Mina olen armunud. Okei, mitte küll nüüd päris armunud, aga siiski.. Samu. Sunrise Avenue. Oeh, kuidas ma teda jumaldan. Asi hakkas (see asi on minu Samuvaimustus..) siis, kui ma eile ema juures tööl olin. Lugesin Sunrise’i kodukalt Samu kirjutatud blog’i.. See oli nagu uskumatult armas ja tore ja.. :) Oeh, kuidas see mulle meeldis :) Ma lõppu kopin ka selle, et siis kunagi tulevikus saaksin meenutada vms :)
Igatahes. Asi on siis niimoodi, et ma ilgelt tahaksin selle võrratult toreda mehega tutvuda :) Mis siis, et ta 31 on (A) :D Teoreetiliselt on ta maailma lahedaim inimene. Ja ma arvan, et kusjuures ongi. Jah. Sunrise Avenue ja eelkõige Samu (L)
*Breaking Benjamin – You*
|Added: 10.04.2007 — Samu
Tour & kidnapped little brother
When you seriously start aiming towards something with your band, you have this vision in your head. This huge stage and this wild audience. It’s this kind of a wonderland, you really don’t know what it is, but you’ve seen the big acts performing for thousands of screaming listeners and you know it’s gotta be something nice…..
The Italian EMI had booked us to do the MTV TRL TV show the day before the tour in Germany would start. In a way I was stressed out because of the extra stuff right before the four shows in four nights period. It’s the throat thing and this time we’re also going to record a live DVD for commercial use in Cologne on the 3rd tour day.
But the Italian EMI office staff is so sweet and cool and everything is always so well organized in Italy, so the trip was more of a holiday. It’s was only Janne and I and we did pretty many interviews for newspapers, magazines and TV and we also met the very first fan club members. They were all so sweet and they talked so fast ;)
We took a plane from Milan to Dresden 0n 22nd of March just to sleep on night and rest before the tour starts. The rest of the guys and the crew would pick us up the next day. We stayed at NH hotel and the funniest thing was that at the sauna/gym area the Germans walked around naked… Woooo? In Finland we’re pretty used to naked folks in sauna, but at gym…;)
One step forward
As we arrived to Chemnitz Club, I realized we’d taken one step forward what comes to the clubs and stuff. The venue was the smallest one on this tour, but bigger than any of the February ones. Probably 1000 capacity. Our diamond crew had set everything up all the way to the wireless internet connection and it was time to adjust the brain on tour mood.
A typical day on tour is something like this. We wake up somewhere either in a hotel or in the buss. You don’t know where you really are and usually the first thing is to explore the neighborhood a bit. If there’s not too many folks waiting for you by the entrance already. And the wakeup is (at least for me) usually something between 11 AM and 1 PM. The later the better. You know the show ends at 11 or something and I really can’t sleep until 2-3 at night. The blood runs through your veins too fast after the show.
Afternoons are typically filled with interviews, photo sessions or some record company stuff. Our lovely tech guys do al the sound checks and stuff for us, we might only do a double-check if it’s an important day, DVD stuff or something.
Then we just sleep and well… try to go jogging or move a bit. And sure we eat a lot. The 90 minute show eats a lot of energy and the worst thing is to get up on stage with an empty stomach. I can easily run 10 kilometers on a running mat at the gym, and after the shows the feeling is pretty similar. We just play the guitar…
After the show I try to get warm, not the get ill, and eat a lot again and drink lots of water. Then the tech boys clear the stage and pack the stuff in the buss and trucks and off we go. To do the same thing again the next day.
The second show was in Berlin, Universal Music Hall. Really cool place. We had the famous photographer Olaf Heine (shot guys like Bon Jovi, REM, Sting, Ricky martin, etc) shooting us all day first at his studio in Berlin and later at the backstage and sure also during the show.
We took a Limo service minivan to Cologne with Jukka right after the show. I really wanted to go to sleep to be well during the DVD shootings the next day. Just the idea that some crewmember would become friends with the jack Daniels bottle and sing all night and destroy my sleep, sounded bad. Our friend Jörn was the driver and we were in Cologne in no time. One of our lovely EMI employees gave us their apartment to get the good night sleep, how cool is that! They were out of town. I hope we remembered to clean the place ;) The shows can be pretty tough for the throat sometimes, last time it was really bad on the 4th and 5th show. Well I was sick then but anyhow. I was a bit worried how it would be.
I felt like a bird in the morning, I felt like Pavarotti (only a bit skinnier and no ass) after sleeping next to Jukka for some many hours. Julia took us to the Cologne E-werk venue. That was big. The capacity was more than 2000 and it had been sold out for weeks. Lot of fans were already behind the gates as we arrived at 1 PM, 8 and a half hours before the show.
In Cologne we had a proper sound check especially for the DVD sound and we also had to go through all the special camera things and pyro stuff. The whole 35-person crew seemed to know what they were doing.
Looking at the venue and the amount off staff working for the production to make our songs sound and performance look cool, gave me Goosebumps. This is what I meant with the first few lines. The thing you’ve been fighting for all the time, to have this kind of thing around you and the band. Knock knock knocking on wonderlands gates… Well not yet, but one step closer.
The show was just amazing. Just like the three others. Even though we all knew there’s the DVD stuff going on, we all were relaxed and we all enjoyed the night so much. I am usually able to stay cool behind the microphone, but that night I really had to bite my lip hard to stop the tears coming out of my eyes a few times. I nearly broke in the first two minutes of wonderland. The atmosphere was so amazing.
It’s always a great thing that happens at the back stage after a great show. All the shows on this tour have been just fantastic and the audiences were just amazing. But this time, probably because of the DVD and the size of the venue, there was some extra emotion in all us. After hugging the guys, management, Agents, EMI guys, the Crew and all, I really had to find a silent spot where I could sit alone to get back on the planet. That was the happiest moment of my life. I have felt love and I have shot goals in football and I have seen audiences before. But this was all that together times 1000. Times all orgasms in the world. If I had died right there, I probably would have gone with a smile on…
The venue Grosse Freiheit 36 was a really cool traditional rock club and you could feel all the hundreds of acts who’d played there during the years. The show was probably the best performance musically ever from Sunrise Avenue, even better than the three other shows that tour. We were so relaxed. I didn’t have to worry about my throat that much, we’d also have ONE full day off after this, and there’s no TV cameras. And the audience was just great! Again. I really like Hamburg a lot. Reminds me of Helsinki somehow and every time I drive through the city I get the feeling I could really live there.
Archkrokodil kidnapped my brother and Karri stole our show
After the show there was the necessary after party. I usually don’t wan to get wasted, but especially the crew seems to celebrate the “great success” after each tour. They got all so drunk, especially our guitar Tech Karri, who sang himself into all the hearts on Remerbahn by performing “still loving you” in a karaoke bar for hundreds of fans. The after party was in a small karaoke bar next to all the strip bars. Nothing VIP, it’s cooler to hang out with the fans and stuff.
My little brother had come over from Finland to see the show. Everything went well and this 18-year-old baby promised to take a taxi to his hotel right after we took off with our buss at three in the night. People had seen some Team Arschkrokodil members partying all night with the cuter brother and he wasn’t able to “escape” until 9 in the morning. Must have been nice to sit next to our mother in the plane with no sleep after being forced to drink all the booze there is in Hamburg. Good boy!
We had a really cool buss and a really nice buss driver. I’m sure he was a bit surprised how well we behaved. No drugs or throwing TV’s out or nothing. But luckily Karri (guitar tech) and Aki (lights) fixed the image during the last 300 kilometers before arriving at the airport. Mikko (FOH) was able to capture some footage of these guys climbing above the driver naked and waving the male parts over the poor driver’s head. They obviously drank all the stuff from the buss and in the morning we all woke up to this awful smell. The floor was full of throw up and all shit. The buss wasn’t the same as it was before and the driver did a good job keeping his face cool as we walked out the last time at the airport. Karri also woke me up in the middle of the night and wanted to fight me – half seriously. We went out to fight. He looked so stupid attacking me wearing these “grandfather” kind of indoor shoes. I don’t really know what they drank, but I was a bit worried. And as I half seriously asked the crew to calm him down, they were all too drunk to operate even them selves. It was sort of fun. He didn’t remember a thing in the morning. I’m so happy there is a video cam in most of the phones. We experienced the whole naked stuff and our fight club at the airport. We’re all friends again…;)
It’s two weeks from the tour now and we’re flying back home from Hamburg again from Radio Hamburg’s city festival. We also got the first rough cut of the DVD… Makes me smile. It will be out after the summer with some special backstage stuff.
Thank you so much for the wonderful 4 shows again! My words can never express how much we appreciate you being there and singing our songs with us. We are the luckiest guys in the world. And thank you for the wonderful birthday and other presents. I really wish I had time and a chance to thank everyone personally. And it’s just amazing that the album went gold. The record company EMI has done a terrific job together with our management, but nothing would have happened without you doing the most important ground level work. I slept for 3 hours last night but I don’t mind. I am the happiest guy on the planet – again ;) And that’s all because of you. Thank you!
|Added: 23.02.2007 — Samu
2 days – Milan, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tallinn, Copenhagen, B
A restful weekend in Helsinki is behind and I got all the sleep I needed. I was already about to go to sleep on Friday at home as our German tour agent Enrico called me that we’re supposed to meet in Tavastia Club in Helsinki to see this possible support act for the German tour. I had totally forgotten. Jeans on and into the night…
For a reason or another I slept extremely bad on Sunday night and I felt really tired on Monday early wake up at 6. And when you’re tired, everything goes straight to hell. I woke up a bit later than I was supposed to and of course when you’re in a hurry, the taxi call girl says “well, it’s pretty busy right now, so if there’s no car in 20-30 minutes, call again.” The hell I will call again. My plane starts boarding then. I was an asshole and called two taxies from two different companies. I hope the second one never got there. I needed to catch my plain. Damn…
Fist flight was to Stockholm and Jukka had to buy a new pair of Sunglasses (Versace investment again of course) because he was so tired and the day was too bright for him. From Stockholm the plane flew to Milano and I slept the whole way even though it was cold as hell in the plane. The older kind of MD aircrafts should definitely be replaced. As we landed I realized again how nice the winter could be in the Mediterranean area. +15 Celsius. It was minus 10 back home.
Valentina Lamparelli (Whatta cool name!) from EMI Italy was waiting for us at the airport and her driver drove us directly to MTV TRL show. We performed Fairytale Gone Bad in the very beginning of the program and all was organized pretty well. TRL. Nice start for Italy. We also met our first Italian fans, or anyway girls who got our autographs as we walked back to the car. Damn the brown eyes… I could sink into them.
