The band in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Aug 28th). Friday morning,
prior to the kickoff gig at the Trocadero, BW&BK accompanied founder/keyboardist
Tuomas Holopainen on a private tour of the Walt Whitman house, in Camden, NJ.
The 19th Century poet is an inspiration for the Finn, having first learned of
Whitman through the movie Dead Poets Society.?Holopainen spent nearly 90 minutes
at?the quaint two-story structure, listening to a learned discourse on the man,
his life and his works. "I got shivers," the musician said of the experience,
walking the halls, stepping foot into the rooms where the renown Whitman spent
his final years, even getting to tryout the elderly writer's wlaking stick.
Afterwards, Holopainen paid his respects at the poet's self-designed crypt at
nearby Harleigh Cemetary.
In news related to the band, Holopainen claims, "We don't get a lot of time to
practice, so unfortunately the set list will be pretty much the same as we've
played all summer. I'm glad the festivals are over, I enjoy this kind of
touring. I love being on the (tour) bus! Next year, we're going to switch the
(song selection) up. After the US, we have one show in Moscow, then 4 weeks in
South America. Then we have a long time off. We won't do any shows until March
(2009)." Might there be something in the meantime, to keep fans occupied? Like a
DVD? "No, it's too soon. It's only been 3 years since End Of An Era (the
swansong performance with former vocalist Tarja Turunen), but it's something
we'll get around to."
BraveWords.com?will have a pictorial from the first night's performance