End Of An Era

End Of An Era

Format: 16/9 PAL
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1& 2.0
Region: All
Length: approximately 160 minutes
Disc Format: DVD-9
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Summary
END OF AN ERA is Nightwish’s third DVD. The concert recorded for the DVD was definitely an event in Nightwish’s career for various reasons: it was the last show with Tarja and the last show of the Once Upon A Tour 2004-2005. Native American John Two Hawks exceptionally came for “Creek Mary’s Blood”.... moreover, there were a lot of big screens broadcasting various images during the show. Finally, more than 20 video cameras were used to shoot the video, directed by Antti Jokinen, who also directed the clip for “Nemo”...

Release date: June 2nd 2006
Written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen, except:
The Siren & Slaying The Dreamer : Tuomas/Tuomas-Emppu
Over The Hills And Far Away : Gary Moore
Red Warrior & All of Them : Hans Zimmer
Phantom Of The Opera : A. Lloyd Webber / T. Rice
High Hopes : David Gilmour / Polly Anne Samson
Stone People : John Two-Hawks

Content of the DVD:
Hartwall Arena (Helsinki) live show, October 21th 2005
01. Dark Chest Of Wonders
02. Planet Hell
03. Ever Dream
04. Kinslayer
05. Phantom Of The Opera
06. The Siren
07. Sleeping Sun
08. High Hopes
09. Bless The Child
10. Wishmaster
11. Slaying The Dreamer
12. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan
13. Nemo
14. Ghost Love Score
15. Stone People
16. Creek Mary´s Blood
17. Over The Hills and Far Away
18. Wish I Had an Angel
Documentary "A day Before Tomrrow":
55 minutes going back over the 15 days before the show.
(In Finnish - English subtitles available)
Photo galery

 

 

Details...

. INTRO (RED WARRIOR) ~
The DVD begins with the unfortunately shorten intro “Red Warrior” by Hanz Zimmer, extract from “The Last Samurai” soundtrack. Great intensity, a room crowded with 14000 people, a large backdrop that will fall and leave full view to several big screens, and the band (except Tarja) coming onstage with a screaming audience. The scene is set; the last concert with Tarja can begin.

. DARK CHEST OF WONDERS ~
The first song of the show is obviously Dark Chest Of Wonders (it was this way for all the other shows of the tour – the band’s track lists never change a lot). Huge start with pyrotechnics, lights everywhere, the band in very good shape, perfect directing and a few successful visual effects (such as slow motion used beautifully).

. PLANET HELL ~
Getting straight to Planet Hell with Jukka being the star during the intro, Marco screaming after the choirs to introduce the song and a few pyro explosions perfectly synchronized. Marco-Tarja’s duet is marvelous (even though it’ll reach the top later on the show), the sound is perfect and the band’s performance too. We want more!

. EVER DREAM ~
First « emotional » moment (lol) with the intro played on keyboards by Tuomas, and then joined by Tarja. Then, a big silence where Tuomas seems to commune with himself, his face hidden in his hands…before Jukka and the others start the powerful song again. A great finale thanks to Marco and Tarja’s singing and the other members, particularly wild at the end of the song!

. THE KINSLAYER ~
Return to the Wishmaster’s period with the well loved Kinslayer, performed in a quite similar version as the previous DVD « From Wishes To Eternity ». Pyrotechnics are still on and the intensity can particularly be felt during the song’s break before the end, when Tarja “speaks” with a diabolical voice.

. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ~
This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful duet offered by Tarja and Marco. A quite similar version to the album version but with a different finale which makes this version reach the original one. Marco excels at singing, Tarja ends the song with breathtaking vocals, and all this underlined by Tuomas’ very strong keyboards: Phantom Of The Opera is undoubtedly one of the biggest moment of the show.

. THE SIREN ~
The Siren is one of the tracks that have been added during the tour, more precisely after February 2005 when they went back on tour after a break. This song is superb, well orchestrated and well adapted for a show. Emppu and Tuomas particularly distinguish themselves and still Tarja & Marco’s duet makes no mistakes at all! This track was released as a single on which there is a live version of the song.

. SLEEPING SUN ~
The first ballad of the DVD is Sleeping Sun, that was re-recorded in 2005 in order to release it as a single to promote Highest Hopes. Tarja appears in a white gown (that reminds the fans the video for the song’s new version), on the higher stage. Big screens behind her show snowy landscapes during the performance.

. HIGH HOPES ~
It’s time for Tarja’s traditional break, and then time for the four guys to play a cover of their choice. Pink Floyd’s “High Hopes” has been chosen to be the cover since February 2005 (during the first part of the 2004 tour, it was Megadeth’s "Symphony Of Destruction" which is available on the single "The Siren" and on the single "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan").This is a nice cover of the song, with Marco who definitely is impressive, especially at the end of the song.

. BLESS THE CHILD ~
With Bless The Child and its beautiful crescendo introduction (that was used to start last tour’s shows) begins the second part of the concert. The band’s performance is a success, as well as the direction – some extracts from the lyrics and pictures (cross, etc…) superimpose the band during the song. Finally, the last word of the song appears as a watermark: « Forever ».

. WISHMASTER ~
Nightwish’s most famous song! It would be impossible for the band not to play this song for it is such an important piece in Nightwish’s history. There is no pause here, the images follow on from each other very quickly, we see one member and another as fast as possible! Another great moment of the show. Emppu plays a flawless a solo, Tuomas is wild…What more can we ask for?

. SLAYING THE DREAMER ~
This is the more aggressive song of the show, and what a song!  Marco is as wild as can be – he screams the title of the song. Tarja, after she vigorously headbanged, sings her lyrical parts to end this song which is definitely a memorable live song! The three other members are not to put aside either, they just help in making this song a great piece !

