One week already behind. The tour we've been waiting for so much. And it's been great so far. Couldn't believe how many people has been checking the shows so far. It's been almost 3 years when we last toured here, and we missed this scene.
Once again, both bands we are touring with here are great. We didn't know them before, but they are super cool. Again our beloved neighbours from Sweden, One Man Army, and our far far back in time , sort of relatives, Hungarian Ektomorf play good set every night. Good drinking buddies too.
New year's eve in Switzerland was huge party with all the crew and all the bands. Good times, good times. Next day in Milan was luckily a dayoff, i think no one would have been able to play a single note after the amounts we drank in Z7.
Today we are here in Austria, Wörgl. Lots of snow and mountains around. Looking forward to the show tonight, since Austrian people has always breen wild on our shows in the past.
Cheers for everybody who´s been part of this tour so far. Hate Crews Cologne, Tilburg, Antwerp, Leipzig, Pratteln and Milan.
Wörgl was cool. Never played there, and it was cool. I also showed the Swedes how to play Pro Evolution Soccer 5 in their bus. Poor boys, lots to learn, but luckily they have time, and they can try the revenge someday!! heh
Next day we had the first club show ever in Slovenia, and city was the b-e-a-utiful Ljubljana. Great crowd, I have to say. Zagreb was great, our catering girl took me and Roope to the city and showed all the cool stuff. The show was great, the fans were amazing, we never played in Croatia either, and it was mindblowing!!!!
Vienna, we have played there everytime we\'ve been on tour, but it\'s always worth it. We got soooo drunk after show in the bar, drinking tequilas with orange! Luckily the show in Linz was in a veery nice venue. Linz was also new place for us. Crowd was again great even though we were quite hungover. I woke up in Graz and felt that I was really getting sick. I managed to make get through the show, thanks for the great response we got. In Budapest I decided to go the Spa to get better, and it seemed to work cos I felt better before the show.
The Budapest show was our first club show in Hungary. Crazy crowd. Thanks. Now, everybody really hungover, getting rest that we can continue the tour tomorrow in Nuremberg.
Nuremberg is such a good looking city. Me and my friend ended up listening to a German stand up show, when we tried to find a bar that was open. Well, i dont understand german that well, but it seemed that it wasnt such a good show cos the locals didnt laugh either. Next day we played in Löwensaal. It was packed. Thanks to all the people who were there. I was still sick, so i took it easy. And everybody else too. The day after we woke up early our tourmanager telling us that we have to go to the TV station to do a live interview in Berlin.
Well, we made it and afterwards we had a signing session in store. So no time for seeing Berlin this time. But last summer we had really good times there. It is definitely one of the nicest cities in Europe. Show was great. Despite the small size of the stage and the huge gap between the crowd and the band, it was good. Erfurt would be the next showday. I think we never played that city before. Venue was small and intense, and the city very beautiful. Show was intense, even though the stage again quite small. It is always surprising when people know our lyrics so well. After show it was time to check how the swedes had been practicing with the Pro Evolution Soccer. Hmm. After two hours, I left their bus with Jaska. Still none of them had been able to score against me. Hahaa!!!!!!
Kaufbeuren, wow, it was cold and snowy. Just like back home. We were surprised about the amount of people that were there to check the show. It was great. Very cold but good. In Strasbourg I went wandering to the city. Finally I found an Irish pub where I could watch english football. After the game it was already show time. Crazy french people. Such a nice response.
We knew that we should get up really early next day in Paris, 'cos there's no room for parking the busses. Anyway we ended up doing Finnish-Swedish games in the local bar. The events were Darts, Table Football and Pool. I think we won. Everybody were hungover when we arrived in Paris. Me and Roope anyway decided to go see the Catacombs. After riding the Metropolitain for 30 min and walking 20 we saw the sign; Catacombs are closed on mondays! How nice.
