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Past Stratovarius shows

Post by JensJohansson » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:52 pm

UK Tour with Eden's Curse and Firewind opening. See a video advert here.

May 15, 2009: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, England/UK tickets

May 16, 2009: Rock City, Nottingham, England/UK tickets

May 17, 2009: Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland/UK tickets

May 18, 2009: Islington O2 Academy (aka Carling Academy), London, England/UK tickets

May 19, 2009: Jilly's Rockworld, Manchester, England/UK tickets

May 20, 2009: Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland tickets

* * * End of UK tour with Firewind/Eden's Curse

May 29, 2009: CDK MAI, Moscow, Russia tickets

May 30, 2009: Glavclub, St Petersburg, Russia tickets info

June 6, 2009: Tulivuorirock, Lappajärvi, Finland Info/Tickets

June 7, 2009: Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland Info/Tickets

June 13, 2009: Myötätuulirock, Vantaa, Finland Info/Tickets

June 14, 2009: Rockin' Transsylvania Festival, Sibiu, Romania

June 18, 2009: Himosfestival, Jämsä, Finland Info/Tickets

June 19, 2009: RMJ Partycamp, Pori, Finland Info/Tickets

June 21, 2009: HELLFEST, Clisson, France tickets info

June 27, 2009: Metalway, Zaragoza, Spain Tickets Info

July 5, 2009: Ruisrock, Turku, Finland Tickets

July 11, 2009: Masters of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic Info/Tickets

July 18, 2009: Ilosaarirock, Joensuu, Finland Info/Tickets

July 19, 2009: Pro Rock Festival, Aerodrome "Chajka", Kiev, Ukraine Info/Tickets

July 25, 2009: Zwarte Cross Festival, Lichtenvoorde, Holland Info/Tickets

August 1, 2009: Linnoituksen Yö, Lappeenranta, Finland Tickets

August 29, 2009: Wacken Rocks, Kreuth, Germany tickets

August 30, 2009: Wacken Rocks, Aurich, Germany tickets

August 31, 2009: Bemowo Amphitheatre, Warsaw, Poland Tickets

September 1, 2009: Astoria Hall, Bydgoszcz, Poland Tickets

September 4, 2009: 1710 A.S. House, Taipei, Taiwan Tickets

September 6, 2009: MAO Livehouse, Beijing, China Info

September 10, 2009: Big Cat, Osaka, Japan

September 11, 2009: Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan

September 12, 2009: Club Citta, Kawasaki (Tokyo), Japan

September 16, 2009: Nokia Theater, NYC, NY, USA

September 18, 2009: Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada

September 19, 2009: Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City, Q, Canada

September 20, 2009: Medley, Montreal, QC, Canada

September 21, 2009: Middle East, Boston, Mass, USA

September 23, 2009: Sonar, Baltimore, MD , USA

September 24, 2009: Peabody's, Cleveland, OH , USA

September 25, 2009: Pyramid Club, Addison, IL, USA

September 27, 2009: Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

September 28, 2009: The Riddell at University, Regina, SK, Canada

September 29, 2009: Warehouse, Calgary, AB, Canada

September 30, 2009: Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB, Canada

October 2, 2009: The Venue, Vancouver, BC, Canada

October 3, 2009: Sugar, Victoria, BC, Canada

October 4, 2009: El Corazon, Seattle, WA, USA

October 6, 2009: The Grand Ballroom at the Regency, San Francisco, CA, USA

October 7, 2009: Key Club, Los Angeles, CA, USA

October 9, 2009: Cafe Iguana, Monterrey, Mexico

October 11, 2009: Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico

October 14, 2009: The End, Buenos Aires, Argentina

October 16, 2009: Teatro Teleton, Santiago de Chile, Chile

October 18, 2009: Lapa, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

October 19, 2009: Opiniao, Porto Alegre, Brazil

October 20: 2009: Citibank Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 22, 2009 Agora Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Quito, Ecuador

October 24, 2009: Maria Angola, Lima, Peru

November 6, 2009: Huippu, Sappee, Finland

November 7, 2009: Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland

November 11, 2009: Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

November 12, 2009: Kåren, Turku, Finland

November 13, 2009: Sirkus, Hämeenlinna, Finland

November 14, 2009: Finlandia-klubi, Lahti, Finland

November 20, 2009: Teatria, Oulu, Finland

November 21, 2009: Puustelli, Nivala, Finland

January 7, 2010: Zeche, Bochum, Germany (Ruhrpott) Tickets

January 8, 2010: Hof ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium Tickets

