Sunday, November 18, 2007

Barcelona


17.11.07 Barcelona

Saavuttiin Barcelonaan puolenpäivän aikaan. Kirjoittelin takahuoneessa blogiin. Keikkapaikan nettiyhteys oli tosi hidas. Tai sitten se oli vaan ylikuormitettu. Kolme bändiä ja henkilökunta päälle ja melkein kailla omat laptopit. Olit tosi hidasta/ välillä mahdotonta uploadata kuvia tänne blogiin. Soundcheckissä soiteltiin sellaista limaista Bon Jovi-tyylistä improvisaatio balladia. Siitä tuli kyllä tosi hyvä kasaribiisi kaikkine kliseineen. No siinä kuuden aikaan alkoi olla ruoka-aika. Katselin kun kaverit tulee lautasten kanssa takaisin bäkkärille syömään. Oli näköjään lohkoperunoita ja kanaa/kalaa. 3 kolme siivua oli saanut perunanlohkoja, kala oli kylmää ja no, kanasta en tiedäkään. Päätettiin lähteä Henkan ja Ehun (kitarateknikko) kanssa paikalliseen perinneravintola Mc Donaldsiin syömään. Löytyihän Barcelonastakin perinneravintola ja ainoastaan 15 min. kävelymatkan päästä. Otettin kyllä sitten ”Mäkiseltä” muillekin ruokaa matkaan. Saatiin tieto, että ruoka oli loppunut kesken...

No niin. Nyt kun on tilitetty, päästään asiaan. Tony teki paikalliseen heavyradioon haastattelun. Sitten se mimmi halus kysellä multakin jotain, joten kävin vastailemassa pariin kysymykseen itsekin.

Keikka meni nappiin. Kyllä täällä Espanjassakin vaan on bändillä faneja. Eturivissä oli hauska jätkä. Se vetäs repusta esiin A4:sen, johon oli kirjoitettu: ”Please give me a pick”, anna plektra. No minä siinä nyökyttelin sille samalla kun biisi kulki tyyliin: ”joo, ei ihan heti. Mulla on nyt vähän kiire tän soiton kanssa”..No sitten jossain vaiheessa heitin sille plektran. Sillä oli reppu auki ja se tais kaappasta kopin sillä repullaan..” Sitten jonkun ajan päästä se heilutteli taas sitä lappua. Tällä kertaa siinä luki: ”Thank You”. En tiedä, mutta mun mielestä se oli hauskaa. Jopa ihailtavaa.

11/17/07 Barcelona

We were in Barcelona around 12. I wrote to my blog at the backstage. The internet connection of the venue was really slow. Or overloaded or something. You know, 3 bands and a crew and almost everybody has a laptop. It was very hard to upload the pictures to my blog. Occationally even not possible. At the soundcheck we played this totally improvised Bon Jovi style hard rock ballad. It turned out to be very good! It was time to eat at six. The guys were coming back to the backstage with their plates..There seemed to be somekind of home-style fries and chicken and/or fish. Everyone had 3 slices of those potatoes, the fish was cold and I don´t even want to know about the chicken. We decided to go to this traditional restaurant with Henrik and Ehu (guitar technician). We found Mc Donalds after 15 minutes of walk... We had to order some food to the others as well, we found out the food was out at the venue..

Ok now, back to business. Tony did this interview for a local radio. The lady wanted to ask a couple of questions from me also.

The show was brilliant again. There´s a lot of fans here in Spain too! There was a funny guy in a front row. He had a paper and he had wrote on it: “Please give me a pick”. I just nodded to him while I was playing that: “yes I will but right now I´m a little bit busy playing this song”. At some point I throwed a pick for him. He had his back bag open so I´m not sure but I think the pick went straight to his bag. Then after a while he was holding this piece of paper again. This time it said: “Thank You”. I don´t know, but to me it was quite funny. I appreciated it very much.

Spain rocks!

10 comments:

konny said...

:) and always McDonalds, that's not healthy at all, but who'S telling you that...*g*

Well have a great (I think you have a free day)evening

Many greets from Germany and have fun


K <3

Paula said...

