Jukka Nevalainen steps down as drummer for Nightwish, Kai Hahto becomes full-time member

Jukka Nevalainen has been the drummer of Nightwish since their debut album “Angels  Fall First” in 1997. Five years ago, he decided to take a break from touring and recording due to suffering from severe insomnia. Since 2014, Kai Hahto has been the drummer who replaced Nevalainen on tour and on the 2015 studio album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”. In a press statement below, you can read Jukka Nevalainen’s decision to completely step aside from being an active member of Nightwish and announcing that Kai Hahto will take his place permanently.

“It has now been five years since my difficult decision, due to severe insomnia, to step aside from the Vehicle of Spirit of Nightwish. This included the previous studio album and the tours which followed. 

As I then expected, it turned out to be the right thing to do. These days I’m doing fantastic, and hardly ever need to deal with any sleeping issues. It also dawned on me that having more time to merely focus on band-related things happening behind the curtains made all the difference. 

Having said this, I have decided not to push my luck by returning to the band. My dear pal Kai Hahto will take my place as a full-time member of the band. I will continue to take care of the band’s businesses in the background, and I`m very much looking forward to what other adventures life has to offer!

My sincere thank you’s for the band and the fans for the glorious time we shared!


Jukka Nevalainen with Kai Hahto