Monday 2.3.2015- Travel Day (Belo Horizonte- Rio de Janeiro)
It was nice to get a good night sleep and we sent the gear to Rio after the show last night so we did only have our own luggage to howl around which made the trip really easy. Upon arrival we decided to all go to the beach in a couple of hours. The evening was spent relaxing, eating and drinking. Good times !
Tuesday 3.3.2015- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OMG, the first hangover of the tour ;-) Well, since we’re almost 2 weeks in, it kinda makes sense that this would happend. Anyways we decided to do the soundcheck just before doors in order to stay at the hotel longer and not waste time to go back and forth. I slept most of the day, had a club sandwich and by the time we headed for the venue I felt ok. We started to rehearse another song from Ecliptica that we haven’t played…what a fucking chaos ;-) Did manage to play it through a couple of times but I think this one needs some work before it’s ready to be played during the show. We changed our song order a bit for tonight since there were a couple of things that we didn’t think was working perfectly. After the show we realized some more changes that we want to try…anyways, we had the usual meet & greet and the usual few drinks (actually just a few this time)…and ended the night watching movies.
Wednesday 4.3.2015- Travel Day ( Rio de Janeiro- Curitiba)
Tried to get up for breakfast but somehow I felt too tired to actually care so I slept until it was time to leave in the afternoon. Our gear is still riding with the van and our Tourmanager Eric already did the check-in online in advance to this was one of the easiest airport ”hassles” so far….but no worries, I’m sure it’ll become more difficult. Hehe and just having written that and jumped on the plane, we got delayed since there was something wrong with the aircraft…eventually we got to leave and managed to get our asses to the hotel in Curitiba. Tonight we have a dinner and then it’s off to a signing session at a local rock bar…I spent the hour we had before going out, doing e-mail work, we’re setting up the European Tour etc etc, there’s always something going on that needs to be attended to.
The signing session was a lot of fun since we met some of our friends from Dragonforce later on, they’re on tour with Epica here and of course we had to share some drinks.
Thursday 5.3.2015 - Curitiba, Brazil
Spent the whole day sleeping….wonder why ? At around 1500 the band went out to look for dinner but since nothing interesting was open nearby, we decided to return to the hotel and eat there. Some of the boys who had attended breakfast weren’t too optimistic about the food but luckily it was quite good and everyone was happy. When we arrived at the venue our guys weren’t ready still so we had to wait around for about an hour…they’ve seemed to have had a hard day (they were also at the bar last night ;-)) ….as soon as we got everything done most of the pack went back to the hotel for a couple of hours, me & Pasi & Tero stayed at the venue….too lazy to go anywhere. When it was time for the show we were all back to life and ready to rock. It was a nice one, really hot but who cares. Elias in ears broke just before the encore so we had to take a little longer to get back on stage while he changed earpieces. Tony did a bass solo at that time which was…hmm…entertaining ;-) It actually sounded a bit like Primus regardless of the fact that he really can’t play bass…or hardly can… Anyways, all was well and dandy and we did our signing session etc before heading back to the hotel. Tomorrow the lobby call is at 0715 to fly to Porto Alegre and we have a show in the evening so I better get to sleep. It’s just impossible to go straight to bed after a show since you’re so worked up so I’ll start watching something on netflix and hope to pass out as soon as possible.
Friday 6.3.2015 - Travel Day & Porto Alegre, Brazil
Got up and away, towards the last show of the Brazilian part of the tour. I’m writing this a few days later and can hardly remember anything from this day. Was it so ”normal” ? Sleep deprivation kicking in ? I have no idea…I guess it went well….Anyways I’ll write some more if I remember something later on…(edit:appeareantly I didn’t)
Saturday 7.3.2015 - Travel Day ( Porto Alegre - Sao Paulo - Buenos Aires)
12 hours of traveling pretty much sums the day. Slept a bunch on the first flight but for some reason (karma?) we had been bumped up to business class on the second flight which of course was very nice. I watched the Stephen Hawkings movie, whatever it was called and it was really interesting. We pretty much jumped into a couple of cabs straight from the airport and went to Slash concert…even saw 4-5 songs which was cool. It was a pre-arranged thing by our promoter Christian. Thanks man !!
When we came back to the hotel in Buenos Aires we met some crew guys from Ministry and went out to a metal bar. Really nice guys and one of them is actually from Finland so we had a lot to talk about….and a lot of friends in common.
