Katatonia Posts New European Tour Blog
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Swedish metallers Katatonia have checked in from the road with a second tour blog on Ultimate-guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:
"March 4th, 2010, Thursday… Woke up in Cologne, parked outside the Luxor venue. Apparently, we had played here before because the other guys recognized it already from the outside and then I saw our old stickers backstage, but couldn't fucking recall it. Not the venue, not the backstage, nothing really made my memories come alive, am I getting senile? Got the information that the gig was yet again sold out! Best news you can get to set the right vibe for the rest of the afternoon. Luckily, this venue had a shower as well, and all bands know but fans might not, how much you appreciate this when you live amongst 20 sweaty men in the same bus with dirty laundry and no showering/washing facilities.
"We got a nice meal at the Indian restaurant next door. Thumbs up 'cuz I love Indian food! Gig went better than last night, but there are still some nerves and technical things to sort. The crowd was good though! I guess we need a couple of gigs in our backbone to fully be able to bring on the confidence. This was the last German gig until we return for the remaining five dates next month. You can tell the new guys are loving it!
"March 5th, 2010, Friday... Left Germany and woke up in The Netherlands outside the Doornroosje venue in Nijmegen. A building covered with graffiti cramped between what seemed to be normal family houses!? First sight as I walk in is a "sold out" sign over our poster - wow, this night again!?! The backstage is one large spacey room to fit all three bands without stepping on each others toes and the toilets are great and there's a shower and wifi - it's these things that makes you genuinely happy and the aspects of touring bearable, because the show itself is only an hour or so out of 24 hours, and how day spend the rest?
"We got served a great in-house dinner as well, more stuff to appreciate! Two more of our Laboga cabs arrived this afternoon as well so we can have a wall of stacks for the bigger venues. The show went alright, still a few tweakings to do and some problems to eliminate as we go along. The guys ended up drinking and partying till early morn! Especially the finns seem to be busy drinking non stop, how the hell do they manage!?! I'm chilling myself on the drinking habits just as the doctor ordered, but for me the nightly jägermeister shot before the stage is a tradition I can't turn down…"
The full tour diary can be viewed at this location.
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