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Ville Valo, Agents and Badding: Orpolapsi kiurun

It was almost 20 years ago that Ville Valo and Agents joined forces for the first time. The much-loved fruits of that collaboration have kept fans eagerly waiting for a sequel. Now this long wait is over - the brand new single by Ville Valo & Agents is called Orpolapsi kiurun (Orphan Child of the Skylark) and it is released today, on Friday 21 Sep.The song was written by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki and the recording contains the voice of the author himself.

Orphan Child of the Skylark, not your everyday title for a pop song, now is it? On Rauli’s original demo it was called Lamppu palaa ikkunassa (Lamp Burning in the Window), though. That’s not bad either but I must confess that the image of an orphan child of a skylark takes you deep deep into Badding’s soul. Even our Black Prince informed us right away that thisshould be the title of the song! It was actually the first song Ville picked from the demo. This song is just so essentially Rauli. His style, his persona, his way of writing lyrics – it all shines through. And it is a quality tune as well – in my humble opinion we have a new Badding classic in our hands”, Esa Pulliainen, guitar virtuoso and musical leader of Agents, states.

Ville Valo & Agents are currently in the studio working on an album containing previously unreleased Badding songs. The album will be released in early 2019 and the release will be followed by a tour.

It was almost 20 years ago that Ville Valo and Agents joined forces for the first time. The much-loved fruits of that collaboration have kept fans eagerly waiting for a sequel. Now this long wait is over - the brand new single by Ville Valo & Agents is called Orpolapsi kiurun (Orphan Child of the Skylark) and it is released today, on Friday 21 Sep.The song was written by the late, legendary Finnish singer Rauli ’Badding’ Somerjoki and the recording contains the voice of the author himself.

Orphan Child of the Skylark, not your everyday title for a pop song, now is it? On Rauli’s original demo it was called Lamppu palaa ikkunassa (Lamp Burning in the Window), though. That’s not bad either but I must confess that the image of an orphan child of a skylark takes you deep deep into Badding’s soul. Even our Black Prince informed us right away that thisshould be the title of the song! It was actually the first song Ville picked from the demo. This song is just so essentially Rauli. His style, his persona, his way of writing lyrics – it all shines through. And it is a quality tune as well – in my humble opinion we have a new Badding classic in our hands”, Esa Pulliainen, guitar virtuoso and musical leader of Agents, states.

Ville Valo & Agents are currently in the studio working on an album containing previously unreleased Badding songs. The album will be released in early 2019 and the release will be followed by a tour.

>> listen on Spotify

www.villevaloagents.fi
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September 21st 2018

Swedish Grande Royale arrives to Finland for the first time in February

Swedish band Grande Royale, which has ben called a successor of Hellacopters, will play its straightforward garage-rock for the first time Finland in February. The band will start their Finnish tour from legendary Tavastia-club on February 7th and will continue to Vaasa, Oulu and Levi afterwards.


"If you have any love lost for The Hellacopters this might very well be your next fix." - Rocknload Mag

"the band basks in a classic heavy rock sunshine and analog depth, leaving no room for pretense when it comes to bringing forth '70s influences as filtered through more modern garage push." - The Obelisk

“healthy helpings of rock 'n' roll that fall somewhere between classic Motor City madness and chaw spittin' southern rock. " - Decibel Magazine


Tour dates: 

Wed 7.2. Helsinki, Tavastia
Pre-tickets from Tiketti. Prices: 15€ pre-tickets / 18€ from door. Support: The Empire Strikes.

Thu 8.2. Vaasa, Butcher & Banker 
Free entry.

Fri 9.2. Oulu, 45 Special                                                              .           Pre-tickets from Tiketti and from 45special. Prices: 12€ pre-tickets / 15€ from door. Support: Temple Balls.

Sat 10.2. Sirkka/Levi, Hullu Porock
Levi Hullu PoRockin tickets from Tiketti. Support: Temple Balls.

 

Listen to Breaking News –album here

Watch the bands videos here

https://www.facebook.com/GR.sweden/


January 8th 2018

More Helldone shows announced – including one all ages show

It will probably come as no surprise that the last ever HIM show on New Year’s Eve has sold out in a few minutes. Now it has been confirmed that the band has decided to play an additional four unique farewell shows in Finland as a countdown to their last hurrah at Tavastia Club. The venues are Ice Hall Black Box in Helsinki on Dec 27, Terminaali Arena in Oulu on Dec 28, Rytmikorjaamo in Seinäjoki on Dec 29 and Pakkahuone & Klubi in Tampere on Dec 30.

The Ice Hall show on Dec 27 is open to all ages, the rest have an age limit of 18 and over.

The band’s Farewell Tour kicks off on Oct 23 with shows in North America and it will find its way to 14 countries. Many of the shows are already sold out.

