The melding of music and ducks hasn’t always been taken particularly seriously, but that’s about to change. Tuomas Holopainen, keyboardist of Finnish prog-metal band Nightwish, is releasing his solo debut, Music Inspired By The Life And Times Of Scrooge, on April 15, and it has nothing to do with Dickens. Instead it’s a symphonic concept album based on Don Rosa’s graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, which traces the origin of the beloved Disney character. Rosa will also be illustrating the cover of the album. The video for the album’s lead track, “A Lifetime Of Adventure,” has already been released; says Holopainen in an interview featured on the album’s trailer, “This is not a so-called commercial album.” Do tell. The daring way in which Holopainen’s noble noncommerciality contradicts Scrooge McDuck’s inveterate capitalism is an epic question of ideology perhaps best left answered by the next symphonic Finnish prog-rock concept album.
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