January 9, 2010: Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets

January 10, 2010: Garage, London, UK

January 12, 2010: Elysee, Paris, France

January 13, 2010: Le Bikini, Toulouse, France

January 15, 2010: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain

January 16, 2010: Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain (Euskadi/Basquia)

January 17, 2010: Razzmatazz 1, Barcelona, Spain (Catalunya)

January 19, 2010: Transbordeur, Lyon, France

January 20, 2010: Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland Tickets

January 21, 2010: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy Tickets

January 23, 2010: SKC, Belgrad, Serbia

January 24, 2010: Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria Tickets

January 26, 2010: Petöfi Hall, Budapest, Hungary Tickets

January 27, 2010: Szene, Vienna, Austria

January 28, 2010: PKO, Bratislava, Slovak Republic Tickets

January 29, 2010: Masters of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic

January 30, 2010: Backstage, München, Germany (Bavaria) Tickets

February 1, 2010: Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany (Swabia) Tickets

February 2, 2010: Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany (Saarland) Tickets

February 3, 2010: Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany (Fischkopfia) Tickets

February 4, 2010: The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark

February 6, 2010: Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden (Skåne)

February 7, 2010: Brew House, Göteborg, Sweden (Bohuslän)

February 8, 2010: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

February 9, 2010: Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden

April 10, 2010: Hellkatti, Sotkamo, Finland

April 30, 2010: Schmerikon, Fiesta Pagana II, Switzerland tickets

May 25, 2010: Star Live (HELFEST), Beijing, China

May 26, 2010: Mao Livehouse (HELFEST), Shanghai, China

May 27, 2010: Expo 2010 Finland Day (Europe Square), Shanghai, China

May 28, 2010 TheWALL Livehouse, Taipei, Taiwan

June 12, 2010: Sweden Rock, Norje Havsbad, Sweden tickets

July 3, 2010: Status Goes Fest, Forssa, Finland

July 9, 2010: Merisärkkä, Kalajoki, Finland

July 10, 2010: Scandal Music Festival, Kemi, Finland

July 23, 2010: Wanaja Festival, Hämeenlinna, Finland tickets

July 24, 2010: Osmantupa, Eura, Finland

July 30, 2010: Benatska Noc (near Prague), Czech Republic

August 7, 2010: Wacken, Wacken Open Air, Germany

August 21, 2010: Lahti, Jazztori, Finland

November 26, 2010: Szene, Vienna, Austria

November 27, 2010: Winter Masters of Rock, Zlin, Czech Republic

November 28, 2010: Petöfi Hall, budapest, Hungary

December 1, 2010: Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany

December 2, 2010: Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium

December 4, 2010: Hardrock Hell Festival, Prestatyn, UK

December 5, 2010: The HMV Forum, London, UK

December 6, 2010: Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland

December 8, 2010: Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden

December 9, 2010: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

December 10, 2010: Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg, Sweden

December 11, 2010: Arenan, Stockholm, Sweden

December 13, 2010: Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia

December 14, 2010: Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland

December 15, 2010: House Of Culture, Helsinki, Finland

December 17, 2010: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland

December 18, 2010: Studio, Cracow, Poland

December 19, 2010: Mala Sportovni Hala, Prague, Czech Republic

January 11, 2011: <s>Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France</s>

January 12, 2011: <s>Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France</s>

January 14, 2011: Rockstar Live, Bilbao, Spain

January 15, 2011: La Riviera, Madrid, Spain

January 16, 2011: Razzmatazz I, Barcelona, Spain

January 18, 2011: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy

January 19, 2011: Altantico, Rome, Italy

January 21, 2011: Fuzz Live Music Club, Athen, Greece

January 22, 2011: Principal Club Theatre, Thessaloniki, Greece

January 23, 2011: Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria

January 24, 2011: Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria

January 26, 2011: Boogaloo Club, Zagreb, Croatia

January 27, 2011: Kino Siska Club, Ljubljana, Slovenia

January 28, 2011: Sports Hall, Hlohovec, Slovakia

January 29, 2011: <s>Sports Hall, Presov, Slovakia</s>

January 31, 2011: Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland

February 01, 2011: <s>Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany</s>

February 02, 2011: <s>Brückenforum, Bonn, Germany</s>

February 04, 2011: <s>Capitol, Hannover, Germany</s>

February 05, 2011: <s>Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany</s>