Jukka, Sami and Raul were taken back to the airport pretty soon and they flew back home the same evening. That was a quick drop by in Italy. We stayed until Wednesday with Janne and did tens of magazine, website, radio and TV interviews. I learned to say Arschkrokodil in Italian. It’s “Cocodrilo di culo” and actually I was able to launch the famous green fellow in a live TV show. Jeee ;) Klaus Das arschkrokodil got an Italian colleague. Together they will rule the world. Especially our TV / Radio promoter Pablo “Carlo Gambretti” seemed to love the crocodile stuff.
On Tuesday evening we had dinner with my friend Juhku and his better half that live in Northern Italy working for the EU. Well, Juha only plays golf and drives their brand new ML 320 because he hasn’t found a descent job so far. Bad life… Since we were in Milan, we sure had to go shopping. It was some kind of a fashion week and I stopped counting the beautiful tall models the first afternoon. But anyhow. Everything was available from high-end fashion to regular H&M & Bershka stuff. I ended up buying only a pair of Converse All Stars (my 22nd pair ;) and a spring jacket. We had a walk in the centre and found the five-floor Ferrari store with real Ferrari formula 1 inside and also a Kappa store with full size pictures of my favorite Ice Hockey team (Helsinki IFK) players Jere Karalahti and co. In Milano (???). The Italians have great taste in food, clothing, weather and stuff, but obviously they also support the best hockey team in the world. We were walking down the road and I was on phone as Janne suddenly started repeating IFK, IFK… I thought he became totally mad (not saying he hasn’t been on the way all the time) or that he finally realized what is THE team to support in Finnish league. But no. He didn’t become any madder and he still sticks to the Espoo Blues team.
Now we are on our way back home up in the air. We should have traveled to Helsinki via Copenhagen, but there’s a huge snowstorm above Denmark and our flight to Helsinki is cancelled and the one from Milan took off 2 hours late. We’ll have to be in a boat to Estonia at around five in the afternoon to play a show for boatful of students. So I guess Scandinavian Airlines will assist us with hotels and stuff in Copenhagen and I hope we get home early enough tomorrow. Usually these things turn out fine but I must get my other suitcase from home for the week in Germany.
So tomorrow we go to Estonia and from there we fly directly to Germany to do these acoustic shows and for some signing sessions. We will end our week in Germany by performing LIVE at the dome in Mannheim. They will organize a big black grand piano for Jukka and all acoustic stuff for us and it will be so damn cool again. It’s the third and obviously the last dome for us with Fairytale Gone Bad. Some 8.000 viewers and millions at home behind the TV screens. I already miss the weather in Milan and the lovely EMI folks. And one more thing. There’s this really famous song in Finland called “Tarantella Joe” and I was sure it’s from Italy and a famous song there. You know they have this Tarantella kind of music, this kind of restless but happy stuff. I tried to sing Tarantella Joe to EMI‘s Valentina and Pablo and they had never heard about it. I must send them the song. Arrivederci Italia e Cocodrilo di Culo! Until next time, hopefully soon…
Everything was a huge mess in Copenhagen. We have just spent our night on the really cold airport floor. There were hundreds of folks hunting for connecting flights and hotel rooms and by the time we got to the airport, all the hotel rooms were gone, even the Hilton was full. Taxi cue to the centre was 4 hours and there was no other way to the city and to any hotel. We bought flights online for to the first SAS plane to Helsinki just to be sure we get home in the morningand to be sure we catch the boat and get to play our show. As we were ready to jump in the plane in the morning, we realized the plane would be at least 4 hours late. Would be to late for us. So we had to buy the third flights home, this time with Finnair. And now I’m actually sitting high above the Baltic Sea on our way home. Seems as if we’ll have time to get home to get some clean clothes and have a quick shower.
There was this very pretty girl at Copenhagen airport asking for my autograph right after I woke up. For the first time in my life I thought of saying no. I must smell bad; I didn’t even have a toothbrush that time. But sure I couldn’t say no. ;) They’re so sweet and they are the reason we get to travel and play our songs with my boyz.
So, the trip ends well. I hope our bags travel below us. If not, we’ll have a good excuse to update the whole wardrobe ;)
Copenhagen again. I’m getting pretty familiar with this airport. It’s actually quite nice, but it would be cool to get to our destination, Berlin. The show was just great yesterday and we felt like we’ll have a cool signing session week I Germany, but no. The connecting flight from Copenhagen was cancelled and we had to cancel the autograph sessions & the acoustic performances in Leipzig and Berlin. Vittu! There will be another in Berlin tomorrow though. The new flight they booked us on is already 2 hours late and we’ll see if we ever get to Berlin. Julia has been waiting for us at the Berlin Tegel airport for 5 hours already with my new perfect Gibson acoustic guitar. Finally I get it 3 months after ordering it.
Our bags disappeared somehow two days ago and they still haven’t found them. So Janne and I we have our spare clothes in other suitcases and I really hope these will end up in Berlin today on my 22nd flight this year. Otherwise I have no clothes left.
Sorry all you guys who were on your way to the sessions today ;( We’ll make it another time. What can you do..?
|Added: 18.02.2007 — Samu
Promotion Switzerland & Austria
I’m sitting here in Berlin 840 AM having a coffee in a restaurant where you can see the Tegel runway and the planes taking off. We flew here from Vienna pretty early this morning to take the second flight home in about an hour. We did a two-day promotion trip to Zurich and Vienna promoting our album and single. It’s going really well there, thanks to EMI.
Before the Wednesday in Zurich we had a day off in Helsinki. Well, I had one radio, two magazine and one TV interview on my “day off” but it was pretty relaxing anyhow. We were back from Germany & Sweden the day before and at least I really felt good sleeping 13 hours in my own bed. And I also had a haircut on Tuesday so actually the day was pretty tough and challenging….
Our local promoter Sandra was waiting for us at the Zurich airport. Every time I land into Zurich, I get the feeling “Everything’s a bit better here.” I don’t know why, but all the folks in Switzerland seem to be happy and ok with all their stuff. Anyhow. We did phoners (meaning the reporter calls Sandra’s phone and she hands it to me) & went to local radio stations to play our Fairytale acoustic. We also had our first experience with the (Finland based) Habbo online chat thing. Was actually pretty cool. After the lunch in a really nice restaurant Sandra had booked we went to EMI Zurich office to do some stuff for TV and web. In the evening we were taken to the Swiss premier of Hugh Grant’s and Drew Barrymore’s new movie “Music & Lyrics” in a really nice theatre. Since the theme was music and songwriting, they presented us in front of the premiere audience and press and they asked some questions about songwriting and stuff. The movie was really good; at least we liked it a lot.
Two beers with Sandra and Janne in the hotel bar and the idea of diving into the bed sounded pretty good. You know, the electricity plugs are different in Switzerland and there were no adapters left in the hotel for the “normal” European kind. I didn’t get any power to my MacBook and couldn’t read my mails and couldn’t log into myspace. Whatta hard life…
Wake up at six and after a quick coffee Sandra took us to the airport.
I slept the whole way to Vienna. I love to sleep in the plane. It moves a bit like a cradle and there’s this relaxing sound of the engines. I love to fly. I remember them going through the security stuff before hitting the runway and the next time I opened my eyes was when the plane stopped to let us all out in Vienna.
Our local “baby” promoter Katharina was waiting for us at the airport. The first thing we wanted was some power to our laptops, how rock credible ;)
We drove to the centre and as she put the radio on, Fairytale gone bad was the first song on the biggest radio channel Ö3. I guess she had called them to play it as soon as we had landed. Just kidding. Just like all EMI countries & areas so far, the Austrian EMI team is doing a terrific job with our music and it’s going really well. We are in top 10 with the album and with the single and we have the same situation in Switzerland. Choosing EMI as the European partner wasn’t a bad idea at all.
We drove to a really nice hotel; the one where also Sting and Whitney Houston stay on their trips to Vienna and the press day was organized damn well. They had arranged this conference room at the hotel with drinks and Sunrise Avenue posters and stuff all over the place and the reporters came in one after another. We spoke to all the biggest news & daily papers, radio and stuff. We also drove to the Ö3 radio station to play some acoustic stuff for their programs. The day started at 8 and as the last interview was done at 830PM we felt like we had earned a beer. Almost all of them asked how we feel about being such stars and being so successful. For me it’s pretty hard to get. I don’t feel like a star at all. I still don’t mind carrying my own guitar, but probably as Janne said, we haven’t had any time to realize the great stuff that has happened in the last months. I might have to learns how to demand fresh strawberries after every question… Would I be a start then? I don’t know. It’s just so cool to be this normal guy from Helsinki even though we play our songs for pretty big audiences every now and then. I love normal & simple life and I hope I never lose it no matter what happens.
We had a really nice dinner in the evening together with the EMI folks including some local red wine and dessert wine and even some hot chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream in the very end. I hope we didn’t eat our entire marketing budget.
Wake up was at 5:45, yes too damn early but we made it. Janne has a bad stomach and he’s trying to get some rest with all this noise at the airport. We have a weekend off until Monday morning when we go to Italy, Jeeeee ;) We’ll be there for three days and fly to Helsinki on Thursday evening only to take a boat right away to Estonia to play a show there. Then we will fly directly to Germany for more than a week to perform at the DOME and to do some acoustic shows all over the country. This means the next time I’ll be at home is more than two weeks away again. Luckily this weekend is off and I get to sleep a lot and go to gym. Only two interviews and that’s all.
I’m going to see if I could write some lyrics for a new song I wrote a few days ago. It’s called “Welcome to my life” and I think it’s going to be on the future albums. I have a good feeling about the song…
|Added: 11.02.2007 — Samu
One evening alone after German tour in Stockholm
I’m sitting here in Stockholm in my hotel restaurant alone. Well, the other tables are crowded and sure I have my new black Apple MacBook with me. But yes, I’m alone for the first time in weeks. It’s amazing when the band, crew, promoters, media and fans have surrounded you for weeks, it’s hard to be suddenly alone. I’ll probably start talking to the wine bottle soon. We’re here in Stockholm together with Janne doing some TV, radio and press promotion for our album that was released last Wednesday. And we already got gold singles for Fairytale Gone bad from Sweden at the release party, thank you! The start in Sweden couldn’t have been better. Janne is having dinner with his Wife and two wonderful kids down town. They arrived yesterday from Helsinki as we were doing this TV show “Bobster” (our manager BOB will hear about this;) with the most wonderful hostess Malin & her crew in Malmö, southern Sweden. Janne got a family room. I’m still staying jealously in my single room with all my guitars and stuff. Well, I guess the 4 persons and all the children’s stuff would fill even a triple room.
