tarja's most well-known tracks, as well as her personal favorites from all six studio albums — "My Winter Storm", "What Lies Beneath", "Colours In The Dark", "The Brightest Void", "The Shadow Self" and "In The Raw" —– as well as her new single "Eye Of The Storm". Following the release of "Best Of", Tarja was presented with six Impala Awards commemorating more than 250,000 sales in Europe for her albums, "Beauty And The Beat", "Act II", "Luna Park Ride", "The Shadow Self", "In The Raw" and "From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)".
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m. local and end on Thursday, February 2 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code "BBMTARJA" to access tickets before the general public. General on-sale will be Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. local.
2023 "Living The Dream" tour dates:
Jun. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of The Living Arts
Jun. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Jun. 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Jun. 18 - Boston, MA - Big Night Live
Jun. 20 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall
Jun. 21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues Chicago
Jun. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
Jun. 24 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Jun. 26 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
Jun. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - The Belasco
Jun. 28 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues Las Vegas
Jun. 30 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
The brightest star of the symphonic rock scene, Tarja is certainly the most internationally well-known Finnish voice in the world of music. Soprano, composer and songwriter, she reached international fame co-founding and being for nine years the voice and image of the Finnish symphonic metal band NIGHTWISH, collecting with them gold and platinum record awards in several countries.
The unique combination of metal music with Tarja's soprano lead vocals gave birth to a new genre, quickly achieving critical and commercial popularity and inspiring many other metal bands and performers. But singing only somebody else’s creations was not her destiny, and her talent could fully bloom only outside that crate. Tarja had to walk alone.
Finally free to follow her own inspirations, heart, and dreams, Tarja started her own solo career successfully devoted to both classical and rock music.
Tarja was nominated for the Emma Award in Finland in 2006 and 2007 and for the Echo Award in Germany in 2007, and she is the first Finnish solo artist to achieve a gold record in Germany and even more, the only one to do it both in a band and as solo artist. In 2015 and 2016 she was also busy starring as coach in two seasons of "The Voice Of Finland", which is the most watched TV-program from Channel 4 in Finland and leading her team to victory for two years in a row, something that never happened before in the history of the Finnish show.
After over fifteen years of a solo career, it was finally time to celebrate. The best of Tarja, "Living The Dream", combines the best and most beloved songs from Tarja's prolific solo career in one outstanding package.