HIM – Bang & Whimper 2017 – Farewell Tour

HIM – Bang & Whimper 2017 – Farewell Tour at the HOB Orlando

HIM is a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko “Mige” Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke-up in 1993 however, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström. After being rejoined by Mige, as well new additions keyboardist Antto Melasniemi and drummer Juhana “Pätkä” Rantala, the band, now called HIM, released their debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 in 1997. In 2000, now with drummer Mika “Gas Lipstick” Karppinen and keyboardist Juska Salminen, the band released the album Razorblade Romance, which reached the number one spot in Finland, Austria and Germany. Its first single, “Join Me in Death”, also charted at number one in Finland and Germany, eventually going platinum and gold respectively. Following the addition of Janne “Burton” Puurtinen on keyboards, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

On 24 May 2017, it was announced that a photo exhibition by Ville Juurikkala, titled HIM: Right Here In My Eyes, would be held at the Helsinki Art Museum from 15 June to 3 July, featuring previously unseen photographs of the band preparing for their farewell tour. HIM began their Bang and Whimper 2017 – The Farewell Tour on 14 June 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The band will play their final show on New Year’s Eve 2017 as a part of the Helldone Festival.

The final show at the House of Blues Orlando was a magical evening. Fans were on their feet and singing along to all the songs for this sold out performance. The room was filled with happiness, yet sadness as the band played many of their classic songs and said their farewell to the Orlando fans.

Set List included:

Buried Alive by Love
Heartache Every Moment
Your Sweet Six Six Six
The Kiss of Dawn
The Sacrament
Tears on Tape
Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly
Gone With the Sin
Soul on Fire
Wicked Game
Killing Loneliness
Poison Girl
Bleed Well
Heartkiller
Join Me in Death
It’s All Tears (Drown in This Love)
In Joy and Sorrow
Right Here in My Arms
The Funeral of Hearts

Encore:
Sleepwalking Past Hope
Rebel Yell