Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SA: Rehersals 23.-24.4.2015

After the long Latin-American Tour we had some weeks off but had to get back together for a couple of days, just to make sure we know all the songs from Ecliptica. We did rehearse most of them during soundcheck on the tour but didn’t manage to get all of them in shape. So, for the first time since January 2014 we gathered in Kemi to rehearse together ;-) The songs that we didn’t have the time and/or the energy to practise on the road where Blank File and Destruction Preventer. Our first day went by really quickly, just playing through the stuff and planning the setlist for the show etc. The next day was a bit longer, and we were joined by the preacher, Jaakko as well….
..and no, sadly he won’t be going out on the road with us. We got all the songs down rather quickly since everyone had done their homework….and now we’re ready to head out. It felt really weird playing the Ecliptica songs in the same order that they’re on the album but I’m sure we’ll get used to it by the end of this run. On Wednesday we’re flying out and the tour starts on Thursday in Lille, France. We only play 14 shows in Europe and then we go straight to Japan for 5 more shows so in the end it’ll be a good run of around 3,5 weeks…after that we only have the summer festivals before the tour will be over…I think it’ll be around 160 shows total for this tourcycle, which is a decent enough number for us. Anyways, see you in a few days when we get back on the road.



SA:On the road: The long overdue Latin-American Picture Update !!

Hhmmm, sorry for the delay. Things have been really crazy around here,
and no I won't elaborate. Anyways, here we go, the pics from Latin-America 2015, enjoy.

Cheers !! & Beers !!

Can you spot the difference ?

Testing out sunglasses, I was actually going to buy a pair but
in the 5 weeks we were on tour, I never got around to it...strange.

Hotel room view...I'd guess in Fortaleza.

First dinner together...one of many...

The Caipirinhas came in two sizes, guess which one is mine ;-)

...and then we tasted this...was kinda good and appeareantly really

Outside of the hotel, we spotted this little fellow, I think he should be
named Max.

First (but not only) visit to the gym on this tour.

The venue in Fortaleza had some interesting solutions,
and yes, the green stuff is water.

First (but not last) swim of this tour, at the roof of the hotel.

Hotelroofpic no.xxx

I would say this was in Recife, on the beach but I'm not a 100% sure.

Forgot to turn this pic before uploading...sorry.

This stuff makes your hair look really great !! The secret
to a successful tour. Never used it before and never again ;-)

Traffic jam in Sao Paulo....

...more of the same, I have like 30 pics looking the same, it just
went on and on...

Never trust a hippie !!

Hotelroofpic no.4325879

A nice dinner @Ipanema Beach

Punky was happy too...

The next day I relied on room service, not really
the same is it ?

Leaving Rio the plane to a turn quite close to the water.

Goodbye Rio de Janeiro, see you next time !!

Tried some desert...a bit too sweet for me.

This confused me for awhile, in the end I just
aimed for the middle.

More room service...a bit better this time.

I'm flying somewhere...appeareantly.

When we arrived in Buenos Aires we went to the Slash 
concert and manged to catch the last 20 or so min.

Here's more proof of that.

A nice little gift, on of many we got throughout this tour.

Rooftopview from Tarja's place.

Went to BBQ with Tarja Turunen and her husband Marcelo.
Thanks a lot guys, it was great !!

WTF ? really expensive whisky at the airport.

....and a really expensive guitar in...I think it was Chile.

In Santiago the Lion outside of the hotel at our pizza. That

I hurt my hand at some point, was a bitch until it healed
which of course took longer than normal...bygones...

Look mom. I'm flying...

...and taking boring pictures...

Antofagasta, Chile, this was some kind of a big deal,
for some reason...I forgot why but it looks cool.

....and a bit of proof that the tourist from hell also appeared.

@the hotel, I shared a drink with Mikko our FOH.

The beach in....I'd guess we're still in Antofagasta...

Elias Pre-Amp broke down and after that the sound was a bit
shitty for the rest of the tour...it didn't get fixed before we got home.

Look, it's a bird !!

My first meal in Bolivia ever, really good !!

The venue in La Paz, Bolivia.

Leaving La Paz in the morning...

...clouds in Bolivia....

...and one final look, bye bye !!

Hotel dinner in Peru, excellent burger btw.

@the Hard Rock Cafe in Lima,Peru , Tommy is making
sure Joonas get his sugar levels up.

Hi little soldier ;-)

Hotelrooftop no.9883028 (Lima,Peru)

At the Inca market the boys bought me a cap, thanks guys !!

Hotelroofpic no.980998234 (Lima by day).

In the evening we went to the Smashing Pumpkins show in Lima,
really not my cup of beer...but the evening was fun though...

The piano on one of the shows...some old Motif...I really don't like

Exhausting, right ? On this note I'll leave you all, tomorrow we're flying out for
2,5 weeks of Ecliptica over Europe and then we'll leave for Japan.

see ya,