Well we checked the massive Louvre building and wandered around. Then crew guys called up and we had a sushi meal close to the club. Holger, Roope's guitar tech had 26 pieces of sushi. And sashimis don't even count!!!! Paris show was great , like it has always been for us. Thanks.
In Lyon I woke up, and felt really shitty. I had been sick more or less ten days, and decided that now if my condition gets worse, I need to see a doctor. 2 Hours before the show the doctor arrived. He gave me loads of antibiotics, and a huuuuge injection in my buttcheek full of cortison, to get through the show. I got through the show. The crowd was so good so that it was easy for me. 1700 kilometres to Porto. Whole day in a bus, watching movies. Relaxing.
In the night we arrived, and me and Jaska went to have nice meal by the river. There a german middle aged couple had been observing us, and when we left they had to find out if we were sailors. They had a bet. She lost. We invited them to the show next day. In the morning I went to the city. Sun shining first time for many many days. I also checked out one of the winecellars, and bought a lot of Port wine. This night would be the night to check again the skills of the Swedes in PES5. Show went well, and after that me and Robert from One Man Army went to the bus to check out who's who. We had some issues with the power supply of the bus. Finally we got the game running, and right when I was dribbling with Deco in his penalty area, the power cut down. So , who's cheating now, I'm just asking? There was no power anymore, and we decided to do a raincheck in Bergara.
Madrid, day for me to make my duty, and go voting in the presidential election of Finland. I found the embassy 5 min before they closed down. But I made it. Show was good, even though the whole power of the PA cut down during one song. They got it fixed luckily. The medication seems to work too. I feel better everyday. Looking forward to the show tonight. I should go get ready, Ektomorf is playing already! Laters!!!
YO muthatruckas! Just wanted to let y'all know that I broke a fuckin' toe of my right foot during a show in Barcelona by slamming it into a monitor wedge, (yea, I was sober) so if and when you see me moving around like a retard, that I apparently am, that's why. But fuck it anyway, the tour will keep on rolling as planned so see you muthas soon and a big fuckin' thank you to all the crazy crowds we've had so far.. It's been a blast!
So like Alexi already wrote, he had bad luck. The show in Barca was great, but during Are You Dead Yet? he hit his foot on the monitor, and he knew the toe got broken. So the next day was hard. Bergara show was a struggle for us but there were good fans for us who made it possible for us. Thanks for that. This day I also lost the first time in PES5 against Pekka of One Man Army. Next day would be our first show ever in Lille, France. The show was great, crowd amazing. Everybody felt better but of course Alexi can't move like he would like to.
It is frustrating for him. During In Your Face the power cut down. All the club went down. So we had to wait 10 minutes to get it back. That was weird. But big respect that people stayed and were cool. Sad thing that this was the last show in France. All the shows were great!!! Merci Merci Beaucoup a tout le monde!!!! In the night we drove into the train that would take us under the English Channel. That was weird, definitely not the place for a claustrophobic! So Bradford, here we are. By the way, I went to the support bus. I went humble indeed. And I kicked Pekka's ass...2-0. Haaaaa....
Wow, it s been a while. Lots of things happening all the time. Well, here we are in Finland. And exactly the time when we crossed the border, some of the guys got naked and went shopping at the gas station. I heard that they refused to serve kebab-burger for naked Janne. Maybe they were concerned about his blood pressure.
What can I say now about the shows that we ve done so far. Still, every show has been great. One of the highlights was sold out Astoria in London. In Stockholm we shot the DVD. Thanks for the amazing crowd. We will see how the recording turns out.
As you might know, Jaska broke his rib. Alexi's toe is better though. Someone is always suffering from flu, but thats how it is on tour.
Haven't had much time to play Pro Evolution Soccer for a while. So no news concerning that important matter. Sorry.
Here we are in Tampere. Soon the whole tour is done. Feels weird. But let's take the best out of the last shows now. Yesterday in Oulu somebody delivered a nice painting of me. I didn't get any contact infos, so please the artist, could you contact our webmasters about this. Thanks anyway for the piece of art!!