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Timo Tolkki to perform Strato/RR songs
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Pancio
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Location: Reggio Emilia, Italy

PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:19 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Tolkki's illness is due to his almost divorce from his wife, Dominika Gottova.
I don't know the details, but I know that, after a lot of bad things (like his out of marriage son and his bipolar disorder) and strange going on, she had decided to break with him so he fell into depression.
For what I know she then decided to return in Finland with him and their daughter.

About his body problem: he fat is due to bipolar therapy, it can be very destructive and, obviously, his weight problem bounce on his live performances, almost 2 hour of show is too much for a young untrained guy, I can't imagine how can it be for a big, fat and tall man, out from stages since Symfonia "live performances".
Painful.
Dunno what kind of problem he had experimented before his first gig, I belive a panick attack or something, he's a fragile human being, and the pressure can be too much after all this time out of business.

Like I've said before, audio quality from the footages is bad, the bass is too high and drums cover the rest of the frequencies, but Tolkki skills, at least for what I can hear, sucks.It's painful for me, I love his playing, but his skills are not here anymore, I hope he can improve during next shows, but I don't believe it.He's done and my heart bleed, he's no more the one I used to know tho I hope he was in a bad moment and not reharsed.
(strangely he teach guitar via skype)

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:31 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

2 more videos, this time from Valencia show.

Kiss of Judas: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=eMb0f_vW8C4

Key to the Universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=plWoiJ9qwpM

Kiss of Judas is, in a certain way, decent, still the audio quality sucks due to bass, keybords and drums too high in the mix(maybe a deliberated choice to hide poor guitar work).The solo is sloppy but not too much and the pick seems precise, rythm part, as I said before, is poor.
Key to the Universe...well, it's fucking awful, sounds like a YouTube cover done by 8 years old kids, Livas sucks too much (I know it's not easy to emulate Kiske, but c'mon, is out of tune and forced, and Strato songs are harder to sing, since there's homogeneity in passages through vocal ranges(actually Kotipelto once used to modulate the passages) while Kiske technique consist in jump almost directly to the notes) and Timo looks like he doesn't know what's going on and how to play (listen to the solo).

Sooooooooo... Looking at Timo's listless eyes, sloth-like movement and behavior, I must say he's under anti-bipolar therapy and, maybe, under other drugs.

I hope him the best and to get out of this shit, he doesn't deserve it at all.

Last things, I admit it, I've cried watching Key to the Universe, not for the song but for Timo's condition, it's extremely sad thinking at his physical and mental state, too much for me, and I don't think I have the strength to watch him live nowadays (last time I saw him was in 2010, 7 years ago, shit), this is the first time I don't want a musician to play in Italy.

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Carn
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Thank you for the infos (where did you dig all that up ? Wow).
About before the Athens show yeah, aside from the fact that I heard he didn't sleep and the rehearsal seem to have started a bit too late (I m assuming from bits of dialogs I heard , nothing clear at all) so that might add the the problems. But yeah he was apparently panicked, but around the middle of the concert. Black Diamond was the last song they performed and he just left like in a totally giving up/ run to live way. The song ended and he fled without looking back. :/

About your second post, no, I don't think hes on any specific other drugs aside from maybe stuff for his disorder. In depressive phase, bipolar people can be like that, absent and with kinda lost gaze etc. My mother knows a dude who s also bipolar and it s exactly the same. (He doesn't take any medecine or drugs and doesn't even drink). Of course I can't possibly know if he doesn't take anything else. Drinking is Really bad for BPS but in the backstage I only saw juices and sodas, no alcohol. But i heard in Sofia fans gifyed him two bottles of Vodka and bought him beers during the concert. Si idk

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R.F.
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Add User to Ignore List Reply with quote

Sounds all the same to me. Looks like after all those years I still haven't learned to appreciate metal enough to get what is good playing and what is bad. Good to see TT doing what he loves.

Timo, I have noticed you, by the way.

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