This month (July 12) marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the by far most significant album of our career: "Tales From The Thousand Lakes".
The years have flown by, and it feels great to notice that the tooth of time has not diminished the value of the album, nor the popularity of its songs when performed live. Black Winter Day, The Castaway, Into Hiding and In The Beginning are still part of almost every Amorphis gig. Although we have played these songs hundreds of times, it is still as exciting as ever to see the joy in people’s faces and the sheer emotion evoked by, for example, the piano intro of Black Winter Day.
When Tomi Joutsen joined the band, we reviewed the setlist in a new (old) light. It was perfectly clear that we would include more tracks from "Tales" – without forgetting our debut "The Karelian Isthmus", of course.
At that point we understood how much TFTTL meant to people. Most of us have feelings about the 1990s that are brought back to mind by the songs from "Tales", so we are certainly talking about nostalgia here. To honor the two-decade history of the album, we will embark on the Tales From The Thousand Lakes 20th Anniversary Tour. The shows of this tour will feature the TFTTL album in its entirety as well as some rarely performed Amorphis songs. Don your wigs and start the pit!
Esa Holopainen / Amorphis