Friday, November 30, 2012

A great show

Had a fucking blast, great band! Here's the setlist:

Todays venue

Good morning Tampere

I'm tired as fuck, but have to get into our tourbus and head to Kuopio where we are playing tonight. Had rehearsals on Wednesday, and it was shitloads of fun. It's great to play with a lineup like this, I have high hopes for the evening!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stil working on the effin' lyrics.

It's all pretty much there, just polishing the shit up and trying to make it better. Tomorrow I'll go to Tampere to rehearse, should be sleeping already but there are deadlines to meet. Oh well, I guess I can still work on this on Thursday when I have some free time, I think the deadline is Friday. Remind me again why I agreed to do this?


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

About writing and drinking:

Here's some food for thought:

First of all, how I came to think about this: I was working on the lyrics I promised to write, with a deadline of 2 days. I've been drinking some whiskey and trying to get the words appear on the screen in a right order. At some point I posted on Facebook, saying something along the lines of "I'm not a poet, but thankfully there's whiskey". Later I started thinking that my mother is going to see that when she wakes up, her son was drunk at 03:30am on a monday night, drinking whiskey... She'll probably be proud... But here's the thing:

I really don't think anyone who has never had to try and write something, to create something out of nothing, can understand this fully. When I'm a bit intoxicated my mind works in a different way. I write most -probably all- of the music I write totally sober. I don't need any help with that, I hear the things in my head and that's it. But when it's time to write some lyrics it's a different story all together. I'm really not a poet nor a writer, although I have a decent command of the language (well, languages, both English and Finnish). I can get some ideas down sober as well, but to really let things flow and to let your mind associate things in a manner that is not that "natural" to you, it really helps to numb your brain down a bit with a substance of your choice, which in my case is alcohol. I don't really fully understand why it works, but it does, and I KNOW that I'm not the only one. You guys really think Samuel Coleridge was sober when he wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" or "Kubla Khan"? Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to compare myself to him or any other well known author, just trying to make a point here.

But why the fuck do I bother actually. Bill said it all already and better than I could:


...I finished the first version of the lyrics. Now I'll have a smoke and a drink and wait for some comments from the producer, in case there's something we need to change. Whiskey always does the trick! :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

So fucking tired...

Got hardly any sleep last night, slept maybe an hour or so and I have definitely been feeling it today. No rest for the wicked though, I'll have to continue working on those lyrics now. Surprisingly enough I got something done already last night, while sober (!). Today I've been feeling so crappy I decided to play it safe and went to buy some whiskey, just to be sure that I can actually finish and polish those lyrics tonight. Haven't had any yet though, but I'm guessing soon is the time to bathe my wretched soul in a soothing stream of liquid creativity.

Another weekend left behind.

And it was a good one. Played two shows, had shitloads of fun, met some nice people, and even got some presents. I guess I haven't been that naughty this year after all :)

On Wednesday I'll head back to Tampere to rehearse with the guys for the show in Kuopio. And as I apparently thought that having two days off before that would've been way too good of an idea I agreed tonight to write lyrics for one song...

"Hi, are you busy this week?"
"Yes, pretty much. Why?"
"Could you write lyrics for this one song?"
"Yeah, sure..."

They need the lyrics on Friday, I'll be busy from Wednesday on, so basically I have tomorrow and Tuesday to write that stuff. Well, if I don't get anything on paper (or in this case on screen) tomorrow I'll just go and buy a bottle of whiskey and get hammered on Tuesday. It worked the three last times I had to write lyrics, so I'm pretty sure it'll work now as well. But I'll try to be adventurous first and see if I can write anything worth a damn without the liquid inspiration. Hopefully it'll work out :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I'm learning some songs that we're gonna do next week when we play live with a whole band (Me, Timo + some other guys) in Kuopio Ice Hall. Damn some songs are great! I can't just sit down and play, I'm jumping around, rocking out. It's a good thing no one can see this :) And I've only had one beer, so it's not that either, some songs just do that to you :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I went to see "Looper", I have to say I liked it better than "Skyfall" for instance. It was surprisingly dark and gritty. I was expecting something a bit lighter, more of a "popcorn scifi" movie. It really wasn't, but it was very good. Warmly recommend it.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Not in a million years...

Ok, now I've officially seen (almost) it all: I just received an email from Jens Johansson where he quotes a Justin Bieber song (really, I shit you not). This has to be the year the world ends :D

Help wanted

I brought these drinks to help me get some sleep, but then I got too tired to finish them all. If you want to come and help me drinking them please dial 555-FUCK-ME.

