Jukka Nevalainen

Jukka Antero "Julius" Nevalainen (born 21 April 1978, in Kitee, Finland) is the former drummer in the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.[1]

Jukka Nevalainen
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Background information
Birth nameJukka Antero Nevalainen
Born (1978-04-21) 21 April 1978 (age 44)
OriginKitee, Finland
GenresSymphonic metal, power metal
Occupation(s)Drummer, musician
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion, keyboards
Years active1993–2019
Formerly of

Personal lifeEdit

He spent his early years in the city of Kitee. His music teacher at school told him that a new educational program for music was opening, and he thought Nevalainen would fit in well as a drummer. He lacked a suitable place to practice so he made do at his home. His first band was "The Highway" but he joined his first real band at the age of 15–16. The band had a rehearsal place, but was restricted to practice only a couple of days a week. After he left that band, he joined up with Emppu Vuorinen and they got a permanent practice place.[citation needed]

Nevalainen lives with his wife Satu, daughter Luna (born in 2003) and son Niki (born on 19 December 2005) in Joensuu, Finland. His second daughter, Lara, was born on 22 June 2010. He is a vegetarian.[2]


After the early years of the band, Nevalainen got a new professional drum kit. He used that kit from the album Wishmaster to the end of the Once world tour in 2005. He was endorsed by Tama drums, Paiste cymbals and Pro-Mark sticks. He was in a side-project, Sethian, which is now completely dormant because of band members being busy with other bands.[citation needed]

On 6 August 2014, it was announced that Nevalainen would not be able to take part of Nightwish's eighth album and its subsequent tour due to insomnia,[3] thus making the album Endless Forms Most Beautiful the first Nightwish recording without his participation. Nevalainen still handles the day-to-day affairs of the band, though.[3] Kai Hahto (Wintersun) took his place in the album and on the subsequent tour.[3] He returned to perform one song during their unofficial 20th-anniversary concert in August 2016 at Himos Park in Jämsä, Finland.[4]

In July 2019, Nevalainen released a statement that he was not going to return to Nightwish and that he would continue working with the band behind the scenes, and that Hahto would become the band's new permanent drummer.[5]



Studio albums:

Live albums and EPs:


Studio albums:

  • Into the Silence (2003)


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Nightwish". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Nightwish – the official website". Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Nightwish Drummer Jukka Nevalainen Forced To Take Break From Band Due To Health Issues". Blabbermouth.net. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ "NIGHTWISH Rejoined by Drummer JUKKA NEVALAINEN at Unofficial 20th-Anniversary Concert (Video)". 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "NIGHTWISH's JUKKA NEVALAINEN Officially Exits Band; KAI HAHTO Named Permanent Drummer". Blabbermouth. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.


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