Sunday 8.3.2015 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
The day started out pretty basic, sleeping as much as possible, eating etc. By the time
we headed for the venue and the show, everything was right on track. Our show tonight was really hot, 30-32 degrees Celcius on stage, it was a lot of fun but damn it was tiresome. After the show we did the usual signed poster meet & greet thing with 200 people so it was really late when we finally got to leave the venue and go back to the hotel. At the hotel we met up with some of the Ministry guys (who also had a show tonight) and spent some time hanging by the pool and drinking.
Monday 9.3.2015 - Day off no 1 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
I spent most of the day resting since last nights show & party was a bit much to handle. In the evening our friend Tarja Turunen and her husband Marcelo had invited us for some BBQ at their home. It was a truly nice evening, excellent food, some red wine and a really laid back atmosphere. A really welcomed break from the usual touring routine and all that goes with it.
Tuesday 10.3.2015 - Travel Day (Buenos Aires - Santiago)
Was a bit tired in the morning since we got ”home” at around 1-2 in the night. No problem though, we got our shit together and flew to Santiago. Met up with our friend Eddie, our host from last year and had a few drinks at the hotel. Quite tiresome day all in all , I guess the traveling is starting to take it’s toll since we really haven’t party that much on this tour. Only a few drinks here and there most of the time.
Wednesday 11.3.2015- Santiago, Chile
This time we got to play a venue we haven’t played before. Our crew had a hell of a day since nothing was really working but in the end they managed to get everything close enough to do the show. Did a meet & greet etc etc some intie stuff for our fanclub here and whatnot. The show itself went quite well. I think it was here that Elias pre-amp broke down so from now on it’ll be interesting to hear what kind of sounds he’ll get.
Thursday 12.3.2015- Travel Day (Santiago- Antofagasta)
Wake up, flight, normal hassles, arrived to the hotel.Dinner. Then some of us went out walking to the beach and ….yeah had a couple of coctails. As you can see the days start to become more or less the same as the previous ones. Either we travel or we play or we do both.
Friday 13.3.2015 - Antofagasta, Chile
This was one of the new cities for us on this tour….but the showday was as the ones so far ;-) Got up in the afternoon (in fact I woke up around 9 since someone started doing some renovation work in the hotel, banging and shit) , headed to the venue for soundcheck. Did a meet & greet and got ready for the show. The stage today was downright dangerous with big gaps in between raisers etc. and on top of that it was Friday the 13th, luckily nobody got hurt and we pulled through. Decided to go to bed asap after the show since tomorrow was gonna be around 12 hours of traveling + we’re on our way to La Paz which is the highest place I’ve ever been. I remember the times in Bogota and having a bit of a problem to breathe so I wanted to be extra careful since this was gonna be around 1km higher. Still jumped up from the show I fell asleep at just after 0400…
Saturday 14.3.2015 - Travel Day (Antofagasta- Iquique - La Paz)
….and woke up at 0830 for some reason…spent an hour trying to sleep some more but it didn’t really work out. Well, I don’t mind being overly tired on airplanes since it sucks anyway so it doesn’t matter. Last night I got the internet working, finally…they’ve mispelled my name Klingerberg so no wonder I couldn’t log in. Well, that’s life I guess. At least my phone was working ;-) Anyways, off we go. The first flight to Iguigue wasn’t too bad but then it started to get interesting. We had a ticket that said Iguigue-La Paz but it turned out that we had to make 2 stops on the way that weren’t mentioned anywhere….interesting. The first stop was in Santa Cruz and we had to go out of the plane and sit for awhile and then we could go back in….they also took our luggage…of course why not ? It was however the same plane since we had the same seats and I did fold one of the magazines just to make sure. The second stop was in …actually I forgot that one, but there we could remain in the plane for around 20min before it was time to take off again. Talk about random selection. I’m sure there’s a logical explanation to why this is the best way to do it but at the moment it doesn’t seem to clear to me…be that as it may we had a lot of people waiting at the airport and of course it bacame more or less a chaos…eventually we got in to the van and headed for the hotel. Had a late night dinner and then it was time to get to sleep after midnight. They had some kinda band playing underneath my window at a plaza and that party took awhile but eventually it was quiet enough, or I was tired enough to fall asleep.