March 6, 2017
As much as we wish it wasn’t true, unfortunately, it’s official: HIM have announced today that they are breaking up after being together for 26 years. The Finnish love metal pioneers decided to make this sad announcement via Facebook. They have posted a lengthy statement, which reads:
As you’ve noticed, HIM haven’t been active as a band over the past few years, apart from a couple of one-off shows and festivals here and there. So, in spite of the fans’ shock, it seems to be the consequence of the natural flow of the events for the band.
A farewell world tour will wrap up the band’s 26-year-long career. So far, the revealed dates cover a few European countries, Russia and the UK. But HIM inform that the US leg will soon follow as well.
HIM stay true to their love-metal path even in their breakup stage: tickets for the final tour dates will go on sale on March 8, celebrated in Eastern Europe as the International Women’s Day. Ticket sale will launch at 9 a.m. local time.
Read HIM’s statement on disbanding:
“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.” Says frontman Ville Valo
Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville 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 14 countries across 35 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!”
Ville Valo (voc)
Formed in 1991, Ville Valo-led band has released eight albums. Their last record, Tears on Tape, came out in April 2013.
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HIM farewell tour:
June 14 – Spain Barcelona Razzmatazz
June 15 – Spain Madrid La Riviera
June 16 – Spain Santander Sala Escenrio
June 17 – Portugal Porto Hard Club
July 01 – Finland Helsinki Tuska Festival
July 13 – Finland Tuuri Miljoonarock
Nov. 24 – Russia St Petersburg Dk Lensoveta
Nov. 25 – Russia St Petersburg Dk Lensoveta
Nov. 26 – Russia Moscow Club Stadium Live
Nov. 28 – Poland Warsaw Stodola
Nov. 29 – Germany Hamburg Docks
Dec. 01 – Germany Berlin Columbiahalle
Dec. 02 – Czech Rep. Prague Forum Karlin
Dec. 04 – Germany Leipzig Haus Auensee
Dec. 05 – Germany Munchen Tonhalle
Dec. 06 – Switzerland Zurich X-Tra
Dec. 07 – Italy Milan Alcatraz
Dec. 08 – Germany Koln Palladium
Dec. 09 – Luxembourg Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal
Dec. 11 – Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
Dec. 12 – Holland Tilburg 013
Dec. 14 – Scotland Glasgow Barrowland
Dec. 15 – England Nottingham Rock City
Dec. 16 – England Manchester Academy
Dec. 17 – England London Roundhouse
U.S. and FINNISH DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED