Thursday 25.9.2014 - Seattle, WA
The show last night went really well and after that it was time to say goodbye to Canada for now. It was also the midway of the tour so now we only have half of it
left ;-) The bordercrossing went without any hassles and later we stopped at a Walmart for some late night shopping. I was trying to find a couple of movies but they didn’t have the ones I looked for so I just ended up buying a bunch of other stuff. In Seattle the morning started out with us being bribed into playing In the Dark. We got a bunch of rhye bread and salmiakki from Finland. That’s how easily you can buy our integrity.
Nevertheless the day went by as usual. We found a Mexican restaurant after the soundcheck and the food was really good. The usual meet & greet, a short nap and a kick-ass show to round up the night….ended my night by watching Semi-pro…a really funny movie.I like’d it.
Friday 26.9.2014-Portland, OR
Another day, another show. I went to the convenience store to get some white wine and then it was time for the usual drill of soundcheck and meet & greet etc. I met up with my cousing for dinner and we hung out for awhile before I had to get ready for the show. Rock’n’roll…afterwards I hung out outside for awhile and then it was time to drive into the night and towards our next off day….in the middle of nowhere.
Saturday 27.9.2014-Off day, Medford, OR
Spent the day just loitering around and in the evening me & Tony joined the some of the peeps from Xandria & Delain and went bowling. I didn’t do too well but at least I wasn’t last ;-) We shot some pool afterwards and that went considerably better. At the end of the night I was pretty much wasted and slept really well in my bunk until the afternoon the next day.
Sunday 28.9.2014-San Fransisco, CA
Woke up really late and still a bit hungover…well…after the soundcheck me, Tommy & Elias went to dinner and a big pasta bowl later I felt a lot better. A nap later I was back to normal ;-). The show was a fun one with a big stage for a change but the stagesound was kinda weird for some reason…we hammered it out anyways. When Pasi made some coffe in the morning he looked out the window and saw some dudes smoking crack…later Mikko saw someone shooting up across the street…just thought you should now, really different from back home over here. Met up with some friends afterwards and then we had to leave. Watched the Broad Street Bullies documentary for the 140th time or something.
Monday 29.9.2014-Los Angeles, CA
Woke up at around 0800 when my ears started popping as we crossed some mountains or hills or whatever. Managed to sleep a bit longer before finally giving up and starting the day. Did a short workout with our dumbell. Well at the House of Blues we started our morning by watching how the support bands bus tried to drive into the parking lot and managed to get stuck with the trailer scraping holes in the street. Nice and smart driving ;-) Eventually the got it sorted out but for awhile it looked really hopeless. Had breakfast with the boys at the Saddle Ranch. Good stuff. For the show tonight we had a bunch of friends showing up from our hometown and it was really nice to hang out after the show…and of course they brought us more finnish ruisleipä and some candy from back home.
Tuesday 30.9.2014-Anaheim, CA
Never played here before but the venue was really nice. Big stage etc etc. I slept really late since I stayed up a bit too late last night talking to our FOH Mikko and destroying some white wine….we also stopped in front of a Wal-mart so I managed to find a couple of movies for the bus. In the afternoon we all went to dinner after the soundcheck, however the in house dinner was appeareantly one of the best on this tour so far so I felt a bit bummed about missing that. Anyways, no use to whine about that…maybe next time I’ll hit it. The show in the evening was a bit blaah since my keytar wireless was acting funny, just like in Montreal. It’ll be better tomorrow, I’m sure. Weird stuff. It was however fun to have a big stage to run around on. Our Finnish friends came to this one as well and we had a short hangout before they had to leave. Managed to meet some other peoples outside after the show as well. Fell asleep watching NHL highlights.
Back in Arizona ;-) Our friends took us to dinner at a scandinavian restaurant (and yeah I know that Finland is actually not part of scandinavia..) anyways it was really great to get some food that was pretty close to what we eat at home. I could hardly keep my eyes open during the meet and greet but luckily there was time to take a nap before the show. The show itself was quite smooth, there air was really weird for some reason, maybe because the place was not quite finished yet. After the show we had a couple of beers but nothing spectacular. Getting ready for the long drive to Denver and 2 days off.
Thursday 2.10.2014- Albuquerque, NM - Off day
Went to the mall with Tony and bought a nice belt and then me & Tero had dinner together. Later in the bus I found out that there’s a tramway called Seguia Peak Tramway or something to that effect so we quickly ordered a cab and when there. Well, not quickly enough so it was really dark when we took the ride. The city did look great though and Tony managed to get some cool pics…I tried as well but I guess there’s a reason why people buy proper cameras and don’t rely on their smartphones for everything. In addition this was advertised as the world’s longest tramway, which of course it’s not so….in the evening we watched a couple of movies and ended the night with making white russians without kahlua…wasn’t too bad though and we needed the drinks for our screening of the Big Lebowski.
Friday 3.10.2014-Colorado Springs, CO, Off day
Didn’t really feel like doing anything or seing anyone so I just spent the whole day in my bunk….with the occasional smoking break. I did however finish the Dave Grohl book I borrowed from Pasi earlier on the tour so the day wasn’t a complete waste. Did I mention that I hate off-days ?
...anyways we got 10 shows left + 1 in Puerto Rico...grinding it out ;-)