NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen has canceled her previously announced solo concerts in the Netherlands which were set to take place July 6 at Royal Park Live in Baarn and July 8 at Caprera in Bloemendaal
Earlier today, Jansen, who is currently pregnant with her second child, released the following statement via social media: “Dear everyone, with great regret, I have to cancel my shows on the 6th and 8th of July. The reason is that my health is not good enough to responsibly perform the shows.
“I became exhausted after my last show with NIGHTWISH in Finland. So much so that I collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. There, the doctors determined that my baby is healthy and I don’t have any serious illnesses. However, I was so fatigued that continuing to work is no longer an option.
“The show with NIGHTWISH in Oslo had to be canceled as a result of this. That was 3 weeks ago. I had hoped that I would be able to rebuild enough energy to still perform those wonderful solo shows in the Netherlands. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. To ensure the health of both myself and my unborn baby, I need to rest and focus entirely on my recovery and the final phase of my pregnancy.
“Canceling a show breaks my heart! It’s a decision I definitely don’t take lightly. But I hope to welcome you back to one of my shows in the near future! In good health. For now, I will temporarily bid farewell to the public stage and promise to take good care of myself and my little one.
NIGHTWISH concluded their most recent touring cycle with their final concert on June 17. The event took place at Lemonsoft Stadion in Vaasa, marking their temporary hiatus from touring.
In November 2022, Floor Jansen, shared uplifting news with fans. She announced that she had successfully undergone surgery to remove a tumor after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Jansen expressed her gratitude by revealing that she was now “cancer-free.”
Adding to their joyous news, in March, Floor Jansen and Hannes Van Dahl, the drummer of SABATON, shared another delightful announcement. The couple disclosed that they were expecting their second child, expanding their growing family. Their first child, a daughter named Freja, was born on March 15, 2017, and is currently six years old.
However, in a surprising move for their dedicated fanbase, NIGHTWISH unveiled in April that they would not be performing live shows in the foreseeable future. This decision meant that they would not embark on a tour in support of their forthcoming studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in 2024. The band’s intention to take a break from live performances left fans eagerly awaiting their highly anticipated new music while respecting their decision to focus on other endeavors temporarily.
NIGHTWISH‘s statement read as follows: “As the ‘Human :ll: Nature – World Tour’ is drawing to a close, we feel now is the time to tell you of our plans for the next phase in our journey.
“After the planned shows for June 2023 we will be ‘hanging up our spurs’ for an indeterminate time, as far as live concert performances go, and won’t be touring the next album.
“The reasons for this decision are personal, but, we all agree, vital to the wellbeing and future of the band. Be assured that we still love working together, and this decision has nothing to do with Floor‘s pregnancy or our other individual projects.
“However, an album of 12 new songs will see bright daylight in 2024, as will 3 music videos! The band is positively hyped beyond words over this new upcoming musical adventure.
“Stay tuned for updates from our legendary NIGHTWISH band camp & studio this summer!”
Last December, NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen said the band’s upcoming follow-up to 2020’s “Human. :II: Nature.” will be the third part of a trilogy that began with 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” album. He told Metal Hammer: “I immediately knew after getting that album [‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’] done that, ‘Okay, we have to do more songs about this, because there’s so much more to explore and tell the world. We’re not done with this.’ And the same thing happened after ‘Human. :II: Nature.’; we’re still not done. So let’s do one more. At least one more.
“In a way, [the next album] is the third part of a trilogy, which started with ‘Endless Forms…’ and then ‘Human. :II: Nature.’ There are some major surprises there again, but it feels like a natural continuation to ‘Human. :II: Nature.’“
Tuomas added that NIGHTWISH‘s next LP will cover previously uncharted ground while continuing in the more cinematic style the group has adopted as of late.
“The wonderful thing is that we have had the demo [of the album] done since last spring. So it’s been done for six months now. We really have all the time in the world to go through it all, and we have had a such great time with the band, just listening to the demo in our hotel rooms — me singing the lyrics and the melodies to Floor [Jansen, vocals]. She’s recording them and then she’s seeing them and throwing ideas to each other.”
“Human. :II: Nature.” was released in April 2020. The follow-up to 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” was a double album containing nine tracks on the main disc and one long track, divided into eight chapters, on the second.
With great regret, I have to cancel my shows on the 6th and 8th of July. The reason is that my health is not good enough to responsibly perform the shows. I became exhausted after my last show with Nightwish in Finland. So much so that I collapsed and had to be… pic.twitter.com/QD77vyESda
— Floor Jansen (@FloorJansen_) July 4, 2023