Thursday 1.5.2014-Prag, The Czech republic.
I did in fact sleep very good last night, perhaps because of the whisky ;-) I got up before we arrived since we were around 2 hours late.Insteresting load in by the way, the guys had to get all the gear across a busy street since the bus parking was on the opposite side of the club. The club itself is more like a disco or something and it will be interesting to see how they’ll be able to fit the over 700 people that are coming tonight….and oh yeah we don’t have any barriers in front of the stage….jiihaa. Anyways we had dinner at the restaurant next door, didn’t really like it but since I was hugry I did it anyway ;-)
The show was really hot as expected but not too bad despite the place being totally packed. Afterwards we had some burgers from an international burger chain…and of course a couple of beers. Tonight we’ll drive to Vienna, hope we can get some sleep since the roads are kind of bumpy.
Friday 2.5.2014-Vienna, Austria
Didn’t sleep too well but whattahell, we’ll be home in less than a week so I don’t think we need to sleep anymore on this tour ;-) We have played here once before in 2011 so not too long ago by some standards. Tonight’s show is sold out, we got pretty close on a couple of other occasions but this is the only one on this tour that’s officiall sold out. Spent the day enjoying the sun outside until it started to rain. The show went ok as usual, nothing weird happend and nothing broke down so all was well. Pasi & I met up with a friend of ours that we haven’t seen since the turn of the century which was nice. We also recorded some greetings for Roy who runs the fanclub and is having his birthday. Cheers, mate !
…and then it was off to a long drive to Lyon.
Saturday 3.5.2014-Travel Day, Austria-France
Stopped to eat at some point (which was really overpriced shit btw) and in the evening around 2100 we arrived in Lyon, So not too much to tell about sitting in the bus all night and the whole day :-( Anyways some of us went out for a couple of drinks but nothing too exciting.
Sunday 4.5.2014-Lyon, France
Alrighty then, the final 3 and then it’s back home to re-record Ecliptica…and as you’ll see the blog entries get shorter and shorter when the tour is closer to the end. Getting tired and not really have the energy to take walks or do anything else than prepare for the show. Elias did check out his calory consumption and pulse during Vienna and now it was Pasis turn,when the meter says that the expected recovery time is around 30 hours and you play several show in a row it’s no wonder that your body gets tired….and that’s just for Elias & Pasi, imagine how much harder it’s for Tommy. Anyways, back to business as usual. The stage here is a bit tricky so I don’t feel I was at the top of my game and during the show the AC seemed to come on for some reason, drying the air and making it hard for Tony to sing, nevertheless the crowd was good and I think we did a decent job…not perfect but good enough.
Monday 5.5.2014-Barcelona, Spain
Another new venue for us…yay ! Of course it’s situated below ground under a shopping mall and that’s where we parked the bus after some back and forth turning to make it fit. Went for dinner by myself since I needed a short brake from everything and as I was finishing my meal I met a couple of fans and signed their cd’s and took some pics.After a short walk in the sun it was back to the basement ;-) The show went better than last night albeit the stage was very small but that’s the case sometimes. After the show we were in a bit of a hurry once again, to get our showers, pizza and get on the bus. As it turns out we’ve run out of tourmerch, we only have a few items left so check out our webshop if you missed it….
Tuesday 6.5.2014-Madrid, Spain
Our Tour Manager woke everyone up who was sleeping at around 1300 to take our bags and run to the venue. Today is the last show of the tour and of course we have a drop & go so the bus cannot stay anywhere close to the venue, meaning we have to hang out here all day or walk around in the city. I didn’t want to go anywhere so I waited until after the soundcheck and then we all (the band) went for dinner at a Tommy Mell’s restaurant close by, ’50’s style american diner…good food and not too expensive so everyone was happy. After the show the bus will pick us up and then we’ll go to some parking lot for a few hours, where we can finish packing our bags and at 0600 we’ll be dropped off at the airport for the flight home. First we’ll fly to Helsinki and then have some 4-5 hours of waiting before flying up north…like usual whenever we fly outside of Finland the Kemi gang (me, Tony & Tommy) get to enjoy some extra hours at the airport in Helsinki.Boring shit. Well, we still have one more show to enjoy before all that crap so let’s make it count. I wonder if our Italian friends in Trick or Treat have planned any last show tricks for us, that remains to be seen. Maybe well do something during their show….I think we should.Time for a nap before it’s interview-time.
Ok, so because of the small stage we had to play without raisers, so I was more or less stuck in the back, anyways as a last show prank we stormed the stage during Trick & Treat’s set and gave them some stuff….they naturally returned the favour just before the end of our set :-) Back at the bus it was time to do the final packing and have the last chats with the T & T dudes….tried to sleep for a couple of hours…
Wednesday 7.5.2014-Travel Day, Spain-Home
Up just before 0600 and drop off at the Madrid airport, said goodbye to our TM & Merchguy as well as the busdrivers. Slept the whole 4 hour flight to Helsinki…said goodbye to the rest of the guys except for Tony & Tommy with which we got to wait for around 5 hours before our flight home. As I’m writing this we’re still at the airport, trying not to fall asleep. For now we’re done with the touring for 4 weeks and then it’s time for the festival season. I’ll might check in about the progress of the re recording of Ecliptica but for now I’m just looking forward to enjoy the rest of the NHL playoffs as well as the Ice-Hockey World Championship. This tour was once again really cool, a lot of fun and we’re all alive ;-)
until something happends,