FIREWIND, koalas and more adventures!
The departure to the Firewind-shows in Australia is getting closer. The habit I obtained back in 2011, to travel across the globe to see Greek virtuosos Firewind, is now taking me all the way down to the continent “down under”, the land of the koalas and kangaroos!
It’s a trip over 9 time zones, taking me across two (or 3, depending on how you count) continents and 16,036 km, 9,964 English miles, 8,659 nautical miles (I had to look it up)….
I’m super excited about it, because for ONCE in my life, I really don’t know what to expect! I know Europe and I know the USA well enough. No big surprises there, just slight differences, but all in all, it’s pretty much all the same place… But THIS? Everything is backwards!
And THIS time, I’m not going to travel like a backpacker to keep it as cheap as possible. Not when I have over 30 hours of travel-time to deal with.
If there’s EVER a good time to spend a little extra on a trip, this is it. I’m travelling like a QUEEN this time.
That Emirates business-class is something I’m really looking forward to. Lie-flat bed with built in massage and your own mini-bar, and a 23/7 open bar with snacks and drinks, luxury-style entertainment system, award winning food, private driver, lounge… The works! The super-long flight will NOT suck, for a change.
And – best of all – most likely no screaming babies in that part of the plane. :))
[The bar in Business Class :) I will have a rainbow-drink with a little umbrella in it, please!]
I’ve had a great time travelling around to see Firewind the past two years.
My biggest heroes are all those classic bands, you know, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Sabbath, Ozzy… But when it comes to live shows, I’ve never been disappointed at the Firewind gigs. They can change band-members all they want, the energy is always there regardless – every single time.
Even the “big” bands have bad evenings sometimes. But I’ve never seen Firewind suck live – not even once. So, it’s safe to travel to the other side of the world to see a few shows. I know it’s going to be the thrill of a lifetime! :)
AND, I’m really excited about meeting my Australian friend Clint from Melbourne, who will join me in Brisbane for this tour (I’m off on a wildlife-safari in Sydney the day after my arrival, so no time to socialize there, unfortunately).
[Booked this: http://www.viator.com/tours/Sydney/Blue-Mountains-Nature-and-Wildlife-Day-Tour-from-Sydney/d357-2230S15?aid=se1
He’s been following me online since my very first website back in 1997, a good friend that I’ve been talking to regularly through MSN-chat (now Skype) so it’s about time that I met the guy in person! :)
And there will be yet a few memorable Firewind-shows to add to to the list. This is “the list” so far – started counting with the Ozzy-show in NYC which is where it all began!
It looks like an insane number of shows, but I’m loving every second of it!
I get to travel, see things, experience all kinds of adventures and most of all, I get to see great rock’n’roll shows all over the world! What could be better than THAT!
24 days to go! :)))
|December 1, 2010||OZZY||Madison Square Garden||New York City||USA|
|January 7, 2011||Firewind||Relentless Garage||London||UK|
|June 11, 2011||OZZY||Sweden Rock Festival||Solvesborg||Sweden|
|June 15, 2011||OZZY||Olympiahalle||Munich||Germany|
|June 17, 2011||OZZY||Rockhal||Esch-sur-Alzette||Luxembourg|
|June 25, 2011||Firewind||Graspop festival||Dessel||Belgium|
|July 6, 2011||Firewind||Kaftanzoglio stadium / 2310 festival||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|July 8, 2011||Firewind||Sonisphere festival||Knebworth||UK|
|August 9, 2011||OZZY||Ergo Arena||Gdansk||Poland|
|August 11, 2011||OZZY||Smukfest festival||Skandeborg||Denmark|
|September 10, 2011||Firewind||Moho Live||Manchester||UK|
|September 11, 2011||Firewind||Cathouse||Glasgow||Scotland/UK|
|September 12, 2011||Firewind||Sub 89||Reading||UK|
|September 16, 2011||Firewind||Rock Temple||Kerkrade||NL|
|September 17, 2011||Firewind||Biebob||Vosselaar||Belgium|
|September 18, 2011||Firewind||Underground||Köln (Cologne)||Germany|
|October 9, 2011||Firewind||State Theatre||S:t Petersburg||Florida / USA|
|October 10, 2011||Firewind||Masquerade||Atlanta||USA|
|October 12, 2011||Firewind||Gramercy Theatre||New York City||New York / USA|
|January 14, 2012||Firewind||Fuzz Club||Athens||Greece|
|June 2, 2012||OZZY||Malmö Stadium||Malmö||Sweden|
|June 4, 2012||OZZY||Westfalenhalle||Dortmund||Germany|
|June 22, 2012||OZZY||Graspop Festival||Dessel||Belgium|
|July 13, 2012||Firewind||Bang Your Head Festival||Balingen||Germany|
|July 18, 2012||Firewind||Mylos||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|September 14, 2012||Firewind||Moho||Manchester||UK|
|September 15, 2012||Firewind||Button Factory||Dublin||Ireland|
|September 28, 2012||Firewind||Knust||Hamburg||Germany|
|September 29, 2012||Firewind||Godset||Kolding||Denmark|
|October 4, 2012||Firewind||Underground||Cologne/Köln||Germany|
|October 5, 2012||Firewind||Hedon||Zwolle||Netherlands|
|October 6, 2012||Firewind||Biebob||Vosselaar||(Belgium)|
|December 15, 2012||Firewind||8Ball Club (10th Anniversary shows)||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|December 16, 2012||Firewind||8Ball Club (10th Anniversary shows)||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|February 3, 2013||Firewind||The Masquerade||Atlanta, GA||USA|
|February 6, 2013||Firewind||Gramercy Theatre||New York, NY||USA|
|April 27, 2013||Firewind||Rock in den Ruinen||Dortmund||Germany|
|June 7, 2013||Firewind||Sweden Rock Festival||Sölvesborg||Sweden|
|October 31, 2013||Firewind||Manning bar||Sydney||Australia|
|November 1, 2013||Firewind||The Hi-Fi||Brisbane||Australia|
|November 2, 2013||Firewind||Fowlers Live||Adelaide||Australia|
|November 3, 2013||Firewind||Corner Hotel||Melbourne||Australia|