February 06, 2011: <s>Halle Gartlage, Osnabrück, Germany</s>

February 9, 2011: Docks, Hamburg, Germany

February 10, 2011: Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany

February 11, 2011: All-Kart-Halle, Kaufbeuren, Germany

February 12, 2011: Volksbankmesse, Balingen, Germany

February 20, 2011: &#26413;&#24140; Zepp, Sapporo, Japan

February 22, 2011: &#20185;&#21488; Zepp, Sendai, Japan

February 23, 2011: &#21517;&#21476;&#23627; Zepp, Nagoya, Japan

February 25, 2011: &#31119;&#23713; Zepp, Fukuoka, Japan

February 27, 2011: &#22823;&#38442; &#12394;&#12435;&#12400; HATCH, Osaka, Japan

February 28, 2011: &#26481;&#20140; Zepp, Tokyo, Japan

March 2, 2011: Changchoong Gym, Seoul, Korea

March 4, 2011: GC Live House, Beijing, China

March 6, 2011: Taipei University Auditorium, Taipei, Taiwan

14.04.2011 Mexico • Monterrey • Escenica

16.04.2011 Mexico • Mexico City • Circo Volador • SOLD OUT

17.04.2011 Mexico • Mexico City • Circo Volador

19.04.2011 El Salvador • San Salvador • Anfiteatro Cifco

20.04.2011 Costa Rica • San Jose • Peppers Club

22.04.2011 Peru • Lima • Teatro Leguia

<s>04-24-2011: "CIEC" (Centro Internacional de Exposiciones Caracas), Caracas, Venezuela</s>

04-26-2011: Teatro Metropol, Bogota, Colombia

04-29-2011: Teleton, Santiago, Chile

05-01-2011: Master Hall, Curitiba, Brazil

05-03-2011: Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, Brazil

05-06-2011: Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil

05-08-2011: Teatro de Verano, Montevideo, Uruguay

05-10-2011: Groove, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Festival

05-15-2011: Radio Rock Cruise IV, Radio Rock , Finland

06-11-2011: Les Metallurgicales, Denain, France

08-07-2011: Foire aux vins Festival, Colmar, France

08-27-2011: Ayia Napa Youth Festival (Harbour Square), Ayia Napa, Cyprus

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Post by shg » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:12 pm

I had the pleasure to see you in Tampere and Vantaa. Concerts were awesome. Thank you! :)

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Post by nefertari » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:27 pm

I was in Sauna Open and Stratovarius was great! :D I loved the gig ! Thank you guys :)

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Post by eagledreamr » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:29 pm

I didn't have the chance to see you on any of these, but see you on Sunday!
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Post by Rhunmir » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:14 am

Hello guys, and thank you so much for the wonderful Sunday evening at Rockin'Transilvania, Sibiu!! :) Even if people didn't fill the stadium after all, as you surely deserve it, I can assure you that your true fans were there, singing with you all the time -as I did!!! Great show - unfortunately we missed one important thing : some photos and autographs from you!!....hope the next time you will not be in such a hurry and stay with us for a while :D

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Post by UnaInZodiac » Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:55 pm

I also was in Sauna Open Air and managed to burn my skin - that has not been a common problem in Finnish rock venues. But sensing Strato gig quite near the stage was more than nice, it was great. Both the crowd and the band seemed to enjoy themselves.
We were situated in front of Jörg and the drummer was nicely seen and heard behind invisible drums. :cyclop:
I also enjoyed Kamelot, and Hammerfall the day before.
It would be NICE to read something about the last gigs, please, anyone home already??

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Post by eagledreamr » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:25 pm

I wanted to thank you for the show yesterday in Clisson, Hellfest! It was awesome!

Sorry for those interested in the setlist, I'm not able right now to write it, I don't remember it perfectly.

Jens, I guess you saw me, I was the girl in the first row just in front of you, with the long hair and the Polaris t-shirt. Lauri may have seen me as well. Sometimes I thought you were looking at me, but maybe it was just an illusion (like at the moment you were (nicely) making fun of us with the devil horn sign!)

I took some pictures, the quality isn't great because they were taken with my cell phone, but it could be worse. I'll upload them later.

Thank you again for this great (and too short) moment!
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Post by symphox » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:48 pm

eagledreamr wrote:I wanted to thank you for the show yesterday in Clisson, Hellfest! It was awesome!

Sorry for those interested in the setlist, I'm not able right now to write it, I don't remember it perfectly.

