End of an Era

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End of an Era
Video by Nightwish
ReleasedJune 1, 2006
RecordedOctober 21, 2005
GenreSymphonic metal, power metal
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerTero Kinnunen, Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala
Nightwish video chronology
End of Innocence
End of an Era
Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)
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End of an Era
Video by Nightwish
ReleasedJune 1, 2006
RecordedOctober 21, 2005
GenreSymphonic metal, power metal
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerTero Kinnunen, Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala
Nightwish video chronology
End of Innocence
End of an Era
Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Ultimate Guitar8/10 stars[2]

End of an Era is a DVD and double CD from Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. Nuclear Blast recorded their live performance at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on October 21, 2005, the final concert of a long worldwide tour for their album Once. During the concert the band was joined on-stage by Lakota musician John Two-Hawks, who performed "Stone People" from his album Honor as an introduction to "Creek Mary's Blood", which featured his voice and cedar flutes. End of an Era is the final Nightwish production to feature Tarja Turunen on vocals. She left after this concert.[4]

In addition to original Nightwish songs, three significant covers appear, their known cover of Gary Moore's "Over the Hills and Far Away", Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera", and a cover of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes".

The running time of the concert is 1 hour and 43 minutes. The DVD also contains a 55 minute documentary about the fifteen days prior to the concert, "A Day Before Tomorrow.", and a photo gallery.

The Blu-ray version was released on May 29, 2009 and features the concert in High Definition 720p, with Dolby Digital audio.


Track listing

"Red Warrior"Hans ZimmerIntro (From The Last Samurai Soundtrack)0:35
1."Dark Chest of Wonders"Holopainen4:43
2."Planet Hell"Holopainen4:45
3."Ever Dream"Holopainen5:27
4."The Kinslayer"Holopainen4:09
5."The Phantom of the Opera"Andrew Lloyd Webber / Charles Hart / Richard StilgoeAndrew Lloyd Webber cover5:12
6."The Siren"Holopainen / Vuorinen4:53
7."Sleeping Sun"Holopainen4:55
8."High Hopes"David Gilmour / Polly SamsonPink Floyd cover6:54
9."Bless the Child"Holopainen6:25
10."Wishmaster"HolopainenIncluding the intro to "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden4:44
11."Slaying the Dreamer"Holopainen / Vuorinen5:05
12."Kuolema tekee taiteilijan"Holopainen4:13
14."Ghost Love Score"Holopainen10:29
15."Stone People"John Two-HawksPerformed by John Two-Hawks4:09
16."Creek Mary's Blood"HolopainenFeaturing John Two-Hawks8:39
17."Over the Hills and Far Away"Gary MooreGary Moore cover5:26
18."Wish I Had an Angel"Holopainen4:17
"All of Them"Hans ZimmerOutro (From King Arthur Soundtrack)3:35

Charts performance

The DVD was released on June 1, 2006 in Finland, and on June 2, 2006 in Germany. After only one day on sale, the DVD was certified gold in Finland, and later sold Platinum.[5][6] End of an Era also was Platinum in Germany[7] and Gold in France[8] and on 2009 in Switzerland.[9]

Austrian DVD Chart2[10]
Austrian Albums Chart41[10]
Belgian Ultratop 5040[11]
Dutch DVD Chart3[12]
Finnish DVD Chart1[13]
Finnish Albums Chart7[13]
French CD+DVD Chart24[14]
German CD+DVD Chart3[15]
Hungarian DVD Chart1[16]
Norwegian Albums Chart35[17]
Spanish DVD Chart2[12]
Swedish Albums Chart35[18]
Swiss CD+DVD Chart18[19]
UK Rock Chart7[12]
UK Indie Chart8[12]
UK DVD Chart115[12]

Sales and certifications

(sales thresholds)


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  2. ^ "End of an Era review". Ultimate-Guitar.com. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/dvd/nightwish/end_of_an_era/index.html. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nightwish- End of an Era (live)". Sputnikmusic.com/. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=11210. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Open letter to Tarja Turunen". Wikisource. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Open_Letter_To_Tarja_Turunen. Retrieved October 23, 2005. 
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  7. ^ "Gold and Platinum Datebank". Musikindustrie.de. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank_beta/#topSearch. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "End Of An Era has sold gold in France". Nightwish.com. http://www.nightwish.com/en/news/archive?month=06&year=2006. Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ "NIGHTWISH: 'End Of An Era' DVD Certified Gold In Switzerland". Metalfromfinland.com. http://www.metalfromfinland.com/news/2007-08-10_15:37/nightwish_end_of_an_era_dvd_certified_gold_in_switzerland. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Extended search: End of an Era". Austriancharts.at. http://austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=end+of+an+era&cat=a. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Extended search: End of an Era". Ultratop.be. http://www.ultratop.be/en/search.asp?cat=a&lang=nl&search=end+of+an+era. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
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  13. ^ a b "Extended search: End of an Era". Finnishcharts.com. http://finnishcharts.com/search.asp?search=end+of+an+era&cat=a. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Extended search: End of an Era". Lescharts.com. http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=end+of+an+era&cat=a. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Nightwish / Longplay". Musicline.de. http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Nightwish/longplay. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Archive: Nightwish". Mahasz.hu. http://www.mahasz.hu/?menu=slagerlistak&menu2=archivum. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Extended search: End of an Era". Norwegiancharts.com. http://norwegiancharts.com/search.asp?search=end+of+an+era&cat=a. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Extended search: End of an Era". Swedishcharts.com. http://swedishcharts.com/search.asp?search=end+of+an+era&cat=a. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Extended search: End of an Era". HitParade.ch. http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=end+of+an+era&cat=a. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - NIGHTWISH: 'End Of An Era' CD/DVD Certified Gold". Roadrunnerrecords.com. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=53141. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  21. ^ http://www.nightwish.com/en/news/archive?month=06&year=2006
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ "NIGHTWISH: 'End Of An Era' DVD Certified Gold In Switzerland - Metal from Finland". Metalfromfinland.com. October 21, 2005. http://www.metalfromfinland.com/news/2007-08-10_15:37/nightwish_end_of_an_era_dvd_certified_gold_in_switzerland. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 

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