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Marco Tapani Hietala


Place of residence:
Kerava, Finland

Sci-fi, fantasy & horror books and movies, Videogaming

Still lazy

Musical background:
Active musical family background. I´ve been exposed to jazz, rock and classical ever since I was born. I´ve been playing guitar and bass since the age of 12. 3 years of classical guitar, vocal and musical theory studies in musical college. 2 more years of bass and musical theory lessons in Oulunkylä Pop and Jazz Conservatory.

Warwick infinity basses and Warwick amps

Idols in music:
These people are/have been good at what they do. Bass: Geezer Butler, Bob Daisley. Vocals: Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Kate Bush.

Idols in life:
Neil Armstrong. (The first man to walk on the moon, or an obscure patch of desert in states, as some people claim).

Life philosophy:
Live and let live.

Place you would like to go:

What makes you laugh:

First record you bought:
Me and my brother pestered our father into buying the Rainbow album "Long live rock´n´roll". The first that I bought with my own money was probably Iron Maiden "Killers" or Black Sabbath "Mob rules". Can´t remember which.

All time top 5 albums:
Rainbow: Long Live Rock´n´Roll, Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell, Judas Priest: Painkiller, Thin Lizzy: Live ´n´Dangerous, Deep purple: Burn. And then there´s a hell of a load of other albums that I like as much as these.

Personal highlight with Nightwish:
The album "Once" and the success that kept on growing and surpassing all our expectations.

Best Nightwish show so far:
There´s been way too many great shows for me to pick just one. Greatest recently in 2005 were probably Wacken Germany, Hammersmith England, Hartwall arena Helsinki Finland just to mention a few.

Killing time on tour:
Books, movies, videogames, occasional drink?

Preparation for a show:
Oh yeah! The occasional drink.

Strangest experience on tour:
Hey, it´s all strange!

Worst nightmare on stage:
Losing the voice.

Worst nightmare in general:
Something bad would happen to my family when I´m away, and couldn´t do anything.

Favorite Nightwish song:
The Siren.

Favorite band/musician:
I don´t have an actual favourite anymore, but Black Sabbath and the way Tony Iommi wrote his riffs have definetely influenced the way I see music and play myself.

Favorite book:
Yep, The lord of the rings. Is this a cliche or what?

Favorite drink:
Lager beer

Favorite food:
Finnish sausage called "lenkki"

Favorite movie:
Still the original Star Wars Trilogy.

Favorite TV show:
I think that the TV is just a natural extension of a DVD-player or a game console. Otherwise it´s basically a waste of time. I´ll still go for the Babylon 5. There might be something better these days, but this one made an impact on me.

Dumbest question you have ever been asked:
Would you give me your own and your bandmates birthdates, adresses and phonenumbers?

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