Last weeks Friday on the 2nd of February we started our first tour in Germany. It was all sold out and those five shows was the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced. I mean we’ve played for big audiences in Finland sure, but to have clubs sold out in a foreign country and especially for such wonderful audiences is just amazing. The tour was tough. My throat wasn’t that good from the very start and especially in Hamburg and Cologne I was almost sure we’d have to cancel the show because there was no sound coming out of me. Thanx to ten liters of honey, Rum, Whiskey and hot water I was able to take care of my job as a singer with ok grades.
The shows were just awesome. In every city we went to the staff working with us was so kind and professional. And for the first time we really worked with our European tour agent Enrico and his right hand Basty, who we all fell in love with deeply. Basty will take a bigger role in taking care of us and our needs from now on and we all feel really good with that. And I must mention our wonderful inside crew FOH Mikko (he makes the sound for you guys), MP the monitor guy, Mikko our light guy, Karri the tech genius, our driver & security chief Mättö and not to forget mr. Legolas (Really Antti, but he looks like a knight from the lord of the rings) selling the T-shirts and stuff. I realized on tour that to get the girls, you shouldn’t be the singer who has to be behind curtains most of the time. You should be the guy who’s selling the merchandise. Leeeegoolasss ;) And of course there was Bob in the buss too. Bob is our manager, (a former antique sales man from London. That we found out in Stockholm), who finally got our signatures on the management contract in the buss after the Dresden show. We just haven’t had any time before. Bob’s our man. I was a bit worried to jump into the buss with these guys and thought there might be moments when we can’t take each other snoring and walking around with nothing but underwear. They were all so cool. I remember these moments when Karri carried whiskey for me before Forever Yours on stage to clear my sick throat. Bartender ;) I felt so proud when I looked at these guys walking around and doing their work in Sunrise Avenue Crew Hoodies or T-shirts before and after every show.
And our fans… I don’t know what has happened but even though we sell out the shows and they are really fanatic (even establishing fan clubs and Arschkrokodil teams ;), even the most hard core fans are extremely nice and leave us alone when we need time for ourselves to rest and stuff. And when the music starts, they scream so loud that it can be heard in the moon. That’s so cool. I’ve never heard any audience sing that much with the band. The crowd should get some of my salary in all five cities. I still can’t get the stuff some folks say about the Munich folks in general about them being cold and stuff. We only have extremely positive experiences. Like everywhere in Germany. I’ve been thinking about having a house in Germany, probably in Hamburg, and this trip definitely made my feelings even stronger for my second homeland. And we met some band members of the legendary future girl-band Rosino Cayale in Berlin… We’ve seen it all now. Especially their drummer Ariane banged herself into our hearts by serving us strawberries at the backstage…. Sweet!
So the Stockholm Debaser Club show was sixth show in six days for us and those of you who’ve been to our shows know that they’re pretty physical for us – lots of sweat. The last two promotion days with all the interviews have felt a bit hard, but we’ve made it together with our lovely local promoter Hilda (who has Finnish roots). Tomorrow is A DAY OFF!! And our local Record company Bonnier has arranger us (Janne & his family, my Swedish friend Andreas and I) tickets to the Sweden Hockey Games to Sweden vs. Finland. I must say facing Sweden in ice hockey makes me more nervous than any show we’ll ever play. They’re good. But we will keep the faith.
On Monday we will perform at the national TV morning show and head back home in the evening. We’ll stay in Finland for one whole day and on Wednesday morning we’ll take off to Switzerland and Austria. We spent last Christmas week in Austria with Jukka and I really liked the whole country, especially Salzburg. And from Vienna we go to Italy. Cool! I must remember to send email to my mom every now and then and tell her not to worry ;) The little things you must do to be able to do this job and to keep your head together are pretty weird sometimes…
I’m having Reindeer toast for starters and Duck fillet stuffed with spinach and herbs with pasta as main course. And probably a hot chocolate cake with cranberries & vanilla sauce afterwards. A bottle of good Spanish red wine and a new diet coke every time the glass gets empty. This is my night off and I’m going to spend it without any clubs or other noise. I’ll probably fall asleep soon and keep snoring like a bear until the ice hockey game starts tomorrow.
Fuck I love my life and especially you guys! Once again I feel I must be the luckiest guy on the planet. I’m gonna go up to my room and write a new song “Fairytale gone pretty well so far…”
|Added: 20.01.2007 — Samu
NRJ Radio Awards 19.01.2007
I really don’t know what to say. Yesterday there was NRJ Radio Awards in Helsinki and I still have a feeling I’m flying in the air. Or actually I am flying as I sit in the plane towards Switzerland, but I’m 30 cm even above this economy class seat.
Yesterday was one of the coolest days in my life. The day was really long and we worked really hard although this case was supposed to be piece of cake. But it was worth it. We got four NRJ trophies, just one short in order to be able to set up a fight ;=) But no-one was wondering yesterday who gets what.
The gig was a real hard pull. I mean it was damn cool but technically one of the toughest in Finland ever. Already on the sound check on the previous day we had big problems, and so did the Finnish Pop Idol Antti Tuisku,. We both spent over two hours in the sound check after setting up the stuff. And somehow I probably had some extra pressure from the excitement and all and I had my thighs on lactic acids already after the second song, Diamonds.
Maybe the coolest thing in the show yesterday was, when we had first played our 30 minute show for the 12.000 viewers, we got back on stage after fifteen minutes to play one song more at the gala for TV. Often after shows you have the feeling that if you only could go back. And yesterday we did. And there was bombs and stuff.
Receiving trophies and giving the speech is damn easy when you practice it at home. If I could have said my words in front of my bathroom mirror, I probably would have said a lot more. Incredible how frozen you can get. I hope I remembered to thank those most important; Bonnier, Welldone, Bob, NRJ and our lovely fans. If I missed someone, I’m sorry. It sounded totally cool as thousands of folks shouted “Arschkrokodil.” Yeeeaaahhh ;)
NRJ has supported us so much in Europe and we’re listed even in Lebanon. We are on the 16th position in the all Europe’s NRJ chart. If I remember correctly as a first European band, the ones in front are from America and UK.
Now we are going to Zurich, Switzerland via Basel, where is a boxing heavyweight title match. Against each other are an enormous Russian Valujev and Mr. McCline from USA . We escort the Russian giant into the ring with our song “Faitytale Gone Bad” and the thing is TV broadcasted into 56 countries. I slept two hours last night. I hope they zoom more on the boxing stars than my eyes…
|Added: 15.01.2007 — samu
11/01/2007 Berlin – Munich
I didn’t sleep well and I was so tired in the morning. Luckily our driver Jan had slept like a baby the whole night at his home, so he is living in Berlin, and drove us safely to the Tegel airport in Berlin. Merc to the parking hall and to Lufthansa’s Business class. I fell asleep before the plane took off. It is nice to fly Lufthansa as they always have leather seats.
In Munich they had organized us some other programme, not only sight seeing and dining. In the day we had our sound check and after that directly to local radio channels. First we had a live session of two songs in the studio of Bayern3 radio channel and gave a interview. From Bayern3 to NRJ Munich, where we had some guys we knew. I didn’t even remember we had been there for an interview in September before going to shoot the Forever Yours video in Spain. Janne remembered. At first I of course said he is wrong. We were asked to name the top 15 songs of all time for a local music club and of course we had to include David Hasselhof’s “I’ve been looking for freedom” that we have played also in Germany in live gigs as a joke. Knight Rider is a tough guy!
The Nintendo session was probably the best organized of all cities. Serving and everything were perfect ten and there was so much people in the premises that we were lucky to fit in. Although we had agreed with our sore shoulders that we won’t play any games in Munich, we were so hooked that we couldn’t resist the temptation. Totally great people.
At night we left for a local disco club to get a taste of the nightlife. Hey, the Friday was a day off. Somehow I was feeling a bit tired so we drove to the hotel around two Jan, Bob, Janne and me all to sleep.
The other’s had been to the Hilton breakfast except me. Somehow feel really ill. I hope I don’t get sick now. They say that there is snow waiting for us in Finland. And tomorrow we go to Pieksamäki to play a double show in Savonsolmu, cool ;)
That kind of gaming console we have to have in the tour bus. I can beat Osama in boxing and beat the real golfers Janne and Raul in Golf…
|Added: 15.01.2007 — samu
10/01/2007 Hamburg – Berlin
I woke up in the morning as Janne was banging on the door with the gym gear on and called for the gym. What can you do ;) Cycling for almost an hour and a little weight lifting session made the circulation running nicely and when you afterwards eat a good breakfast, it was nice to head for Berlin. Jan had changed the E-series Mercedes from the previous night to a bigger Mercedes R 320 small limousine. Not bad, the poor (that’s me and Janne) were horrified as we were heading 250 km/h to the capital.
Before the gig we were following with Janne the HIFK-Blues ice-hockey game from Internet and the damn Blues went and won and took my three points. Janne was picking on me for the whole night…
The Berlin stage was a real nice show-case place, a gallery-like lounge where they had set up PA and necessary gaming equipment. In Berlin also we were staying at Hyatt (thanks to Nintendo) and standard of the rooms was as awesome as in Hamburg. And there were even more people as yesterday. Now we stayed after four songs (Make it go away, Diamonds, Heal Me and Fairytale) to enjoy the evening. There was even more of the Sunrise gang from the fan club and elsewhere and we boxed and played tennis against almost everyone. Jesus how shoulders can get sore from that kind of thing. A local TV channel had wandered around the city at the day and asked people to sing Fairytale Gone Bad and those two singing best got tickets for night’s game.
At night we had one night beer with winners of a EMI record company competition, Arianne and Fatima, and then again to a comfy Hyatt bed to snore. No time for gym in the morning. Flight for Munich leaves already at eleven and the Merc has to be returned and stuff. Luckily there’s no time. I think I had couple of beers at night and I might have a heart attack. You don’t have to work out every single day. Our manager Bob will join us tomorrow if his plane is able to take off from London.
|Added: 15.01.2007 — Samu
09/01/2007 Nintendo Wii tour Hamburg – Berlin – Munich
Beginning of the year has been cosy resting and waiting for the adventures of the New Year. At last on January 9th we left for Germany with Janne for Nintendo’s three day tour to promote our music together with the new Nintendo Wii game console. These trips only with Janne are a bit easier as there are only two guys on the road, there might be some fewer temptations to hit the city every night. The gym clothes may be with me for not only as a luggage fill.