Tickets for all these shows will be available on Mon 14 Aug at 12:00 CET (13:00 local time)


Date: Wed 27 Dec
Support acts: The 69 Eyes / Jimsonweed
Doors open: 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Ice Hall Black Box, Helsinki
Age limit: all ages
Ticket price: 61 € (incl. service charges)
The tickets will be on sale at all Tiketti and Ticketmaster outlets.


Date: Thu 28 Dec
Support act: Jimsonweed
Doors open: 7 p.m.
Venue: Terminaali Areena, Oulu
Age limit: strictly 18 years and over only (no exception even accompanied by parents etc.)
Ticket price: presale 60 €, door 65 € (all prices include service charges)
The tickets will be on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets.


Date: Fri 29 Dec
Support act: Jimsonweed
Doors open: 8 p.m.
Venue: Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
Age limit: strictly 18 years and over only (no exceptions)
Ticket limit: max 6 tickets per customer and per card
Ticket prices: presale 59 €/57 € (reduced price for Selmu members only), door 64 € (all prices include service charges)
The tickets will be on sale at allTiketti outlets and through the Rytmikorjaamo web site.


Date: Sat 30 Dec
Support act: Jimsonweed
Doors open: 7 p.m.
Venue: Pakkahuone & Klubi, Tampere
Age limit: strictly 18 years and over only (no exception even accompanied by parents etc.)
Ticket price: presale 57,60 €, door 60 € (all prices include service charges)
The tickets will be on sale at all Tiketti and Lippu.fi outlets.

August 9th 2017

HIM to bid farewell at Tavastia Club on New Year’s Eve

Finland’s internationally most successful rock band HIM will play their last ever show on Dec 31, 2017. This farewell performance will take place at the Helldone Festival held at Helsinki’s renowned Tavastia Club. This will also mark an end of the truly beloved tradition: HIM bringing in the New Year in their spiritual place of birth – this year’s show will be the 17th of its kind.

”We will bury the heart of HIM on Urho Kekkonen Street,” vocalist Ville Valo states. ”It’s the right place to end our worldly journey.”

The band’s Farewell Tour kicks off on Oct 23 with shows in North America and it will find its way to 14 countries. Many of the shows are already sold out.

The 26 year career of the band led by Ville Valo is full of impressive achievements. The band has released eight studio albums and four compilations, with total worldwide sales of well over eight million. HIM was the first (and still is the only) Finnish band to reach gold record sales in North America, with their 2005 album Dark Light. The band’s best known songs are the domestic and international chart toppers and radio hits Join Me In Death, Wicked Game, Right Here In My Arms, Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly and The Funeral Of Hearts.

Date: Sun 31 Dec
Support act: Jimsonweed
Doors open: 8 p.m.
Closing time: 4 a.m.
Venue: Tavastia Club & Semifinal
Address: Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Age limit: strictly 18 years and over only (no exception even accompanied by parents etc.)

Ticket price: 70 € (excluding credit card service charges and mailing fees)
The tickets will be on sale at all Tiketti outlets
Tickets will be available on Wed 9 Aug at 12:00 CET (13:00 local time)
Ticket limit: max 2 tickets per customer and per card

The tickets are personal. They will be named at the time of purchase, and the identity of the ticket owner will be verified when entering the venue.

August 7th 2017

TUSKA CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY – HIM TO HEADLINE

That’s a fact: Finland’s longest running and boldest metal festival, Tuska, will be celebrated for the 20th time the coming summer. It’s been a long and rocky road from the depths of Tavastia-klubi, through two different outdoor venues to Suvilahti, where Tuska settled in 2011. The 20th anniversary will take place during the weekend of 30.6.-2.7.2017. Be sure to mark that in your calendars – in blood.

At last have the stars and hearts aligned, and HIM’s first ever Tuska-appearance is finally coming to fruition. HIM’s Tuska show has been in the works practically the entire existence of the festival. It’s also noteworthy that this will be HIM’s first outdoor show in their hometown Helsinki.

June 15th 2017

Andy McCoy released a new single "The Way I Feel"

The song `The way I feel´ is a song from the sessions for my upcoming album. It came about while I was thinking about when Angela and I decided to move from Los Angeles. Just hitting the highway and searching for a piece of Paradise. It is a pretty Universal example of Escapism. The working title was `The West Coast Song´ due to it´s jangling 12 stringed Guitars and Infectious Melody.

Thank you,

Andy McCoy

 

"The Way I Feel" on iTunes and Spotify.

 

https://fi-fi.facebook.com/andymccoyofficial/

https://www.facebook.com/AinoaProductions/

http://ainoaproductions.fi/index.html

 

May 12th 2017

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