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Katatonia Posts New Road Report

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Katatonia's session guitarist Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson has checked in from the road with a new tour blog at Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the report follows:

"I thought I would start off by introducing myself for those who doesn't already know who I am. My name is Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson and I'm the session guitar player for Katatonia on this tour. Some of you might know me from Bloodbath or from earlier Katatonia shows, as I have been working with the band for over 6 years as their Guitar and back-line tech. So enough with that and let's get on with the tour diary...

"Luxembourg 15/3: Woke up in the bus with all my clothes on, like almost every day on this tour. Although the UK had been a lot better than I would have expected, It felt nice to be back on the mainland. I immediately went for the showers, which turned out to be one of the coldest showers I'd ever taken. Felt like someone was trying to give me a lobotomy while I was washing my hair but a shower is always a shower and you really have to seize the moment when you get it. Because of some Russian visa problems, our guitar tech, Soldier, had to stay in the UK to pick up his passport and we were lucky to have Dave from Long Distance Calling filling in and taking care of our guitar changes.

"We chilled out with some beers in the backstage between sound check and the show. This was the first time the band has ever played in Luxembourg so no one really knew what to expect but it turned out to be great. Good sound, great light and most important; awesome crowd! We drake a few beers and hung out with the Swallow the sun guys before going to the bus. I ended up watching Seinfeld in my bed and fell asleep…. again with my all clothes on...

"Paris 16/3: The bus stopped outside the venue on a one way street with parked cars on both sides of the road so the load-in was extremely stressful. But we have a very professional crew and they did an amazing job getting it all sorted. We hooked up with Céline, a professional light tech who had contacted us and wanted to do a 'try out' for future tours. And finally our beloved guitar tech returned from the UK. Although Dave did a great job last night it felt really safe to have him back. The show has been sold out for a while and that´s a good feeling. It always makes everyone a bit more excited to play and the result of it showed; an awesome show once more...

"After the show we all went to an absinthe and got shitfaced. Don't really remember much of it to be honest. We ended up in a big dark garage for some reason, and Anders and I (both being big fans of horror video games) discussed the possibility of being attacked by flesh eating zombies and felt like we needed to get our hands on a bunch of shotguns to get out alive. Thankfully no zombies showed up though and we made it out alive (being a little disappointed) and found our bus. Some of the guys kept on drinking in the bus, I crashed in to bed.

"Niort 17/3: I woke up and was a bit surprised that I didn't have a hangover from last night. I usually get really bad hangovers and can sometimes be out for days. The bus was parked about a 5 min walk from the venue, but our tour manager had been up early and put up gaffa taped arrows from the bus to the venue. The weather was amazing, 22c, sunshine, like a Swedish hot summer day. The venue looked really nice but the PA system didn't really hold up. Anders had told me that this probably would be the least crowded show on the tour, and he was right. But the people who showed up where really supportive and the show turned out to be pretty good. No one, except for the Finish guys, felt like drinking anything besides water and the rest of us just went straight to bed and watched movies."

The entire tour blog can be read at this location.

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