Finland-based symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH kicked off their North American headlining tour last night (Friday, February 19) at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Ever Dream
04. She Is My Sin
05. My Walden
06. While Your Lips Are Still Red
07. Élan
08. Weak Fantasy (preceded by a Dawkins’ narration)
09. 7 Days To The Wolves
10. Storytime
11. I Want My Tears Back
12. Nemo
13. Stargazers
14. Ghost Love Score
15. Last Ride Of The Day
16. The Greatest Show On Earth

Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.

NIGHTWISH‘s 26-date headlining tour of North America will hit six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23. Support on the tour is coming from Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN and Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA.

The “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” world tour kicked off in April 2015 in North America and the band has played sold-out shows in the U.S., Canada, South America and throughout Europe. The 2016 leg of the tour sees the band head to Australia, Asia and North America once again with a main-stage slot also announced for Donington’s Download festival in June.

NIGHTWISH recently released a strictly limited (no reprints!) special tour edition of its current album, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”. The tour edition comes with a bonus DVD of live performances, documentary footage and promo videos as well as a huge photo gallery.

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful” was made available on March 27, 2015 in Europe and March 31, 2015 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast.

The cover artwork for “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” was created by the band’s longtime collaborator Toxic Angel. Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins appears as a guest on the effort.

Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” due to health issues. He has since been replaced by Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY).