Klingenberg Syndrome


Leaving home, Mexico & Guatemala

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 8:45 PM

16.10.2010 Mexico City


Alrighty, we left home on Thursday evening, flew in to Helsinki and spent the night at the airport hotel. On Friday morning we got our shit together and left for Mexico via Frankfurt. Some 20+ hours later we arrived and checked in to the hotel. Had a few beers, witnessed a mariachi-band, met the guys from Therion and ultimately got too tired to stay awake just around midnight. Jetlag rules !  This morning we had a very nice breakfast together and I just got back from hanging out by the pool and enjoying the nice weather here. Checking the latest headlines online, appeareantly nothing really mindblowing has happened. People still killing each other, sports teams winning and losing and some has-been celebrety getting caught for doing drugs or drunk-driving. Throw in a couple of minor or major natural disasters and the dinner is served. Btw for those of you into NHL , and speaking Finnish, Jouni Nieminen is keeping an awesome blog on hs.fi , check it out. Ok, now it's time for soundcheck, hopefully all the gear is working.


...so during soundcheck I found out that my rented piano was broken....well no biggie, I worked around it during the show....but: Not having played a show since Kemi on the 21st of August. we were all quite excited to get on stage. Everything started really well but then.....Marko's bass started to drop out every once in a while and it took a while for our techs to work it out, eventually they fixed it....my shoulder keyboard died half-way through the show but a couple of songs later it was redeemed as well. Apart from those minor tech-related mishaps the show worked out well and as always the crowd in Mexico was fucking amazing. Thanks a lot guys.


17.10.2010  Guatemala City


A nice and early wake-up call at 0500 to go to the airport. With a show the night before we didn't really get that much sleep.....but whattahell we'll sleep when we get home. The flight was quite smooth and we arrived to our hotel after a short drive.....sometime around noon. Luckily we had a couple of hours to sleep before heading for the soundcheck. Tonight we're playing at somekinda outdoor amphitheater, nice stage but some parts of the PA & monitoring system was a bit interesting.....anyway our techs managed to get everything set up so I'm sure we'll have fun. I just came back from dinner downstairs and in about an hour we're going back to the venue for a meet & greet and the show.

btw I got a really cool sombrero at the airport in Mexico City.... I'll put up a pic on the nokiablog or somewhere when I get around to it.





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Reply Dandelion
2:27 PM on December 16, 2010 
Please, please, please have a gig in Denmark sometime! By the way, you rock!
Reply Cristina
6:01 PM on October 26, 2010 
The concert in Mexico was fucking amazing, Thank you very much, specially for your solo with Elias, that was incredible.

Reply MajoScream
12:10 PM on October 25, 2010 
Hey There Henkka... OMG what can I say? Guatemala's show was absolutely AWESOME!!!! I had been waiting for that day since like a long time ago... It was really cool to be there at the show (1st line of course, I waited in line for about 10 hours but it was all worth it), I loved every song you played, even though I would have loved to listen to some other (older) songs... anyway it was the best concert I've been to, since u are my all time fav Band!! and getting to know u guys a lil' bit after the show... WOW! that was better than I have evver imagined!!!! You guys were so humble and nice to fans.... hey you really made my dream come true... Thanx for the VOdka (and the Jägger) btw XD!!! haha I needed some :) Peace and as Elias said: "Los Esperamos pronto" Toivottavasti Tulette Takaisin Nopeasti Sonata!
Reply Marjorie Maureira
7:25 PM on October 21, 2010 
Happy Birthday Henkka!! I really hope that you have enjoyed your day and I'll waiting for you, guys until Sunday, in Chile to celebrate together our birthdates (you come 1 day after mine).

Kepp rocking! \m/
Reply Rovainia
6:20 PM on October 21, 2010 
Happy Birthday Henkka! Hope you'll have a wonderful day and lots of beers (or some Vodka?^^) Already looking forward to spring 2011 \m/
Reply FairyQueen
10:59 AM on October 21, 2010 
Happy birthday, Henkka!!! enjoy your day as usual and see you on Sunday in Santiago ^^
Reply T.L.
4:04 AM on October 21, 2010 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HENKKA!! hope you have a great day and loads of beers! see ya next march! :D
Reply Quique
2:36 AM on October 21, 2010 
Hi Henka! Very nice show here in Guatemala, I hope you like the little present I gave you for your cigarretes haha hopefully you won't throw it away, but if you do it it's OK what can I do... i would really like to see you play again, that was the best concert in my life and I waited for that moment more than 8 years. The way you play is fucking insane and to be able to see it live was a realy special moment for me. Well at least I got a photo with you. Last Sunday was a day I will never forget, thank you for giving us all such a nice evening and keep on rocking!!! Auf wiedersehen! Nos vemos! Bye bye!
Reply Okami Ritsu
1:06 AM on October 20, 2010 
I was there at the México show, and I must say you guys really took a long time to start playing, but it was worth it. Btw, I didn't really like the mix, I couldn't hear Elias very well, but overall it was a great show as usual. It was my fourth time with you guys ^^ in the conuntry. The intro was shorter, wasn't it? I mean... Everything Fades to Gray... you made it shorter xD... i wantet to sing along with the track, but nodody knew the lyrics anyways xD...
Really? Deathaura doesn't work live? ):
Well... maybe on the DVD? ^^... I remember you said it was your favorite track from the album, on an intetrview. Would be so great if you guys could play it for the DVD at least... well, I'm getting carried away, and I don't know if you read all of the comments xD...
Still, congrats on playing an amazing show as allways and I hope to see you arround here in one or two years. Bye bye (:
Reply Marian
11:13 PM on October 19, 2010 
Hello there, we are waiting for you here in Venezuela, im so exited to be at the show, i know that is going to be awesome, I had been waiting for you since forever LOL.
And let me tell you that im going to be in front of you in the show.
See you there, bye (:
Reply MauSilva
10:05 AM on October 19, 2010 
dude!! great show here in el Salvador!!!! man I had been waiting for u guys for years!!!!!great gig, full of energy, though we needed some vodka... then again only beer was available xD!! hope to see u guys soon back here in El Salvador!!!!! u r so freaking awesomeeee!!!!
Reply dafas
2:17 AM on October 19, 2010 
HI Henkka!!! nice show here in mexico, i´d love to see you with your mexican hat...hehe.
the show.........................well let me tell you i was almost infront of you guys, and OMFG! i fucking loved it!!!!!!! i hope next time you guys come,i can go to the airport, to welcome you, a really mexican welcome. i cant really have the words to tell you that this concert was AWESOME!!!! i hope you come next year.

please please say hello to Tony,Elias,Tommy,and Marco, and well obviously, to you, thx for the blog i read it every day.
Reply Johan
1:14 AM on October 19, 2010 
Hey Henkka!!! Greetings from Venezuela. We all cannot wait for your performance here. Oh and as soon as you arrive to Venezuela, ask for a "polarcita". And drink it for all your fans here.... Nice blog by the way, and i'm sorry for my tarzanian english.

P.D: Polarcita = Beer
Reply Ookamisha
1:13 AM on October 19, 2010 
we need to see the hat!!!!!!111oneone
Reply Ookamisha
1:11 AM on October 19, 2010 
Thanks for the fabolous show in Mexico City, I know, you deserve a better place instead for it, not the Circo Volador... that was my first real concert and I liked it so much with my friends, thank you very much.
Reply Kilgore Trout
7:26 AM on October 18, 2010 
Hate it when gear breaks down ( had my share of hiccups ), I was pondering to write that you must be jinxed but I dont want to bring down more bad luck on myself.
Reply Cuitlahuac
3:49 AM on October 18, 2010 
Hi Henkka i had the pleasure of hearing and wachting you guys in Mexico city the saturday night. It was my first time and i hope not my last. You were really great. . I hope you have enjoyed the few hours you spend in mexico. The best of luck for you all.
P.D. Hyvää matkaa
Reply OhSusannah
2:40 AM on October 18, 2010 
I can't wait to see you in your sombrero :D
Reply Fernando
11:43 PM on October 17, 2010 
Hi henkka! cant wait to see you on wednesday!!!! xD
Reply Kami_Singsinsilence
10:10 PM on October 17, 2010 
I hope you'll do a meet & greet even in Italy next year! if you do and you see someone crying for happiness that's me for sure! ahahah