Jens, I guess you saw me, I was the girl in the first row just in front of you, with the long hair and the Polaris t-shirt. Lauri may have seen me as well. Sometimes I thought you were looking at me, but maybe it was just an illusion (like at the moment you were (nicely) making fun of us with the devil horn sign!)

I took some pictures, the quality isn't great because they were taken with my cell phone, but it could be worse. I'll upload them later.

Thank you again for this great (and too short) moment!
Yeah it was a very good show :)

It was very nice to see Stratovarius to back in France, The Hellfest have burning :D

Few pics here:
http://www.kotipelto.net/photos/thumbnails.php?album=29

HHAL video:
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Kiss of judas video:
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Post by eagledreamr » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:06 pm

Great pictures! Way better than mine! (well, it could have been worse)
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Post by StratoTimo » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:09 am

nefertari wrote:I was in Sauna Open and Stratovarius was great! :D I loved the gig ! Thank you guys :)
I can say same! Jens was totally funny in my picture where was everybody else also :lol:
That was best gig! :party:
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Post by finnlandia » Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:54 pm

Great pics!!

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Post by kindman » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:57 pm

The second day of ProRock Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, was cancelled due to financial weakness of organizers. So there will be NO any performance of Doro, Carcass, Stratovarius, Grave Digger, Rotting Christ and Finntroll today in Kiev. The official statement from organizer, Mr. Sergey Gorokh, can be found here (in Russian language): http://prorock.com.ua/main/107-vtorojj- ... menen.html

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Post by UnaInZodiac » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:37 pm

:shock: :shock:
Ou, that must have been real last occasion cancel. On Saturday, just two hours before Ilosaari gig, TK was interviewed in a national radio broadcast and they were planning to leave in a hurry to reach the airport to Kiev next morning... Feel sorry for the fans in Ukraine

I saw Stratovarius also in Ruisrock and that was cool even if I remembered SOA well. Thanks 8)

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Post by Mysteriet » Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:04 am

Ilosaarirock was just perfect. 8) I was watching Strato gig (& Apocalyptica as well 8)) from the front row. Setlist was quite much the same than earlier. Winter Skies, Higher We Go & Deep Unknown from Polaris. Visions was great!! I added some pics to my MySpace so you can check them there if you are able to.
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Post by nefertari » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:43 pm

Mysteriet wrote:Ilosaarirock was just perfect. 8) I was watching Strato gig (& Apocalyptica as well 8)) from the front row. Setlist was quite much the same than earlier. Winter Skies, Higher We Go & Deep Unknown from Polaris. Visions was great!! I added some pics to my MySpace so you can check them there if you are able to.
Nice pics :). It is great to hear that the gig was perfect :headbang: :headbang:

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Post by Ellie » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:44 pm

I was at Ilosaarirock too and saw Strato from the front row and I loved it!! :luv1:
It was my firs time... :)

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Post by kameli » Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:43 pm

I found this cool 360 degree panorama from Ilosaarirock. Ellie which one are you :wink:

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Post by Ellie » Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:32 am

kameli wrote:Ellie which one are you :wink:
I´m so little that I can only see the top of my head... :lol:
But I was there! :P

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Post by Stefanfortmann » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:27 pm

I saw Stratovarius at Zwarte cross July 25th in Netherlands,
I stood in 1st row in the middle
It was truly awesome and unforgetable!
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Post by Arkash » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:36 pm

That's it, I have HH&L in my head...dammit, it's gonna last all the night!

FEEL THE FREEDOM OF BODY AND MIIIIIND!
Through the storms we've wandered
Many mountains we have climbed
But all the bad times are behind
The road is free - I'm coming home

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Post by Intiaani » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:25 am

_Awesome at Lappeenranta, Finland :D I'm sorry but I might be drunk from the evenbing still... :D Pretty much beer & all... but you guys rocked, once again! Saw you for the third time... and I know I'm gonna regret this board megssage tommorrow... >_> anyway solid stuff! Although the audience was blocking me with their elbows iun the front row... :/

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Post by Aldaron » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:05 am

Intiaani wrote:_Awesome at Lappeenranta, Finland :D I'm sorry but I might be drunk from the evenbing still... :D Pretty much beer & all... but you guys rocked, once again! Saw you for the third time... and I know I'm gonna regret this board megssage tommorrow... >_> anyway solid stuff! Although the audience was blocking me with their elbows iun the front row... :/
What's an evenbing? Is that short for evening binge? :D Glad to hear you had a great time and Strato really rocked. No need to regret your post.
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Post by Intiaani » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:12 pm

