Each episode of Digital Tour Bus' "Dream Tour" features members of a touring act discussing whom they would like to share the stage with as part of their "ideal tour," if there were no limits. In this episode, which was filmed on March 25 in Chicago, bassist Henkka Seppälä (a.k.a. Henkka T. Blacksmith) of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM states: "My dream tour would be — let's say the whole worldwide tour — opening for PANTERA on their 'Far Beyond Driven' tour.
"First of all, PANTERA doesn't exist anymore, so there's a nostalgic element. And I think it was one of my first metal shows, that I saw PANTERA in Helsinki on this specific tour. They were really good live then and they were on top of their career. Yeah, [they were] just an amazing band. That's why."
CHILDREN OF BODOM kicked off a six-week major-market North American headlining tour on February 14 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and hit 32 markets across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping with a two-night stand at New York City's Irving Plaza on March 28 and March 29. The tour featured support from folk metal heroes TÝR and represented CHILDREN OF BODOM's first Stateside headlining run since the release of the band's new LP, "Halo Of Blood".
CHILDREN OF BODOM's eighth album, "Halo Of Blood", sold 8,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available on June 11 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover art was created by Sami Saramäki, who was responsible for the artwork on previous CHILDREN OF BODOM albums "Follow The Reaper", "Are You Dead Yet?" and "Hate Crew Deathroll".