NIGHTWISH officially welcomes bassist JUKKA KOSKINEN
NIGHTWISH has announced the addition of bassist Jukka Koskinen (WINTERSUN) as an official member of the band. Koskinen, who made his live debut with NIGHTWISH in May 2021 at the band’s two interactive experiences, had spent the last year touring with NIGHTWISH as a session musician.
Yesterday (Sunday, August 21), NIGHTWISH released the following statement via social media: “We’re delighted to announce our dear friend Jukka Koskinen is officially inaugurated as a member of the band. We’ve been incredibly thankful to have him on our side while touring and it only feels natural to have him join the band officially.”
We’re delighted to announce our dear friend Jukka Koskinen (@jukkiskoskinen) is officially inaugurated as a member of the band. 🙏 We've been incredibly thankful to have him on our side while touring and it only feels natural to have him join the band officially. 🤍 pic.twitter.com/l3sm6wUiZk— Nightwish (@NightwishBand) August 21, 2022
Koskinen joined NIGHTWISH as the replacement for Marco Hietala, who announced his departure from NIGHTWISH in January 2021, explaining in a statement that he hadn’t “been able to feel validated by this life for a quite a few years now.”
Back in June 2021, Koskinen spoke to Kaaos TV about how he landed the NIGHTWISH gig. He said: “I received a phone call from the NIGHTWISH camp and was being asked if I would be interested in the bass player position regarding what has happened, that Marco has left the band. And, of course, obviously, when I got that phone call, I thought it was, like, ‘Woah.’ As an outsider, obviously, I couldn’t think that, especially in NIGHTWISH, I couldn’t think of it even that this sort of thing could happen. But, of course, life is life. And, yeah, absolutely, I immediately, of course, said that yes, definitely I would be interested.”