Today has been a very good day off work so far and it is only 9am!!! To touch on a few things that are going on, I decided to use the trusty “Random Thoughts” format for my “Random Rants” today!!
Let’s get this party started!!
It was announced on the band’s official Facebook page that Floor Jansen and TroyDonockley have been made official members of the band’s line-up and I am extremely excited about this! The announcement was made by the band’s official Facebook page with the following post:
“Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.
Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.
Commented vocalist Floor Jansen: “Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!”
Piper/whistleman, added vocalist Troy Donockley: “`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is NIGHTWISH has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! “
As I have stated in the past, Floor is the perfect vocalist for the band at this time as she can easily bridge the Tarja and Anette eras of the band and perform the songs that the other vocalists have sang. She has the range to sing the back catalog and the rock n roll vocals to sing the two albums Anette did as well. She does this and also puts her own spin on the tunes to make them her own.
Troy has been performing in the studio and on stage with Nightwish for many years as a hired hand, and I am extremely happy to see that he has been brought into the fold officially. He can play guitar, pipes, whistles and also sing. He adds a new dimension to the band and I am excited to see how much he will contribute going forward.
It is a great time to be a Nightwish fan!!!
So I finally caved in and purchased Grand Theft Auto 5 thsi past week after swearing I would wait for the online components to be sorted out and fixed but I just couldn’t wait any longer. I then convinced myself to only play solo campaign as I waited for the online issues to be fixed and yet again….I could not wait. In truth, I have not played outside the opening tutorial in solo campaign and have been sinking all my time in game online with my brother.
I love GTA Online and what it allows me to do as I played Grand Theft Auto Vice City in a very “free” manner, meaning that I love playing outside the confines of the story and who the main character is supposed to be. I am also a sucker for any type of character creation that allows you to make your own character.
I am loving my time in GTA Online so far and can not to see what they add to the experience going forward.
I am extremely stoked for the start of season 4 of The Walking Dead this Sunday night! I work til 4pm on Sunday but am planning a mini TWD evening by watching my favorite episodes on blu ray to get me riled up for some more zombie goodness! Plus Daryl Dixon is a complete bad ass and my favorite character on the show by far.
This is a show that snuck up on me and one I purposely avoided, as I thought it was no way as good as everyone says….and I was suffering zombie burn out at the time as well. Once I started watching on Netflix I became an instant fan and have bought the previous 3 seasons on blu ray and have looked into trying to buy the comic books in the trade format so I can have the full Walking Dead experience.
I never imagined that I would ever be as excited for a movie as I am Thor: The Dark World!! Each new trailer and featurette has me more excited than the last and this looks like it will truly be an epic movie and will be the best super-hero / comic book movie this year by far!
Thor can allow Marvel and Disney to tap into the fantasy genre and there is no other Marvel property on the big screen that can do that. If done right, and this one does look to be oh so right, Thor can touch on mythology and open the door a crack for the fantasy fans that have been craving a super hero movie. It looks like everything is lined up for this to happen!!
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