October 2013

PR: ‘500 Letters’ music video & single

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After the success of Tarja’s latest album “Colours In The Dark” (charting in 12 countries with four Top 10 entries) and the video to her first single ‘Victim of Ritual’ reaching an enormous amount of views within three months, the second single ‘500 Letters’ celebrates its premiere today, on October 30th, 2013.

Shot in Tigre near Buenos Aires, Argentina by Florian Kaltenbach who also directed the video for ‘Victim Of Ritual’, ‘500 Letters’ is a new landmark in Tarja’s video clips collection to date.

For the first time in Tarja’s history, the singer herself is the main character in the story line. No wonder, is ‘500 Letters’ in many ways Tarja’s most private song ever. With its very personal song writing and delicate topic, it offers a great emotional insight into the artist herself. Touching the sensitive topic “stalkers”, Tarja allows her fans a closer look into her thoughts. ‘500 Letters’ is open to interpretation – being a mix of reality and fiction.

The heavy, yet highly melodic song gets stuck in your mind after the first listen with its haunting melody and touching, exceptional vocals. Despite its very catchy key note, the bombastic sound still is full of darkness and dramatic structure and takes Tarja’s song writing one step further.

This atmosphere is captured perfectly in the video.

Before the video for ‘500 Letters’ will be made public worldwide on earMUSIC’s official YouTube channel on Thursday, October 31st at 5pm CET, local pre-premieres are held with the following media partners today (October 30th) at 5pm CET:

Germany – www.ampya.com / www.myvideo.de

Finland – Radio Rock

Poland – Onet.PL

Spain – Rafabasa

USA – Metal Injection

Argentina – Rock And Pop Radio

Italy – Metalitalia

Switzerland – Metal Insight

Australia – Sludge Factory

On November 1st, 2013 ‘500 Letters’ will be available as download only in all digital stores.

As an exclusive bonus treat, the single bundle includes the ten minutes acoustic set ‘Rivers Of Lust / Minor Heaven / Montañas de Silencio / Sing For Me/ I Feel Immortal (Acoustic)’ recorded at Teatro El Circulo in Rosario, Argentina – originally part of the DVD and Blu-ray release “Act I” and now, for the first time available as audio digital download.

500 Letters (digital single)

1. 500 Letters

2. Rivers Of Lust / Minor Heaven / Montañas de Silencio / Sing For Me/ I Feel Immortal (Acoustic)

In the meantime, Tarja is on tour as a part of her “Colours In The Road 2013 – 2015”. 
Dates are getting added all the time and you can check the status of the tour here: http://www.tarjaturunen.com/en/category/concerts/

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Colours In The Road Tour 2013-2015

2013

30.10. Nuremberg – Löwensaal (GER)

01.11. Leipzig – Haus Auensee (GER)

02.11. Cologne – Gloria (GER)

04.11. Paris – Le Bataclan (FR)

2014

28.01. Lisbon – Aula Magna (PT)

29.01. Madrid – Sala Arena (ES)

31.01. Bilbao – Santana 27 (ES)

01.02. Barcelona – Salamandra 1 (ES)

03.02. Toulouse – Le Bikin (FR)

04.02. Marseille – Espace Julien (FR)

06.02. Lyon – Le Transbordeur (FR)

07.02. Bordeaux – Le Krakatoa (FR)

09.02. Lille – Le Splendid (FR)

10.02. London – O2 Academy Islington (UK)

12.02. Nottingham – Rock City (UK)

13.02. Amsterdam – Melkweg (NL)

16.02. Udine – Teatro Giovanni Da Udine (IT)

11.09. Belo Horizonte – Music Hall (BRA)

13.09. Sao Paulo – HSBC (BRA)

14.09. Rio de Janeiro – Circo Voador (BRA)

09.11. Kraków – Klub Studio (PL)

10.11. Łódź –  https://www.facebook.com/Wytwornia  Klub Wytwórnia (PL)

12.11. Katowice – Mega Club (PL)

13.11. Warsaw – Palladium (PL)
15.11. Minsk – Pallace (BY)

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Fun goes on!

Hamburg has always been an outstanding audience, and this time it was no exception. We enjoyed the show as much as the city. I discovered important things happened in music on my birthday :)

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Dortmund show was a lovely, intimate (the smallest in the tour) show to me. It was my first headliner concert in Dortmund after the support gig I did with Alice Cooper. Floor Jansen came to see my show, which was very kind of her. This time we had a chance to talk a bit more than on the MFVF so it was nice.

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I really enjoy the touring with my family, since now I have a bus just for us. There is a luxury kind of silence and privacy around during our journey. Mino, our driver is taking care of all of us and nanny Liliana is taking care of our baby girl Naomi during sound checks and shows. Is really important to feel good while being on the road, because this type of travelling could get very exhausting if you cannot feel happy. I have found amazing people around me.