. KUOLEMA TEKEE TAITEILIJAN ~
The calm after the storm. The situation is now reversed since Tarja is alone on stage to sing the Finnish song from “Once” with a sample while the screens shows black and white pictures from the band behind her. This is beautiful, simple and calm… This is a good way to catch ones breath after Slaying The Dreamer.

. NEMO ~
Now it’s time for Nemo, the first single from the album « Once », under the thunderous applause of the audience. Tarja appears again with the clothes that she wears in the song’s video and, after a beautiful introduction played by Tuomas on the keyboards; the fans go wild when they hear the chorus that everybody knows. Contrary to most of the other shows from the tour, Tarja stays on stage at the end of the song and exchanges looks and smiles with the won over audience.

. GHOST LOVE SCORE ~
It is time for the concert’s "masterpiece", Ghost Love Score, the 10 minutes track from "Once". This is certainly one of the other great moments of the show – the band succeeded in giving a great live performance of the song and its performance is perfect from beginning to end. Confetti burst forth as the ending comes, frenzy is at its fullest, and the song is a success !

. STONE PEOPLE ~
The calm after the storm, part two. Native American John Two Hawks comes alone on stage to play and sing one of his own songs with a flute and his peculiar vocals. The atmosphere brings calm and contemplation, the title of the song was well chosen.

. CREEK MARY'S BLOOD ~
This is the second time that this song is played live (after a first "test" in Romania, without John Two Hawks) and one cannot forget it. Part ballad (first part of the song), part stirring, Creek Mary’s Blood is the other big moment at the end of the show. The break during which John Two Hawks sings and dances is deep and moving, and it is also true for the end of the song when, alone on stage, he reads Tuomas’ poem in his mother tongue.

. OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY ~
Less and less often played in 2005, Gary Moore’s cover HAD to be played that night to be on the DVD so that fans could have a memory of that successful cover that was released on an EP, before Century Child came out. Jukka is put forward, once again (he is the king of the world during the intro), and Marco sings new backing vocals at the end of the song!

. WISH I HAD AN ANGEL ~
Here is the final song of the concert and the whole tour, the very efficient Wish I Had An Angel! As it is the last song, Nightwish gives all the strength that they have left and one can feel it! Tarja’s « dance », Marco’s devil eyes, pyro bursting everywhere at each chorus – all the ingredients are here! During the last break before the chorus, one can notice an effect that shows each member the one after the other, in slow motion – sensations guaranteed

. OUTRO (ALL OF THEM) ~
It is now time for the band to leave the stage, after several bows to the audience with John Two Hawks who came back for that purpose. This is a great emotional moment when one knows what eventually happened a few moments later backstage. Once again, the music that plays while they leave is Hans Zimmer’s – but this time, it was taken from “King Arthur”’s score.

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End Of An Era history:
The 2004-2005 Once tour was the band’s longest tour, but also the tour that had the greatest success. It was also a tour that knew regular tensions between two parts: Tarja and her husband/manager Marcelo, and the rest of the group’s surroundings. Tensions that could eventually lead to one thing: Tarja’s dismissal. However, the band really wanted to keep a memory of that tour so a show in Helsinki, in the country’s biggest venue was planned for October 2005. This show was memorable – big screens, John Two-Hawks, pyrotechnics, and a huge production thanks to twenty video cameras. The fans had been waiting for this show since all the tickets were sold in one day. This concert was brilliant and showed how Nightwish improved since the beginning of their career. Tarja was given a letter at the end of the show, backstage, which she opened the day after, as she was asked to do by Tuomas – everybody knows what happened next. We can also say that, because of the struggling that followed, between Nightwish and Marcello, the release of the DVD in Finland was, for some time, in jeopardy. Fortunately, battles came to an end and Finnish fans were able to buy the DVD at the same time as the rest of the European fans.

The several versions and their content:
Many versions of this DVD/CD were released. You can find all the details at the bottom of the page. These versions distinguish from one another by their packaging. The content is similar in all versions:
- Live show at the Harwall Arena, in Helsinki, October 21st 2005.
18 tracks (+intro and outro), more than 20 video cameras, almost two hours of live performance. Available in 5.1 or stereo. 16/9 images. You can with a description of each song down on this page.
- Documentary “A Day Before Tomorrow”.
- This 55 minutes documentary goes back over the 15 days before the show. You can see Nightwish backstage, during theirs several trips and waiting in airports, and before going onstage. Ambient tension with Tarja, remarks from the guys, but also good mood and laughter are palpable throughout the documentary.
- Photo gallery with color and black & white photos from the show and from backstage.
- Audio CDs (sold apart or with the DVD in a box) which contain the whole concert on two Cds.

 

Collection

  • Finland 2006 - Spinefarm - SPI300CD - CD - photo1
  • Finland 2006 - Spinefarm - SPI300DVD - DVD - PAL - photo1
  • Finland 2006 - Spinefarm - SPI300DIGI - DVD + 2CD - digipack PAL - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1291-2 - CD - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1679-2 - 2CD - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1679-0 - 2CD - digipack - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1678-2 - DVD - PAL - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1678-0 - DVD + 2CD - digipack PAL - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1679-5 - DVD +2CD -box collector, digipack, with two statues PAL - photo1
  • Europe 2006 - Nuclear Blast - NB 1679-1 - 3LP - box set with 3 LP - photo1
  • Abbreviation key :
    CD : compact disc
    LP : vinyl record (33-1/3 rpm)
    7" - 10" - 12" vinyl : 7, 10, 12 inches vinyl record
    MC : Cassette audio = audio tape
    2CD : Double CD
    MCD : Maxi-CD
    CDS : CD Single
    mini-CD : Single in an album-size box
    VD : Video-disc