Things are really shaping up, slowly but surely – to exactly what I want life to be!
Steel Panther in Manchester, D.A.D in Gothenburg, interview with Sebastian Bach (again), the Gus G/Marty Friedman solo tour this spring, Rob Zombie and Megadeth later this summer, festivals….
Was really glad to hear that Jo (Nunez – drummer of Firewind) is going to be part of the Gus/Marty tour-package as well. What a kick-ass lineup.
And all of those guys are great, down to earth kind of people:
Mats Leven, Gus, Marty, Jo. And that’s just a bonus besides the fact that they are all just ridiculously good musicians!
This tour will be like heaven on earth for a music-geek like me. :)
And I’m never as happy as when I get a reason to pack my bags and go somewhere, anywhere. It’s that challenge, the adventure, the thrill, all the things that make me feel alive!
I’ve got my flights, trains, buses and hotels all sorted out for a few shows. I’ll devote next week to sorting out the Germany and BeNeLux-dates, as the logistics aren’t as simple and logical as they have been in the past. The distances are longer this time and not in “the right order”. So, I’ve got to figure out how to do it, as smoothly as possible and as cheap as possible. THAT is what I love doing. :)
The kicks I get from travelling like this, are almost on the same level as music itself. I’ll even put up with people who don’t get it and think that this whole thing is about “stalking”. That’s not what this is. I just choose to live my life this way instead of spending my money on expensive things. I want experiences and memories for life!
I started travelling for rock’n’roll in the early 90’s. The first band I started seeing “everywhere” was Skid Row. Then it was Judas Priest, and then just whatever I felt like seeing, cause there was a LOT to choose from in the late 80’s, early 90’s!
The first time I was really welcomed as a part of the “family” was with Jon Oliva’s Pain (Oliva, ex-Savatage). Went on a few tours and gigs of Europe with them, had a great time. Those are memories for life, I’ll never forget those days.
That’s something that’s on my “things-to-do-before-I-die”-list. Get on another tour, have my own bunk and just be out there for however long the tour lasts. I’ve honestly never felt more at home or more content anywhere else in my life.
I had no idea I would end up going to that many Gus G/Firewind-shows, but I found myself enjoying it so much that I just kept vagabonding from country to country, city to city, from small clubs to festivals… And now I don’t even think anymore, I just do it, because it’s a BLAST! :)
Life is way too short to deny yourself things that make you happy. :)
According to my calculations, I will have seen Gus shred his ass off live on stage no less than 50 times by the time I get to MUNICH on this tour. That will be gig number 50 in… 3 years. Call it crazy but let me tell you – I can’t think of a whole lot that would have been more worth the time or the effort. :D
And it’s always been something different. The Ozzy shows are nowhere near the same thing as Firewind. Not even Firewind has always been the same. During these 3 years I’ve already seen the band with 3 different singers: Apollo, Mats Leven and Kelly Sundown Carpenter. NOW it’s going to be yet another situation which I’m so curious to see! All I know is that it’s going to kick ass. Bring it on! :D
[Firewind with APOLLO]
The madness so far – and future insanity!
|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 / Stop That Sound 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|
|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 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||Germany|
|October 5, 2012||Firewind||Hedon||Zwolle||Netherlands|
|October 6, 2012||Firewind||Biebob||Vosselaar||Belgium|
|December 15, 2012||Firewind||8Ball Club||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|December 16, 2012||Firewind||8Ball Club||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|January 3, 2013||Firewind||Masquerade||Atlanta||Georgia, USA|
|January 6, 2013||Firewind||The Gramercy Theatre||New York City||New York, USA|
|April 27, 2013||Firewind||Rock In Den Ruinen (outdoor festival)||Dortmund||Germany|
|June 7, 2013||Firewind||Sweden Rock Festival||Solvesborg/Norje Boke||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|
|January 5, 2013||Nightrage (Jo Nunez)||Trädgårn/Gothenburg Sound Festival||Gothenburg||Sweden|
|April 15, 2013||Spiritual Beggars (Apollo)||The Logo||Hamburg||Germany|
|September 22, 2013||Craze (Apollo)||Kajskjulet||Halmstad||Sweden|
|October 12, 2013||Spiritual Beggars (Apollo)||8Ball Club||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|October 26, 2013||Gus G||Rockmässan / Swedish Metal Convention||Malmö||Sweden|
|2014||Gus G (solo)||Block 33||Thessaloniki||Greece|
|May 1, 2014||Gus G (solo)||Klubi||Tampere||Finland|
|May 2, 2014||Gus G (solo)||Nosturi||Helsinki||Finland|
|May 3, 2014||Gus G (solo)||Stockholm Rocks Festival||Stockholm||Sweden|
|May 5, 2014||Gus G (solo)||Trädgårn||Gothenburg||Sweden|
|May 7, 2014||Gus G (solo)||KB||Malmö||Sweden|
|May 12, 2014||Gus G (solo)||Backstage||Munich||Germany|
|May 21, 2014||Gus G (solo)||O2 Islington Academy||London||UK|
More to come. :)