What a weekend Lars !!! Z
Rock was a blast.
As a musician and man,it was a wonderful experience.
Sad that time passes too fast..
How do you feel personally Z Rock went for you?
Two nights earlier at the gig at Notodden, Norway,
I wasn’t satisfied with my playing but in Crewe
I became very emotional with it and I had a really
great time on stage.
Do you believe it was worth the effort for the
band to travel such a long way for the gig ?
Definitely! As promotion and as live experience
playing abroad for the first time. I almost can’t
wait for the next opportunity!!
What was your favorite memory of the WinterStrain gig ?
Playing in front of people which knew the album
and who travelled far to come to hear us. And even
better that we did a very good performance.
What was it like sharing the stage with Tony Mills ?
Before we went there I felt excited about meeting
him but he’s just a very laid back and friendly guy
so I felt totally relaxed in the same moment as we
shook hands. It felt a little strange when he entered
the stage thinking about that 15 years ago as youngsters
we listened to his singing along with Geoff Tate,
Midnight etc. I´m looking very forward to Polar Rock to
be on the same stage once again. Then I hope the monitoring
is better because even Tony was standing only a meter from
me there was moments that I struggled to hear him. Might be
because of the little Tinnitus on my ears...
Tony Mills sang backing vocals at Z Rock for WinterStrain,
how does it make you feel that WinterStrain will back
Tony Mills at The Polar Rock Festival ??
That’s really a honor! I hope that he’ll select the set
soon so that Ican start practicing. I always like to be
well prepared before a gig!
If I had to pick a songs I thought the band played the
best I would say Mountain Inside The Stone. What was your
favorite song on the night?
A battle and the intro on Rumours at speak. Specially
Rumours at speak, I just love to play that song. But the
version of Mountain inside the Stone was also rocking.
I can’t take my eyes off of you when you are playing bass
guitar on The Family Secret. It is fast becoming my favorite
bass riff on the album.We had great fun all weekend playing
“Air Bass Guitar” to The Family Secret. Do you think I could
fill in for you one time……only for the air bass guitar though !!
Yeah, that´s a really cool riff from Mr Øvre. If you like I
can show you how it goes! It isn’t that difficult but it’s
groovy and cool indeed!
You may regret that offer Lars ;o)
So how much are you looking forward to playing the Polar
Rock Festival as this will be the biggest gig any of the band
have ever played in front of ?
It’ll be funny to play such a big gig here at home. I only
hope the good weather and the midnight sun will show up.
If so, I´m sure it’ll be quite crowded...
You guys were really tight as a band . Considering you have
only had 4 gigs and 3 rehearsals were you surprised by how
well you actually played ?
Honestly, no... The chemistry in the band after being friends
Since childhood is extremely good. Of course, nerves and
stuff can mess things up but I think all of us felt quite relaxed
before we entered the stage. We only wanted to do a good
show for all of you who’ve bought the record!
Any other gigs planned for WinterStrain other than the Polar
Not official. But all of us want to play more live
so let’s see what happens..
Is there anything of the weekend in Crewe you would change ?
Just as well you never shared the room with Rolf then Lars….
that’s my only regret ;o) !!! ha ha ha
Do you have any message to the fans who came along and
supported you at the Z Rock gig ?
Thanks a lot to all of you! I was excited about meeting
you and overwhelmed about what kind of great persons you
all are! Thanks again for the support!!
I can’t thank you guys enough for taking me out for my
dinner on the Saturday night. So again, for the record I thank
you all so much. Rolf’s face was a picture when the Italian
owner said his gold card was refused!!
Yes, his face in that moment was one of the many highlights
of the trip..hehe
We had great fun at the hotel over the weekend. What was
your favorite memory of the stay at the hotel ?
You coming into our room on the Sunday morning describing
you´re “nightmarish”sleepless night..
Well Lars. Thanks again for a wonderful weekend and we will
catch up again when I am over in June. I am really looking
forward to going Mountain climbing as well as the festival !!
Looking very forward to see you again! I´ll let you choose
between two mountains and a peak, which to climb. The peak
is about 300m, the mountains 1000m and 1400m, but the view
is spectacular from all of them! I hope you´re ankles are
fine by then..!
I am sure we will go for the big one Lars……as long as I
don’t have t wear the kilt so high up in the mountains where
it is much colder !!! ha ha. Cheers.