HIM’s Ville Valo to release debut solo album in 2023, announces tour dates

Finnish “love metal” pioneer Ville Valo, formerly of HIM, will release the new single “Loveletting” on April 8, 2022. The song is from his forthcoming debut solo album, “Neon Noir,” scheduled for release in 2023.

“As fun as the funeral rites for HIM were,” Valo said, “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 at midnight local time on April 8, with an official music video debuting here at 11 a.m. ET.

“Artistically speaking,” Valo said, “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 soon. In the meantime, fans are invited to any number of VV’s headline tour dates taking place next year across Europe, the U.K. and North America. Naturally starting in Helsinki, Finland, the 2023 extensive run will reach the U.K. in March, before heading to America in April.  

U.S. tickets will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. local time Friday, April 15.


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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