Anette Olzen leaves Nightwish

Who saw that coming?

Another chapter of the Nightwish story has ended today. Nightwish and Anette Olzon have decided to part company, in mutual understanding, for the good of all parties involved.

In recent times it has become increasingly obvious that the direction and the needs of the band were in conflict, and this has led to a division from which we cannot recover.

Nightwish has no intention of cancelling any upcoming shows, and as a result we have decided to bring in a substitute vocalist starting in Seattle 1.10.2012. Her name is Floor Jansen from The Netherlands (ex-After Forever, ReVamp), and she has graciously stepped in to help us complete the Imaginaerum world tour.

We are all strongly committed to this journey, this vehicle of spirit, and we are sure that this will lead to a brighter future for everyone.

We forever remain excited about the adventures to come, and we are extremely proud of the two beautiful albums and the wonderful shows we shared together.

If you look at Anette’s blog, it’s not a happy picture that emerges. She had been forced to miss a gig due to a quite serious illness, and the show went ahead with a stand-in singer rather than cancelling the gig. The fall-out from that led to her parting company with the band just days later, although it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that trouble may have been brewing for a while, and this was just the final straw.

It retrospect, it’s probably a good thing Olivia Sparnenn didn’t get the gig when she auditioned, if that’s how Tuomas Holopainen treats his singers.

Update: It gets worse. According to Prog Magazine, they’d already made the decision to replace Anette Olzen with Floor Jansen some time ago, without Anette’s knowledge. Showbiz can be a nasty business.

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5 Responses to Anette Olzen leaves Nightwish

  1. Chris (aka Ghostlovescore on Indep MA forum) says:

    Interesting comments from Troy (who’s pretty much a part of Nightwish these days)…

    The comments I’d make on this are that Nightwish seem to be a very “laddish” band – all “beer and getting on with the job” which makes it difficult for a lone woman to fit in. Tuomas comes across as a driven and slightly dark individual which is part of what makes him interesting as a musician. From a purely selfish view I’m happy because I’ve never liked Annette’s style of singing (more character than clarity) and Floor’s sound is absolutely right for Nightwish. I’m now pleased Olivia didn’t get the job as she’s doing a fantastic job where she is!

  2. Tim Hall says:

    You could have said the same about Mostly Autumn as a “laddish band”, but the important different was that there was always more than one woman in the band, so the dynamic was different.

  3. Flightless says:

    The update from Prog was helpful, as I’ve a ticket for B’ham & I’d been worried about them cancelling the UK leg of the tour. However one of the reasons I’d been looking forward to the gig was that I’d not seen Anette & wanted to be able to compare it to how I remember seeing them with Tarja. Having seen Floor with ReVamp my impression is that she should do a great job of it. Her voice is a better fit for the older material, so it’ll be interesting to see if they bring any more of it into the set of stay with the current album

  4. Tim Hall says:

    Changing a singer always has a big effect on the sound of the band, and their interpretation of older material is often a challenge to both band and fans. Do they find a clone (Arnel Pineda in Journey), radically re-interpret (Ronnie Dio replacing Ozzy in Sabbath), or just drop the older songs altogether (Steve Hogarth replacing Fish in Marillion)?

    Mostly Autumn seem to have done well with Olivia Sparnenn. She can do the older songs justice without radically altering them while making her mark on new material written for her voice.

  5. Tim Hall says:

    Anyway, seeing them live on Monday, Floor Jansen seems like a natural fit for their music. I hope she becomes their permanent singer.