THERION – CHINA 2014

 

THERION: PEKING & SHANGHAI

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Me in Peking, China ! 🙂

 

The week before leaving for China was really hectic !
We had the rehearsals at Villa Adulruna, and then I  went straight    back home every day to record for the  forthcoming album of  L.A.D.
But I made it in time ! All the 11 songs 🙂

Sami Karppinen is playing the drums on this tour  as  stand-in for   Johan Koleberg.

Sami used to be the drummer of Therion before. He played on  “Secret of the runes”, “Deggial” and “Live in Midgard”. The last  years  he has been the drum- technician for Johan.The rehearsals  went on  really great with him ! 🙂

 

September 28th-29th

We left from Stockholm, Arlanda Airport at noon. First to Moscow for connection
and then straight to Peking, 6 hours flight. The plane was half empty so I could lay down to sleep a bit. We arrived at about 04:00 local time. A very pleasant trip with nice staff and good food !

Jesse, a promotor from Taiwan and a colleague of his picked us up at the airport and took us to Yong An hotel where we had breakfast.

In the evening we all went to a very nice restaurant. Fantastic Chinese food !

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 There´s a bad Internet-connection here for a European  and the regular FaceBook that we´re used to, doesn´t  work. China has their own FaceBook only in chinese of  course.

 September 30th

 By 08:00 am we met at the lobby to go to visit “The  Forbidden City”. Unfortunately it was closed this day  because of the preparing for Independence Day  tomorrow. Instead we walked the city and just took a look around there. It felt really strange and a bit weird to know that just a couple of days ago I was at home and now walking around in China ! – Funny Feeling !

People are nice and I really can´t feel anything of the “so polluted air” here in Peking as I´ve heard so much about…..The city is very clean and modern.

The most unusual and a bit weird thing was visiting a public toilet – seeing three men sitting in a row on the floor right beside each other – shitting ! Man – That was weird !!!
We went back to the hotel and I had some more sleep. Then off with our friends in the Russian band Arkona to the venue.

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Cute & Wonderful little girl that we met in Peking ! 🙂

 There were some technical problems with the P.A.-system          but TomTom, our tourmanager fixed it of course !

 We played at a smaller venue for a few hundred very  enthusiastic  fans. At 09:10 pm we went on stage after a Death Metal Band from  Hong Kong and of course – ARKONA.

We had cut the set to only about 70 minutes. We use to  play  around  2 hours……

Everything went fine, but as always there are things that  can get  better. But it was ok to be the first gig of the tour.

Afterwards we spent some time in the dressingrooms and then    straight to the hotel and directly to bed for me !
For some strange reason I could´t fall asleep until about 04:00  am…

 And another funny thing here at the hotel: The floor is softer than  the bed !!! 😀

 

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Sandra, TomTom, Thomas & Linnéa in Peking, China
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