NIGHTWISH’s OLZON Says It Wasn’t ‘Good Decision’ For Band To Play With Substitute Singers

NIGHTWISH frontwoman Anette Olzon believes it was a bad idea for the rest of her band to have used substitute singers for their show in Denver, Colorado after she was taken ill and had to be hospitalized.

KAMELOT backing singers Elize Ryd (also of AMARANTHE) and Alissa White-Gluz (also of THE AGONIST) stepped in for Anette this past Friday night (September 28) at the Ogden Theatre because Olzon was suffering from fever and vomiting and was forced to spend the night at a local hospital. The rest of NIGHTWISH stated about their decision to use stand-in vocalists for the gig, “We were in hell [on Friday]. [The] show [was] about to be canceled… But nobody gave up an inch. With the help from the ladies Elize and Alissa from KAMELOT, we actually managed to pull of a relaxed and great show! The crowd doing the mass karaoke with the band playing was absolutely amazing. We were humbled and grateful at the same time. This is unity and help from friends and fans.”

Writing on her official blog, Olzon voiced her displeasure over the fact that NIGHTWISH played a concert without her, stating, “I was never asked if it was OK they used Elize and Alissa in the show [Friday] night. I don’t think it’s a good decision they made and I’m sorry for those of you who came to see the whole band but got something else. But I was very ill and this decision wasn’t mine.’

She continued in a separate posting, “This is just music. Like life, sometimes we get ill and shows do get canceled. Rihanna wouldn’t ask Britney Spears to sing for her if she was ill.”

She concluded, “To think a show is more important than the humans in the band is, for me, so totally not in this world.”

Photos of Friday night’s concert can be seen at this location (courtesy of Brandon Marshall).

Olzon rejoined NIGHTWISH on stage last night (Saturday, September 29) at The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. She wrote on her blog after the concert, “Sorry for not being in top form, but I did my best at least.”

Olzon joined NIGHTWISH in 2007 as the replacement for Tarja Turunen after the latter was fired in 2005.



Video footage below: NIGHTWISH performing with Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz on September 28 in Denver, Colorado