CANDLEMASS mainman Leif Edling (bass) has posted the following update to the band's official web site:


"After the usual stop (and the usual first Heineken) at Schiphol, the band took off to the Rock Hard Festival somewhere in Germany. Great site in an outside amphitheatre with a river just behind the stage. NEVERMORE's Warrel Dane went right off stage and into the water just prior to CANDLEMASS if the rain wasn't enough! But, weathergods smiled at the Swedish doomsters this day and the sun showed itself when the first tones of '…Gallows End' began..... 'Sunrise I greet you......'

"CANDLEMASS played one of their best gigs this evening and the afterparty was just as good (they think anyway). The almighty Jon Oliva [from SAVATAGE] turned up at the hotel and from way out and no prisoners taken.......


"Back on American soil again. Felt good!! The flight over is always a pain in the ass but once in Cleveland the party certainly started on the spot when the guys in TROUBLE took us to the kick-off party at the Odeon. Good fun, and our friends in EVERGREY was already there. Nobody will ever be bored in their company! On the Friday NEVERMORE played an awesome set and we partied even god! Lost in pool to Jim in NEVERMORE... I want a rematch!!

"I was really hung over on the Saturday so a couple of beers and margueritas saved my life before our acoustic gig at the Coopertown restaurant. [CANDLEMASS singer] Messiah was resting his voice at the hotel so we took up some fans to sing 'Solitude'. Kandlemass Kleveland Karaoke Kompetition, ha-ha!! We also had the people sing 'At The Gallows End', before I in a bluesy hungover 'Willie Nelson way' did 'Samarithan'. Lots of people there and a good laugh!!

"Later on we arrived to the Odeon to see TROUBLE play an awesome set! What a band! They finished off with 'Revelation Life/Death' and I was almost in tears! But CANDLEMASS also had a good gig. We did a best-of set and were really on fire this evening, otherwise TROUBLE would have kicked our asses and that can't be allowed, ha-ha! In the middle of 'Sorcerers Pledge', right in the sing-a-long part they cut the power for us - curfew!!

"Anti-climax, but it worked somehow. In glory we ended our first visit to the US in 12 years!!! What can I say CLEVELAND ROCKS!!!!"


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