Summer Tour 2002
We are back from our summer tour and it was a great time! We want to thank
Raquel and all the crew at JUST FOR FUN for putting us on this years line
up at Calella, Spain- Special thanks goes out to David and Santi Lluch
from the Hellbilly Club for helping us out at the airport etc. The beach
was perfect and there were a lot of great parties in the town- If you
want to go to one of the best festivals ever-go to Calella!
Next we were on our way to Finland for 5 shows....
At the airport in Barcelona, Iberian airlines charged us $900 excess baggage
charge- we had to pay because they had already sent our bags through the
doors.We had our bass and guitar and lots of drum equipment! Plus of course
our bags,anyway...we made it to Finland and spent a day in Helsinki checking
out the town.Antti Pasanen from the band 9 lives picked us up in the tour
bus with his other band Wee Wee Hours who would be supporting us on the
tour. The bus was old but it was cool- it had seen many rock n roll tours.
All the guys in Wee Wee Hours were great- in fact everywhere you go in
Finland the people are extremely friendly-its a great country! During
the day we went to visit a Finnish Rock and roll legend, Mr. Rock-Ola-
he has a famous barber shop in Helsinki specializing in quiffs! so Chris
got his hair cut and we hung out there for a while.
The first gig was at a place called on the rocks in Helsinki-
it was a real cool place- the way a cool club should look-the gig went
real good and the fans were great-the wrecking pit in front kept knocking
things over,such as my mic stand ha! ha! The party after the gig was great
also (I have the pictures!ha ha)
Next show was in Lahti-also playing that night with us was Thee Apple
Thieves who were great- The crowd was very good again and again the mic
stand was knocked over several times! We got to meet Pete Salomaa from
the band Francine,who was a real cool guy.
Thursday and we played in Kuopio at a place called Joes Dog- great
club -The way the stage was set up it was hard for people to move in front
but it was good
Some guy came up on stage and was taking his clothes off! (why?)
After the show we hung out till about 6 am I think....
Friday night in Tampare! another real cool bar, The Raparallaa -set up
tex-mex style.This gig was packed-there was no room to move in the place-I
met up with my friend Ismo from the band The Stingers there.When the show
was over we had to rush out of the club to the hotel to take a shower
because we had to leave on a 9 hour drive up north- I think some of the
fans might have been pissed we didn't stick around- we came back to the
club, but most of the people from the show had gone home.We left at about
5 am and drove north to Kemi.
The show in Kemi was actually 70 km north of there out in the middle of
nowhere at a big festival hall- It was a car club fest and there were
lots of old American cars on display- We got to see 9 lives perform and
they were excellent-They had a great response as they are from that area
and they are well liked.
We didn't go on until about 2:30am but you would never know because up
there, its light out 24hrs a day in summer- it was very bizzare-This show
was probably the best for us musically and the crowd had a lot of energy.when
the show was over it was sad because we knew that the tour was over and
we would all have to go home and go back to work and the real world.
We met so many great fans on this trip that I cant wait to come back-
There is no money to be made playing this style of music and so its the
fans that make it worth while for us.See you all again next time! Paul