Hi, all! Well, I’m back in Sweden for a few weeks, before our final show this year in Wieze, Belgium at the Metal Female Voices Festival… Therion just returned yesterday evening from Mexico City after a week of shows there. The weekend previous, we did one show in Atlanta, Georga, for the ProgPower festival.
So, where to start? How about with the beginning? The show in Atlanta was amazing. We had a signing session in the early evening (aka, we spent at least an hour signing and taking pics,) with a line of people that stretched literally across the entire outside hallway. It was humbling to meet so many fellow Americans that like and support this type of music making. I met many kindred spirits there, and even met a fellow Oregonian! After the signing session, we got dressed and prepared for the show.
Christian Vidal had a small mishap earlier in the day and had ended up spending most of his afternoon/evening at Grady Memorial’s Emergency Room. I spent a few hours with him that afternoon, hanging out with him and making a few calls to his insurance, etc. I returned to the venue around 5pm and Christofer took over the job of keeping Christian company. Lucky for Christian, his fall ended up with only a small cut on his head that was easily treated. Of course, Grady is incredibly busy on a Saturday (they get many severe trauma cases,) so it took about ten hours for them to get around to treating him. Of course, that is good in one way: it means they really weren’t worried at all about his injury. The only problem was that we had a show that night, and if it hadn’t been for Christofer, they may not have made it back in time. Christian’s really one lucky Clouseau. Just when things were getting boring… he really knows how to make a trip exciting, haha!
After the show, we had a free day to roam, relax and recover from jet lag. I went with Linnéa Vikström, Tor Suhrke (of Leprous,) and Einar Solberg (also of Leprous, though they were playing in support of Ihsahn,) to Lenox Square, where Einar bought an Apple product and I bought an eyelash curler. We almost traded when he saw how amazing my eyelash curler was, but I decided not to trade. Nothing can replace a good eyelash curler!
Later that evening, I went out to dinner with Linnéa and Nalle to a restaurant called Strip in a faux-city area of Atlanta. We went there because it was within walking distance, actually. Lucky for me, I found my beloved Target store and stocked up on much needed items such as Clif energy bars, Brita waterbottle filters, and a few other random sundry items. The next morning, we headed for sunny Mexico!
The shows in Mexico went well, though I had more than one issue with the keyboards. Actually, I had weird issues in Atlanta as well, though those had more to do with me than the equipment. Anyhow, I’m not much looking forward to hearing all my small silly mistakes I made on the keyboard, ugh. But you’re not reading this blog to hear me complain about technical issues, right? You want to hear about how friggin’ awesome it was to meet the people and perform! And it was. I had a bonus good time in Distrito Federal because my dad and stepmom flew down for a week of vacation and caught our show on Tuesday at Circo Volador. They got to watch from the side and my dad filmed a good amount of the show (about 50 minutes, actually.)
The next day, Wednesday, I got to spend a few hours hanging out with them and meeting a couple friends along the way. We visited the Cathedral at Zocalo, then went over to the Palacio Nacional to see the murals by Diego Rivera. They were spectacular, to say the least. If you plan to visit Distrito Federal, you really should try to see the Palacio Nacional. It’s lovely. The grounds are well maintained and the murals were absolutely a highlight for me. Rivera was passionate about depicting the lives of those who lived in Mexico before it became a nationalized state. He spared no feelings in describing how difficult a transition this was for many of the native inhabitants and documented this for all to see in his murals. It really made me think about how it is that some people in the past (as well as currently) have little understanding and/or compassion for others, no matter how we may look on the outside. Inside, we are all the same, and deserve to be treated thus, no matter how we may differ in attitudes and outlook. It’s the fundamental need to respect each human life that is the key to any future of prosperity and peace, I think. But, then, I’m a populist/humanist, and I wish that we could all succeed in having fulfilling lives, rather than a select few.
The next four days were a whirlwind of flying, driving, doing shows, then getting at most four hours of sleep. By the end of the tour, all of us were pretty much exhausted. In fact, on the flight back to Sweden, I fell instantly asleep and didn’t even realize we’d left the ground until the flight attendants began walking around! Talk about tired. Of course, part of this was because we ended up having a party in Guadalajara, the night before we left for “home”. I went to bed relatively early compared to most… Linnéa and Snowy were the last to sleep; they went to bed around 4:30, I think. But it was of course such fun! We met many fans during those days and I received some absolutely lovely gifts from a few of them. Thanks to LLMSTIF supporters (Luu and Warui specifically) for the beautiful blue necklace (I’ll wear it on the MFVF show, I promise,) and to Lizeth Ramirez for the gorgeous red-stone necklace! And to the woman whose name I don’t recall just now who tried to give me her gorgeous necklace off her very own neck earlier in the day at Monterrey… I didn’t take it because it looked absolutely perfect on her, haha!
Guess that’s it for now. Let it suffice to say that we had a great time yet again and are all waiting impatiently for the next time we get to perform for such enthusiastic and energetic audiences. Ciao for now!