Tuesday 22.4.2014-Saarbrucken, Germany
Another one of the places that we’ve been to before, actually I think we’ve played in most of the venues on this tour sometime before in our career. Nevertheless, nice backstage, good food everything is just nice at the moment. During the show a couple of our friends showed up and shot some pics and some video footage, we’ll do another thing at Pratteln as well and see if they can come up with something cool. Anyways during the show we played X-marks the spot for the first time live ;-) it went well I think…of course Tony couldn’t resist to fool around in the beginning of Tallulah and I seriously doubt that we’ll be able to start that song without any hassle for the rest of this tour or for however long it’ll be in the set. After the show we grabbed our stuff and prepared for a long drive to Paris.
Wednesday 23.4.2014-Paris, France
Back to the Bataclan. In the morning (yeah yeah, in the afternoon when I woke up ) I had some breakfast and then me, Tommy and Elias went for a short walk around to see if there was anything interesting…which there wasn’t. Back at the venue I opened google maps just to confirm what we just discovered and to my surprise I found out that the Pere Lachaise cemetary is just 1,6km away. Ok well then, since it would be closed at 1800 the only option was to leave straight after soundcheck…so me, Ville, Tony & Pasi walked there and visited Jim Morrisons grave, for me the bigger thing was however the tomb of one Mr Chopin. Anyways it was a nice walk and and a truly beautiful cemetary. On our way back we stopped for dinner which was really good. During the show everything else went totally fine (I had some random drop-outs from the midi wireless but nothing too bad) until the encore and San Sebastian, in the middle of the unisono my M3 tilted totally and I had to reset it (the same thing actually happened in Seinäjoki earlier this year) Anyway I finished the songs more or less with the SV-1, using and organ sound for the lead. It did sound a bit interesting. Well after the show we quickly met up with Joe the walker and his friend and took some pics outside of the bus before it was time to leave.In the bus we tried to play La Cucaracha with beer bottles. It kinda worked but going to bed was clearly the best option. Nighty night !
Thursday 24.4.2014-Ludwigsburg, Germany
We’ve played here before in 2005 but nobody remembered the place except for Ville. Well this time I think we’ll remember it better. Nevertheless the days was the usual, breakfast, checking e-mails and NHL scores etc etc In the evening we had a really hot show in front of a good crowd who seemed to enjoy it a lot. Before the show we had a meeting with some NBR people and we also hung out afterwards. The bus stayed at the venue for the next two nights so we had some drinks with the Trick & Treat guys before heading to bed.
Friday 25.4.2014-Off Day
During the day I went walking around by myself to get some time alone, walked for a couple of hours before I ran into Elias, Tommy & Tony. We went to a local shopping mall and picked up some stuff for our kids. Later we had dinner or actually I had dinner and the boys some drinks since they’ve already eaten. In the evening we watched some DVD’s in the bus and had some wine. Probably the easiest off-day so far. I ended the evening with a couple of drinks at the venue with the promotor.
This was another of the places where we’ve been before, don’t remember what year. Nevetheless they’ve got new backstages (I think) with nice showers etc. During the evening we watched the Tappara-Kärpät game 7 (SM-liiga hockey ;-) ) and enjoyed Kärpät winning in overtime…except for Elias who is from Tapparas home town Tampere. After the show we signed a couple of autographs and took some pics before the long drive over the alps and towards Switzerland and Pratteln and Z7.
Sunday 27.4.2014-Pratteln, Switzerland
We’ve played here quite a few times before, this is our 8th headlining show here in Z7. As before, the food here is excellent, the people and the venue are also very nice with washingmashines and all so it’s always a pleasure to play here. We also have a film crew here tonight to do some shooting of a couple of songs and what have you. Anyway time to get my laundry done and take care of some e-mail business. The New York Rangers will play Philly at 1800 but I doubt I can get the stream to work with this internet (a bit too slow) we’ll see…I would love to watch the game. Amazingly the internet worked for almost the whole game ;-) The show was really great and a lot of fun, of course Tommy managed to hurt his finger banging on the drums….poor guy it really looks like hell, hopefully he’ll be able to play tomorrow. We also played Love for the first time and it worked.
Monday 28.4.2014-Trezzo, Italy
It’s raining like hell. Actually it has been raining all night while we were driving as well so…Nevertheless this is one of the places we’ve never been to before. Really nice venue and we also had an awsome dinner :-) During the day we didn’t really go anywhere, just hang out at the venue.Our Italian fans are loud and crazy and this show was a nice hot maniac party. Before the show we had a short meet & greet and I did 2 interviews with Elias. We also got some nice cheese & wine from our friends in Trick & Treat. Thanks guys ! Afterwards we really had to howl ass and get going towards Budapest.
Tuesday 29.4.2014-Travel Day Italy-Hungary
When I woke up we were still driving and I guess we arrived late in the afternoon and parked the bus outside of the venue. Our drivers managed to have their rest and a few beers. Some of the guys headed towards the city and the other bunch, me included, headed for the shopping mall nearby. We got some food and bought some drinks. After getting back to the bus and hanging out for awhile it was time to search for a restaurant and have dinner. We did find a really nice one not too far from the bus and it was really cheap, the food was excellent and everyone was really happy after that. Finished the night at the bus with a couple of drinks and Django Unchained…what a fucking great movie !!
Wednesday 30.4.2014-Budapest, Hungary
Oh beautiful sunshine ! Got up just before soundcheck, had a really good nights sleep so I feel very much alive at the moment. We’ve played at this venue many times before and it’s always been great so I really look forward for tonight. After a short interview and a very great dinner it was time to relax a bit backstage and rest before the show. We switched the setlist a bit as we’ve done every day so far. The food was once again awesome and the show was the hottest so far, according to Tero we had +30 degrees celcius on stage. Afterwards we took a bunch of pictures and signed some stuff on the way to the bus.An all night drive towards Prague, hopefully we can get some sleep since the road is really bumpy.