Nightwish detail 20th anniversary compilation Decades


Nightwish have given further details on their upcoming compilation album titled Decades.

It’ll arrive on March 9 via Nuclear Blast, and is being released to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary.

Nightwish revealed back in November that the double album would be out this year – and now they’ve unveiled the cover art and tracklist and opened pre-orders.

The band will head out on tour across North America in March and return to Europe from May to celebrate their 20th anniversary – and will play rare material from their early days.

Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen said: “July 6, 1996, was the exact date marked on my family’s summer cabin guestbook. On that date, by a campfire, a decision was made to form a band of three members, playing atmospheric acoustic music led by a female voice.

“Fifteen months later, this group would release its debut album, and more than two decades later, it would release a compilation including songs from eight studio albums and from the very first demo which gave the band its name.”

Find the Decades cover art and tracklist below, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Nightwish Decades tracklist


  1. The Greatest Show On Earth
  2. Élan
  3. My Walden
  4. Storytime
  5. I Want My Tears Back
  6. Amaranth
  7. The Poet And The Pendulum
  8. Nemo
  9. Wish I Had An Angel


  1. Ghost Love Score
  2. Slaying The Dreamer
  3. End Of All Hope
  4. 10th Man Down
  5. The Kinslayer
  6. Dead Boy’s Poem
  7. Gethsemane
  8. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
  9. Sacrament Of Wilderness
  10. Sleeping Sun
  11. Elvenpath
  12. The Carpenter
  13. Nightwish (demo)

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Nightwish 2018 Decades tour dates

North America

Mar 09: Atlanta Tabernable, GA
Mar 10: Charlotte The Filmore, NC
Mar 12: Norfolk The Norva, VA
Mar 13: Baltimore Lyric Theater
Mar 14: New York PlayStation Theater, NY
Mar 16: Philadelphia Electric Factory, PA
Mar 17: Worcester The Palladium, MA
Mar 18: Albany The Egg, NY
Mar 20: Montreal Metropolis, QC
Mar 21: Toronto Massey Hall, ON
Mar 23: Niagara Falls Rapids Theatre, NY
Mar 24: Cleveland Agora Theater, OH
Mar 25: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Mar 26: Covington Madison Theater, KY
Mar 28: Kalamazoo State Theatre, MI
Mar 29: St. Louis Touhill Performing Arts Center, MO
Mar 30: Minneapolis The Myth, MN
Mar 31: Chicago Aragon Ballroom, IL
Apr 02: Omaha Sokol Auditorium, NB
Apr 03: Denver Paramount Theatre, CO
Apr 05: Edmonton Northern Alberta Jubilee Aud, AB
Apr 06: Spokane Knitting Factory, WA
Apr 07: Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BC
Apr 08: Portland Roseland Theater, OR
Apr 10: Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl, NV
Apr 12: Ventura The Majestic Ventura Theatre, CA
Apr 13: San Jose City National Civic, CA
Apr 14: Anaheim City National Grove, CA
Apr 15: Tempe Marquee Theatre, AZ
Apr 17: Dallas The Bomb Factory, TX
Apr 18: Memphis Minglewood Hall, TN
Apr 19: Mobile Saenger Theater, AL
Apr 21: St. Petersburg Jannus Landing, FL
Apr 22: Miami Olympia Theater, FL


May 18: Tallinn Saku Suurhall, Estonia
Jun 01: Pilsen Metalfest Open Air, Czech Republic
Jun 02: Nijmegen FortaRock, Netherlands
Jun 21: Copenhagen Copenhell, Denmark
Jun 24: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jul 06: Kvinesdal Norway Rock Festival, Norway
Jul 13: Joensuu Ilosaarirock, Finland
Jul 21: Lahti Mukkulan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland
Aug 03: Wacken Open Air, Germany
Aug 07: Schaffhausen Stars In Town, Switzerland
Aug 09: Villena Leyendas Del Rock, Spain
Aug 12: Derby Bloodstock Open Air, UK
Nov 02: Gothenburg Partille Arena, Sweden
Nov 05: Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle, Germany
Nov 06: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germany
Nov 07: Antwerp Lotto Arena, Belgium
Nov 09: Oberhausen König-Pilsener-Arena, Germany
Nov 10: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
Nov 11: Geneva Arena, Switzerland
Nov 13: Bratislava Incheba Expo Arena, Slovakia
Nov 14: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Nov 16: Leipzig Arena, Germany
Nov 17: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Nov 20: Budapest Arena, Hungary
Nov 22: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
Nov 23: Nuremberg Arena, Germany
Nov 24: Stuttgart Schleyer-Halle, Germany
Nov 27: Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle, Germany
Dec 04: Milan Medionalum Forum, Italy
Dec 05: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany

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