Usually when we travel, we take the normal economy class. This time the Nintendo people had booked us to the Business class so also for that reason this year and it’s first three flights started being royals. The plane was Finnair’s Embrayer, a small 30-metre jet where we were by ourselves in our own VIP class and we had our own stewardess. Yeah!
It was 15 degrees in Hamburg, whatta hell? Also otherwise Hamburg seems to me like a city where I could easily move to if there is going to be more stuff to do in Europe. Somehow it reminds me of Helsinki. At the airport Mr Jan Engel, our driver/security/travel manager for the next couple of days, was waiting for us. Totally awesome guy who does everything concerning entertainment and travelling as a freelancer and has previously played rugby and American football on high level. You can see it from his shoulders.
We had been booked to Hyatt hotel preferred by all the stars and even to the Club Floor where is all the privileged refreshment areas and services. Five stars! Sound check at around four and back to the centre around the hotel to eat and shop. I found new gloves to replace my lost ones although we had so warm weather that I really didn’t even need my jacket.
So it was Nintendo’s and our night. Nintendo was promoting in Germany their new Wii console what you don’t play traditionally with a joystick but you use handheld sticks as controllers which you sway in different directions depending on the game. For example boxing was totally cool. You go in front of the screen in a boxing position with your friend and you make fighting moves with the controllers in your hands. Janne was knocked out already in the third round. We played four acoustic songs for the invited guests and to the winners of our German fan club. In Hamburg we went pretty early to the hotel to eat and sleep around midnight although there would have been drinks available. Somehow I was tired and I wanted to go to the hotel’s amazingly cool gym in the morning. Jesus what a bed…
|Added: 11.12.2006 — Samu Haber
10.12.2006 Stuttgart NRJ Music Tour
Yesterday we were in Stuttgart playing for the NRJ Music Tour. The day started with awakening at 0630 at home in Helsinki and of course I had slept mighty 2 and a half hours. So picking up Jukka by taxi and to the airport. I was supposed to sleep in the plane but we were talking about everything and when we came to Frankfurt I was dead tired.
Our regular driver Dirk and his colleague Stefan were waiting for us with their minivans. Dirk was driving me and Janne some months ago all over Germany as we were touring radio and television stations with acoustic guitars. Then Dirk drove me nicely to a doctor in the middle of the night as my flu was about to destroy my throat. He even paid the medicine with his own money as they accepted only cash.
Julia, Bob and Bob’s daughter Rosie were waiting for us at the hotel and we had a quick lunch before driving to the arena with the NRJ event’s drivers. The place was put up really cool for the evening’s party. An arena of 10.000 people was supposed to be filled up. For once the sound check didn’t have any problems in this kind of radio show. We had in addition to Mixer-Mikko and Monitor-Mikko our new technician Karri who seems to be a good guy. After the check to a hot shower in the hotel. My throat is somewhat sore again.
A totally super gig. There was a 10 metre long cat walk on the stage along which Janne, Raul and I could go in the middle of the crowd while spot lights were shining. It is pretty cool to stand in the middle of 10.000 people, them waving their hands and singing your song. Short gig of five songs (Choose to be me, Diamonds, Forever Yours, Fairytale and All because of you) and to the backstage to pour sweat. Probably the coolest show ever in Germany. Our new stage technician Karri poured me a sip of rum to my mug before Forever Yours in order to get the slime out of the throat. It helped!
After the gig we had a meet and greet with local NRJ competition winners where the prize was to be able to meet us sweaty (!!??) after the gig. Hundred photos and autographs for everyone and finally to the backstage for our own pre-Christmas ritual.
In Düsseldorf a week ago we had each drawn a name from a hat to whom we had to buy a 15 euro Christmas present. Everybody had remembered to buy a present (Janne, Raul, Sami, Jukka, Bob, MP, Mikko, Julia and me) Karri was shooting and Rosie acted as a Christmas elf. Janne got from Julia a golf game to the backstage and Raul got from Bob belly dancing gear. I had bought to Sami Stefan Lindfors’ design condoms and an ovulation circulation counter. Jukka got a NECK SUPPORT (!!!) from MP and some heartburn medicine. Mikko had bought Bob an English version of the Finnish classic “Unknown Soldier” book (good) and MP got a scented candle series from Jukka. Everybody’s hobbies were in a big role clearly when choosing the presents. Sami had gotten BMX biking magazines and batteries to Mikko. Julia, who has been taught the most essential phrases in Finnish, got from Janne a cap where it says “yksi olut kiitos” (one beer, please) and I got from Julia a black Superman shirt that Tarja has to pimp to a stage condition.
Next we checked new Sunrise Avenue clothing and fan stuff that Bob brought from London. Jesus they looked good. You will see soon. They will be on the market during spring. The ladies’ pink hooded jacket is coolest in the world.
We made a couple of video interviews at the hotel and I answered to a Bravo magazine interview in German with the help of Julia. To the shower and after parties. There will be waiting at least free drinks and if old signs were to be believed also the people from the local fan club. But as we were so dreadfully tired and hungry and as there was no food served in the after parties, we decided to head for the city and find an Italian restaurant. As we didn’t find an Italian one or anything we decided together to go to McDonald’s. Stomachs full for everybody. And to sleep at three!!!
So now we have slept for 10 hours and we are riding with our driver Dirk (Captain Dirk) to Munich. We have a day off today and tomorrow the first thing is around five in the evening when we practicing for the Tuesday evening’s PRO7 TV show. This sleeping thing is worth a try another time also…
|Added: 03.12.2006 — Samu
3.12.2006 On the way home
We’re 10 miles high above Denmark on the way home. We signed some autograph cards as soon as the plane took off. It’s sometimes a bit annoying to do that in such public places (some of the passengers might give mean looks…) but the girl who wanted them for herself and her friend was too sweet for us to say no.
The show yesterday was really cool although on stage and behind the stage it was a terrible mess. Still the lights and explosives (that they mentioned about to us 10 minutes before the show) saved the night and we heard that it sounded and looked extremely good for the audience. It’s just that if your hearing is bad on stage, it’s so hard and so much work to sing. But still, I must say it’s pretty cool to see an arena filled with 10.000 music lovers raising their hands up and singing our song with us. The noise was huge!
After the show we went to the after party (again;=), but it was not long late as yesterday. And no gay bars this time. Also our drivers Jörn and Eik joined us for partying and that was cool. It’s really nice to have cool and nice guys driving you when you go from a town to another. We spend quite much time together with them too. Now the flight attendants are approaching with food plates and I’ll finish writing. Next show on Tuesday in Jämsä on Finland’s Independence Day party. For those who didn’t know, my country got independent on the 6th of December 1917.
|Added: 03.12.2006 — Samu
It was a very long night last night – again! We partied until the morning. I guess I was in bed at 630 AM. First we went to the noisy after party. Probably at three we called our drivers to pick us up and take us to the hotel. We were supposed tohave only one beer with the All Saints gang in the lobby bar, but finally at five we all we walking towards this gay bar nearby. The gang with me at that point was Jukka, Sami, Julia MP and also this totally weird German grand father who didn’t speak a word English and he also did this odd jodling sound every now and then. I was amazed how wanted I was among the gay bar customers. Nobody scored!
Now we’re in Hannover at TUI arena backstage after our sound check. It was a disaster. The company providing us with the stuff on stage (or someone) did not deliver what we need and the whole check was a mess. Also our FOH engineer missed his connecting flight and we had to survive without him. I just hope all stuff will work in the evening. I mean it’s still 10.00 listeners. I need a hot shower at the hotel now.
|Added: 03.12.2006 — Samu
1.12.2006 DOME Düsseldorf
Yesterday evening was so much fun. First we had beers at a tower 180 meters above the city of Düsseldorf. And after encouraging ourselves with some beers, we went bowling. Yes, bowling. How cool sis that! It was The band, Julia, MP, two drivers and Bob. Julia won the whole contest but I must say Raul’s performance with the ball was the best of the night. He has a background with ballet and we were all able to see that by the way he moved with the bowling ball. Jukka won the second round and Raul was on a lead on the third but then they switched off the electricity and the game was never finished. I’m glad that happened. I was 21 points away from the 100-point hetero limit and there was only one shot left. Still hetero…
So now we’re at the DOME. We slept really well last night (starting 6 AM). Our hands weren’t as shaky on the red carpet as they were last time. But it’s still always pretty exciting. Hundreds of music lovers screaming as you get out of the limousine. We’ve done many interviews for magazines, radio, TV and websites and soon we’ll get some lunch. Our show time is 715 PM and after that we get to hang out at the venue. Later on we’ll go to the official after party to have some free drinks together with the local and international superstars. Today we have bombs on our show but also the lasers. I hope they don’t burn my hair…
Jeeeesuuuuus!!! That was cool! The only down side is that on these events you only perform one song and as soon as you have the adrenalin running like Edwin Moses, you must get off stage. The screaming was awesome! It was some 9.000 viewers. And of course behind TV screens there are millions. The lasers were even cooler than I expected.
Now were sitting at our back stage and we’re waiting for the grand ending when all the performers get up on stage together. And I’m sure the party will go on at the DOME after party somewhere in the center of Düsseldorf. Last time we got to the hotel at 7 AM. We’ll see how late it’ll be this time. We play a full show for a full TUI arena in Hannover tomorrow and it would be good if it wouldn’t be five corpses on stage.
|Added: 03.12.2006 — Samu
30.11.2006 Day off in Düsseldorf
The bell rang at 10 in the morning. I jumped straight to the shower. We had agreed to meet in the lobby at 1030 and head straight to the venue. I had just washed my hair and put the conditioner on my hair as the water turned cold. Cold as hell. I stood there for a while hoping for the situation to change, but no. I even called Julia (still all the not –so –tasty chemicals on me) if she would have something else but ice water in her room, but no. We all know how easily the conditioner gets off with cold water. I had to stand there for 15 minutes. I’m sure if the water had been any colder, it would have been ice cubes coming out of the pipe.
Jörn’s warm limo van cheered me up a bit. After having the some coffee at the venue it was our time for camera rehearsal. We’ll have the bombs and flames and stuff but also a laser show tomorrow. The show’s producer and the guy who operates the equipment said we must look forward during the whole show. Otherwise we’d get free eye-operation. They said it could really damage your eyes. They also said it’s ok to feel this warm kind of burning feeling on you cheek!!! Cool. We played the song Fairytale Gone Bad a couple of times for the cameras and went back to the press section for interviews. The camera rehearsals are done so the director and the cameramen know how we move on stage tomorrow at the actual show.
