Vor ca. fünf Jahren ist der urspüngliche Drummer Jukka Nevalainen von seiner Position bei NIGHTWISH aus gesundheitlichen Problemen zurückgetreten. Nun wurde ein Statement von ihm veröffentlicht, welches besagt, dass es ihm zwar sehr viel besser gehe, aber er lieber im Hintergrund die Geschäfte der Band mitbearbeiten möchte und somit Kai Hahto der Mann am Schlagzeug bleibt. Hier lest ihr das gesamte Statement:

„Nightwish has begun working on their 9th studio album, set to be released during spring 2020.
Below you will find a statement from Jukka Nevalainen, who`s been the drummer in the band since their 1997 debut album “Angels Fall First”:

“It has now been five years since my difficult decision, due to severe insomnia, to step aside from the Vehicle of Spirit of Nightwish. This included the previous studio album and the tours which followed.
As I then expected, it turned out to be the right thing to do. These days I’m doing fantastic, and hardly ever need to deal with any sleeping issues. It also dawned on me that having more time to merely focus on band – related things happening behind the curtains made all the difference.
Having said this, I have decided not to push my luck by returning to the band. My dear pal Kai Hahto will take my place as a full-time member of the band. I will continue to take care of the band`s businesses in the background, and I`m very much looking forward to what other adventures life has to offer!
My sincere thank you`s for the band and the fans for the glorious time we shared!“