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Barren Earth Checks In From North American Tour

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Finland's Barren Earth has checked in with the following update from the road on the band's current U.S. tour:

"The replacement bus seemed to be adequate enough. It was clean and smelled quite nice, which could not be said of the old one: 2 weeks on the road had taken its toll, and the sights and smells were not always pleasant anymore. Indeed, although us passengers have often complained about the buses, I am quite sure that the bus vehicles themselves, were they able to complain, would probably file a complaint or two towards us travelers, because there has been the occasional abuse, and negligence of common hygienic matters on our behalf. But since bus vehicles can not complain, what do we care!

"On Monday morning we were yet again at a standstill, this time somewhere in Montana. With luck, we would just have enough time to make it across the border and up to Calgary. Too tired to worry about buses and schedules anymore, it was nice to just observe the beautiful scenery while driving through the Rocky Mountains. Joe Walsh got it right: the Rocky Mountain Way really is ‘better than the way we had…’

"We finally reached the Canadian border. At Border Control the Customs Officer looked at my passport, and asked all kinds of questions, amongst them this one: ‘So do you play country music or hiphop, or are you a real musician?’ I said: ‘No country or hiphop for me, sir!’ He opened a drawer, reached for a delicate little pin with the Canadian flag, handed it over to me, and said: ‘Welcome to Canada!’

"So far, so good. We had a four-hour drive to Calgary, and providing there weren’t any hassles on the road, we might just make it on time. And we did. We arrived half an hour before we were meant to be on. A quick load-in and a line-check, and off we went. It was not the most focused performance due to all the hassles of the past two days, but could be still classified as a worthy Canadian debut. From Calgary the Canadian sojourn would continue to Edmonton.

"The original plan was for the old bus to get fixed and sent after us, so that we’d be using the replacement bus only for the minimum amount of time. On Sunday it was said that the bus would be fixed on Monday, and we would get it on Tuesday afternoon in Edmonton. On Monday it was said that the bus would be fixed on Tuesday, and we’d get it on Tuesday night. However, and not unexpectedly, on Tuesday night (or early Wednesday morning at 2.17 a.m. to be precise) it was said that the bus was fixed but we wouldn’t be getting it before Wednesday afternoon, by the time we’d already be in the next destination, Regina, Saskatchewan. Again the conspiracy theories raised their ugly heads: ‘The bus hasn’t been fixed. It was never meant to be fixed. We will perpetually be told that we will get it tomorrow at the next location. We will never see it again!’

"I suppose we could’ve put up with the replacement bus, if it wouldn’t have been for one thing: it was a 12-seater, and our entourage consists of 15 people. This, coupled with heating problems, resulted in a few very uncomfortable nights for those without a bunk in the Province of Alberta, Canada, where the night-time temperature was around -25 C. Even the people with bunks were shivering. Despite the hassles with the old bus, at least there were bunks for everyone, and at least it was warm. Well, warmish. Actually, more like lukewarm. Still, surely anything was better than this.

"And so it happened, that after many delays, we finally got our old bus back in Regina. The tire hub had been fixed, and equally importantly, the bus had been thoroughly cleaned, with new bedsheets and pillowcases. Ah, the joy and bliss. Of course, this would not last for long…"

You can also check out the band's last road report at this location.

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