Tarja Turunen has added two UK dates to her The Shadow Shows tour.
She’ll play Manchester’s Academy 2 on March 9 and London’s Koko on March 10, 2017, in support of her recent rock outing The Shadow Self, which launched in August via earMusic.
She said: “Everything is different nowadays. I have a career, I have my audience, and a life as an artist. I can also be free. It’s unbelievable to be able to choose things, or choose how to do things, and with whom to work. That freedom is something I would never give away.”
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Turunen recorded five albums with Nightwish – her final appearance coming on 2004’s Once, which spawned the band’s breakthrough track Nero.
Reflecting on the song’s success, Turunen tells the new issue of Metal Hammer: “The video was dark, but striking and colourful – and it was very gothic. We had this idea for the red coat, a very strong colour against the now falling.
“If you think of symphonic metal bands with female singers, they’re usually dressed in black. I was always the weird girl with the weird voice, the operatic vocals, and then I wore this red coat.
“I still see girls at my shows dressed like me, so I guess it was really powerful.”
Tarja Turunen tour dates
Nov 04: Lisbon Aula Magna, Portugal
Nov 05: Madrid Joy Eslava, Spain
Nov 06: Barcelona Barts, Spain
Nov 08: Lyon Villeurbanne Le Transbordeur, France
Nov 09: Paris Casino De Paris, France
Nov 28: Florence Obihall Teatro Di Firenze, Italy
Nov 29: Assago Teatro Della Luna, Italy
Dec 01: Prague Forum Karlin, Czech Republic
Dec 02: Kosice Angels Arena, Slovakia
Dec 03: Zlin Sportovni Hala Euronics, Czech Republic
Dec 05: Warsaw Music Zone, Poland
Dec 06: Wroclaw Stadium, Poland
Dec 07: Bratislava MMC Caffe, Slovakia
Dec 19: Lahti Sibeliustalo, Finland
Dec 22: Krasnogorsk Vegas Crocus City Hall, Russia
Feb 01: Budapest Barba Negra, Hungary
Mar 09: Manchester Academy 2, UK
Mar 10: London Koko, UK