The Limeira show went ok, some problems with lights not working but that was about it.
After the show we left at 0200 for Sao Paulo to fly to Lima. A bit tired we arrived there in the morning. I took a 4 hour ‘nap’ and then I went for a nice evening run. Our promoter had a birthdayparty in the evening so some of us joined for some good food and drinks.
The show the next day went well, we got some Peru-shirts as well. In the morning Tommy & I went to the Inka-Market to buy some stuff to bring home. In the afternoon after the show we had lunch at the hotel and then flew to Bogota. We arrived so late that I skipped dinner and went to bed. The venue was across the street from the hotel so that was really convenient.
After the Bogota show I went for a run in the morning just to see how it feels to run in 2500m above sea level. It was quite hard ;-) We were supposed to fly to Honduras for an off day but got problems with the connecting flights and ended up spending the night in San Salvador. The next morning we flew to Tegucigalpa and spent the rest of the day just relaxing. Elias and Pasi did a live interview of some kind. Nice weather and really nice hotel but going anywhere from there was more or less a no no. Pasi and Pekka our drumtech tried to go to the mall but when you see armed dudes at every gas-station and in front of the Burger King, you know it’s not safe….this was of course in the middle of the day. We played our first show in Honduras on the parking lot of the hotel and at 0300 after the show we left for the airport. When we arrived there it was really quiet and we had to pry open the door. Pretty ghostlike feeling….eventually people started showing up and we got to do the check-in and fly to Obregon in Mexico. 3 flights later, we arrived there in the evening and went to dinner. A truly exhausting day with flights delayed and a 6 hour layover in Mexico City. You can imagine how it feels to stay up the whole night after a show and then spend the next day traveling.
In Obregon, we spent the showday swimming in the pool a couple of times and walking to the nearby Wallmart, because…why not. It was around 35 degrees celcius so some guys burned themselves. After a nice show we got up quite early in the morning to drive to Hermasillo and fly to Chihuahua from there. Arrived at a decent hour and went to the Buffalo Wild Wings across the street from the hotel for some hot wings, and managed to watch the Stanley Cup Finals game 1. On the show day it was pretty much the usual, resting at the hotel, going to soundcheck, back to the hotel, then back to the venue for the meet & greet…and finally the show. We had a huge stage so it was really fun to play. The morning of the Chihuahua showday was the last time we get to sleep propery on this tour. For the rest of the days we’ll be doing back to back shows with flying every morning.
After the show we were back at the hotel around midnight but of course it took a couple of hours to calm down and fall asleep, woke up at 0630 to get downstairs and leave for the airport and the flight to Monterrey. Once again the venue is across the street so that makes it easy when we don’t have to spend time driving back and forth. At the moment it’s 3 hours to showtime and I still don’t know at what time everything will be ready for soundcheck and then the meet & greet. Well this is how it is in Latin-America, the schedules never work ;-) After 5 weeks we’re pretty used to it but I can still bitch a bit, right ?
…and what a show it was, Monterrey rocked and so did we. It was hot as hell on stage but that’s how I like it. Got back to the hotel just after midnight but had a hard time calming down and getting to sleep. At 0500 the alarm rang and we headed towards the airport and Guadalajara. After that show we again had to get up really early and fly to Mexico City where we finished the tour, the next morning we headed home for a couple of weeks off before it was time to start the festival season, we’ll be playing shows every weekend from the beginning of July until September so there’ll be plenty of travels to write about. I try to get some pics uploaded from the Latin-American Tour at some point.
Thank you all , this was a great but exhausting tour !!! Cheers !!
The last shows on the tour were:
21.5. Bar da Montanha, Limeira, Brazil
23.5. Mangos, Lima, Peru
25.5. Revolution Bar, Bogota, Colombia
28.5. Hotel Clarion, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
30.5. Auditorio del Cum, Ciudad de Obregon, Mexico
1.6. Expo Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
2.6 Escena, Monterrey, Mexico
3.6. C3 Stage, Guadalajara, Mexico
4.6. Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico