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:

Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney

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

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