In two days, the Finnish music sensation known as HIM will take to the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC for the very last time. This show marks the end of their North American tour and then its back to Europe and eventually Finland where they will close the book on the band with a final show on New Year’s Eve. In honor of the historic tour, photographer Ville Juurikkala has come to New York City and is showcasing a number of band photographs that he has taken over the years at the awesome Morrison Hotel Gallery. I’ve noted before that Juurikkala has pointed the lens at other great Finnish artists like Michael Monroe, The 69 Eyes, Amorphis and even Nightwish. This show is all about His Infernal Majesty however (and no, they don’t call themselves that anymore in case you wondered). I hit the gallery a little early to get a few minutes with Ville so I could share the scoop with those of you who would never be able to be there for yourself. Here’s Ville in front of two works that I liked a lot.
In a few short days, the Finnish band HIM will appear in NYC for the very last time as they close out their “Farewell Tour” with the last of their US appearances. From here the band will return to Europe and Scandinavia where they will close the book on their storied career with their final show in Helsinki, Finland. In celebration of their final tour, The Morrison Hotel Gallery will be showcasing a number of photographs as done by Ville Juurikkala. Fans of the Finnish music scene will remember his name as being the guy behind the camera for The 69 Eyes and Nightwish among many others. Check out the flyer with the details below.
Sometimes I do things over on my side website that I want to share with my PiercingMetal.com readers because I feel that it would interest them very much and such was the case with this recent posting about the “Islander” photo exhibit by Ville Akseli Juurikkala. Ville’s name is synonymous with the likes of Nightwish, The 69 Eyes and HIM as far as Finnish music is concerned and has shot numerous photos of them. His exhibit “Islander” however, is a very different look into his creative mind.
For the next few weeks, Ville will be showcasing a number of photographs from his native land and use the proceeds to raise money to help out efforts on the preservation of the Baltic Sea. The presentation is being held at the Irina Helsinki NYC Concept Store in NYC and I attended the show’s opening night. Since this was not a music related showcase I posted my findings and images over on the PiercingKen.com site and you can enjoy this by clicking the official invitation above. I’ll be back to the regular reviews that you expect on this site after this short commercial break 🙂