Diary

Sep 2nd, 2008

Rod's Diary - Warsaw

 

ROD'S DIARY -- WARSAW AUG 7 Sorry it's been a while. From Warsaw on to Moscow we either had shows or travel pretty much every day and to be honest I was getting writer's cramp mentally. Also I wanted to take some time seeing the magnificent cities we were visiting and with Reading Festival, a ton of personal stuff to catch up with and kids still on hols its been busy since I get home from Moscow.  These diaries take a while especially when there are a lot...

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Aug 11th, 2008

Rod's Diaries

 

Because of the time constraints of this last stretch of the tour (a gig almost every other day with travel inbetween), Rod won't be posting any more diaries from the road for a little while.However, once he's back home and had a break, they will follow. Warsaw, Prague and Split will be very interesting as there's a lot to report, so stay tuned!(If you need a diary fix before then, check out the forum for a lot of writeups from our intrepid travelling fans)

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Aug 6th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Wacken

 

ROD'S DIARY - WACKEN Wacken is a village with a population of under 2000 about an hour's drive out of Hamburg in Northern Germany. Here was born (I wont say when!) a couple of illustrious gentlemen, Thomas Jensen and Holger Hubner, lifelong friends who both grew up to be big metal fans. Not getting enough metal in their home village they decided 19 years ago to start their own festival, which they called simply Wacken. Going bust a couple of times did not deter them, they just rethou...

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Jul 31st, 2008

Rod's Diary - Horsens

 

ROD'S DIARY - HORSENS I was up at a reasonable time and headed out to pick up an English paper and the local ones at the Station and walked over to the Dubliners to get a fine Irish Breakfast, with lots of coffee!! I wanted to check the reviews and although I couldn't understand them the coverage was incredible. National and local papers gave us lots of space, not only the concert, which was given top marks by every one I saw, but also the football, the party, in fact everyt...

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Jul 31st, 2008

Rod's Diary - Gothenburg part 2

 

ROD'S DIARY -- GOTHENBURG 2 As I wandered around the city centre one last time just before going to the show and feeling the general anticipation of the fans I was wondering and hoping we would live up to the great expectation. I should not have worried, it would be a truly incredible show, one of our best ever and I don't say that lightly.Fans gather in the city centreIn GothenburgFrom the roof - starting to fill upAfter a quick beer amidst our fans I...

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Jul 28th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Gothenburg Part 1

 

ROD'S DIARY - GOTHENBURG PART 1 Just back at hotel for a bit so trying to get this off.Last night our co promoter Tor and his colleague Anna invited me, Ian and Gaddsy out for dinner at a famous and excellent restaurant, and of course we made full use of the offer with a terrific sea food meal and more fine wine. After we joined the action in the centre of town at one of the many pubs and bars now filling with the fans. Fantastic atmosphere and Maiden blaring out everywhere.Still. Excellent...

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Jul 28th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Norway II with a bit of Gothenburg thrown in

 

ROD'S DIARY - NORWAY PART 2 (with a bit of Gothenburg thrown in!) Arrived at the stadium with hordes of fans already outside and in, about 25,000 in all. Not sure what the stadium is used for but it was good for a show as most people were standing with very low stands around the edges. Went backstage and saw the guys. Jan had been wandering round the city as usual with his camera, as had Dave. Nicko and Bruce had flown back in from the UK. Steve and H had been playing football for the Maiden...

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Jul 25th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Norway

 

ROD'S DIARY - NORWAY PART 1 We flew into Trondheim from Helsinki, landing about 12.30am -- of course still fairly light this far north. About a 45 min drive into the town with magnificent views across the fiords. I suppose it was the equivalent of dusk at that time and the sun setting over the water at that time of night was quite surreal for us "southerners"!Trondheim is pretty quiet and the hotel didn't even have any room service on Sunday, the first of 2 days "of...

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Jul 22nd, 2008

Rod's Diary - Twickenham Pt 4

 

ROD'S DIARY - TWICKENHAM PART 4 It's time......8.15....Doctor,Doctor by UFO, our cue tape, fades and the jet engine kicks in, Transylvania starts and the intro movie from the first leg of the tour plays. And then, as the Spitfires zoom loudly through the PA with that wonderful right to left panning effect, the Churchill speech kicks in and the whole stadium erupts. I think it was the Guardian that said that the roar was greater than if England were winning the Rugby World cup here. I was...

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Jul 22nd, 2008

Rod's Diary - Filling some gaps, Montreal to Twickenham via Italy and France and of course Hove

 

So lets catch up. At least the first bit anyway... We flew back from Montreal on June 22 arriving early hours of 23rd of course. Car home and boy was it good to be home and see the family. It's a long time 5 weeks, and I could swear Jake had grown a couple more inches!! We had a quiet day. They hadn't broken up from school yet but as exams were finished some were around which was great, and the rest home at a reasonable time. Caught up on all the recent activities and everyone was...

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Jul 22nd, 2008

Rod's Diary - Finland

 

A BIG two days in Finland. Last time here on the Matter of Life and Death Tour in late '06 we played two nights at the Hartwell Arena and one in Tampere, all sold out to about 30,000 total. This time it's the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki and Risto Juvonen Stadium in Tampere. Last November, Helsinki sold out 43,000 even faster than Sweden, in a touch under 2 hours, and the stadium in Tempere, about 75 min drive from Helsinki, was quickly added and this also sold out well in advance, 29,000...

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Jul 19th, 2008

Rod's Diary - Stockholm

 

ROD'S DIARY - STOCKHOLM JULY 16 Sat in production office in Helsinki about an hour before we go on. Been a hectic couple of days in Stockholm. A bit behind again but a couple of days off soon so promise to catch up. Before final part on Twickenham and first few shows I thought it best to get up to date.   Bruce, H, Davey and Nicko were in the UK so we flew in together arriving in Stockholm about 5. The gig was at the 32,000 capacity Stockholm Stadium which is fairly...

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