End of an Era

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End of an Era
Nightwish live album


June 1, 2006


October 21, 2005

Label (s) Nuclear Blast

Format (s)

CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc

Genre (s)

Symphonic metal

Title (number)


running time

1 h 43 min

End of Innocence
End of an Era Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)

End of an Era is a live DVD of the Finnish symphonic metal - band Nightwish . Nuclear Blast recorded the concert on October 21, 2005 at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki , Finland . It was the last concert of a long world tour that began after the release of the album Once . During the concert, the Lakota Indian from the Oglala tribe, John Two-Hawks , performed with the band. His performance of the song "Stone People" from his album Honor served as an introduction to the Nightwish song "Creek Mary's Blood", which the band played with Two-Hawks.

In addition to the band's own songs, the earlier published cover versions "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Gary Moore and "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber were played. In addition, a cover of the song "High Hopes" by Pink Floyd was presented.

In addition to the 1-hour and 43-minute concert, the DVD includes a 55-minute film entitled A Day Before Tomorrow , which documents the preparations for the concert, as well as a photo gallery.

The DVD was released on June 1, 2006 in Finland and on June 2, 2006 in Germany. After just one day, the record had achieved gold status in Finland. On June 17, 2008, the band received the platinum award for more than 200,000 DVDs sold to retailers in Germany.

End of an Era is the last production with the singer Tarja Turunen . On the evening of the concert she was handed a letter by the band, asking that it be opened the next morning. In the letter, Holopainen accuses her of seeing herself only as a "guest musician" and acting mainly out of greed, which all too often came at the expense of the fans. Her relationship with her husband Marcelo Cabuli, who “turned her from a lovable girl into a diva”, is particularly attacked. In addition to Holopainen, the three other band members also signed the letter. The letter was also published on the official website in Finnish, German and English the following evening.

Track list

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
End of an Era
  DE 3 06/09/2006 (16 weeks)
  AT 41 06/16/2006 (4 weeks)
  CH 18th 06/18/2006 (12 weeks)
  FI 6th 06/02/2006 (11 weeks)
title Songwriter comment length Beginning
1. Red Warrior Hans Zimmer Intro (from the movie Last Samurai ) 0:35 0:00
2. Dark Chest of Wonders Holopaines 4:43 0:35
3. Planet Hell Holopaines 4:45 5:18
4th Ever dream Holopaines 5:27 10:03
5. The Kinslayer Holopaines 4:09 3:30 p.m.
6th The Phantom of the Opera Andrew L. Webber
Charles Hart
Richard Stilgoe
Cover by Andrew Lloyd Webber 5:12 19:39
7th The siren Holopainen
The keyboard solo contains an allusion to the song "The Castaway" by the band Amorphis 4:53 24:51
8th. Sleeping Sun Holopaines 4:55 29:44
9. High hopes David Gilmour
Polly Samson
Cover of Pink Floyd 6:54 34:39
10. Bless the Child Holopaines 6:25 41:23
11. Wishmaster Holopaines At the end, the intro of The Trooper is played by Iron Maiden . 4:44 47:58
12. Slaying the Dreamer Holopainen
5:05 52:42
13. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan Holopaines 4:13 57:47
14th Nemo Holopaines 4:46 1:02:00
15th Ghost Love Score Holopaines 10:29 1:06:46
16. Stone People John Two-Hawks Enter John Two-Hawks 4:09 1:17:15
17th Creek Mary's Blood Holopaines is played with John Two-Hawks 8:39 1:21:24
18th Over the Hills and Far Away Gary Moore Cover by Gary Moore 5:26 1:30:01
19th Wish I Had an Angel Holopaines 4:17 1:35:27
20th All of Them Hans Zimmer Outro (from the movie King Arthur ) 3:35 1:39:44
Total: 1:43:19

Individual evidence

  1. Tuomas Holopainen: Open letter to Tarja ( Memento of December 10, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), October 22, 2005 (official German translation, accessed on August 1, 2007)
  2. officialcharts.de: End of an Era in the German charts
  3. austriancharts.at: End of an Era in the Austrian charts
  4. hitparade.ch: End of an Era in the Swiss charts
  5. finnishcharts.com: End of an Era in the Finnish charts

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