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Drummer Jukka Nevalainen Steps Down From Nightwish Due To Health Issues

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In the midst of writing a new album, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish announced that drummer Jukka Nevalainen is forced to step down and take a break from music activities due to ongoing health concerns. It seems for many years, Nevalainen has been suffering from insomnia. His replacement for the upcoming follow up to "Imaginaerum" will be Wintersun/Swallow the Sun drummer Kai Hahto.

Nevalainen posted a statement and a video (shown below):

"How to begin telling something that you wouldn’t want to have to tell, although you know that the decision you made is the only (at least the only right) one you could make at the moment? I face this dilemma now, and will do my best to find the right words.

"For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I’ve done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it. Still, we don’t even really know why we need sleep, so unfortunately there’s not much information available on why some of us suffer from sleeplessness. There is no 100% cure for the problem.

"During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can’t fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I’d want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of Nightwish during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.

"On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is “just” part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I’ve already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too.

"My good friend Kai Hahto will play drums on the forthcoming album. I’m extremely grateful that he didn’t hesitate for a minute when he decided to help us in this challenging situation. What comes to touring, everything is still open, but we will let you know as soon possible what the line-up will be.

"If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting."

“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot losesomething that you are.”― Eckhart Tolle

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4 Comments on "Nightwish's Jukka Nevalainen Forced To Take Break"

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Drum_Junkie's avatar

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

Rough deal. I wish the best for Jukka, and am glad they've already found a worthy alternate in Kai.

"God love and rest his soul"

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2. RiderofAstralFire writes:

Slightly outdated photo of the band. I also suffer from insomnia, and know how difficult it can be to deal with at times. I hope he can find a remedy and get back on track with the band, and continue doing what he loves!

# Aug 7, 2014 @ 9:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RememberMetal? writes:

Insomnia is rough. The difference between it and more common forms of sleep deprivation are night and day... Pun not intended.

Every member of Swallow the Sun is a world class performer, so Nightwish are in good hands.

# Aug 7, 2014 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. coldiem writes:

Yeah, the problem with insomnia is that it is often misconstrued in media and film so people who have not experienced or witnessed it think that it is something very different than what it truly is.

Insomnia is a horrible beast that is notoriously hard to combat. It does not mean that you are going to turn into Christian Bale in the Machinist, but you will probably be very erratic, constantly fatigued and suffer from bouts of both anxiety and depression intermittently. Any one of those issues in a chronic sense is very serious, but can all become serious in combination while suffering from insomnia.

The hallucinations and all that crap are just extreme cases, the same as schizophrenia has many different forms. But, true insomnia is an evil mistress. When you go months if not years without consistent REM sleep it takes its toll.

And it takes that toll slowly. Sleeping pills don't help (even if they make you sleep.. it's only the first couple nights and it doesn't even feel restful), forget "herbal remedies" or anything else. It is just a straight-up life-vacuum. I feel for the guy. It's the kind of thing you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

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