Today, Tarja reveals the first song from her brand new live-art-album & 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. In London, Tarja and band performed an intimate, yet rocking version of the fan favourite in front of 20 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.
The official live video is now available on earMUSIC’s official YouTube Channel:
“Love To Hate (Live In London)” is also available to stream and download:
Pre-orders of “Act II” are available now:
► Digital: https://tarja.lnk.to/Act2_Digital
► 2CD: https://tarja.lnk.to/Act2_CD
► 3LP+download: https://tarja.lnk.to/Act2_Vinyl
► Blu-ray: https://tarja.lnk.to/Act2_Blu-ray
► 2DVD: https://tarja.lnk.to/Act2_DVD
► Mediabook (2CD+2BD): https://tarja.lnk.to/Act2_Mediabook
“Act II”, the follow up to Tarja’s worldwide Top 10 chart success, combines two incredible, yet slightly different live performances on video:
The first chapter, “Metropolis Alive”, has been filmed two months prior to the release of Tarja’s 2016 success “The Shadow Self” in an intimate surrounding at renowned Metropolis Studios in London, UK. “Act II’s” second chapter has been recorded on November 29th, 2016 at the magnificent Teatro della Luna in Milan, Italy and includes numerous hits from all four Tarja albums.
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 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 discuss it very controversially; which is exactly what I want.”
“Act II” is going to be released on July 27th, 2018 on earMUSIC as 2CD digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g, black), 2DVD, Blu-ray, Limited Mediabook 2CD+2BD (incl. two full live shows filmed at Woodstock Festival in Poland and Hellfest in France as bonus) and Digital.
A wide variety of exclusive, limited fan items and bundles can be found on Tarja’s official web shop: https://tarja.tmstor.es
“Act I”, Tarja’s first ever live release, charted Top 10 all over Europe as well as almost all over the world, with a sensational #5 in Germany’s General Charts. The video version even remained for over two months at the peak of the Finnish music video charts.
“Act II” keeps the energy and aesthetics of its predecessor, but adds a new chapter to the live saga in a brand new way.
“Turn off the lights, volume up and dive into the show!” – Tarja
This autumn, Tarja will be touring all over Europe together with Stratovarius with “A Nordic Symphony ‘18”.
01.10.2018 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
02.10.2018 – Kiel – Max
03.10.2018 – Hannover – Capitol
05.10.2018 – Karlsruhe – Substage
07.10.2018 – Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg
09.10.2018 – Bochum – Matrix
10.10.2018 – Cologne – Essigfabrik
11.10.2018 – Saarbrücken – Garage
13.10.2018 – Solothurn – Kofmehl
14.10.2018 – Grenoble – La Belle Electrique
16.10.2018 – Rome – Orion
17.10.2018 – Milan – Alcatraz
18.10.2018 – Munich – Backstage
20.10.2018 – Innsbruck – Music Hall
21.10.2018 – Prague – Forum Karlín
22.10.2018 – Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg
24.10.2018 – Gdansk – B90
25.10.2018 – Krakow – Studio
26.10.2018 – Dresden – Reithalle
28.10.2018 – Budapest – Barba Negra
29.10.2018 – Sofia – Universiada Sports Hall