HIM took to the internet today to announce that they are breaking up following the completion of a farewell tour later this year. Here’s the official statement from their Facebook page: “Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.
“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!”
With U.S. and Finnish legs still in the works, here are the confirmed “Farewell” dates so far:
06/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
06/15 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
06/16 Santander, SPA – Sala Escenrio
06/17 Porto, POR – Hard CLub
07/01 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Festival
07/13 Tuuri, FIN – Milkoonarock
11/24-25 St. Petersburg, RUS – DK Lensoveta
11/26 Moscow, RUS – Club Stadioum Live
11/28 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/29 Hamburg, GER – Docks
12/01 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
12/02 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
12/04 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/05 Munchen, GER – Tonhalle
12/06 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
12/07 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
12/08 Koln, GER – Palladium
12/09 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUZE – Rockhal
12/11 Amsterdam, NET – Paradiso
12/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/14 Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
12/15 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
12/16 Manchester, UK – Academy
12/17 London, UK – Roundhouse