Ville Valo, one of the pioneers of Finnish love metal (along with his band H.I.M.), is set to drop a new single and music video entitled “Loveletting” tomorrow, April 8th. The track is the first off the artist’s just-announced debut solo recording, Neon Noir. The Neon Noir album is due out in early 2023 and will be supported by a lengthy touring cycle, confirmed dates and locations for which can be found below.

Commenting on the news, Valo shares:

“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.”

Speaking of the music and what to expect, Valo 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?”

2023 EU/UK “Neon Noir Tour” Dates:

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)

Artwork for the album ‘Neon Noir’ by Ville Valo

North American Tour Dates:

4/1—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts
4/2—Boston, MA—Big Night Live
4/4—Pittsburgh, PA—Roxian Theatre
4/5—Cleveland, OH—House of Blues
4/6—Detroit, MI—St Andrews Hall
4/8—Cincinnati, OH—Bogarts
4/9—Chicago, IL—House of Blues
4/11—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theater
4/13—Denver, CO—Summit
4/14—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot
4/16—Sacramento, CA—Ace of Spades
4/17—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
4/18—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco
4/21—Las Vegas, NV—House of Blues
4/22—San Diego, CA—House of Blues
4/23—Phoenix, AZ—The Van Buren
4/25—Dallas, TX—House of Blues
4/26—San Antonio, TX—Aztec Theater
4/27—Houston, TX—House of Blues
4/28—New Orleans, LA—House of Blues
4/30—Orlando, FL—House of Blues
5/1—Ft Lauderdale, FL—Revolution
5/3—Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre
5/4—Nashville, TN—Brooklyn Bowl
5/5—Charlotte, NC—Underground
5/7—Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore
5/8—New York, NY—Irving Plaza

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