Sami, Jukka and Raul got off already at two PM. Janne, Bob, Julia and I went to one of the biggest radio stations NRW to an interview and to play a couple of songs acoustic. There we also signed the guitar that Hoobas Tank had signed some months before. After the session at NRW we were also free. We’ve never had this much free time on our German trips before. First we all had lunch at Subway’s and after eating Jukka, Janne and I went shopping. We bought mostly perfumes and stuff. It was really nice to have our own driver Jörn driving us around. I don’t have a driver for shopping trips in my country ;)
So we have an evening off and the pick up tomorrow is at 1:30 PM!!!!! Holiday! I’m thinking of having a beer (you have to if you’re in Germany) and play some guitar in my hotel room. We’ll have dinner together later on and hopefully we’ll go to bed early. I just have a bad feeling (knowing us all too well) that we’ll find ourselves in the center of Düsseldorf in the middle of the night…
|Added: 03.12.2006 — Samu
Yesterday we played NRJ live in Helsinki for our wonderful home audience. The NRJ staff said there was more audience seeing our show than in a long time in similar events and the atmosphere was just fantastic. I got to sleep at three AM and I had to be awake early to go to the morning show of YLEX rock station.. The VJ Peltsi mentioned Raul’s dirty boy band past twice.
We flew to Berlin in the afternoon. Jörn, our beloved limo driver was there waiting for us together with his colleague Eik and they took us directly to the VIVA TV station to join a live TV show. America! There were some fans waiting for us outside the door and also some body guards with black suits and headsets. Men in black! The program was in German and we got the translation through our ear monitors. I guess it was the first time for Sami and Raul on a live TV talk show outside Finland. We have had some of those with Janne before. I accidentally said Cookie-George (Muschi-Klaus) live on the show. Ooops! We had a quick signing session outside the TV studio and after that awe headed towards the Post Bahnhof Club in the center of Berlin to support Madsen together with another Finnish band Disco Ensemble after we won the vote at MTV Germany. Thank you all for voting! So Finland rules tonight in Berlin.
I’m sitting at our backstage with my feet on my bag and I’m wondering how the week will be. It’ll be many interviews and stuff and we’ll be really busy. We perform at The DOME, the biggest pop/rock event in Germany on Friday and tomorrow will also be about that. We’ll get up on the same stage with many local super stars and some international major acts, such as All Saints. On Saturday we’ll play in TUI Arena in Hannover for some 13.000 viewers. Cool. Sound check will start soon. I’m so hungry right now but it’s too late for me to eat before the show. Can’t really perform with my stomach full…
The show was so cool! 900 listeners. I’m so tired even though we played only seven songs. I’m lying topless at the backstage dreaming about a hotel bed waiting for me in Düsseldorf where we’ll start driving (600 Km) as soon as the pulse has come down back to normal.
On the way we saw Into The Blue DVD featuring Jessica Alba and friends. It’s so nice to look at her work. She’s so good… I mean a great actress. Janne is sleeping next to me and Jukka passed away on the back seat an hour ago. Raul, Sami and MP follow us in the other van. We left Mikko in Berlin. He’ll fly to Finland tomorrow for a show of his own band “Häiriköt.” Their hit song is called “Violence is the answer…” I’m not that much into violence right now. I think I’ll join Janne and Jukka and close my eyes for the rest of the trip. The screen of the navigation system says 300 Km to go and the speed seems to be 195 / hour on a German autobahn.
I didn’t remember how good a quality hotel bed could feel. I’ll dive into the bed and start dreaming about Jessica and her diving sessions. Tomorrow is a long day again I guess.
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
22/09/2006 Tavastia Club Helsinki
I have had a few dreams since being one meter tall (long ago ;) and one of them has been to play for full Tavastia club in Helsinki. Tavastia is THE club in Finland. The biggest bands, such as Foo Fighter and all play there. I’ve stood in the audience a million times just visualizing my self on that stage with a guitar.
The day started with radio NOVA interview in the morning. I listened to nova on my way to the studio in my car and as I had some 15 minutes to go, I heard the VJ say “Samu will be here in 5 minutes…” Luckily there was no traffic control. I drove FAST! Me and waking ups… I also dropped my coffee cup as soon as they gave it to me in the studio. I cleaned the mess my self. Too early ;)
I woke up in the afternoon from my nap when Raul phoned me. He said they had already taken all the stuff to the club and they thought it would be best not to wake me up because of the morning shift and all. Sweet dudes…
Sound check went really well. This time we had all the time in the world since were the only band performing tonight. Our first Tavastia show ever!! Jeeee ;) There were also some really nice young ladies asking for autographs and stuff outside the club and what could be a better coffee break place than that every time they’re checking someone else’s equipment. Raul had bought us (with our band’s money) wireless stuff for guitars and bass. For the first time we’ll be able to run around the stage without thinking about twisting cables. We had an acoustic show and some interviews with Janne at seven at NRJ Finland’s birthday party right next door. First set of performance clothes on quickly and ready to pose for the cameras. There were a lot of invited guests at the party and the place was really cool but the guests weren’t quite as polite as the ones we saw in Stockholm. Finnish VIP don’t always know how to behave. Who cares – It’s our Tavastia night tonight!
Back to Tavastia. I haven’t been this nervous for months. Usually I’ve only been worrying if the club is going to be full or not, but I haven’t had even that for months. We heard that they had sold a lot of tickets during the week but even that didn’t comfort me. The last minutes before getting up on stage move sometimes terribly slow and at the same time awfully fast.
On stage. Full house!! And what a reaction! I felt like the king of the world for the whole 82 minutes. Nothing has ever felt that good. Add all the times you have had sex and all the ice creams you’ve eaten to one moment and you’re near. They shouted us back two times and on the second time we had to give them NASTY, the live special.
We sat down in front of the stage for half an hour signing album covers and stuff and after meeting and greeting we went to the after party at Teatteri Club VIP with our manager BOB and some record company folks. I lost my extra t-shirt somewhere and you know how you sweat on stage. Wasn’t nice for the ones with me but I just didn’t want to go home to change. Who cares after a show like that..?
I was home at around five with my stomach filled with Kebab. I can only sit on my balcony and smile. If I’d die now, I’d probably go with a smile on my face…
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
19/09/2006 Showtime Stockholm
It was sooo cool and my throat didn’t break ;) The event was held at a real garage in the center of Stockholm and they had made it look really nice. The back stage was at the place where they normally really paint the cars; there were actually some cans of car paint on the walls. Candles, salmon cookies, beer and red wine served by extremely pretty Swedish girls. Yammy!
The show went so well. Seems as if when we play these shows for invited guests outside Finland, the guests really know how to behave. They all stayed focused during the speeches and performances, some because they really enjoyed what they heard and some just to be polite.
The rest of the guys took off to Finland right after the show and I stayed alone for one more night in Stockholm to do some interviews and stuff in the morning. NRJ has added us into their power play list and seems as if the business will start also in Sweden now. Tavastia club 3 days… And counting…
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
18/09/2006 To Stockholm
We’re on the way to Stockholm to play at mobile operator 3’s gala. They hand out golden mobile phones for the most downloaded tracks of the year. We perform there together with one of the biggest local bands, Bo Kaspers Orkestra. We flew here already today to get some rest before the show. We all feel a bit ill and I really hope my throat won’t break…
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
16/09/2006 Saturday Night Fever
Whatta TV week! First the thing two days ago and now the biggest weekend show in Finland, the Saturday Night Fever. Every week they have one band performing live at the show and this week it’s our turn. I saw the show last week and I thought it looked a bit boring, but this week the atmosphere was totally different.
After the performance and some autographs, the guards told us that some girls had been waiting for us outside the TV station gates all the time from the afternoon (some 7 hours) and asked kindly if we could go see them on the way home. And there they were. We spent a moment with the lovely girls signing stuff and taking photos and it was a lot of fun. There were feeling a bit cold (poor things), because it was probably some 10 degrees outside and they had been standing there all day… ;)
We had a pizza with Sami and Janne on the way home. The guys went home, but I had to have a few at Stockholm Diskotek with the record company guys. They were really happy with the weeks TV performances and they said it’d effect positively on the album charts… We’ll see…
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
Charity Concert at Hartwall Arena 14/09/2006
Yesterday we played at a really cool student party in Kotka (FIN) and we drove directly to the next show in the morning to the biggest arena in Finland, The Hartwall arena in Helsinki. The biggest yearly charity is being held there this year and we are one of the few live performers. For 13.000 viewers Cooool!! Again I forgot my ear monitors at home and I had to borrow Osama’s (Samis). It’s always me…
I didn’t realize how big the place is until I jumped up on stage at sound check. Checking went pretty well, even though we didn’t have that much time for it. Would be pretty important to have a good sound today. A huge audience and some million folks at their living rooms listening…
After the check, there was the press stuff. We met Kim Wilde there again and as soon as she saw me she came to say hi. I hope I didn’t do anything stupid at the after party in Leipzig three weeks ago to leave a clear image of my face into her mind. She’s so sweet… After the press, there was only waiting and waiting. Finally they called us to be ready for our performance…
It was so cool!!! All those folks in the audience screamed so loud. It’s funny how it makes the blood run in your veins. The stadium almost lost its roof when we started the song Fairytale gone bad. It’s been number one on the Finnish airplay charts for 5 weeks in a row, so most of the folks should know it. The only down side was that we had to leave the audience right after the song. It’s a bit stupid the get yourself in heat and as soon as your body is boiling you sit back down at the dressing room… I could have done the same thing again. And again. And again.
We had a drink with Kim Wilde and her band & Crew and one EMI Germany lady in the night at the after party. We stayed until they closed the place… Again… ;)
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
08/09/2006 Show time
The day started with publishers (the first one already at ten!!). Publisher’s job is to promote the writer’s music and pitch songs into movies, TV ads and stuff. They also collect the money from all around the world for us poor writers. We need to have some tuna fish to eat too ;) We / I still don’t have a publisher since all has happened so fast, but luckily there are many applicants. No hurry!
Sound check was just fine. Alcazar is a small club, probably only for 200 persons max, but it feels like a nice place to play at. Swedish style. I’m a bit nervous. Nobody really knows about us in Sweden. Ok, local NRJ added us on their play list today, but that will not bring anyone in yet today. They’ll start the airplay next week.
The club was full before the show JEEEEE ;) The Swedish media took us really well. They even sang NASTY with us. That would never happen in Finland. Swedes are so cool.