Here you can see how we travel.

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I loved visiting Karlsruhe, my old school town again. We were lucky to spend an off day there and the sun was up for us. We went to zoo with Naomi and did some shopping as well. In the evening we had a dinner with my dear and talented pianist friend Izumi, so the day was just perfect.

Next night the show was another perfection. I really have to say that Karlsruhe received us so warmly that it brought tears in my eyes. I felt like singing to my home audience, which was a very special feeling. I will never forget that night. So once again I have new wonderful memories from Karlsruhe, cannot wait for the next time.

And the Phantom returned for this concert in the voice of Fabio Lione.

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We travelled to Munich and couldn’t believe how beautiful the weather in this part of Europe still is. Guys were taking sunbath at the venue terrace and I was showing my daughter how Germans are growing vegetables in their gardens. She loved the huge pumpkins we found!

The concert was again amazing!!!!!!! I thought at some point that I might faint because of the heat inside of the venue, but somehow the adrenaline and the great audience kept me going until the end. What an audience in Munich. These last couple of shows in Germany reminded me a little bit of my performances in southern countries where usually the public is wilder than in Central Europe. I have to say that Germans can get wild as well if they want!!!!! Wowowowow.

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Vienna is one of my favourite cities in Europe. It’s been a while since I really got to have some time off in there, so this time I made the time. Before our sound check I wanted to have a long walk in the old part of the city and it was worth it. God I love the old buildings, the history and the feeling of this city. No matter I am still not sleeping well in the moving bus during the nights and my body was telling me that “you need to sleeeeeeeep”, I don’t regret having that beautiful walk through Vienna.

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In the evening the concert was really good, even though I had my doubts earlier about my singing condition since usually I don’t like to sing three shows in a row while being on the road. This time I felt great and my band really rocked together with our warm Austrian public.

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The journey to Zurich was long since we needed to stop on the boarder for some time. It really didn’t matter that much because we all enjoyed watching the landscapes from the bus windows, even my little daughter :)

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We really love the mountains so much! There is something really magical in them. We spent our off day in Zurich, just because we like the city. Again, the weather was like a dream…just perfect for a stroll in the city.

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This morning just one hour drive to Pratteln. It is also a laundry day today…. not that I enjoy it too much, but mommy needs to keep on doing her “home work” even while being on the road :)

 

With love, Tarja

 

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The Colours are finally on the road!

How fun it has been to rock again with my band and fans; I had missed this very much.

To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from the tour. My doubts were about how my daughter would accept the fact that we are travelling again and how I will adapt to the situation of being on the road again myself. Am I ready for it? Would it be the same than before having a baby?

All my doubts got washed away since the first day.  It has been truly wonderful to be able to sing new songs for my lovely fans.

We rehearsed three days in Zlin, Czech Republic from where we headed to Olomouc for the first concert. Everybody in my crew, including me, were nervous about the beginning since there were so many things to take in consideration during the show.

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All seemed to be new again! I have some new crewmembers and a new bass player, Anna, in my band as well.

The concert in Olomouc was wonderful, just like a dream come true to me. I really appreciate the fact how the Czech audience had accepted me as an artist. I feel every time more and more welcomed, which of course makes me happy. The audience was really loud at times, so we got a great kick for the start of the tour. Lovely energy around :)

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Next day I got to see a little bit the beautiful old town of Olomouc with the Mayer of the city and I had a signing session where I met lots of happy people.

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I really enjoyed being in Kreuzberg, Berlin again for a day. We even got some time for shopping :) before the show.

The day was nice despite of few drops of rain. I was not that nervous anymore like during the first show and we had fun with our Berlin audience. Apparently there were lots of people from different countries as well present and I saw many familiar faces in the first row ;)

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Julia, the designer from Nordenfeldt came to say hello after the show. You will hear some awesome news from our collaboration in the near future!

Other friend of mine, Sirja who has been tailoring my performing clothes ever since I started singing with Nightwish, has been on the road with us since the beginning, but leaving back home already in two days :(

Sirja has been fixing my clothes during these few days and she has done great!

After Berlin we travelled to Wieze in Belgium that is a familiar place already. Always a pleasure to perform in Metal Female Voices Festival. As I promised, we did a duet with Floor Jansen there and had a blast with our fans!

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It was very nice to sing with Floor and to see how she has been growing as a singer. I wish her just the best for her future.

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Another personal delight of that day was to meet Sharon and Robert from Within Temptation, who came to the festival just to enjoy the wine together that we didn’t have the time to share before. I am so happy to realize that there is still good people, humble and down to earth existing in this world. I am grateful to have new friends in my life :)

Today we are ready to rock Hamburg after I finally had a good night sleep! Just finished sound check now. Good vibes!

 

With love, Tarja

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