Monday, January 9, 2017

SA:On the road:The 9th Hour World Tour: Pics from North-America 2016


Random pics in random order from the North-American Tour we did at the end of last year !!



Let's start off with the typical food I ate on the bus....not really "quality food ".



Driving part 1, on our way to Colorado I think.


Driving part 2, Kansas City maybe ?


Driving part 3...no idea where.


Driving part 4, somewhere in Canada, I'd guess. As you can see I started taking pics from
the bus window instead of the usual plane pics ;-)...and this is of course outside the bus so
....well, forget about it.


Driving part 5 , no idea where.


Driving part 6, maybe somewhere in California...I guess..


I have no idea what this is supposed to be. Seemed important at the time.Probably.


In Austin, on our way to the eardoctor to take new imprints for our in-ear monitors.


Tero opened up my Kronos so that we could fix the broken keys. Scary stuff since I
didn't have any backup system.



Walked around in Lake Buena Vista, FL before the last show.


My typical view from the stage, just some audience and bandmates missing at the moment.


Strolling around in Niagara Falls.....


...the actual falls...


...and some more Christmas stuff.


As you can see, my off-day sandwiches are a bit better than the ones in the bus ;-)


Our home for the 6+ week tour we did.


Philadelphia, and some really important building.


...more from Philly...


...and a church...


...and something else...still from Philly...


...and finally we got tired of walking around Philly so we went back to
the bus at the parking lot, where I took this pic.


I think this was the last meal I ate before leaving the US from Atlanta.


Getting ready for the Alcatraz tour in San Francisco..


Pics from the boat...


The Rock...


...getting closer...


I can't imagine what it would be like to live in a cell like this.


Selfie time !


..and one without the dude blocking the view.


...more tourist pics...


I think Pasi took this one, still at Alcatraz.


San Francisco !!


Walking around in Washington D.C. looking for The White House.


..it's not this either..


..but here it is , too bad we couldn't get closer.


Then we found this thing...


...and this one...


...more of the same..


...and more, these pics look sloppy and dark btw.


..and another pile of stones ;-)


...oh here is this guy again...and a statue of Abe.


From here you could also see the Forrest Gump-pool...and the lightsaber ;-)


...and finally, at some point we went to dinner and I met a bear. 


Allrighty, next up is 9 shows in Finland before our 7 week/ 40+ shows in Europe and our 5 week Latin-American Tour. After that we still have the summer festivals and then we'll see what we can
come up with in the fall. Anyways, we'll be touring the whole year of 2017 so there'll be plenty more updates from the road. Next week we start our Finnish Tour in Jyväskylä, see you there !!

cheers,
Henkka









Thursday, January 5, 2017

SA:On the Road: The 9th Hour World Tour: North-America 2016 part 3

Try to remember what the hell happend on the last shows, when you’ve been
home for a few weeks…shit I’m getting lazy. As far as I can remember we did
finish the tour without too many problems. The show in McAllen, TX was cancelled
and unfortunately I’m not in the liberty of telling why but it was totally beyond our control and sucked ass big time. Here are the last shows we did:

The Last Part:
6.12. El Paso, USA
8.12. Englewood, USA
9.12. Kansas City, USA
10.12. Dallas, USA
11.12. McAllen, USA
13.12. San Antonio, USA
14.12. Houston, USA
16.12. Lake Buena Vista, USA
17.12. Atlanta, USA

…I’ll upload some pics in a separate post as soon as I get around to it. We have around 70 shows before the summer so there’ll be plenty more to write about….and yeah, Happy New Year everyone !!!

Thank you US & Canada, Leave’s  Eyes and Omnium Gatherum, it was a great tour, hope to see you all again very soon !!

cheers,

Henkka

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SA:On the Road: The 9th Hour World Tour: North-America 2016 part 2

Still alive !!
Some more days has passed and everyone is still alive and in good spirits. We still have a bit over a week to go before heading home for christmas. The rest of the Canadian part went really well after Calgary. We had an off-day in Kamloops and were invited to a really nice dinner at some relatives house. It was really nice to spend some hours away from the bus. After that we ended the Canadian part in Vancouver before heading back to the US. In Portland most of the band went to the apple store to check out some stuff. Later on I met up with some relatives of mine for a nice dinner before the show. Once we got down to San Fransisco a friend of ours had arranged tickets to visit Alcatraz. What an amazing experience that was, really nice to spend some hours there during the day….and happy to be able to leave as well ;-) 

In Anaheim my wireless midi was not working properly so I had to switch to wire which sucked since we had a big stage and it would have been great to run around. The next day in Tempe I managed to somehow open the batterycase at the back of the keytar during Abandoned so that caused some hassle, luckily it was only for half a song.
Tonight we’re in El Paso, Texas. Pasi, Tommy & I went out for burgers and a short walk and we just got back. In a few minutes we’ll do the soundcheck. After tonight we still have 8 more shows to go. I’ll post some pics when I get around to it….as usual.