This was a good weekend

Two shows, both good. Tonight was Parikkala, which was quite a question mark before the show as it's a small town where we have never been before, but it rocked pretty damn hard. Sometimes this is a nice profession. Sometimes.

Yesterday was Jyväskylä, which has always been good for us, and it was this time as well. Only thing that bugged me and actually pissed me off happened before the show. A friend of mine called me as he was in Jyväskylä as well, singing with one other band. I hadn't seen him in years, I think in five years at least, and Timo, who also knows the guy, hadn't seen him in few years either. This friend, the mighty Taage Laiho who sang the "Divinity" album by Altaria when I was still in the band as well, came then to meet us at the bar adjoined to the hotel. We got to sit down and talk and catch up for the whole of five minutes or so before some drunken guys decided they should join us. They were fans and shit, but really, when we say that we haven't seen in years it should give you a clue to maybe give us some space and just let us sit together for a while and catch up. No such luck... It was still great seeing him, if only for a while before it all went to hell.

I just wish that people had the courtesy to give some space and time when it's clear that the moment is special. I know this sounds like I'm again whining about being recognised and shit, but it's not. I've made my peace with that, it's just that we really would've liked to have some more time without drunken dudes interrupting us every ten seconds.

Anywho, good times. It's good to be me these days. I'll enjoy some chardonnay now and leave you guys to it. Stay sexy :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Good day

Went to see my BFF, got excellent food, coffee, cognac, beer and cookies. Most excellent day. Now off to rock Kaarina with Mr.T.

Friday, November 9, 2012


I'm pretty sure this would be 100% accurate:

Quote of the day:

"Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, 
but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life"

And he prevails

Playing a show a tad bit after 17:00, in a concert hall, to a sober audience while being totally sober myself as well was intriguing, but definitely not as bad as I had thought :)

And no, I do not get hammered before the show, I usually have a drink or two to deal with my performance anxiety. Almost 15 years on the stage and still I get nervous sometimes :) Then again, I remember reading that Eddie Van Halen played drunk for 20+ years and was scared shitless when he had to go on stage sober for the first time, so I guess I'm doing quite well my issues still :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Top of the morning to ya laddies

Yeah, didn't sleep too well for some reason. Tonight we play this private happening-thingy with Mr.T. Really not feeling it, but when am I ever feeling any show when I wake up in the morning... I have this chronic tendency of complaining always the night before the show/tour and in the morning when I have to leave that it's gonna suck and I don't want to do it and all that jazz. Don't really know why, since by now I already know that when I actually get to it it's gonna be totally fine (few exceptions aside). Maybe I'm just a pathetic whiner who has to complain about everything. Like now complaining about the fact that I complain... :)

Well, tomorrow and Saturday are again normal shows, ought to be fun and stuff.

Monday, November 5, 2012



Went to see it today. It was totally ok, but I wasn't blown away. Not a movie to end all movies, but I didn't get too bored either despite it being quite a lenghty one. Never been a bit fan of the franchise anyway, so I guess I wasn't really a part of the target audience either.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Have to admit...

Using a cross-trainer while watching Will&Grace felt a tad bit gay...


I think they over-simplify the coffee, but the point is still valid:

More guitar stuff

I added transcriptions of the interlude of "My Queen of Winter" and the sweeping part of my first Young Guitar demonstration on the "Guitar Exercises..."-page, in case you're into that kind of stuff :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Fuck it, it's stupid. Not doing it.


Anyone else find it funny that the new Kamelot singer looks and sounds VERY much like Roy Khan? Don't get me wrong, Karevik is a very good singer (liked him already in Seventh Wonder, though that band isn't really my thing) and probably a perfect fit, and "Sacrimony" is an ok song as well, I just had to double-check myself if Roy had returned... :)


FWIW, I always thought Khan was better with Conception, which was at one point one of my favorite bands. Actually, when Kamelot opened up for SA in Paris back in the day I went to their dressing room  and got all my Conception albums signed by Mr.Khan, which was pretty funny :) He is one of 3 people I've ever asked for autograph, the other 2 being D.C. Cooper and Bruce Dickinson. Such a fucking fanboy :)

I couldn't decide if I should include "Roll the Fire", which was the first track I ever heard from them (and an awesome song, especially those big intervals in the chorus that blew my mind back in the day) or "Gethsemane", which is one of my favorite songs, so I'll include them both. Fuck it :)

Roll the Fire