We had a few drinks after the show in some really cool place down town. At Östermalm, that’s the place to go they say. We knew there will be a photo shoot of SuperStar magazine in the morning. We shouldn’t stay awake until late. We were the last ones with Jukka (Again;) and we dived to bed at around five I guess…
The interviews and photo shoots went really well and actually the pictures were really coool. Now we’re in Arlanda Express (airport train) heading towards the airport. Next week will be really cool. Finally a whole week in Finland. First a really big student party on Wednesday and Thursday and Saturday really big TV live shows.
|Added: 05.10.2006 — Samu
Stockholm 07/09/2006 – Shopping
We went to Stockholm together with Sami and our stylist Tarja to buy clothes for the next video shoot. The rest of the guys will arrive late tonight; Tarja didn’t want us all five to walk after her in the shops asking “is this good, is this good…” It’s so cool to have someone with us who knows exactly what to get and even more, who pays! We bought a lot of cool stuff. I hope She has some money left for the other guys too. They’ll go shopping tomorrow.
Tomorrow we play at the local Alcazar club for Stockholm media and other guests. I have some meetings with publishers in the morning and also a few radio interviews. It’s nine PM right now and we’re getting ready for a dinner at my friend’s restaurant down town. Seriously, if you’re in Stockholm, please go taste the delicious stakes of Texas Long Horn. Yammy!!! Evening off….
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
3/09/2006 Thank you Tokio Hotel & Fans!
We were invited to support Toki Hotel, probably the hottest band in Germany right now. We had played a show in Finland the night before and I slept for an hour the night before. The alarm clock rang 5:40 in the morning. I was pretty tired as we got to the venue, Loreley open stage near Frankfurt. It was so cool. It was this kind of an open-air theatre on a huge hill. The Tokio Hotel guys have fans even in Finland and we’d heard they’re big in Germany but as soon as we got to the back stage, we realized how big they really are. There were tens of medics, hundreds of police officers and guards to secure the event. The band also had a separate room for gifts from fans. The room was full. Cool!
We were a bit late with the schedule and they opened the doors as we were on stage doing sound check. That can be pretty annoying sometimes, because you don’t want the audience to hear how you build up the whole thing. But this time it was nice. The growing crowd of TH fans cheered for each sound we made. Cool!
We were nervous how the teenagers would take us. I mean the TH fans are really fanatic and they might only want to get rid of the support and get to the point. But no. The noise was huge as we got on stage. Just amazing. We’ve been supporting different kinds of groups before but never before has the audience been like this. All the 7.000-12.000 fans (nobody seemed to know how many;) gave their full support all the way. The best support slot you could ask for.
After the show was confirmed some weeks ago, we heard a lot of stuff about Tokio Hotel and many folks asked how do we think we’ll maintain the image of a credible rock band after playing with them. First I must say after being there, I’d do it every week if I could. It was so much fun. It was even better than the red carpet at the DOME. There’s nothing better than thousands of girls screaming with their hands up. And second about being credible. Yes, the TH guys are young and so are most of their fans, but there are many cool “credible rockers” who should buy a ticket to TH show to see how to make the crowd get what they want. Well done guys und wielen dank fur fie einladung! We’ll buy you beers as soon as it’s legal ;)
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
27/08/2006 Home calling
Our driver picked us up at 13:00, Bob and Julia had already left for their earlier flights. So were in our minivan right now and we bought some breakfast at a petrol station. I really wouldn’t want to go home. I’m so happy we have this great show on SAT next week, otherwise I’d probably stay here. I must be the luckiest guy on planet
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
26/08/2006 Halle supporting Ray Wilson
The morning started fine. Two nice cars, one BMW X5 and one VW Lux Buss picked us up at the hotel at 2PM. We drove to Halle, some 40 Km towards Berlin. Everything seemed to be ok with everything as we checked in to the very nice Kempinski Hotel. It was really coool. You know, in normal 4star hotels they make the bed in the afternoon, but here they also open the bed and close the curtains in the evening so you don’t have to do that yourself when you want to dive into bed. Cool.
Jukka and I went shopping and the rest of the guys headed to the festival area to check everything just in case. So we bought some perfumes and clothes with Jukka and afterwards went to eat in a really nice Italian restaurant. After eating we decided to have a nap and just before I closed my eyes in my room, Janne called me that we had no backline at all (Drums, Guitars, Amplifiers, etc.) Great! First I thought of waking Jukka up and getting there with a taxi, but hell no. I was sure the guys, Bob and Julia would do everything there is to do. I fell asleep as soon as I closed my eyes.
Janne woke me up (he seems to do that a lot;) and said everything was ok. Mr. Ray Wilson had promised to borrow all his stuff, even drums and amplifiers. Cool guy. He joined us with his band to build up our stage system and I gotta say, without them, the night would have been a disaster.
The show was great. There was a 15 meter catwalk on the stage and for the first time I was really able to get in the middle of the audience. Cool. It was also the first time the audience was so big that you couldn’t see where the last guy stands. We met some really nice German fans after the show; especially the 4 pretty twin girls.
We drove back to Kempinski hotel at around 12 and we had several bottles of red wine, cheeses (not rock credible, I know), baileys and beer. As Janne stood up to get to sleep, he went to the wrong direction. Must be the blue cheese. We were the last ones up with Jukka. We were already on the way to our rooms at 5 in the night when we had this great idea to go out downtown. The sun was already up as we got to our beds.
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
25/08/2006 Leipzig, the DOME
As soon as I woke up, I had the image of us standing on the red carpet of the dome. It made me nervous. Quick breakfast and the driver picked us up at ten. The morning and mid day was all about interviews, fan meetings and make up. We did probably 15 bigger TV channel and magazine stuff. Around 2 PM they started to do the makeup for the red carpet.
The red carpet is the official way in for the artists of the dome. Hundreds of music lovers, mostly teenagers, are behind small barriers screaming for autographs of their idols. And it’s so many TV and photo cameras. I wasn’t really nervous about the thing itself, but the fact that probably not that many teenager knows us since we’ve just started our stuff in Germany and it would be annoying if they wouldn’t scream at all…
We sat in this black limousine hands sweating. It was only a couple of minutes until the car would drive us to the carpet. We could hear the screaming folks through the car windows as the artist before us drove to the spot.
The door opens and all the flashlights fill my eyes. I don’t know witch way to walk. Anywhere you look, there are screaming girls and guys. I’ve seen a lot of thing’s and experienced a lot of stuff, but this is something I’ll take to the grave with me. I mean the feeling. For the first time in my life I really feel like a rock star!
The stage was cool. The production company had arranged movie projectors on stage, the same kind we have in Fairytale Gone Bad video. The 3,04 minute thing was quickly done and over. The coolest thing was the Finnish flag with our band logo in the first row, right behind the fence.
After party was soooo cool. When we walked in, there were youngsters who’d been waiting there for autographs, cool. It was in the center of Leipzig in a really cool club. The drinks were free and we met a lot of cool folks and we were shot for different magazines, websites and stuff. We spent most of the evening in a room, where they had built a small lake inside. We just wanted to relax. Ok, Raul went on the dance floor to show his inner Backstreet Boy.
We were back at the hotel at six. We had to party a little bit. But we also have a show tomorrow, a big one. Gotta sleep now…
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
24/08/2006 Leipzig One hour sleep
The morning was wonderful. We were out pretty late and I didn’t pack my stuff in the night. I woke up as Janne knocked on my door saying I have 15 minutes to get downstairs. It was the world record of packing 50 Kg of stuff. And the guitars and stuff…
We went straight to DOME camera rehearsals from the airport and of course I had forgotten my guitar strap to Cologne. I did the rehearsal with air guitar… Some lovely person from EMI capitol Cologne picked the strap up from my hotel and flew it over to Leipzig. So, all ok!
After the rehearsal we got ready to play an acoustic show with Janne at the Games Convention nearby. It was a really cool beach they had built on a huge parking area. And they had hired 15 really good looking young ladies to give massages with sun cream and we spent the afternoon with them at the back stage. After the back stage birdies and acoustic session, we went to play this weird cucumber game with Collien Fernandez, the Maxim cover girl. She and Sami and Raul, Janne and I were against them. We won!
Julia got a call in the afternoon that Ray Wilson’s (from Genesis) supporting act had cancelled the show in Halle, near Leipzig. Our tech. team had just arrived in Helsinki and they had messages waiting in their phones as they switched them on at Helsinki airport to get back to Germany, Cool. It’ll be 15.000 viewers. JEEEE!
We had the evening off. We went downtown Leipzig to have dinner in a really nice Italian restaurant and went to bed pretty early. Well Jukka and I had some beers in my hotel room, but let’s not tell anyone….
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
23/08/2006 Köln Underground
Show day, JEEEE!
The day started pretty early at 10:00 with interviews and stuff. We also had to do a fitting for stage clothes Feli had given us yesterday.
Sound check was cool. We found out that the company providing us with backline services had delivered exactly all we need, so there was no mess with that. We did a camera rehearsal for the camera guys so they would know how the show’s gonna look like. It’s a bit weird to play rock in a club with only 10 camera guys and assistants. I really hope this is not what it looks like in the evening.
We had an hour to relax at the hotel before the driver picked us up before the show. That’s actually cool. Less would be bad because then you’d have to hurry a bit. And two or three hours is too much. Then you lose the vibration you get from sound check.
As soon as we got to the backstage, I got a message that the club is full!!! JEEEE. Another 45 minutes to get ready and soon we’d be up on stage in Germany for the first time.
The crowd was awesome. Just fantastic! The album is to be released on Friday, in two days, and they heard the songs for the first time, but still they were fully with us all the way. So cool. The shouted us back on stage two times. First time we played Wonderland and the second time we just bowed.
After the show I did a short TV interview with Janne for WDR bootleg. And after that some beers with the fantastic folks in the club. We met the German fan club girls and they were nice, they’re gonna travel to Leipzig tomorrow to see our acoustic show and the DOME on Friday. I have one hour to sleep now. The pick up is at 5:30…. I love my life!!!
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
22/08/2006 In front of media
I woke up 9:30 to Janne’s phone call asking me to join him at the gym. Goooood…. Ok, it’s not that rock credible, but you feel so good after it. And especially if you’re gonna sing, some running or anything that raises the pulse will make the throat work better.
The day was filled with interviews. Magazines, TV and Radio. The German media treats us really well. It’s a bit amazing. In Finland we’ve had to explain how rock can also be played without eyeliners but here it’s different. Really cool. One of the reporters asked me and Janne what drugs would we like to try…. JEEEE!
In the evening we went to this outlet store in Düsseldorf with our new stylist Feli. We got all kinds of clothes to perform in at the Cologne underground and at The DOME.