Here are the shows we did since Calgary:

26.11. Edmonton, Canada
28.11. Vancouver, Canada
29.11. Seattle, USA
30.11. Portland, USA
2.12. San Fransisco
3.12. San Diego, USA
4.12. Anaheim, USA
5.12. Tempe, USA

…and last but not least, Have a great Independence Day Finland !!

cheers,

Hank

Friday, November 25, 2016

SA:On the Road: The 9th Hour World Tour: North-America 2016 part 1

Heading out again !!

Allrighty then, we’ve been out for 3 weeks now and I’ve been too lazy to jot down some lines so let’s see what I can remember:

On the 4th of November we did the usual drill: Flying to Helsinki, having some beers and sleeping at the Aiport Hilton in order to catch the morning flight towards the USA.
This time around we managed to check in all our gear and stuff in the evening so the morning was a lot easier than usual. We flew to Charlotte via London, UK so that took awhile. The travel was mainly uneventful with the usual crap of watching movies and trying to sleep as much as possible. Well upon arrival we went to watch Ghost perform at a club nearby in order to try to stay awake as long as possible and avoid the jetlag or at least minimize it. We did stay up but it didn’t really help, got up early in the morning and had breakfast. The next day we had totally off, since Hillary Clinton “stole” our venue forcing us to cancel the show. That was a major bummer. On the 7th of November we played our first show in Silver Springs….and we were officially on our way. A couple of the first shows on this tour were combined with the Dark Tranquillity one so there was a lot of bands on those nights. On the 8th we played in Clifton Park and some people showed up even though I think most were at home following the Presidential Election. We did also check it  out, interesting times I must say. From there on it’s been the basic stuff, playing shows, trying to entertain ourselves during off-days and shopping at Wallmart. Some of us have been watching a lot of hockey since back home it’s on in the middle of the night. So far we’ve played the following shows:

November:
7th, Silver Springs, USA
8th, Clifton Park, USA
9th, Philadelphia, USA
11th, New Jersey, USA
12th, Hartford, USA
13th, Montreal, Canada
14th, Ottawa, Canada
16th, Kitchener, Canada
17th, Columbus, USA
18th, Westland, USA
19th, Pittsburgh, USA
21th, Milwaukee, USA
22th, Minneapolis, USA
24th, Regina, Canada

Tonight we’re in Calgary and tomorrow in Edmonton. So far it’s been going good, somehow the airport people managed to break the last 3 keys of my Kronos so I had to do some programming to get around that since so far we hadn’t have the time or energy to open up the damn thing with Tero and check if we can fix the problem. Apart from that our gear is mostly working so no big concerns here. I’m thinking that I could sell one of my keytars during these last shows…not sure though, whadda think ?

We’ve been getting to know our support bands a bit as well, mostly hanging out with our Finnish friends from Omnium Gatherum…a great bunch with the same sense of humor as we have.

Anyways, the Jets-Predators will be on in a few minutes so I’ll have to check that out. I drop some more lines when I get around to it…as well as pics at some point.

cheers & see you at the shows !!

Hank 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

SA:On the Road: The 9th Hour World Tour: Pics from Europe 2016


Here are some random pics from the European Tour 2016, enjoy:



Setting up the first show in Norway....


...checking the smoke...


...and playing in front of a Sold Out crowd !!


Backstage, somewhere...I don't even know why we took this pic ;-)


Our home for this tour !! Same bus as we had on the Ecliptica over Europe tour...


Healthy snacks backstage.


A nice setup for the dinner somewhere in Sweden. Good food as well.


Elias rockin' out backstage !


Smoking booth backstage in Tilburg.


...same place...


...and we even got a cake to celebrate the Sold Out show !!


Another backstage in Holland, the view from the balcony.


Hanging out with our friend Kristian, who took some awesome pics
from our shows, once again.


This is how I connect my keyboards, or actually Tero does since I'm not allowed
to mess with the system.


Outside of the backstage in Mannheim, cool wall !


Merchbooth pic 1


Merchboot pic 2 , don't ask where these were since I have no clue.


Took a pic from the Eiffel Tower during my off-day in Paris...


...found this painting in a Museum...


...fooled around outside...


....and another pic from the Tower ;-)


Pekka being foggy, and blurry as well...


The setlist in the beginning of the tour, sorry if I spoiled it for someone.


Fooling around on the ship on our way to London...


The cliffs of Dover, I suppose...



....more posing...


...and a nice night-shot to end these pics.

As usual I've been quite lazy taking pics so these are just random shots from here and there. Maybe I get a bit more active on the North-American Tour....but probably not. See you in a bit !!

cheers,
Henkka