It’s a sad, sad day in the gothic metal scene as the news sinks in that our favourite love metallers HIM are calling it a day (booooooooooooooo!).
The band announced that after twenty-six years, they will be leaving the scene at the end of 2017. There is a slight silver lining in that they are heading out on tour one last time, including four UK dates!
Frontman Ville Valo says; “After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”
The band formed in 1991 by Ville and guitarist Mikko ‘Linde’ Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen. Over the past twenty-six years,. they have captured the hearts of millions with their blend of dark, gothic imagery, metal and hard rock with deep, thought-provoking lyrics, producing eight studio albums including a greatest hits, storming the world over.
Four years after their last record Tears On Tape, we find that it was the final instalment in the love metallers catalogue. Migé says; “At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild. Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!”
You can catch HIM on the following dates (with US and Finland still to be announced). Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday March 8, 2017.
WED 14 SPAIN BARCELONA RAZZMATAZZ
THU 15 SPAIN MADRID LA RIVIERA
FRI 16 SPAIN SANTANDER SALA ESCENRIO
SAT 17 PORTUGAL PORTO HARD CLUB
SAT 01 FINLAND HELSINKI TUSKA FESTIVAL
THU 13 FINLAND TUURI MILJOONAROCK
FRI 24 RUSSIA ST PETERSBURG DK LENSOVETA
SUN 26 RUSSIA MOSCOW CLUB STADIUM LIVE
TUE 28 POLAND WARSAW STODOLA
WED 29 GERMANY HAMBURG DOCKS
FRI 01 GERMANY BERLIN COLUMBIAHALLE
SAT 02 CZECH REP. PRAGUE FORUM KARLIN
MON 04 GERMANY LEIPZIG HAUS AUENSEE
TUE 05 GERMANY MUNCHEN TONHALLE
WED 06 SWITZ. ZURICH X-TRA
THU 07 ITALY MILAN ALCATRAZ
FRI 08 GERMANY KOLN PALLADIUM
SAT 09 LUX. ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE ROCKHAL
MON 11 HOLLAND AMSTERDAM PARADISO
TUE 12 HOLLAND TILBURG 013
THU 14 SCOTLAND GLASGOW BARROWLAND
FRI 15 ENGLAND NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
SAT 16 ENGLAND MANCHESTER ACADEMY
SUN 17 ENGLAND LONDON ROUNDHOUSE