As it is known, in 2014, Nightwish’s original drummer Jukka Nevalainen left the band because of his sleep disorder.
He replaced by the Wintersun drummer Kai Hahto, who also turned to Swallow The Sun and Trees of Eternity.
For a long time, the news was that Jukka was returning to the band, but it wasn’t.
Kai has only been a replacement drummer so far, but now he will be a permanent drummer in the band, because Jukka announced in an official statement that he will continue to take care of the band`s businesses in the background.
Below you can find Jukka’s official announcement which published on the Nightwish’s Facebook:
“It has now been five years since my difficult decision, due to severe insomnia, to step aside from the Vehicle of Spirit of Nightwish.
This included the previous studio album and the tours which followed.
As I then expected, it turned out to be the right thing to do.
These days I’m doing fantastic, and hardly ever need to deal with any sleeping issues.
It also dawned on me that having more time to merely focus on band – related things happening behind the curtains made all the difference.
Having said this, I have decided not to push my luck by returning to the band.
My dear pal Kai Hahto will take my place as a full-time member of the band.
I will continue to take care of the band`s businesses in the background, and I`m very much looking forward to what other adventures life has to offer!
My sincere thank you`s for the band and the fans for the glorious time we shared!“
It also includes the news that the band started working on its 9th studio album, which will be released during the spring of 2020.
This can also be found in the following publication.