A sold-out House of Blues, Chicago bids farewell to Finnish Goth rockers, HIM on their last ever tour.

The House of Blues, Chicago was packed to capacity, waiting in anticipation for HIM to take to the stage for one last time. Usually, when a band splits up, you don’t get the chance to say goodbye. However, HIM fans have been given that chance as they are currently traveling around North America as part of their last ever tour. There were clearly a lot of mixed emotions in the air. Excitement for seeing them again, but definite sadness for it being the last. 

The Bang and Whimper Tour sees them performing 51 dates throughout Europe and North America, and will have a climactic finish on December 31 aptly in Helsinki, Finland. 

Taking to the stage to The Everly Brothers’ “Bye, Bye Love”, HIM came out ready to give the fans the show they had been waiting for. This wasn’t a night to be sad, but one to celebrate the music one last time. 

Impressively, the band have been together for over a quarter of a century, something that is all too rare these days. They were on a hiatus throughout 2016 and came back together to make a new album. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and decided to disband when they weren’t feeling the new material.

The Goth rockers are one of Finland’s most commercially successful bands of all time. Their logo, the “Heartagram”, is familiar to so many, even those who haven’t heard of the band. Many people have it as a tattoo without even realizing what it means.

Ville Valo’s voice is the perfect marriage of grit and great and impressive vocal range. Looking happy and at home on the stage, he grasped the audience’s attention throughout the entire set. Whilst the chemistry might have gone when trying to create new material, it was certainly evident on the stage as they ran through their back catalog. 

They performed two covers which have become synonymous with HIM – Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game” and Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”. Reimagined into their own style, you could be forgiven for thinking they were actually their songs. 

They’ve come a long way since their critically acclaimed debut, Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 in 1997, but tonight marks the end of the road. Please join us in wishing them all the very best for their future endeavors and hope they don’t forget their North American fans on whichever path they decide to take from here. 

With just a few US dates left on this tour, you have been warned. Don’t sit around wondering whether or not you should go, otherwise, it’ll be too late.


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Event Date: 10-NOV-2017

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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