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Tarja Turunen won’t return to Nightwish

Tarja Turunen has silenced requests for her to return to Nightwish, saying it’s never going to happen.

The singer was fired in 2005, but fans have asked her whether she’d rejoin the band after her replacement Anette Olzon left earlier this week.

Turunen tells Iltalehti: “I would be ready to return to Nightwish – if all the band and management were changed.

“No one knows what I went through over the years with the band. I accept how hard it is for fans to understand my feelings.”

Asked what she thinks of Olzen’s departure, she says: “It does not surprise me.”

Mainman Tuomas Holopainen dismissed Turunen at the end of a tour by presenting her with an open letter which was published on the Nightwish website at the same time. He wrote: “To you, unfortunately, business, money, and things that have nothing to do with emotions have become much more important.”

Olzon joined the band in 2007. At the weekend she missed a concert, telling fans she’d had to go to hospital. Nightwish played the planned show with the help of backing singers from tourmates Kamelot. Olzon responded by saying that should not have happened. The following day, it was announced she’d left the band “in mutual understanding.”

The Finnish outfit are continuing their Imaginaerum tour with Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen standing in.

She says: “I’m trying to find words to describe how I feel, but it’s impossible to cover it. I’m on a high. The time to prepare was scarily short. I packed and left, and printed the lyrics into my head on the way over from Amsterdam to America. Next day I jumped on board the bus and the adventure began.

“On the day of the first who we did a long soundcheck to rehearse. You cannot imagine how nervous I was. But the intro started, I ran on staff, and all nerves were gone. The excitement lasted the entire show and way after.”

-Classic Rock Magazine

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