(Dates in Finland, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, France, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic)
After a super busy summer I am sitting at home drinking café latte all alone. It’s raining outside and they say the winds are the remains of the hurricane that was spanking the eastern coast of the US last week. I don’t mind. I have a day off, ahhh ;)
Thousands of fans & people have approached us requesting a show in countries we never or barely visited. This is why after releasing our new album last spring I told our Tour Agent to take action in new countries in Europe. The shows in the new areas will be pretty small and intimate compared to the places we visited more often. And I love that! You can hear & smell everyone in the room and with these smaller clubs; the shows are always special in a different way.
Getting to play in new cities is always a challenge. Before people know you there, nobody wants to book you at their clubs. And without shows in the city, it’s hard to get the people to know you. We call this the “Chicken – Egg situation” in Finland. Who comes first, Mister egg or Madam Chicken? We decided not to be “Chicken” ;)
What you see on our official website (www.sunriseave.com) is pretty much what our schedule looks like until the end of March. There are many plans for the summer and autumn of 2012 in these countries and some more. We have divided the “October 2011 – March 2012” tour in two sections because we need to fix some show and technical details a bit different for the spring. In some countries the venues are bigger than this year and we need “Bigger stage stuff” and in some the clubs are smaller and we will focus on our4selves and the crowd. ( Did I already mention that I love that ;). These changing facilities are a huge challenge for the crew but I am sure our tech boys will make it right. And it’s also a way to keep the tour fresh and exciting for us too since every night will be even more different than usually.
There’s actually a funny situation in February. First we perform in Dusseldorf with the capacity of 7500 viewers (How cool is that!!!!). A few days later we are booked in Paris with 120 people maximum ;) The biggest down side with the small stages is that we will probably hit each other with our guitars and basses because we are used to space on stage. Sorry Riku & Raul… Any scar on these faces will only make us look better ;)
What has been amazing so far is the amount of support from the fan clubs and folks also from the countries we barely ever visited and it’s so cool that we have seen so many Polish Fans at the shows in Germany or the Slovakian gang at the shows in Vienna. Just to mention a few. Now it’s definitely the time for us to get to where you are.
No matter what happens and no matter if our songs would take us to more countries in the future, we will always remember where it all started and we will always value that. I am trying to say that even if there would be new areas we would start visiting more often, we will never forget the people who have made us what we are today. You helped us climb a bit closer to our dream. Without you I’d still be playing my guitar on my home sofa.
So… Maybe this is the moment where we could use your help. Now it’s also up to you if there will be more shows in your home city in the future. I heard about some fan clubs & people approaching the local record labels & promoters already to make it happen together. That demands us to give you the best we ever can. No matter if there’s 4 people in the crowd. (Would actually be cool to have more people in the crowd than on stage ;)
We are super excited about the journey ahead and I can’t wait to start the caravan. See you very soon. Let’s rock the hell out of it!
PS. Thank you Jura Switzerland for this great coffee machine & great coffee! Was a perfect birthday present last spring! I am addicted…;)