Guitarist Gus G. of the Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND has issued the following update:
"Besides the Greek and Bulgarian shows that are now postponed for January, I wanted to give you an update on the European tour we just completed. Sitting at home right now and looking back on it, I must say it was a great experience. We have done so many tours in the past, but this one was different: It was a headline tour. So we learned a lot while being a headliner, on the other hand we had some killer bands with us on this tour!
"There were too many good shows to pick a favorite one. France was great, as always, then we did four shows in Spain with VICIOUS RUMOURS — these guys can play! They really inspired us to play harder and headbang even more! After the final show in Barcelona, we all wandered around town at 3 a.m. trying to find an open bar on a Monday! Well, we did. And after that bar closed we continued partying on the street in front of our tour bus. Good times!
"In Italy we met up with ELDRITCH and the shows were great, but it might be a while until we return there…
"Other adventures from the road included a six-hour delay at the Swiss border due to communication problems, people talking to the supervisors of their supervisors and insane paperwork we had to submit! Well, we managed to get to the venue in Pratteln only half hour before doors opened. I swear, I haven't seen a faster load-in, set up and soundcheck in my life!! We managed to do it all somehow within 20 minutes! Then we had dinner. Three hours later we rocked our faithful fans at Z7 and had another killer show!
"We feel really honored to have been able to play in Budapest twice this year. The response of our debut show back in April (on the KAMELOT tour) was so great that we managed to do our own headline show seven months later. People love their metal there for sure!
"In Vienna we must have played the smallest stage ever. Even so, the Viper Room was packed with people that night but backstage we were already getting drunk with whiskey shots. We ended up playing a very drunk, yet really energetic and true rock 'n' roll show! I even crowd-surfed while I played the solo of 'Falling To Pieces'!!
"The final show was the Masters Of Rock festival in Czech Republic. A first time in that country for us and we played before 3,500 screaming metalheads! Couldn't think of a better way to end this tour."
FIREWIND's first-ever live effort, "Live Premonition", was released all across Europe this month and is available as DVD, 2CD and deluxe DVD+2CD set offering a stunning 22-song set filmed and recorded earlier this year in the band's hometown of Thessaloniki.
The 2CD version of "Live Premonition" consists of the audio portion of the main show on two separate CDs, available for the price of one CD. The DVD also features many extras such as behind-the-scenes footage, special acoustic live performances, promo clips and much more.