22/09/2006 Tavastia Club Helsinki
I have had a few dreams since being one meter tall (long ago ;) and one of them has been to play for full Tavastia club in Helsinki. Tavastia is THE club in Finland. The biggest bands, such as Foo Fighter and all play there. I’ve stood in the audience a million times just visualizing my self on that stage with a guitar.
The day started with radio NOVA interview in the morning. I listened to nova on my way to the studio in my car and as I had some 15 minutes to go, I heard the VJ say “Samu will be here in 5 minutes…” Luckily there was no traffic control. I drove FAST! Me and waking ups… I also dropped my coffee cup as soon as they gave it to me in the studio. I cleaned the mess my self. Too early ;)
I woke up in the afternoon from my nap when Raul phoned me. He said they had already taken all the stuff to the club and they thought it would be best not to wake me up because of the morning shift and all. Sweet dudes…
Sound check went really well. This time we had all the time in the world since were the only band performing tonight. Our first Tavastia show ever!! Jeeee ;) There were also some really nice young ladies asking for autographs and stuff outside the club and what could be a better coffee break place than that every time they’re checking someone else’s equipment. Raul had bought us (with our band’s money) wireless stuff for guitars and bass. For the first time we’ll be able to run around the stage without thinking about twisting cables. We had an acoustic show and some interviews with Janne at seven at NRJ Finland’s birthday party right next door. First set of performance clothes on quickly and ready to pose for the cameras. There were a lot of invited guests at the party and the place was really cool but the guests weren’t quite as polite as the ones we saw in Stockholm. Finnish VIP don’t always know how to behave. Who cares - It’s our Tavastia night tonight!
Back to Tavastia. I haven’t been this nervous for months. Usually I’ve only been worrying if the club is going to be full or not, but I haven’t had even that for months. We heard that they had sold a lot of tickets during the week but even that didn’t comfort me. The last minutes before getting up on stage move sometimes terribly slow and at the same time awfully fast.
On stage. Full house!! And what a reaction! I felt like the king of the world for the whole 82 minutes. Nothing has ever felt that good. Add all the times you have had sex and all the ice creams you’ve eaten to one moment and you’re near. They shouted us back two times and on the second time we had to give them NASTY, the live special.
We sat down in front of the stage for half an hour signing album covers and stuff and after meeting and greeting we went to the after party at Teatteri Club VIP with our manager BOB and some record company folks. I lost my extra t-shirt somewhere and you know how you sweat on stage. Wasn’t nice for the ones with me but I just didn’t want to go home to change. Who cares after a show like that..?
I was home at around five with my stomach filled with Kebab. I can only sit on my balcony and smile. If I’d die now, I’d probably go with a smile on my face...