STRATOVARIUS‘ November 19, 2011 concert at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland was filmed for future DVD release. The show was part of the band’s “Jörg Farewell Tour” — the last one to feature STRATOVARIUS‘ longtime drummer Jörg Michael, who is leaving the group for personal reasons. Jörg, who has been in the band for sixteen years, will play all the remaining tour dates until the end of January.
STRATOVARIUS‘ setlist for the Tampere concert was as follows:
01. Under Flaming Skies
02. I Walk To My Own Song
03. Speed Of Light
04. The Kiss Of Judas
05. Deep Unknown
08. Visions (Southern Cross)
09. Coming Home
11. Darkest Hours
12. Burn (DEEP PURPLE cover)
13. Behind Blue Eyes (THE WHO cover)
14. I Don’t Believe In Love (QUEENSRŸCHE cover)
15. Winter Skies
16. Black Diamond
17. Father Time
18. Hunting High And Low
Quality fan-filmed video footage of the Tampere show can be viewed below.
Jörg joined STRATOVARIUS in 1995 and made his recording debut with the band on the “Episode” album (1996). He has appeared on nine full-length releases from STRATOVARIUS and has played nearly 1,000 shows with the band.
Commented STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto: “The rest of us just has to accept Jörg‘s decision with a lot of sadness and wish him all the best for the future. But we can also assure that the band will still go on.”
STRATOVARIUS and Jörg will not completely go their separate ways, however, since Jörg will still be working for the band through his booking agency, Twisted Talent Concerts.