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6th March 2017


Following a long radio silence, Finnish Love Metal rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26-year career.

Frontman Ville Valo says: "After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you."

Formed in 1991 by Valo, guitarist Mikko 'Linde' Lindström and bassist Mikko 'Migé' Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world's most unique acts. Beautifully blending Metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the Metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).

Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.

Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in fourteen countries across thirty-five shows for their final goodbye.

"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild,” says bassist Mige.

“Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love Metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!"

Catch HIM for the last time at one of the following shows:

Wednesday 14th June: Spain Barcelona Razzmatazz
Thursday 15th June: Spain Madrid La Riviera
Friday 16th June: Spain Santander Sala Escenrio
Saturday 17th June: Portugal Porto Hard Club
Saturday 1st July: Finland Helsinki Tuska Festival
Thursday 13th July: Finland Tuuri Miljoonarock
Friday 24th November: Russia St Petersburg DK Lensoveta
Saturday 25th November: Russia St Petersburg DK Lensoveta
Sunday 26th November: Russia Moscow Club Stadium Live
Tuesday 28th November: Poland Warsaw Stodola
Wednesday 29th November: Germany Hamburg Docks
Friday 1st December: Germany Berlin Columbiahalle
Saturday 2nd December: Czech Republic Prague Forum Karlin
Monday 4th December: Germany Leipzig Haus Auensee
Tuesday 5th December: Germany Munchen Tonhalle
Wednesday 6th December: Switzerland Zurich X-Tra
Thursday 7th December: Italy Milan Alcatraz
Friday 8th December: Germany Koln Palladium
Saturday 9th December: Luxembourg Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal
Monday 11th December: Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
Tuesday 12th December: Holland Tilburg 013
Thursday 14th December: Scotland Glasgow Barrowland
Friday 15th December: England Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 16th December: England Manchester Academy
Sunday 17th December: England London Roundhouse

Tickets for UK gigs are available right here.

U.S. and Finnish dates to be announced.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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