A pre-sale goes live today and is accessible via the links below.

General on-sale follows Friday – 10AM Local Time.


Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced the Bang & Whimper Tour 2017, closing the final chapter on their 26-year career.  Front man Ville Valo offers, “After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”


Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).


Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music – HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.


Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.   Bassist Mige shares, “At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.  Before this event of great transformation, we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest, but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!”  HIM is Ville Valo (vocals), Mige (bass), Linde (guitar), Burton (keyboards), and Kosmo (drums).


A pre-sale goes live today and is accessible via the links below.

General on-sale follows Friday – 10AM Local Time.

Confirmed appearances include:


10/24   Phoenix, AZ                            The Van Buren                        http://bit.ly/2rnThBT

10/25   Los Angeles, CA                    The Wiltern                             http://bit.ly/2sljINt

10/26   Anaheim, CA                          House of Blues                       http://bit.ly/2slJhxE

10/28   Salt Lake City, UT                  The Depot                               http://bit.ly/2rSwjWH

10/29   Denver, CO                             Summit Music Hall                 http://ticketf.ly/2sUvBqp

11/02   Houston, TX                           House of Blues                       http://bit.ly/2slvoQn

11/03   Dallas, TX                               House of Blues                       http://bit.ly/2suusJ5

11/05   Orlando, FL                            House of Blues                       http://bit.ly/2tdCEKf

11/06   Atlanta, GA                             Buckhead Theatre                  http://bit.ly/2rjfOEx

11/07   Charlotte, NC                          The Fillmore                          http://bit.ly/2tdTitg

11/09   Silver Springs, MD                 The Fillmore                           http://bit.ly/2sgnd6I

11/10   Chicago, IL                             House of Blues                       http://bit.ly/2slnEgT

11/11   Detroit, MI                              The Fillmore                           http://bit.ly/2rSZitM

11/13   Toronto, ON                           Rebel                                       http://bit.ly/2tdPmsy

11/15   Philadelphia, PA                     The Fillmore                           http://bit.ly/2rjvdoc

11/16   Worcester, MA                       The Palladium                         http://ticketf.ly/2sukt6s

11/17   New York, NY                       Hammerstein Ballroom          http://bit.ly/2tdMaNC

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That’s when Backstageaxxess.com began.
I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here.
When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium – Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) – Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center – Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.