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BATTLE BEAST Announces First-Ever Headlining Tour Of North America

Finnish masters of metal BATTLE BEAST have announced their first-ever headlining tour of North America. The band has revealed plans for a spring trek across the continent with Dutch goth rock band BLACKBRIAR in support, which will kick off May 9 in Worcester, Massachusetts and will end June 2 in New...
December 7, 2023

VILLE VALO Announces April/May 2024 European Tour

And so ends a new beginning. Nine short months have passed since "Neon Noir" cast its goth-inflected enchantments on the world. As a record, it was more than twelve wrought-iron statements of intent. It marked a triumphant return of HIM frontman Ville Valo to the live stage, and the ensuing seasons...
September 12, 2023

Updated Edition Of HANOI ROCKS's Autobiography To Be Made Available In September

Acclaimed Finnish glam/hard rockers HANOI ROCKS will release a new edition of their autobiography, "All Those Wasted Years". This new version, which will be specially packed with two previously unreleased recordings on a seven-inch single, a newly penned note from singer Michael Monroe and an update...
August 23, 2023

Go Inside METALLICA's Pop-Up Store In Montreal

To coincide with METALLICA's two concerts at Stade Olympique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada last weekend, a pop-up shop opened on August 10 at One Place Ville-Marie and remained open until Sunday, August 13. Fans visiting the pop-up shop were not only able to buy the basic tour line, but also a range o...
August 17, 2023

VILLE VALO And His Solo Band Are 'Still Going Through A Honeymoon Phase'

In an interview with Magenta Musik at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, former HIM frontman Ville Valo was asked which personality traits he values the most in the people around him, particularly when it comes to the people that he is sharing the stage with. The 46-year-old Fi...
August 13, 2023

Ex-HANOI ROCKS Singer MICHAEL MONROE Has 'Touching' And 'Wonderful' Encounter With Members Of MÖTLEY CRÜE At Finnish Festival

Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe came face to face with members of MÖTLEY CRÜE for the first time in many years on Friday (June 9) at the Rockfest festival in Hyvinkää, Finland. A short time after apparently exchanging pleasantries with Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee at the event, Mi...
June 10, 2023


BLACK VEIL BRIDES and former HIM frontman Ville Valo — who now performs under the banner VV — have joined forces for a cover of the SISTERS OF MERCY classic "Temple Of Love". The collaborative track arrives three months ahead of the launch of BLACK VEIL BRIDES and VV's North American co-headlining t...
June 9, 2023

Ex-HIM Frontman VILLE VALO Explains Why He Doesn't Perform Cover Of CHRIS ISAAK's 'Wicked Game' At His Solo Shows

In a new interview with MoreCore.TV conducted at this past weekend's Rock Am Ring festival in Nürburgring, Germany, former HIM frontman Ville Valo was asked why he doesn't perform a cover version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" with his solo band, despite the fact that HIM's rendition of the track is...
June 5, 2023

BLACK VEIL BRIDES And VILLE VALO Announce Summer/Fall 2023 North American Co-Headlining Tour

This fall, the classic season for dark and romantic music, BLACK VEIL BRIDES and VV (Ville Valo) will co-headline a massive tour in select cities across North America. Presented by Hot Topic, the "BVB & VV" 2023 tour (featuring special guests DARK DIVINE) combines three unique bands who champion...
May 30, 2023

VILLE VALO: 'Right Before You Go On Stage, It's Very Important To Be Nervous'

In a recent interview with's "Herbal Tea & White Sofas", former HIM frontman Ville Valo was asked about some of his "tour essentials," especially when it comes to performing live. He said: "I think right before you go on stage, at least in my case, it's very important to be nervous an...
April 21, 2023

Watch: Former HIM Frontman VILLE VALO Plays First U.S. Concert Under VV Banner

Former HIM frontman Ville Valo played his first solo concert in the U.S. under the VV banner on March 31 at TLA (Theatre For The Living Arts) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joining Ville on stage as part of his backing band are Mikko Virta on guitar, Risto Rikala on drums, Sampo Sundström on guitar...
April 6, 2023

Former HIM Frontman VILLE VALO Loves The Escapism Of Books

Former HIM frontman Ville Valo recently went on "Side Jams With Bryan Reesman"to talk about his love for literature. He offered many of his book and graphic novel recommendations, including works by Mariana Enriquez, Edith Södergran, Alan Moore, Hugo Pratt and Guy de Maupassant. Ville talked about h...
March 24, 2023

VILLE VALO 'Felt A Sense Of Relief' When HIM Called It Quits

In a new interview with Czech Republic's Metalshop TV, former HIM frontman Ville Valo was asked if he felt "free", like after a divorce, when the band officially called it quits in 2017. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've never gone through a divorce, so I'm not sure how that f...
March 8, 2023

VILLE VALO On Possibility Of HIM Reunion: 'It Would Have To Be For A Good Reason'

In a new interview with Czech TV Česká Televize, ex-HIM frontman Ville Valo was asked about the possibility of a reunion of his former band. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It would have to be for a good reason. There would have to be some new music or whatever. Just playing the old s...
February 27, 2023

VILLE VALO Discusses His Tattoos In New 'Behind The Ink' Video Segment

Former HIM frontman Ville Valo talked about some of his tattoos for PitCam TV 's "Behind The Ink" segment. The 15-minute clip can be viewed below. More than a decade ago, Valo discussed his philosophy on tattoos, saying: "I think if you use different tattoo artists to do a sleeve, it just ends up lo...
February 26, 2023