Eliaaas! Yeah, I was there and the only thing I can say is: what an amazing concert!! :) It was my first Sonata concert and the experience was amazing. The big pity is that I'm sooo small and I hardly could see something between the crowd, but anyway, you guys rocked!
I wanted to wait for you after the concert, but my mum was tired (yeah, haha, he was there too ;) ), so we went home :(
Hope to see you soon! ^^

By the way, cool new pic.

Yoli said...

Hi Elias!! Your concert y Barcelona was really good!! I came from Pamplona only to see Sonata Arctica and it was my first concert. I was back of the guy with the cartel and in front of you :) I was taking you a lot of photos, you played really good, it was so emotive when you played tallulah... you are a brilliant guitarrist and very handsome :) I hope see you next year, or maybe before? :D KISSES FROM SPAIN!!!

Enric said...

You did it veeeery good. We hope you come back soon, we were really surprised with the setlist. A perfect selection, despite a little detail. Take in mind that Barcelona needs some Wolf & Raven. You definitely conviced us, you rock Elias. Very good playing!

What happened to Tony? We were shocked about the "we will rock you" joke. I was thinking that I knew that but I did not contextualitzate it at the beginning. AHHAHAHA But also amazing.

While waiting, we'll be over-using the CD player to listen to Sonata Arctica :-D
See you!

Anna said...

Eliaaas!

wooow!! a veeeery good concert, yes!! It was my first Sonata concert and it was fantastic! I couldn't see very well (I'm a little bit short, haha) but the music... oh... awesome! I took some photos to you :)
Very funny the 'human-drum'!! I recorded a videooo :P
And... one friend of mine caught one of your picks! she is really happyyyyy!!!

Well, I hope to see you in concert more times! I love your music!
Barcelona is waiting for you again... ^^

Good luck in all

XXX

Before I forget, in the afternoon (before the concert) when we were going to Razzmatazz, suddenly we were walking behind you!!! but we did not reacted and we did not said anyhing to you... we were shocked for the situation hahaha

MetaLintu said...

Hi Elias!!! I have laughed a lot reading your blog hehe ^^ the boy with the paper was my friend LLuis, I was whit him and his girlfriend just below you!!^^ I travelled from Navarra(about 400 km) to see the concert because I really LOVE Sonata Arctica, the trip was hard but I would do it again because I had really fun!! thank you for one of the best experiences in my life :) kisses from Spain, Elena.

Tary said...

Hi Elias!!!
Well, this guy that you talk about, the guy with the paper, he's my boyfriend and he finnally took the pick ;) so thank you again! We enjoy very much the show and think that you are very good playing!!!
We want to se you again very soon as it's possible!!!

We love Sonata Arctica and we will allways be with you ;)

Thanks for all again! ^^

Tary

Arctic_Lluis said...

Terve Elias !!!
Mitää Kuuluu??
Olen Lluís, the guy with the paper in front row :P !
Much illusion has done to me that you commented this =) !
The show was great !!! I like a lot your guitars, in special that one red with AA symbols ^^
So, I am very happy to read that you have appreciated this experience :P ! That show was one of better experiencies of my life :).
I still keeping that paper :P If you want I can scan the paper and send you ^^
So, I wish good luck and that you return soon to Barcelona ^^

Moi moi !

MetaLintu said...

hihihi...by the way...there is a photo of that moment in my blog "dream is alive" xD

Sorrow said...

Oli tosi hyvä konsertti. Paras missä oon ollu. :) Miehen kanssa tultiin Valenciasta ja oltiin sitten Barcelonassa muutama päivä. Mä oon teitä käyny 3 kertaa täällä Espanjassa kattomassa ja Suomessa 4 kertaa, yritän aina ajottaa Suomen visiitit silleen, että soitatte jossain Helsingin lähellä. :)

Mun piti ottaa anopin tekemä Suomen lippu mukaan, mutta se oli niin iso ettei mahtunu laukkuun. :( Olisin kanssa jäänyt oottaan teitä keikan jälkeen, mutta oli kylmä (oon jo tottunu tähän paikalliseen ilmastoon jossa +15 C on perkeleen kylmä :P ), meillä oli vähän nälkä ja sit unohdin mun Unia CD-kannet, joihin olisin pyytäny nimmarit, Valenciaan.

Eipä muuta kun toivottavasti menee loppu kiertue hyvin ja tuutte pian takas tänne ja ehkä myös Valenciaan. :D