Here’s a few excerpts from the interview! As well, well worth noting that this interview was done BEFORE Anette left Nightwish!
Blistering.com: I read that for the first show of this tour in Atlanta, Anette was very late and almost didn’t make the show. In those situations, is there a plan B? Do you go on with the show? What would you do?
Holopainen: You can’t in those situations. It was a really scary situation. She had such a bad stomach flu that she couldn’t fly. She actually flew into Atlanta three hours before the show started, so it was cut really close. I’m happy we made it and no harm done. But we don’t really have a back-up plan [laughs]. We would have had to cancel the show if that would have been the case.
Blistering.com: On those initial tours with her, were you skeptical as to how she’d do?
Holopainen: We weren’t really scared at any point. We have a lot of confidence in the whole concept of Nightwish and the way we think is that it’s a carousel or vehicle that can’t be stopped by anything. That’s the way it goes. We can’t let anything stop it.
Blistering.com: “I Want My Tears Back” is probably the best song on the album, and when you play it live, you bring Troy [Donockly, uillean pipes, tin whistle] out. How is it going over?
Holopainen: If I had to mention one song out of the new album that’s a really killer to play live, it would be “I Want My Tears Back” by far. It has already become an audience favorite all over the world for some reason. Maybe it’s the uplifting spirit, or Troy’s parts, or the “danceable” C-part…I don’t know what it is [laughs]. It’s a lot of fun to play and people like to hear it. I think we’re stuck with that song until the end of our career, which suits me fine. Also the fact that Troy is with us the whole tour…he’s almost like the 6th member.