Today, Tarja reveals the first song from her brand new live-art-album and video Act II.
The bombastic live version of Love To Hate has been recorded at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK, and showcases Tarja’s impressive vocal range and talent for compositions. Watch the video below!
In London, Tarja and band performed an intimate, yet rocking version of the fan favourite in front of twenty lucky winners from all over Europe. The song, originally from her worldwide chart success The Shadow Self, gives a powerful taste of the forthcoming live release and can be found on the video version of Act II only.
Following up the worldwide top 10 video chart success Act I , Tarja and label earMUSIC are happy to announce the release of the long-awaited follow up Act II this July.
Filmed during Tarja’s world tour The Shadow Shows , during which the influential heavy rock singer circled the world over seven times times with over three hundred thousand kilometres travelled and played over two hundred shows in forty countries in front of one million people, Act II consists of the singer’s very intimate seventy five minute set filmed and recorded live at the Metropolis Studio in London, UK and the breathtaking live performance of one of her shows in Milan, Italy, and previously unreleased interviews and photo galleries.
The theatrical rock adventure Act II combines two incredible, yet slightly different live performances on video:
The first chapter, Metropolis Alive, was filmed two months prior to the release of Tarja’s 2016 success The Shadow Self . Twenty winners from all over Europe were lucky to witness Tarja’s intimate, yet rocking 75 minute set at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK where the singer performed songs from her then unreleased album – for the first time in front of an audience.
Act II’s second chapter WAS recorded on November 29th, 2016 at the magnificent Teatro della Luna Allago in Milan, Italy and includes numerous hits from all four Tarja albums such as Innocence, Die Alive, Until My Last Breath as well as an incredible cover of Muse’s classic Supremacy. That night’s set list also enchants the soprano’s long-time fans with a medley consisting of the distinctive Nightwish evergreens Ever Dream, Slaying The Dreamer and The Riddler. All topped off with a remarkable acoustic set which presents Tarja classics in a brand new way.
Even though the shows deliberately differ in look, sound, approach to the music and adrenalin, both have one thing in common: from the very first to the very last tune, the state of the art production displays Tarja’s energetic performance and her graceful, charming presence.
“Live videos became more and more mere documentations focusing on a band’s performance in a remote, distant and technical way. The lightshow and the LED’s only support the band’s performance but have no significance of their own. With Act II it is different. Here everything has a significance, every little detail is important because it is not only a live-recording, a live-documentation. In the video, every song was treated in order to transport the feeling I wanted to express live at the show. As close as possible to the way the audience might have felt it that night. We used additional footages, used video snippets, photos and graphics and worked with lights, framings and reflections, changed colours and created moods, distorted pictures and inserted slides. And sometimes we kept the pure picture because itself it transported everything we wanted. Act II is not a live-video, it is a live-art-video and you are free to discus it very controversially; what is exactly what I want.”
Act II will be released on July 27th, 2018 on earMUSIC as double CD digipak, triple LP Gatefold (180g, black), DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (incl. two full live shows filmed at Hellfest in France and Woodstock Festival in Poland as bonus) and Digital.