Finnish Love Metal pioneer, Ville Valo, will release new single, “Loveletting”, on April 8th under the VV banner. “Loveletting” is taken from VV’s forthcoming debut album, Neon Noir.
Ville explains, “As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were, it took me more than a few moons to lick my wounds in the shadow of the Heartagram and come up with an excuse to strum and hum again. Eventually I decided to put a leash on my beloved black dog and we started howling together instead of barking at each other. That’s how Loveletting was born”.
“Loveletting” will be made available across all digital platforms from midnight tonight (local time). An official video clip will follow tomorrow @ 17:00 CET, HERE.
VV‘s debut album Neon Noir is scheduled for release in early 2023; belonging to the same forlorn world of woe and whimsy once conceived and governed by Valo in HIM, VV arrives with additional nuanced notes of a fine aged Cabernet.
Ville adds, “Artistically speaking the main difference between HIM and VV is the extra line in the Heartagram, but what an exquisite line it is! It’s the Mamas and the Papas dressed up as Metallica on their way to a Halloween bash at the Studio 54, and now who wouldn’t want to witness that?”
Further details around Neon Noir will be released in due course. In the meantime, fans are invited to any number of VV’s headline tour dates taking place next year across Europe, the UK and North America.
Naturally starting in Helsinki, Finland, the 2023 extensive run reaches the UK in March, before heading to America come April.
JAN – MAY 2023 ‘NEON NOIR TOUR’
13.01.2023 Tavastia, Helsinki (FI)
14.02.2023 Proxima, Warsaw (PL)
15.02.2023 Kwadrat, Krakow (PL)
16.02.2023 Lucerna Music Bar, Prague (CZ)
17.02.2023 Huxley’s, Berlin (DE)
18.02.2023 Fabrik, Hamburg (DE)
20.02.2023 Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
21.02.2023 Batschkapp, Frankfurt (DE)
22.02.2023 Komplex, Zurich (CH)
24.02.2023 Razzmatazz, Barcelona (ES)
25.02.2023 La Riviera, Madrid (ES)
26.02.2023 Cineteatro Capitolio, Lisbon (PT)
27.02.2023 Hard Club, Porto (PT)
02.03.2023 Alcatraz, Milan (IT)
03.03.2023 Backstage Werk, Munich (DE)
04.03.2023 Barba Negra, Budapest (HU)
05.03.2023 Arena, Vienna (AT)
07.03.2023 Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU)
08.03.2023 LMH, Cologne (DE)
09.03.2023 Le Trabendo, Paris (FR)
10.03.2023 O2 Academy, Bristol (GB)
11.03.2023 Rock City, Nottingham (GB)
13.03.2023 Garage, Glasgow (GB)
14.03.2023 O2 Ritz, Manchester (GB)
15.03.2023 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (GB)
01.04.2023 Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia PA (USA)
02.04.2023 Big Night Live, Boston MA (USA)
04.04.2023 Roxian Theater, Pittsburgh PA (USA)
05.04.2023 House of Blues, Cleveland OH (USA)
06.04.2023 St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI (USA)
08.04.2023 Bogarts, Cincinnati OH (USA)
09.04.2023 House of Blues, Chicago IL (USA)
11.04.2023 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis MN (USA)
13.04.2023 Summit Music Hall, Denver CO (USA)
14.04.2023 The Depot, Salt Lake City UT (USA)
16.04.2023 Ace of Spades, Sacramento CA (USA)
17.04.2023 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA (USA)
18.04.2023 Belasco, Los Angeles CA (USA)
21.04.2023 House of Blues, Las Vegas NV (USA)
22.04.2023 House of Blues, San Diego CA (USA)
23.04.2023 Van Buren, Phoenix AZ (USA)
25.04.2023 House of Blues, Dallas TX (USA)
26.04.2023 Aztec Theater, San Antonio TX (USA)
27.04.2023 House of Blues, Houston TX (USA)
28.04.2023 House of Blues, New Orleans LA (USA)
30.04.2023 House of Blues, Orlando FL (USA)
01.05.2023 Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale FL (USA)
03.05.2023 Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA (USA)
04.05.2023 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN (USA)
05.05.2023 Underground, Charlotte NC (USA)
07.05.2023 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD (USA)
08.05.2023 Irving Plaza, New York NY (USA)
Tickets to shows across Europe will be on general sale Monday, April 11, 2022 @ 10am CET, whilst US tickets will be available for purchase from Friday, April 15, 2022 @ 10am local time.
ABOUT VILLE VALO
In the annals of 21st century alternative rock history there are few artists who cast a longer or more peculiar shadow than Finnish Love Metal pioneer Ville Valo. After all, his band HIM were easily among the most iconic and idiosyncratic groups of the millenium. Zealously revered, gleefully reviled but impossible to ignore, their music left an indelible mark on a worldwide legion of fans. The scarlet letters stood for His Infernal Majesty. Their founder stood for something delightedly out of step with the status quo. “We only hoped to temporarily redirect hard rock’s blood flow from the nether regions towards the heart”, reminisces Ville Valo, the singer, songwriter and primus motor of HIM. Judging by the monolithic presence of the Heartagram in any account of music this side of the millennium it’s apparent that he succeeded.
Inspired by everyone from Poe to Bukowski and tinged by a penchant for perfumed Sabbathian gloom, Valo’s creative lovechild would produce eight era-defining studio releases and over ten million record sales, not forgetting a Grammy nomination, countless magazine covers, critical acclaim, and the veneration of a generation. Thus it came as no surprise that the news of a farewell tour in 2017 was greeted with shock and disbelief among devotees and
endless speculation as to what or who was to take up the velvet mantle…