HIM is a Finnish rock band founded in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindstrom and bassist Mikko Paananen. Since 1999, drummer Mika Karppinen has been a regular participant, and since 2001, keyboardist Janne Puurtinen. Between 1997 and 2013, the group released eight studio albums. HIM is the first Finnish band in the world whose album (Dark Light) has been certified gold disc by the American record label association. In Finland, Greatest Lovesongs vol. 666, Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights, Love Metal and Dark Light received platinum statuses, Razorblade Romance – 2 × platinum.
Ville’s favorite movie is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and his favorite character, the star of the film is Jack Skellington!
Ville before the band HIM, played bass and drums. He was a bass player and drummer in amateur Finnish bands. One of them was the group “B.L.O.O.D”. Continue reading
ROCK FESTIVALS – MMFM’89
So, what is hard rock promoting now, what ideas does it advocate? Before talking about the texts of some groups, I must say a few words about rock festivals held under the motto “No to alcohol, war, drug addiction, etc. …” I think everyone knows the Woodstock festival, about which no need to speak. But about one of the most unprecedented cases, about the festival, held in Moscow in 1989, it’s worth talking about.
It probably already became clear what I want to write about the Moscow World Music Festival, which was attended by such stars as Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Motley Crew, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, and which music critics of the whole world called nothing more than Woodstock on the Moscow River. Continue reading