Led by the illustrious Ville Valo, HIM has been around for 26 years. Their farewell tour gets started in summer 2017 and includes a date at Helsinki’s famed heavy metal bash, Tuska Festival.
In honour of their victory lap, photographer Ville Juurikkala, also a mainstay on the music scene, has an exhibition at HAM of brand new pictures of HIM. He’s been documenting the band for more than a decade. Nearby Tiketti Gallery is also getting in on the action, displaying his older photos of HIM and other Finnish metal musicians.
“I have worked with many international artists, including the likes of Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith,” says Juurikkala in a statement that was created to be repeated, “but even those with much bigger sales are, in my opinion, nowhere near as charismatic as HIM.”
Valo returns the favour – kind of. He says that Juurikkala is “good, gentle and crude.”
Ville Valo and HIM in four photos
By ThisisFINLAND staff, June 2017