30th Anniversary Concert Celebration at Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki (FI)
The internationally praised pioneers of Finnish metal, Waltari, are celebrating 30 years of rocking out by throwing a gig in Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki on the 21st of October 2016. In addition to Waltari, the stage will be shared with good friends of the band accumulated over the years.
Waltari, formed in Helsinki 1986, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. A concert will be held to memorialise this milestone in Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, on the 21st October. The band has published 14 records over the years and at the concert they will play a wide selection of their versatile discography. The stage will be taken by Waltari members, old and new, and will be spiced up by friends of the band. These friends are, for example, the Swedish Backyards Babies and Hellacopters member Dregen, Angelit, who have worked together with Waltari a lot, Finnish opera singer Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, the guitarist of Stam1na- Antti Hyyrynen, Marko Annala of Mokoma, the guitarist of the 69 Eyes- Bazie and the folk metal band Korpiklaani’s Janne Järvelä.
Tickets to the event are available from Tiketti.
The short history of Waltari:
Many bands, home and abroad, have cited Kärtsy Hatakka’s Waltari as an influence. Waltari have continuously made unique and distinctive music, they never cared about any obstacles, they paved the way to Europe, making it easier for metal bands like Nightwish and Children of Bodom to break down the musical borders of Finland.
The records of Waltari, a band who have been listed as a favourite of Rammstein, have been sold all over Europe, American, Japan and Russia. The band has achieved lots of top 10 hits in the Finnish charts. Some notable high points of Waltari’s career include: playing in some of the biggest festivals in Europe (e.g. Roskilde and Wacken 1994-2015), down to more obscure artistic ventures back home in Finland, like a musical production of Evankeliumi (1999/2000) for the Finnish National Opera, Yeah! Yeah! Die! Die!, a performance with Avant! (1995). And Symposium(2015), a piece based on the works of famous Finnish artist, Gallen-Kallela.
The band is still active, their latest album “You Are Waltari” was released at the beginning of 2015, and there is more to come! The band started recording their new album in Los Angeles at the beginning of this year.
Things said about Waltari:
“Great people, great musicians and a ticket to Backyard Babies to Finland”
-Dregen (Backyard Babies and Hellacopters)
“I was probably 18 when I heard a song called Misty Man and went completely crazy. For the first time in Finland someone mixed band stuff, coding and sampling. That’s the road I’m on still. Without Waltari I wouldn’t be doing the stuff I’m doing now.
-Samu Haber (Sunrise Avenue)
“I’ve been a massive fan of Waltari since I was 11-years old and got their first album. A brave band who make interesting and brilliant music.”
-Jarkko Nieminen (The most well known tennis player in Finland)
“In 1997 Waltari played a gig in Lappeenranta at the old Olutpanimo venue, and that’s where I experienced a proper club gig for the first time in my life. I’d been a fan of the band for a long time before, and at the gig Roope Latvala threw a plectrum for me, for two years I wore the damn thing around my neck! Waltari, 30 years, respect!”
-Antti Hyyrynen (Stam1na)
“I started to dig Waltari in high school when the Big Bang album came out. A multi-dimensional band with lots of dimensions.”
-Antti Anatomy (Negative)
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People who wish to read more about the band’s early years can find out more by reading Pauliina Tuomola’s book Waltari Suomimetallin Pioneerit (Waltari the Pioneers of Finnish Metal) published in 2011 by Like.