Our manager BOB and tech guys Mikko and Mikko-pekka and also the Finnish record company guy Mikko (A lot of Mikko’s) and a Finnish reporter Aino arrived and we had a fabulous German style dinner together. And a few beers… Tomorrow is a big day and we must go to sleep early to be in shape.
|Added: 05.09.2006 — Samu
21/08/2006 On the way to Wonderland
Here we are on an airplane again above the Baltic Sea on the way to Berlin. We’ll have a busy day there promoting and visiting Radio Channels and in the evening we’ll drive to Cologne, to our “home town” in Germany. This is probably my 8th trip to Germany this year to work with EMI folks but this is the first time we’ll also play full club shows with the band. We’ve done all kinds of stuff at radios before, but the club thing makes me a bit nervous. Nobody really knows us in Germany and I’m worried if anyone’s gonna come see us. On Friday we’ll also perform at the DOME in Leipzig. That’s pretty cool. It’ll be some 6.000 viewers in the audience plus some millions watching TV at home. Really cool.
As our driver Jörn drove 200Km/h on the autobahn we saw the movie (already forgot the name) about the black guy who’s this little girl’s bodyguard somewhere in South America. The girl is been kidnapped and first they think she’s dead but the end is happy after all. I was more focusing on dreaming and staring at the air condition control buttons above me. And thinking how happy I am to be on road with these guys…
In the evening we met Julia briefly at dinner and after dinner a few beers in the hotel lobby bar. After that we all dived into our beds. Tomorrow is full of interviews and stuff – need to sleep.
|Added: 15.08.2006 — Samu
Day 4 Berlin
The wake up call was late, at 10, all though I could have slept for plenty more hours. I went down for breakfast with Julia and soon the others followed to order their Café Lattes. Today we did interviews all over Berlin and also went to discuss stuff at Gibson office. We gave them a list of guitars and basses we want to have on stage in the future. How cool is that!
Raul and Sami got the rest of the day free and they went shopping. Julia, Bob, Janne and I drove 45 minutes to another radio station for the last interview. All the radios were pretty curious about our friend Mikko who sold his house to fund our album. The also were pretty amazed of how we’re not wearing eyeliners and black clothes like other Finnish bands. When we arrived back to the center, Raul and Sami were happy with all the cool stuff they had bought while we’d been working with Janne and the guys. Janne was also able to get a new pair of Converse shoes before we took the car to the airport and I got nothing. Damn. My revenge will be sweet next week in Stockholm. I only have 11 pairs of All Star Converse’s, and we all know that’s not enough to survive.
On the way to the airport Julia got a phone call and after she finished it she said we’ll be supporting the local mega band Tokio Hotel near Cologle on the 3rd of September. Apparently it’ll be some 8.000 screaming youngsters in front of the stage. They’re really big in Germany and it’s the last show of their tour. We also made a deal with Contra Promotion for booking us in Europe. That’ll hopefully take us all around the continent.
There had been a terrorist group in London who tried to get explosives in the airplane. Because of that they checked our luggage with extra care, especially my innocent Martin guitar who always causes extra trouble when checking in at airports. Janne wasn’t even allowed to take his toothpaste in. He might have hurt someone with it. In Finland we use toothpaste as weapon pretty often… Our manager Bob’s flight to London was cancelled and he had to stay an extra night in Berlin (poor thing, I could have done that too…).
So, once again we’re above the Baltic Sea on the way home. I must say that we’re pretty lucky to experience all this even though the trip made us too tired. I’m gonna sleep until the wheels hit the runway in Helsinki.
|Added: 15.08.2006 — Samu
Day 3– Hamburg – Kiel – Berlin
Robbie was just awesome! It’s amazing when 80.000 fans stand up their hands towards the sky and sing angels with him. The first feeling I had was “I wanna get there!, on stage I mean. I think we still have some miles to go… After the show we were invited to Robbie Williams VIP after party. I’ve been to several cool parties before but I gotta say this was the coolest after party ever. There was a red carpet even for us guests. We would have wanted to stay (so much) but we all knew there’s an early flight to catch in the morning and we decided to go to sleep after a few drinks.
We flew to Hamburg in the morning and from there we drove to Kiel, a harbor city to meet new radio folks. In Kiel there was this very cute interviewer girl who was doing the stuff for the first time with an international act. Raul and I helped her with the equipment. Sweet… We drew her a painting “on the way to wonderland”, where a crocodile walks (or do they crawl..) on the road next to Sunrise Ave road sign. None of us four can really draw… We gave our best. From Kiel we took a minivan to Berlin to visit the Gibson office. We’ll get our guitars and basses from there from now on, JEEEE! The first guitar I tried was the same guitar Faith Hill performed with in the Grammy gala a couple of years ago. I decided to take that model. Janne chose a bigger one. Size does matter, he said. In the evening I made a few more phone interviews and I had only 11 minutes for shower and to get ready for dinner. We had a dinner with a director from Ibiza, who’s probably gonna direct our next video
We had a long dinner (with a bit more red wine and stuff that the evenings before) and brainstormed like hell. We even needed a few drinks after dinner at the former Eastern side of Berlin because of sitting in the car and interviews all day. Bad excuse, I know. Tomorrow will be a long day again and we’re gonna have to sleep too.
|Added: 15.08.2006 — Samu
Day 2 – Cologne
We woke up in the morning from the fabulous Marriott hotel and we went to gym right away. Not so rock credible… yesterday we spent the whole day driving around Frankfurt visiting radio stations. We played acoustic Fairytale gone bad and gave them interviews to be broadcasted on the spot or later on. We drove to Cologne in the evening for one more interview for the big 1LIVE channel and after that we were free for two hours before dinner with some EMI folks. The dinner made us all sleepy after the long day and we all fell asleep around midnight.
Today we played a live gig for the whole EMI Capitol office folks with Janne. Usually it’s not nice to perform to record company people because they’re so professional and live out of criticism, but today it felt really good. It’s nice how the rock songs get softer and even better in a way when played only with two acoustics. That’s the way I write most of the stuff in the first place. We played Make it go away, Diamonds, Heal me and of course Fairytale gone bad. We were told that Fairytale gone bad has been doing well on the German TOP 100 radio charts and that’s gooood.
In the afternoon we had a meeting with our new stylist and we also gave a few interviews for local radios & press. Finally we’re able to get ready for the Robbie Williams show tonight. So I’m sitting in my room only with my towel on ( just had a shower;) writing this stuff. Soon we’ll see how Robbie and his guys handle stuff on stage… JEEE!
|Added: 14.08.2006 — Samu
Promotion trip to Germany
We are above the Baltic Sea again. We’re on the way to Germany to promote our single Fairytale Gone Bad. It’ll be released in Germany + Switzerland + Austria on 11th of August. I have two seats. The other one is for my Martin (Guitar;), who I didn’t dare to put down in the cold with my luggage. It’s a pity they didn’t serve him breakfast. I would have had two…
Two stewardesses have already asked for autographs for their kids. One got it to the safety instructions card. Was the first time for me on that one…
We’re gonna play live acoustic song at radios. The first one is today at 1130 AM. I decided not to sing public before afternoon EVER after Playing NRJ live a few months ago with Janne. But this time I’ll be flexible. So it’ll be only Janne and I playing. Raul and Sami can focus on looking good and answering correctly. Tough job! Our Finnish record company MD Anne escorts us. She takes the trip with us to get to know her German colleagues.
So we’ll land in Frankfurt and in the evening we’ll drive to our “home town” Cologne. Tomorrow will be like today. But tomorrow evening we’ll all also see Robbie Williams show at Cologne Arena. Robbie is also EMI Capitol artist, just like us.
I gotta have a coffee now. This’ll be fun…
|Added: 09.07.2006 — Samu
17/06/2006 Across Finland
Our driver Mättö woke us up at ten and told us the buss is fixed and fine. Hotel Breakfast (We do love it a lot). Stuff & guys in the buss and towards Kuopio. We had slept for some four hours so we all fell asleep again as the buss slowly mowed in the curves. After an hour or so I woke up to a terrible heat. The AC had broken down and now it’s hot as hell!!! It’s +27 outside and you can only open the driver’s window. So I’m sitting in the front of the buss and writing this diary. We’re all wearing only shorts and in a way it’s cool. Summer!!
When we got to Kuopio, the weather got a bit cooler at 8 in the evening. We did a quick sound check and had some dinner. I usually can’t sleep right before the show, but this time I slept like a pig. U know, a cute one. Janne kept on pushing me for snoring. I don’t snore??? He must be dreaming. I woke up 30 min before show time. I was still not totally awake as we started. I even forgot some words. Hope nobody noticed. Henry’s Pub is a nice place for bands. Not like at most of the clubs, here the folks come to listen to the music, not to party and drink that much. The evening was nice and we found out that some ladies had come all the way from Northern-Finland to see our show. How cool is that!
It would have been nice to hang out at the clubs of Kuopio after the show, but we had to get home for the first time in 10 days. I had no clean shirts left. On the way home, we were supposed to sleep, but no. The club owner gave us some bottles to go and the whole gang, Janne, Jukka, Raul, Sami, MP (tech guy), Mikko (Front man), Mättö, Janne’s friend who got a ride and I stayed up all night drinking wine etc and listening to the show on Minidisk.
It’s hard to describe how pretty it is when the sun gets up from behind a Finnish lake and woods and you’re in the buss with the best guys on the planet. I could go on for a zillion years. But it’s nice to visit home too. We’ll have a week off now. Only some interviews and the next gig is at Virgin oil Helsinki on July 1st.
|Added: 09.07.2006 — Samu
Back in suomi Finland
We came back from Barcelona shooting the video for Fairytale Gone Bad. We spent the whole week by the Mediterranean Sea and as we got back to Finland, the tour bus and our driver MÄTTÖ was waiting for us at the airport. Jannes bag had disappeared on the way home and due to the early flight (and some beers the night before) he already had spent two days in the same clothes. Just like the rest of us.
Jukka was also waiting for us with our tour agent Elina. A short brief how things had gone and the trip towards Pori started. We had only slept for some 2 hours and as the engines of the buss went on we all fell asleep. I woke up after 2 hours when Jukka yelled “all up for lunch”. Idiot…
Pori was a quiet city. We’d never been there before. One of the biggest festivals was on in one of the neighbor cities and seemed as if all the folks had left the town. Club19 was a nice place and we put our hands to work. Right after the sound check our driver Mättö told us that the steering assistant of the buss is broken. We’re supposed to continue our trip in the morning to the next city… We’ll see.