Aldaron wrote:
Intiaani wrote:_Awesome at Lappeenranta, Finland :D I'm sorry but I might be drunk from the evenbing still... :D Pretty much beer & all... but you guys rocked, once again! Saw you for the third time... and I know I'm gonna regret this board megssage tommorrow... >_> anyway solid stuff! Although the audience was blocking me with their elbows iun the front row... :/
What's an evenbing? Is that short for evening binge? :D Glad to hear you had a great time and Strato really rocked. No need to regret your post.
I, yeah, I guess that's it then. :roll: And the message actually doesn't look that bad now that I read it. Boy had I hard time to struggle it down though. :D

My hand hurts, buy the way, I had no idea how hard I had to squeeze the safe barricade so that I wouldn't lose my spot. Pretty aggressive folk in the audience, really, and somehow the security thought I was the beginning of everything happening there... pushing, shoving, quarreling... I also got some threats from a bully behind me as he felt he and his harem should be in the front. :roll: Well, maybe that's basic front row stuff that happens all the time, dunno. :) Still I had a good time. I wondered, though... a band delivering peace message and the audience is unreasonable as hell. :( Or maybe they weren't even familiar with lyrics, didn't see them singing actually. And they seemed angrier and angrier the louder I "sang" the songs. :D

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Post by AAAAAAAAA » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:21 pm

Intiaani wrote:
Aldaron wrote:
Intiaani wrote:_Awesome at Lappeenranta, Finland :D I'm sorry but I might be drunk from the evenbing still... :D Pretty much beer & all... but you guys rocked, once again! Saw you for the third time... and I know I'm gonna regret this board megssage tommorrow... >_> anyway solid stuff! Although the audience was blocking me with their elbows iun the front row... :/
What's an evenbing? Is that short for evening binge? :D Glad to hear you had a great time and Strato really rocked. No need to regret your post.
I, yeah, I guess that's it then. :roll: And the message actually doesn't look that bad now that I read it. Boy had I hard time to struggle it down though. :D

My hand hurts, buy the way, I had no idea how hard I had to squeeze the safe barricade so that I wouldn't lose my spot. Pretty aggressive folk in the audience, really, and somehow the security thought I was the beginning of everything happening there... pushing, shoving, quarreling... I also got some threats from a bully behind me as he felt he and his harem should be in the front. :roll: Well, maybe that's basic front row stuff that happens all the time, dunno. :) Still I had a good time. I wondered, though... a band delivering peace message and the audience is unreasonable as hell. :( Or maybe they weren't even familiar with lyrics, didn't see them singing actually. And they seemed angrier and angrier the louder I "sang" the songs. :D

:lol: :lol: :lol: You must really have been something to look at and listen to. :rvd: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Intiaani » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:50 pm

I just hoped people would have been more interested in the band itself. :D But yeah, I still don't get it. I wasn't violent or contentious at all, I just wanted to keep my spot which I had since the beginning, and still it was partly scary even to be there... Never before have I seen that harsh people in any audience, even blood-faced Vader fans were okay! :D But luckily nothing happened. Ignoring those pricks and being into music was the best way to get rid of their threats. ^^

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Post by AAAAAAAAA » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:05 pm

:lol: :lol: What a terrible experience. :shock: But I think you were great. :lol: A real valiant against a raw mob. :shock: And you even managed to SING. That was heroic. And today you can laugh at the idiots. Magnanimous. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Past Stratovarius shows

Post by Idän ihme » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:44 am

I was also at the show in Lappeenranta. My girlfriend and I were very happy to be able to see Stratovarius in our hometown. Stratovarius is one of the best Finnish bands, I've liked their music since listening to Visions in my "rippileiri" (=??? in English) back in 1997.

My gf uses crutches because of a car accident a while ago, she can't currently put full weight to her leg. We thought that we should either go to front or back so she doesn't have trouble with the foot. We got to the venue about 2 hours before the show so we were able to get good places at the very front. We thought that she should be in front of me, right behind the fence, because that way we could see the band and I could hold the pressure from behind. We're sober because she takes heavy pain killers, and I'm driving us.

