Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN. SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans: “It's again been far too long since our last American tour, so we're really happy to announce that we're coming back once again...and with NIGHTWISH nevertheless. As we'll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn't pass on and we're all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!” Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at EnterTheVault.com or at any other ticket service. Check online and buy your tickets today! Confirmed dates for the upcoming NIGHTWISH 2016 tour with SONATA ARCTICA and Delain are: 2/19/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ 2/20/2016 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT 2/21/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA 2/22/2016 Music Hall – London, ON CANADA 2/24/2016 Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA 2/25/2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH 2/26/2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI 2/27/2016 Rave – Milwaukee, WI 2/29/2016 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN 3/01/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA 3/02/2016 O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA 3/03/2016 Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA 3/05/2016 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA 3/06/2016 Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT 3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA 3/08/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID 3/10/2016 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV 3/11/2016 City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA 3/12/2016 The Grove – Anaheim, CA 3/13/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ 3/15/2016 City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO 3/16/2016 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO 3/18/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK 3/19/2016 Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX 3/20/2016 New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA 3/21/2016 Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL 3/23/2016 The Ritz – Tampa, FL Watch the videos for their cover of Genesis’ classic “I Can’t Dance,” “Kingdom For A Heart,” and the album trailers for Ecliptica - Revisited on the Nuclear Blast Youtube channel: https://goo.gl/pA4q72 You can order your copy of Ecliptica - Revisited at the Nuclear Blast Webshop: http://goo.gl/VuOMyB About SONATA ARCTICA Born in 1996 at the edge of the world in the northern Finnish town of Kemi, these humble music makers of melodic metal never tire of the sweet taste of victory. Achieving gold status in their native Finland and securing their ninth career gold record with 2012’s Stones Grow Her Name just seven days after release, SONATA ARCTICA also have a long-established history of global chart domination and sold-out shows around the world. Celebrating their 15th year in existence as a recording artist in 2014, SONATA ARCTICA unleashed their eighth studio album, Pariah’s Child, which debuted in Finland at #1. Later that year they released Ecliptica – Revisited; 15TH Anniversary Edition. SONATA ARCTICA members include: • Tony Kakko – Vocals & Keyboards • Elias Viljanen - Guitar • Tommy Portimo - Drums • Henrik Klingenberg – Keyboards • Pasi Kauppinen - Bass Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info Like: www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA Follow: Twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA Watch: YouTube.com/SONATAARCTICA