Monday/Tuesday 1.9. & 2.9.2014 - Travel Day
So, now it’s time for the longest tour for us EVER, It’ll be 7 weeks of USA & Canada.
Let’s see if we survive. The basic flying out drill started on Monday with at short evening flight to Helsinki, had a nice dinner, some beers and off to bed. Nothing new here folks ;-) In the morning we got up, hassled all our gear through check-in and took the flight towards the US via London. Upon arrival, we were once again on familiar territory, standing in line….like…forever, waiting for the luggage and finally getting to
our hotel.Had dinner at the hotel and one too many drinks at the bar before going to sleep at before 10 in the evening ( I think).
Wednesday 3.9.2014 - Teaneck, NJ
In the morning we made a Wal-mart stop to buy stuff for the bus and I pretty much spent the rest of the day sleeping until soundcheck. As usual the first check on the tour is a bit of a mess but we sorted out the stuff and felt ready for the show. Eventually when we got to go on stage of course there were some hassles with the backing tracks at some point and whatnot but we somehow managed to power through and play the set that we planned on doing. After the show most of us where really tired, it’ll usually take a few days to get over the jetlag….
Thursday 4.9.2014- New York City, NY
Got up at 0800 in the morning, the jetlag…remember ? ;-) We had to make some stops on our way to NYC to pick up some drumstuff etc but it didn’t take that long to get to the venue. Originally we were told that this was supposed to be a drop¨n¨go meaning that the bus couldn’t stay in front of the venue…however as a really nice surprice we could have our home parked in front for the whole day. Yeah !! We went walking around and got some late breakfast/lunch whatever at Times Square. During the soundcheck we sorted out some of the issues from last night and in the afternoon it was time for a slice of pizza….I opted not to take a nap in order to try to get in the right sleeping pattern as soon as possible. Don’t know if it’ll work or not but I’ll give it a shot. We switched some songs in the setlist and off we went. The show was a hot one but we had a really good time and it felt better than the first one. I’m sure we’ll be in a groove within a few more.
Got to bed quite fast after the show since….take a wild guess…I was tired as hell, but so where everyone else so we’ll suffer together….hahaha.
Friday 5.9.2014- Philadelphia, PA
Again I got up around 8 in the morning. Maybe it’ll be better tomorrow ;-) Went walking around and had ”breakfast” at a Wendy’s of all places…It was hot as hell in Philly so I pretty much hung out in the bus playing this stupidly addictive game called Flow. Didn’t feel as tired as the day before which was really nice. At the soundcheck we did some more fine tuning with the monitor stuff and played through a couple of songs. Had a meet & greet / signing session, actually we’ve had those on every show so far and I’m sure we’ll do it for the rest of the shows as well. Spent the evening at a very hot and moist backstage watching TV…during the show my sustain pedal broke down as I was about to start Fullmoon. Well, Tero switched it to a new one in a few seconds so I could start the song…no other hassles during the show, at least not for me which was nice. It was a nice show (…and hot once again)…and since it was Tommy’s birthday we of course had to play a little trick on him. During the encore when we played San Sebastian, at the end of the song there’s a drum break and after that the rest of us just stopped playing. Tommy bashed away for some time, quite surprised about it but I think he realized what was going on quite quickly. We then proceeded to sing happy birthday to him with the audience before ending the song. Afterwards it was the usual routines with showers and cigarettes and leaving for the next place.Nobody really stayed up that late because we’re still….y’know…tired ;-)
Saturday 6.9.2014- Worcester, MA
Living the dream jiiihaa, finally slept until around 11 !!! Yes, this is a great day indeed. Went out to eat just after getting up and then I spent some hours working on business things. (it usually takes some days from the beginning of the tour when you just don’t seem to have the energy to sit on the computer). Anyways, this time around we wiill play the smaller stage since the main hall had some renovations going on. I forgot how many times we’ve been here but it’s always been a lot of fun and I don’t expect tonight to be any different. Had the usual meet & greet, went out to eat some more and then it was showtime. We sold out the place so it was hot as hell but realizing that we left the side doors to the stage open and it wasn’t really half as bad as expected. Elias footpedal crashed so Tero had to make all his soundchanges, which he managed to do quite well actually ;-) Another thing that was both funny and tricky was that the stage was really dark so it was hard to see the setlists etc…it caused some minor hassles during the show but all in all we had a really enjoyable night. Thanks a lot everyone !!
Sunday 7.9.2014-Travel Day Worchester-Montreal
Spent the morning and day driving the bus towards Montreal where we stopped at a hotel somewhere around 10 miles out of the city. We found a nice restaurant and had some excellent supper before it was time to relax and watch Bad Grandpa. What a funny movie, we were laughing our asses off since we hadn’t seen it before. After that we just hung out having beers with the support bands and getting to know each other a little bit. Nice, easy and stressfree. Now we only have 30 shows left before going home ;-)
Monday 8.9.2014-Montreal, Canada
Hello Canada !!! Woke up outside of the venue at some point and then it was time to eat…there seems to be a pattern here…all we do is eat, play, drink and sleep… Anyways I found a nice western store which had some really cool boots and jackets but unfortunately they were out of my pricerange ;-( Well, I’ll wait for Texas and maybe I’ll find a pair of boots there. Did a nice interview and then the meet & greet, dinner and now I’m waiting for the show to start….