Ville Valo: A Mesmerizing Night at ACL Live

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Oct 4, 2023

Posted By Tracy Fuller

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On the evening of October 3, 2023, music aficionados and fans of the iconic Ville Valo gathered at the enchanting ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. This concert was destined to be an unforgettable experience, with Ville Valo, the Finnish singer-songwriter, taking center stage. The night was complemented by the local talents of Slow Pulse, creating a promise of musical magic that left no room for disappointment.

A Musical Journey Through Time

Ville Hermanni Valo, a name synonymous with the gothic love metal band HIM, embarked on a musical odyssey that spans over two decades, commencing in 1991. In 2020, Valo took a daring step into the realm of solo artistry, adopting the pseudonym “VV.” It was during the isolation imposed by the pandemic that Valo showcased his exceptional talent by crafting his solo album, Neon Noir, an endeavor that involved both the songwriting and production processes. This night was more than just a concert; it was an exploration of Valo’s musical evolution.

A Personal Perspective

As an ardent admirer of Valo’s solo work, I anticipated a night of musical brilliance even without the promise of HIM classics. However, Valo exceeded all expectations. He delighted the audience with a captivating blend of his solo creations and an assortment of HIM’s iconic tracks. As a witness to this breathtaking performance, I couldn’t help but shed a few tears of joy, swept away by the emotional depth of the music.

Ville Valo’s Artistic Transition

Valo’s transition from HIM to VV is a testament to his evolution as a musician. Renowned for his baritone voice and emotionally charged lyrics, Valo’s journey has touched the hearts of fans around the world. This concert showcased the breadth of his artistry.

The Musical Odyssey: Setlist Highlights

The setlist for the evening was a journey through Valo’s musical legacy, captivating the audience with a mix of old and new. The following are some highlights from the mesmerizing performance:

  1. Zener Solitaire
  2. Echolocate Your Love
  3. The Funeral of Hearts (HIM)
  4. The Foreverlost
  5. Join Me In Death (HIM)
  6. Neon Noir
  7. The Kiss of Dawn (HIM)
  8. Loveletting
  9. Buried Alive by Love (HIM)
  10. Heartful of Ghosts
  11. Wings of a Butterfly (HIM)
  12. Run Away From the Sun
  13. Right Here In My Arms (HIM)
  14. In Trenodia
  15. Soul On Fire (HIM)
  16. Salute the Sanguine
  17. Poison Girl (HIM)
  18. Vertigo Eyes
  19. When Love And Death Embrace (HIM) – Encore

The surprise encore performance of “When Love And Death Embrace” left the audience emotionally stirred, and I was among those who couldn’t hold back their tears.

The Experience Beyond Music

The magic of the night extended beyond the music itself. The atmospheric aura, the energy of the crowd, and the overall ambiance of the Moody Theater in Austin created an environment where the music came to life. It was a testament to Valo’s ability to not only craft songs but to create a captivating experience for his fans.

Where to Learn More

For those looking to delve deeper into the world of VV and HIM, the official website is a treasure trove of information and updates: VV / HIM Official Website


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