There's 3 older ladies (50+) to our left. Then another small woman behind me taps me on the shoulder and asks if she and her friend can get to front of me, because they can't see anything since they're way shorter than me. I say "Sure, I can see above you", and let the woman and her friend to go between me and my girlfriend. A while later their husbands (two VERY big men) arrive, and the women tell them not to go in front of me since I let the ladies there in the first place. The two big guys stand next to me, and I thought that we should be fine for the show because people can't push me and those 2 big men too much.

I was wrong. A skinny young guy, 18 or so, starts pushing the 50+ ladies from our left side right at the start of the show. Those elder ladies obviously haven't been in too many rock shows, they are not quite sure what to do. They complain to my gf that the boy is pushing them, but of course that doesn't help. Unfortunately the two small women and their husbands near me soon leave and don't return. The elder ladies stand the pushing for a little while, and then they disappear as well.

That leaves me behind my gf, and the pushing boy next to her. We go to a lot of rock concerts & festivals, so pushing is nothing new to us. The only problem is the bad foot & crutches of my gf, she can't hold the sudden force of a push on her bad leg. That's why she decides to ask the guy to stop pushing, unfortunately that doesn't help. She even shows the guy her crutches so he would understand. That has no effect, the guy pushes her for a while, then stops for few minutes, then pushes again for a minute or two etc.

My gf grabs a good hold of the fence, and since she's a big girl she can stand still quite well. However I'm still worried about her foot, I don't want it to get any worse. I ask the guy several times to stop pushing the girl with bad leg, we're in front of the stage so everyone can see the band fine. Doesn't help. My gf asks the security person walking by to tell the guy to stop pushing, the security person replies "I can't do anything, the pressure is coming from behind". Well we know that the pressure is only coming from left side, there's no pushing from behind. I try to talk to the boy, I try to pull the kid away, I throw in an elbow or two, but nothing helps. He hangs on the fence and keeps pushing my girlfriend.

Halfway through the show the guy pushing my gf looks to his left and takes a half step away from her. I step between them, the guy can push me on the back all he wants and I won't move. Appears that he wants to push me quite a lot, but I can just hold on to the fence. There's two girls, about 20 or so, standing left of the guy. They ask me to stand sideways so we'd fit fine and all could see the show. That's fine for me, fine for my gf, fine for those two girls, but the guy...

Quite soon those two girls realize it isn't me who is pushing people around. They ask the security to do something about the guy, but again they don't do a thing. We continue watching the show, it was a good one, the band rocked. The young fellow is pretty much climbing on my back, my gf tells me that we could go to the back so I could enjoy the concert like she does. I'm a bit stubborn, I said we're fine here.

The two young girls next to the guy then ask me "Heitä toi idiootti vittuun" (~throw that idiot away) since they can't focus on the show because the pushing kid is disturbing them as well. I tell them to step to my right side, they won't be pushed there. They do as asked and step between me and my gf, and soon the young guy in yellow t-shirt finds himself between me and someone else who won't move when pushed. I follow the show for a while, and soon he's disappeared. I'm not sure if he got squeezed in too tight or if the security finally did something. After that we all can enjoy the songs.

Later during the show one of the two girls tell me "Thanks. I can't understand why security didn't do anything, idiots like that ruin the show for everyone". She didn't get to hear the song she kept asking, Father time, but apart from that the girls seemed to enjoy the show as well.

Kotipelto throws water bottles to audience during Black Diamond at the encore (as seen in this video), and I get the last bottle. I was happy to share the bottle with my gf, the heat of the tent & the physical exercise got us quite thirsty.

The show was good, first time we've seen Stratovarius live. The band rocked, and the guys seemed to have fun together at the stage. I'm very glad they came to Lappeenranta, we don't have a lot of bands playing live here, and even less quality ones. Wouldn't mind seeing Stratovarius again!

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Re: Past Stratovarius shows

Post by Idän ihme » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:53 am

I'm not sure if I'm the bully described in other posts about the gig in Lappeenranta. I have a harem only in my dreams ( :( ), but we did have some trouble with a dude dressed in yellow at the left side of the stage. Oh well, there's always two sides to every story (like the fans of this band know...)

However I wish that everyone who was there enjoyed the show, it was a good one! Hope to see Stratovarius again in Lappeenranta!

If you see a girl waving her cane in the air in any of these videos, it's my girlfriend. Nothing makes a person on sick leave (10 months so far, might continue :cry: )happier than a good rock show!

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Re: Past Stratovarius shows

Post by Polaris » Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:47 pm

Nice videos, hope to have the chance to see Stratovarius live again here in Brazil!
Who knows when they'll come!? :lol:

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