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Ville Valo (VV) of HIM, will release his debut solo album, Neon Noir, on January 13th.


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Finnish Love Metal pioneer, Ville Valo (VV) of HIM, will release his debut solo album, Neon Noir, on January 13th via Heartagram Records, distributed by UMG/ Spinefarm. 

 

"Neon Noir is a sonic step-by-step guide on how to survive, and perhaps even enjoy, the realm of VV with its abundance of things that go bump in the night,” says Valo. “It’s a teary mascara marathon between Robert Smith and Ozzy, with a dash of hope.”



VV’s headline tour - taking place next year across Europe, the UK and North America – has already sold-out across a number of cities. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.


 

EURO & UK LEG OF 2023 ‘NEON NOIR TOUR’  

EUROPE

13.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)

14.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)

15.01 – Tavastia, Helsinki (sold out)

14.01 – Stodola, Warsaw (sold out)

15.02 – Studio, Krakow

16.02 – LMB, Prague (sold out)

17.02 – Huxley’s Berlin (sold out)

18.02 – Fabrik, Hamburg (sold out)

20.02 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (sold out)

21.02 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (sold out)

22.02 – Komplex, Zurich

24.02 – Razzmatazz, Barcelona

25.02 – La Riviera, Madrid

26.02 – Cineteatro Capitolio, Lisbon (sold out)

27.02 – Hard Club, Porto

02.03 – Alcatraz, Milan

03.03 – Backstage Werk, Munich (sold out)

04.03 – Barba Negra, Budapest (sold out)

05.03 – Arena, Vienna (sold out)

07.03 – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette

08.03 – LMH, Cologne (sold out)

09.03 – Le Trabendo, Paris (sold out)


UNITED KINGDOM

10.03 – O2 Academy, Bristol

11.03 – Rock City, Nottingham (sold out)

13.03 – Garage, Glasgow (sold out)

14.03 – O2 Ritz, Manchester (sold out)

15.03 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (sold out)

 


ABOUT VV / Ville Valo:

In the annals of 21st century alternative rock history there are few artists who cast a longer or more peculiar shadow than Finnish Love Metal pioneer Ville Valo. After all, his band HIM were easily among the most iconic and idiosyncratic groups of the millenium. Zealously revered, gleefully reviled but impossible to ignore, their music left an indelible mark on a worldwide legion of fans. The scarlet letters stood for His Infernal Majesty. Their founder stood for something delightedly out of step with the status quo. 


"We only hoped to temporarily redirect hard rock's blood flow from the nether regions towards the heart", reminisces Ville Valo, the singer, songwriter and primus motor of HIM. Judging by the monolithic presence of the Heartagram in any account of music this side of the millennium it’s apparent that he succeeded. 


Inspired by everyone from Poe to Bukowski and tinged by a penchant for perfumed Sabbathian gloom, Valo’s creative lovechild would produce eight era-defining studio releases and over ten million record sales, not forgetting a Grammy nomination, countless magazine covers, critical acclaim, and the veneration of a generation. Thus it came as no surprise that the news of a farewell tour in 2017 was greeted with shock and disbelief among devotees and endless speculation as to what or who was to take up the velvet mantle.

“As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the Heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again. Eventually I decided to put a leash on my beloved black dog and we started howling together instead of barking at each other. That's how VV was born".

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