HIM’s Ville Valo Announces Debut Solo Album and 2023 US Tour, Shares “Loveletting”: Stream

Valo's debut solo LP Neon Noir is out in early 2023

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Ville Valo (via AtomSplitter PR)

    HIM frontman Ville Valo has announced his debut solo album, Neon Noir, set for an early 2023 release under the VV moniker. The Finnish artist also announced a 2023 US tour and unveiled a new song, “Loveletting.”

    As the self-described pioneer of “love metal,” Valo has penned more than a few romantic songs. “Loveletting” takes the pedal off the metal but still features Valo’s typical heartfelt lyrics and emotion.

    “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,” Valo said in a press release. “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.”


    The release of the new single sets in motion the album cycle for Neon Noir. Ostensibly coinciding with the LP’s release, VV will head across the states next spring. The itinerary kicks off April 1st, 2023, in Philadelphia and winds across most major US markets before wrapping up on May 8th in New York City.

    Pre-sales for the 2023 US tour begin today (April 8th) at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.

    Valo added: “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?”

    Watch the video for “Loveletting” and see VV’s full list of 2023 US tour dates below. Get tickets here.


    VV 2023 US Tour Dates:
    04/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
    04/02 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live
    04/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
    04/05 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
    04/06 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
    04/08 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
    04/09 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
    04/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
    04/13 – Denver, CO @ Summit
    04/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
    04/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
    04/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
    04/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
    04/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
    04/22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    04/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
    04/25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
    04/26 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
    04/27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    04/28 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
    04/30 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
    05/01 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
    05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
    05/04 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
    05/05 – Charlotte, NC @ Underground
    05/07 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
    05/08 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

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