May 4th 2010 12:20pm Helsinki / Kemi Flying Home
The last stretch of the tour was once again a bit of a struggle, but that’s how it usually is.
In Austin, I slept all day and just got up in time for the show.
Houston flew by in an instant as well, not really getting anything reasonable done besides playing the show.
In Tulsa, I got up around noon and walked around a bit trying to find a bank that would agree to change some Canadian dollars into U.S. ones. The fact that I didn’t have an account became an issue, so I gave up and went back to my NHL games and the bus.
After Tulsa, we had a really long drive to Atlanta… some 15 hours or so. At this point of the tour, we’re not doing sound checks anymore. In fact, I don’t think we’d done them for a couple of weeks already. Our techs know how to set up the stuff and make the stage sound okay even without us, so there’s no point wasting time and jamming for an hour every day. Oh, so where was I? Raleigh, North Carolina. The venue was really small and we got it packed, which resulted in some serious "water dropping from the roof" incidents. Luckily, I realized this right from the start and played the whole set with a towel on top of my keyboards. It was really hot and wet, but we enjoyed it and had a really good show.
The last show in Springfield went on without a glitch and as before, we had a really good crowd there.
Later we hung out with our support bands, Powerglove and Mutiny Within (by the way, thanks for the tour guys!!!), took a bunch of pictures, had a couple of drinks and jumped on the bus for a last drive to the hotel. The night was spent packing our stuff and finishing off the rest of the beers left on the bus. The next morning it was time to start the flying-inferno and head home.
Like always our flight from Washington D.C. to NYC was delayed a couple of hours and we were about to miss our connection to Finland, but luckily that flight was also delayed so we managed to get to Helsinki almost on time and now we’re finally flying home to Kemi and a two week break before the festivals start.
A BIG thanks to our fans in the U.S. and Canada for showing up, meeting us, bringing us all kinds of stuff and enjoying the shows with us.
Over & Out.