Yesterday I was watching the last “decent” concert from Nightwish (ok, I really should have said their last concert where Tarja was the main singer). There is a good chance that you don’t know Nightwish. So, a quick recap is in order. Nightwish is a Finnish band which combines strong vocals (especially when they had Tarja) with symphonic power metal. Well, after the End of an Era concert, they decided to dismiss the vocalist because (according to them) she was starting to behave like a start, missing rehearsals, thinking only in money, etc. Bottom line: they felt that they she was overrated.
Ok, so, why do I listen to Nightwish? It’s not really because of their lyrics or music only…I mean, the final result (music + vocals) is really good, but what made the difference was Tarja. Period. And that gives her the right for special treatment. Get over it!
Don’t believe me? ok,then compare their actual singer (Anette) with Tarja and then let me know what you think. Don’t get me wrong: Anette is a great singer. The problem is that before her,there was Tarja. I mean, if you start listening to Nightwish now, you’d be saying: ok, she (Anette) is great. what’s all this fuss about? but then you’ll just have to listen to a music with Tarja and you’ll have the “aha” moment.
I guess that if they’ve read Peopleware then they would have some ideas on how to make their team (ie, band) jell. It’s true that you need a strong team and that making everyone work together is really hard. However, don’t forget the individual. You can have a good team, but a great team will only be possible whenever you have the right “starts” and when you manage to make them all work towards an objective!
Look at Nightwish as a case study of how not to treat “starts”. Remember: they do make a difference and when you find one, make it hard for them to want to leave.