2 minutes before show time there were 4 guys sitting in the club. Cool, this’ll be fun! Feet back on the ground after all the 5-star breakfasts in Barcelona. Together with the club manager, we decided to wait for another 30 min. And finally the room got pretty full. And they were great. The yelled us back on stage twice after the set. We’d promised our live agent that we won’t play any cover versions, but this time we gave them “Let me entertain you” as the last song.
After the gig we had some beers with the guys and the morning (10 AM) felt pretty early. We must have fallen asleep at six or something…
|Added: 09.07.2006 — Samu
12/06/2006 The Summer starts
We came back from Jyväskylä in the morning from Killeri Rock festival. It was the first festival gig this summer and I must say the audience was just Great! Thanx again. We replaced one of the biggest Finnish singers Anssi Kela as last artist of the whole festival and to be honest, we were a bit nervous how the fanatic Kela fans would take us. You sand along and the night was a pretty as a Finnish summer night can be. Wow…
The stage was built in the middle of a horse race track and they had locked the horses in the stables not to get hurt with our drummer. Sami could scare them. Last night was also the first trip with our Night Liner buss, 9 beds, kitchen, 50inch plasma TV, DVD, Play Station, etc. Traveling couldn’t be more fun. We also gave a ride to the Finnish band Egotrippi as they had run out of fuel. They let us shoot Fan pics with them ;) We also had Ms Ainoo Kuutamo with us from Suosikki magazine. We gotta get back to Jyväskylä soon to play to the wonderful folks.
On The Rocks – Home arena
On Friday we played our first public show at On the rocks Helsinki (Release party on WED was with invitation only) and I almost had tears in my eyes for a couple of times. Especially when the crowd sang “On the way to wonderland” with us. The club was packed and the crowd was awesome. At last we’ve had two gigs in a row we feel only good about afterwards. No idiots throwing stuff on stage or yelling nasty things. Good. The only thing we need to control is partying after shows since we’re having plenty of them now. Can’t stay up until 6AM after every gig. Our hearts could stop beating and we wouldn’t wanna die now.. ;)
Antud bändi, Carpark Northi, on Ile maininud oma ”profiilis” oma lemmikbändina. Ja saate aru – see bänd on nagu HEA.. Totaalselt. Vägaväga. Ja need nende videod. Jumalikud. Mul on sõltuvus.
Tegu on siis ühe Taani bändiga, mis mängib mingit elektroonilist pop-rocki vms. Seda on nii raske kirjeldada, aga see on niiiii hea. :)
Jah. Ma mainin veelkord. Nad on imelised! :) Muusikaorgasm.
Niisiis. Ongi selleks aastaks taas möödas Eurovisiooni suur ja hoogne möll.. :) Ning samuti ka minu eksamikirjand. Ei tea, kuidas läks. Usun, et hästi. Ehk ikka 5 :P Loodetavasti on minu kirjutamisest ka kasu olnud.. Igatahes.. Teemaks võtsin ma ”Mis on edu valem?”. Tundus huvitav teema, mille üle pikemalt mõelda. Kuigi ma olen seda korra juba teinud, kui ma millalgi varem koolis pidin kirjandi kirjutama. Igatahes. Eks siis teisipäeval peaks tulemused teada saama.
Eurovisioonis nii palju, et Eesti järjekordselt finaali ei pääsenud. No kohe ei sobi see finaali ja poolfinaali teema meile. Poolfinaalis meeldis mulle veel Ungari esitatud ballaad, mis oli armas ja pääses ka finaali. Muidugi oli peamiselt tegu Balkani võimuga. Nii ka finaalis. Võidu napsas endale päris meeldiv balaad Serbia noore lauljanna esituses. Soomel läks eriti magedalt.. Õhtujuhid olid aga väga meeldivad ja ürituski meeldis mulle. Süda ikkagi oli kohal, sest see ju ikkagi Soome :D Igatahes kokkuvõttes oligi Balkani riikide käes edetabeli esiots ja midagi meeldejäävat polnud. Minu arvates olidki kogu ürituse esikolmik mingisuguses suvalises järjekorras (antud hetkel tähestikulises) Eesti, Soome, Ungari.. Jah. Geograafiliselt poliitiline aktsioon see Eurovisioon..
Aga Elioni saidil üks inimene ütles nii armasalt, et tema arvates võiks olemas olla pigem Rockvisioon :P Mina lisaksin omalt poolt, et siis vist küll Soome võidutseks! :D Fuckyeah!
*Trapt – These Walls*
Tähendab asi on naljast nüüd kaugel. Alates eelmise nädala laupäevast lihtsalt juhtub halbu asju meiega: Kõigepealt siis Aleksist lahkuminek, siis igasugused pisiasjad.. (igasugused..) ja nüüd veel see, et eile jäi Laura auto alla.. :| Nagu MISMÕTTES, ma ei saa aru.. Õnneks kõik luud-kondid terved ja jalad all, aga enesetunne on ikka tal kehv ja kõndida ka valus.. + mingi küünarnukk annab ka tunda end.. :S Täiesti jube..
Aga eile oli Paides Euroopa päeva tähistamine. Slide, In Chain jt.. Aga neid teisi me ei näinud.. Fämili oli kohal ja see oli tegelikult väga armas. Ilm oli kehv, aga samas mulle meeldis see vihm ja päike ja vikerkaar, mis end ilmutas :)
Hommikul saatsin Laura kooli ja ise nüüd ka kodus.. Puhkan enne homset kirjandit. Õhtul Eurovisioon ka veel :) SoomeSoomeSoomeSoome!.. Kas te teate, et ma jumaldan seda riiki? Nüüd teate! Jah! ;)
*Snow Patrol – Run*
Heiii.. Jälle. Üle pika aja. Eelmisel esmaspäeval/teisipäeval vist kirjutasin alles.. Ja nüüd on juba nädal möödunud. Selle ajaga on palju juhtunud. Veel laupäeval oli mu elu võrratult ilus, kuid nüüd.. :S
Kuid rahulikult ja kõigest pikemalt. Kolmapäeval siis, nagu jutt oli, käisin kaheltööintervjuul. Esimene neist oli päris hommikul ja see oli väga tore. Mind saadeti neljapäevaks proovipäeva tegema ehk siis proovima ühte täistööpäeva.. Igatahes peale edukat tööintervjuud otsustasin ma, et kuna mul oli aega, minna Laagrisse.. Natuke meenutama vanu häid aegu :) Mõeldud, tehtud. Saigi siis astutud Laagri tänavatel – vihma sadas ja ma suhtselt külmusin ka muidugi. Läksin ja passisin mõni tund Maksimarketist, kust ma siis otse Laurale kooli vastu läksin. Sealt liikusime kesklinna, kus me enamus oma ajast siis ka chillisime. Pärast saatis Laura mu bussi peale, et ma saaksin minna Piritale loovustuppa ‘tööintervjuule’.. Sealgi oli tore ja tegin siis kaasa ühe tunni lastega. Aitasin värve jagada ja tegelesin nendega. See oli meeldiv :) Muidugi minu geniaalne mõistus pani selge VALGE jaki, nii et pärast tundi oli see poolpunane :) Ei lasknud end sellest heidutada ja vanaema juurde jõudes kobisin mõnusasse sooja vanni ning jakk koos muu jamaga asus sooja vette likku. Polnudki midagi ülirasket ja sain kenasti punase värvi riide pealt maha.. Aga kurnatud olin küll sellest päevast.
Neljapäev hakkas siis niimoodi, et kella 10 läksin juba Ema ja Lapse Keskusesse sellele proovipäevale. See kujutas endast põhimõtteliselt nagu lasteaeda või – sõime, ainult et lapsi oli vähem – umbes 10 ja nad olid ka nooremad – 1-2aastased umbes. Nii armas oli.. Kõik harjusid minuga ära ja mulgi oli nendega tore. :) 9 tundi ja äärmiselt väsitav, kuid samas väga meeldiv kogemus. Sealtki lubati ühendust võtta, kuid tundus, et nad on huvitatud :)
Reede siis hakkas Tapale sõiduga.. :) Tõotas tulla tore päev. Õhtu poole tuli Ele ka kohale ja nii me siis kolmekesi chillisime. Ööseks läksime toredasse ööbimiskohta, mis meile väga meeldis. Reede õhtul enne laivi peale mõnetunnist minupoolset padjakallistamist avastas Laura, et tema võtab kätte ja saadab Aleksile sõnumi, et too ikka minuga nõmedalt käitunud on ja et oleks aega nagu täiskasvanud inimene asjad selgeks teha. Ootasime juba, et ega sealt mingit reaktsiooni ei tule, kuid oh üllatust, juba mõne minuti pärast piiksus Laura telefon ootusärevalt ja ootamas oli Aleksi poolt saadetud sõnum, milles ta ütles, et Laural on täiesti õigus ja andis veel lubaduse, et saadab mulle veel sama päeva õhtul e-maili..
Laupäeval õhtul läksin siis õnnelikult ja ootusärevalt oma postkasti, aga Aleksi kirjast polnud haisugi.. Kena küll, mõtlesin. Tegelikult olin isegi VÄGA ärritunud ja võtsin seda kui konkreetset teadet, et tal pole must ei külma ega sooja. Masendus ja pisarad tulid kiiresti ja kergelt. Pühapäeval rääkisin sellest Lauraga ja saatsin ka Aleksile kirja, et ta ei pea minust enam midagi kuulma ja et ta käitus minuga väga halvasti ja.. Ma ei tahaks pikemalt rääkida, mis seal kirjas oli.. Täna siis igatahes õhtul netti minnes avastasin oma postkastist Aleksi kirja, kus ta ütleb, et ei ootagi, et ma talle seda enam andestaksin ja et mina olin tema vastu alati nii hea, aga tema tegi mulle haiget ja.. Ja ta loodab, et ma ei kohta enam iial temagust inimest..
Vot siis oli mul enesetunne juba rohkem kui lihtsalt halb. Sellega pitseeris Aleks meie lahkumineku lõplikult.. Kirjutasin talle peale mõneajalist rahunemist ka kirja, kus olin suhteliselt leebe ja isegi mainisin, et tegelikult mul poleks temaga kohtumise vastu midagi.. Mitte küll kohe, kuid millalgi. Vaatame, kas ta nüüd ka nii kiire on või ei võta ta üldse ühendust või..
Igatahes Aleksiga on nüüd asi läbi ja kõik.. Jube. Ma tunnen end kohutavalt ja ei taha kuidagi leppida asjaoluga, et see ongi läbi.. :'(