SONATA ARCTICA: Mikko Harkin verlässt die Band

Keyboarder Mikko Harkin hat SONATA ARCTICA aus persönlichen Gründen verlassen, die nach eigener Aussage jedoch nicht auf Problemen innerhalb der Band beruhen. Das Originalstatement von Mikko findet ihr im Anhang an die News.

Keyboarder Mikko Harkin hat SONATA ARCTICA aus persönlichen Gründen verlassen, die nach eigener Aussage jedoch nicht auf Problemen innerhalb der Band beruhen. Hier das Originalstatement von Mikko:

“For personal reasons a time has come in my life when I have to make a
decision in order to be able to go on… I’ve been fortunate to share many
unforgettable moments with these guys. We’ve travelled thousands and
thousands of kilometers together, we’ve been to the edge of the world and
back and seen things a young pianist wouldn’t ever have imagined. I’m
grateful for all the moments but at the same time, everything happened has
made me re-evaluate my life. Extensive touring has made me re-think my
priorities in life. Time and again I’ve had to reconsider what are the most
important things in my life. Everything I’ve experienced, as magnificent as
it has been, has created a vacuum in my personal life, which I have to
admit, has steered me away from Sonata Arctica. I’ve noticed that I no
longer can give the band my 100 per cent just to keep the ball rolling, and
I have come to the conclusion that it is better for everyone that I call it
quits and that the band acquires a new member who will give his full effort
and enthusiasm, for no less than that is what Sonata Arctica deserves.

I hereby want to thank the guys; Tony, Jani, Make and Tommy. Thank you for
your friendship. A warm thank you also to the fans throughout the world. It
has been a blast to meet you all. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of
this trip. Thanks to the loved ones; my family, friends and especially the
most important person in my life, Reetta. Thank you for your love and
understanding.

All the best, guys! Show ’em!!

with best regards,

Mikko Harkin”