A reviewer said that the lack of older material on this new live CD was due to the fact that the new singer couldn’t handle the older songs, well I happen to have 6 full length live Nightwish concert videos featuring Anette Olzon, that say otherwise, in fact, I’ll go as far as saying that she not only nails the older songs, but in several cases, sounds better then Tarja does live (or in studio for that matter). I’d say the reason for the lack of older material on this new CD is that they where concentrating on songs from the new album in an attempt to move forward.
Another thing that strikes me is how happy Anette looks while singing the classic songs, as opposed to Tarja’s performance on the, End of an Era live DVD, where she looks like she’s just doing a job (which is apparently all that Nightwish had become to her, a job).
And for all of the boo-hooers out there pining for Tarja, there’s a post Nightwish press conference with Tarja (which you can find on You Tube with subtitles) where she states that she had told the Nightwish guys that she was going to leave the band to pursue a solo career after the next album (which would have been the Dark Passion Play album) which means that she had no intention of continuing on with the band in the future, so all the band did was fire her before she quit, so that they could find a replacement and move on since she no longer considered the future of the band a priority.
So I think that fans should give Anette Olzon a chance, because she has a beautiful voice, which is giving Nightwish a new palette of sound to play with, and should also keep in mind that she’s a innocent bystander in Tarja’s departure from the band, having not been hired till well after Tarja was gone
P.S. I’m a new fan, having only come upon Nightwish about 2 months ago, and the first song I heard was, Wish I Had An Angel, which wet my appetite, but it was hearing the song, Amaranth that really blew me away and hooked me, and now I can’t get enough of them >^..^<