Photos by Jonathan Arevalo
Finnish gothic rock legends HIM said their final goodbye to North America with a great fall farewell tour. Dubbed ‘Bang & Whimper,’ the sendoff kicked off in Phoenix, AZ in late October, hitting fourteen additional major markets before coming to a grand close in New York City at a completely sold out Hammerstein Ballroom on November 17th.
A packed NYC venue erupted in joy when HIM took to the stage roughly after 9PM. The band’s 21-song setlist consisted of long-time favorites like “Killing Loneliness,” “Join Me in Death,” “In Joy and Sorrow,” their cover of Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game,” “Poison Girl,” “Heartkiller,” “The Funeral of Hearts,” and many other jubilant tracks. Slight technical difficulty and an altercation in the crowd aside, the band seemed in great spirits and slightly emotional about their last show on American soil. As with their previous farewell shows, the quintet performed a cover of Billy Idol‘s “Rebel Yell” as their encore. Special for New York fans, the group waved the U.S. goodbye with “When Love and Death Embrace” from their 1997 debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666.
HIM will bid adieu to Europe starting this weekend with sold out shows in Russia, Poland, Germany, Italy and more, including a final five-day stint in Finland (get full dates). Check out photo coverage (including shots of openers CKY & 3Teeth) from Manhattan via the gallery below.
Upcoming shows to look out for: