STRATOVARIUS guitarist/mainman Timo Tolkki has issued the following update:After 40,000 kilometers of travelling in three weeks [with STRATOVARIUS] I am finally home. Feeling totally spaced out from jetlag, waking up 4 a.m., sleeping in sections and feeling hazy. This is a familiar feeling to me from previous overseas tours, but it always comes as a surprise how the human system reacts to different time zones. "Very succesful three weeks. Everywhere lots of happy people and everybody was in great spirits despite of the fact that the tour was very hard. Now I just try to adjust to a normal life and in a couple of weeks I go to Germany to record some drums with Darth Michael [STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael] for the 'R R' demos [the new STRATOVARIUS album title consisting of two separate words that both start with 'R']. I will also do one production later this year which takes me to Madrid, Spain." STRATOVARIUS' latest, self-titled effort was released in the U.S. in September 2005 via Sanctuary. A video for the album's first single, "Maniac Dance", was shot in April 2005 in Helsinki by director and Tolkki's old schoolmate Antti Jokinen (BEYONCÉ, WYCLEF JEAN, KORN, MISSY ELLIOT, NIGHTWISH, SHANIA TWAIN, CELINE DION).
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