Metal Kaoz recently conducted an interview with former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Asked if she has been approached to rejoin NIGHTWISH following the departure of singer Anette Olzon last September, Tarja said: “I don’t think it will ever happen. I doubt it very seriously — deeply, deeply I doubt it will happen, because so many things changed. I’m in a very good place at the moment. I’m happy, I’m healthy, I am not looking backwards — I’m only heading towards some kind of dreams of mine and living my dreams. So I think it’s better this way.”
She added: “I completely understand [fans who always ask that question], and I do feel for these people. But life sucks sometimes — it sucks big time — people change also. But, you know… It’s difficult.”
Turunen, who currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her husband and manager Marcelo Cabuli, was in NIGHTWISH from 1996 until 2005.
Marcelo Cabuli and his business partners in 2011 demanded nearly 100,000 euros (approximately $135,000) in defamation damages from the parties behind “Once Upon a Nightwish: The Official Biography 1996-2006”. Named in the lawsuit were the publishing house Like Kustannus Oy and the author of the book, Marko “Mape” Ollila. Cabuli and his Brazilian business partners argued that the book includes false accusations and insinuations that have caused them suffering and financial problems.
The book, which was published in Finnish in 2006 and in English three years later, blames Cabuli for the events leading up to Turunen‘s dramatic expulsion from the band in late 2005.
The court ruled that the book — which criticizes Cabuli on only a few of its 380 pages — did not detrimentally affect his work or reputation in South America. In addition, the court determined that Ollila did not maliciously portray Cabuli in a negative light.
Turunen was fired from NIGHTWISH a year before the book was published.
Photo below courtesy of Tarja Turunen‘s Facebook page