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Katatonia Issues Seventh Tour Blog

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

"Monday 29 March 2010 HU/Budapest: Woke up late as usual. Hungry and hung over. Grabbed my sweaty stage clothes and started the daily search for the backstage entry. Well inside I was extremely welcomed by the in-house catering lady. She forced me to eat some kind of breakfast and like a schoolboy I obeyed. The show was great and the sweet catering girl gave us some Hungarian vodka in the backstage afterwards. Me, Nille and Ronnie [tour manager] wanted to continue the partying, as it was a late bus call, so we decided to find a bar.

"We got help from a Hungarian fan, don't know her name, but she got us in a taxi and took us to this joint near downtown Budapest. The bar was half filled with local bums so of course we ordered a couple of beers and sat down at a table. One of the guys in there (old stinking alcoholic) knew a few Swedish words and tried have a ´proper´ conversation with me...of course. Took a taxi back to the bus, with a driver who thought he was Ari Vatanen (Finnish rally car champ), and went straight to bed. Note to self: Never tell a Hungarian taxi driver you love fast cars!

"Tuesday 30 March 2010 CZ/Prague: Why the hell is it so bloody hot in the bus?! This is the question I ask myself every time I wake up. I should ask our driver Pete but he's always sleeping when I get up in the morning (about 3pm). Oh well! Deep inside the venue I find all the Kats in the backstage area eating and drinking beer or surfing the web so i hang my ever-so-stinking stage clothes on a hanger and move to the stage. Jimmy and Soldier [guitar tech] are still doing their job getting the gear up so I leave them to it.

"I bump in to a laughing Blakki [Anders, for those that are unfamiliar] and I find out he has been playing around with a bottle of Nutella in Swallow The Sun's backstage toilette and shower (pic's here). It's actually funnier than you think. Dinner time and me, Blakki, Sodomizer, Nill and Ronnie go to an Italian restaurant. I had the best lasagna ever! The show was great, as they have been throughout the tour, and the Czech crowd was better than I remember from our previous visits. After the show I meet Sabine, most likely our most dedicated fan, and chat with her over a beer before I leave for the bus.

"Wednesday 31 March 2010 PL/Krakow: Last time we had a show in this town (at least as I can remember) was in 2003 on the Viva Emptiness tour. That time we played in a more of a TV studio type venue in, front of a small crowd, making a shitty live DVD. Seven years have passed and this time some 800 people bought tickets to see us. Awesome! Pre-show today is mostly about hanging with the guys from Swallow The Sun, doing stupid things and listening to music. The Katatonia show was nothing less than fantastic.

"The crowd was so loud I could hear them through my headphones, which is remarkable as I'm sitting furthest from everyone in the venue AND have my ears filled with an insanely loud mess of instruments. I can easily say that this was the highlight of shows so far! After the last song of the set list we walk off stage waiting for the crowd to cheer us up on stage again (this is normal rockstar behaviour...no divas here) and I bang my left shoulder on a steel pipe. It hurts like hell. But I’m able to play the encore songs (again, rockstar. A diva would cancel the rest of the tour. There IS a difference). To top up this great evening we have pizza waiting for us backstage. It's all good in Poland!"

The full tour blog can be read at this location.

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