10 years ago, on Feb 14th 2002, I sat in bar Memphis in Helsinki with my dear friends Sami Heinänen (our bass player that time) and Jan Hohenthal (guitarist) and we decided to change the band name from Sunrise to Sunrise Avenue. After that Sami designed the “street sign” logo for the band, the one you still see being used on our websites, booklets and stuff. Our dreams seemed pretty big back then and even I could not have imagined everything that happened after that meeting.
The first ten years have been just amazing. We have been to so many countries, met so many great people working in the industry and have had super much fun with the best fans and music lovers in the world. Personally I would not change one second of the journey so far.
If my oven would be bigger, I’d bake a cake for every one of you, but since the size does matter this time too, you all must just imagine the delicious birthday cake we’d bake to you with the boys.
To celebrate our big day & year, we decided to put up a little photo competition for you. The rules and stuff are explained on our website at http://sunriseave.com/photocontest.php
Remember to be creative with the shots. The pictures can be old or new. The band members don’t need to be in the pic. Maybe you just climb on top of Mount Everest and take a few Sunrise Avenue stickers with you. (We can’t guarantee the glue holds in 8+ kilometers ;) Or maybe you tattoo the SA-logo on your friends face when he passes out at a party. No... Don’t do that ;) Or maybe you paint you neighbor’s lama in SA colors and teach him to look “stage cool.” Everyone’s neighbor has a lama, right?
Anyway… Good luck everyone! We will post a few SA stickers with every order from the fan shop and you can also buy them at the merchandise desk on tour starting this Friday. We might even give some for free. The stickers look great even on a Finnish Police car. TESTED!
Thank you all so much for the first ten years. We hope there will be at least ten more to come with you all.
Love you all,
Samu, Raul, Sami, Riku & the gang