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Katatonia Checks In With New Tour Blog

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Katatonia has checked in from the road with a new tour report on Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:

"Hey folks, this is Nille from Katatonia. Like Mr. Sodomizer I´ll introduce myself so you´ll know what kinda of a bloke I am. Through the recent years I´ve met Jonas Renkse through their tour manager Ronnie who I once played in a band with called Amaran. This was back in 2006. In the beginning of December last year I received an mail from Jonas asking if I was interested in playing some bass for Katatonia. It didn´t take long before I agreed to take on the challenge. With a lot of songs to learn and little time to do it, I started to rehearse the songs be ear straight away. Tour started pretty much straight away and here´s my view of the week I´m covering in our band tour diary...

"Monday 22 of March (Lyon, France): I can recall waking up in the tour bus soaked in sweat as usual. It tends to get a bit hot upstairs. I don´t really know why but I guess that the air conditioning fucks up occasionally. Being all dizzy I headed my way to the venue which was located just beside the bus. I soon realized that the stage was good and that it had the potential to become a great gig. With some mini pizza slices and some soda in my stomach I was off to sound check. I soon learned that my bass guitar needed to be adjusted so this evening I had to play with Jonas´ bass which he was kind enough to lend to me as backup throughout the whole tour. Its the same Mayones bass he uses for his other band ´Bloodbath´. Short after the sound check everyone was really hungry and was eager to get their teethes in something good.

"The food didn´t meet our expectations. It was not properly cooked and a guy from our opening act Swallow The Sun even got sick. Gladly it did not stop him from giving a great performance later that night. Anders and me did an interview for a radio station in a bicycle room. It felt kinda odd, but fun in a sense, sitting around all these bikes talking about dark music. Even though the audience was not that loud that Monday night, I was enjoying the show and i ended up chilling with the Swallow The Sun boys in the downstairs lounge indulging a couple of beers.

"Tuesday 23 of March (Solothurn, Switzerland): Just like the previous day, I woke up in a small pool of sweat. But today was for a good reason; the sun was shining outside and it felt almost like a Swedish summer day. I read in some online Swedish newspapers that some more heavy snowfall was approaching my home town Stockholm and that made me enjoy the Swiss weather even more. Kofmehl, which is the name of the venue, was really big and looked great. Definitely the best backstage we´ve seen so far in my opinion. Big sofas, a private bar and a nice a warm shower. Very pleasing to say the least. Good catering followed which included a nice and tasty stew accompanied by something that resembled scrambled eggs.

"My stomach was pleased! Dave Sustain from Long Distance Calling took a look at my main bass as he happens to work as a guitar tech back at home. He did a fabulous job and it now plays very well with a good attack and fat sound. It really plays like a Mayones bass should. Thanks Dave! Me and Jonas started to drink some beer after sound check. The weather, the nice people and the great venue makes you thirsty for some brews. With some Jagermeister before the gig and some encouraging words between the boys we hit the stage. The audience was amazing and I had a blast. I felt relaxed and could really focus on the performance. In the backstage lounge we had a cool party with a lot of beer, Jager and other spirits. In the bar called 'Creepy' me and the others were serving the rest of the head bangers present. One of the better after show parties yet on this tour! Now off to the bus to continue the party. For some reasons I don´t recall what happened downstairs. Often a good sign that the previous night was awesome one.

"Wednesday 24 of March (Milano, Italy): When entering the venue i was struck by how big and overwhelming it was. I´ll guess it was the biggest venue so far on the tour. I actually had to find myself struggling to get to the backstage. But after some nice in-house people showed me the way I found the room and joined my fellow band members. There were some items needed to be purchased so Sodomizer and me got into a car and headed out to find them. One of the guys working at the venue was willing to help and drove us far into town. Even though we couldn't find all the things that we needed it was a great chance to see what the town looked like. I was surprised about the heavy and wild traffic. Sometimes it seemed there were cars everywhere! When we came back i was ready to indulge some of the beers that were ready and waiting for us in the fridge backstage. I cant remember the brand of the beer but it was really good and Jonas told me that he used to drink it back in the days when it was on sale in Sweden.

"Catering offered all kinds of different food. One of them was the pasta Bolognese which became to be the main course on my plate. After the dinner there was a couple that surprised us with an unscheduled interview. We accepted it and it was a good one that everyone enjoyed. After some photos the couple went out to the venue, Ready to rock!! Now on to the show... Anders and I went out during the Swallow gig to check the vibes. The audience was rocking and the vibes were really good. This made us really excited and eager to get on the stage and do our own thing. The expectations were met when we walked out on stage. The crowd was crazy and we got a really good response when talking to them after the show. Sweeet! As far as I can remember, the night ended in a drinking inferno with the Finnish guys! (I lost count on how many times that has happened these past four weeks)."

The entire blog can be read through Ultimate-Guitar.com.

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