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Nightwish keyboard Tuomas Holopainen says he once took Alexi Laiho to Disney World.

NIGHTWISH keyboard Tuomas Holopainen says he once took CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho to Disney World, and it was a lovely experience.

Speaking to Metal Hammer, Holopainen shared the story when he was asked if he had any favorite memories of the late CHILDREN OF BODOM singer.

Tuomas said: “First thing that pops to mind was that we were both huge Disney fans and theme park fans. We actually went to Disney World in Orlando together for a five day trip in the beginning of 2001. We just had a lot of fun.

He continued: “Also, I remember him coming to our place here in Eastern Finland where I live and we would just watch loads of old Donald Duck cartoons and then play a lot of board games, drink like hell.

He added: “All that childish stuff; just talk about things, listen to music and have a good time. That was something that I really adored about him. He was a kid just like me, there was still this sense of innocence about him that he just wanted to have fun, play guitar, you know, hang out with friends and make the world a better place. Which is kind of my philosophy in life as well.”

The NIGHTWISH keyboardist also discussed the first shows he played alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM, and first meeting Alexi.

“We got along really well, from the start” he says. “There was a bit of rivalry going on in the very beginning after the debut albums, because they came out, I think two weeks apart.

“At that time, both bands were the biggest, most promising newcomers on Spinefarm. But we got along really well from the beginning. And a couple of years later, we became best friends and were until the end. I have nothing but good things to say about the guy.”

Alexi Laiho passed away on December 29, 2020. He was 41.

You can read the full interview in the upcoming issue of Metal Hammer.