Friday 8.8.2014-Porispere, Pori, Finland
Our hopefully last train ride for a loong time started at 0746 from Kemi. Not that I mind the train but somehow I’ve gotten enough of it during this summer. Around 7 hours later we arrived at Tampere where everybody met and jumped on the bus with the gear etc to go to Pori and the last festival this summer. Since I was tired (when am I not) I spent the drive sleeping in my bunk and listening to Bigelfs Into the Maelstrom (spellcheck anyone ?). A quick check-in to the hotel and a shower before we went to the festival. Then in started to get interesting. Stam1na a superb heavy metal band from Finland and friends of ours were playing but their keyboardist was sick. Hmmm…so they asked me to join them for one song and I was like Hell Yeah !! I spent a bit more than an hour programming the sound and learning the song (which I hadn’t heard before) you can probably imagine the anxiety level before going on stage…. Anyway I think it went well, all things considered. Here’s the song as an original:
..and here’s the live version:
Thanks dudes for trusting me and letting me be a part of your amazing show !!!
…after that it was time to focus on our own show. Since this was the last one of the festivals, we were all in a energized mood and the show went really well, some minor things aside. In X-marks the spot I started to play the gospel organ lick in the ”jesus” part of the song and out came a sound more suitable for Van Halens Jump, The Final Countown or something else. At first I thought that my SV-1 had somehow erased my sounds from its memory but when I asked Tero the magical question during the next song…Is this my keyboard ? His response was, no….didn’t anyone tell ya ? (..and yeah it’a actually his job to tell me… :-( ) With the new piece of info I managed to program the doors organ for Blood as well as the different piano sound for Love, in between some of the songs…I doubt anyone noticed….the rest of the show was a smooth ride. Afterwards…surprise surprice…drinks ;-) It was nice to celebrate the end of our summer shows together and later at the hotel we were joined by some of the guys from Santa Cruz…briefly met the Reckless Love guys as well and they were also happy with their gig ;-)
Saturday 9.8.2014 Travel Day
I got up in time for breakfast, yay me !! And at 0900 the bus left for Tampere where we switched for the beloved train and a whopping 7 hours of enjoyment ;-)
This summer was awesome, thank you all for showing up and sharing it with us !! Now we only have to get the Ecliptica re-make done and our working visas for the US and then it’s time to rock North-America. See ya all in a bit but for now…