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Katatonia's Anders Nystrom Posts Final Tour Blog

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Katatonia's Anders Nystrom has checked in with the band's ninth and final tour blog through Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:

"April 8, Travel day, Germany – Greece: After we’d made the only right but still difficult decision to cancel Sofia, Bulgaria we were left with two choices for the band and crew. Should we stick around in Munich, Germany for three days? Or try get on the soonest possible flight to Thessaloniki, Greece which we would anyway be playing next? The choice was pretty simple as everyone were longing for the good weather, delicious food and the nice atmosphere of Greece. Bye bye Germany, you were the best, my respect! Since we left the night liner behind the other night we had to try strip down our luggage and gear to a minimum in order to avoid massive overweight on the upcoming flights, so we sent everything we could do without back home and went for individual backpacker style.

"Still, we ended up having to pay hundreds of dollars in overweight on this first flight, but it could have been a thousand if we hadn’t found a cargo service that charges way less than the airlines do (they however usually ship the stuff onboard the same flight ironically enough!). A kind employee at the Lufthansa staff helped us out sorting the mess and we gave him a couple of tour shirts in return hoping he would become a metal fan if he wasn’t already.

"April 9, Day off, Thessaloniki, Greece: Reached Thessaloniki in the night and checked into our hotel that was located surprisingly close to the airport, but we realized something was fishy when we were directed a level down from the reception (aren’t receptions supposed to be on the ground floor?!?) Yes, we were literally booked into the basement! That would´ve been fine if only there wasn’t mold everywhere and we even had water dripping from the roof in one of the rooms! In the corridor there was a sign that said 'wifi hot spot' – great, the laptops didn’t even pick up the signal! When we woke up the next day everybody complained about having sore throats – and this was being paid for!? Ronnie ended up running back and forth to the reception doing some Mediterranean style complaining and eventually we all got new rooms one level up - the 1 star basement hotel became a 3 star standard fresh hotel in 5 mins!

"The mood picked up! So what should have been a gig in Bulgaria turned into another day-off in Greece and therefor whole band + Ronnie decided to take a bus into the city to spend the remainder of the evening. Ronnie knew a girl in town, so we hooked up with her and a friend to show us around ’cuz there’s nothing better than having your own guide in the gang! We ended up going to a fine greek restaurant where we ordered a round of beers and a big ass plate of various grilled meat, tzatziki and halloumi and ate til we were ready to burst! Then we walked by the beach over to a rock bar and drank beers and shots whole night long! Good times! Grabbed a late night döner, took a cab back to the hotel and crashed satisfied.

"April 10, 2010, Principal Club Theater, Thessaloniki, Greece" Woke up and realized it was a gig day. It felt like we hadn’t played for a long time being already used to do a concert every night this past month. At the venue it was back to the normal routine, get-in, load-in, grab some catering, sound check and just wander about talking bullshit. The Norwegian/Spanish people in Sirenia showed up and so did the other Greek support bands. We were then taken to a nice restaurant and had a total flashback of what we ate yesterday – various grilled meat, tzatziki, sallads in large amounts. By the time the dessert was served people were so stuffed it wasn’t funny anymore hah! Sodomizer even complained about feeling a pre-heartattack coming on although I find it hard to see Sodo’s cause of death to be food. I wouldn’t argue this was the best food on the tour so far!

"The gig was good simply because the greek audience is fantastic! The way they devotedly sing along and show enthusiasm during the set is not often seen in other places. Talk about an exchange of energy! It was already late when we got off the stage and with the morning flight ahead of us we figured we’d get 3 hours of sleep if we were lucky, so we hastened back to the hotel and saw some people from the support bands walk downstairs… Apparently the basement had some new guests…"

You can check out the entire Katatonia tour blog series through Ultimate-Guitar.com.

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