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About to kick of a mini four day UK tour to close the Stones Grow Her Name cycle, I got the chance to talk to Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko about the band's evolution, life on the road, and what the future holds. Watch the video below to see how the chat went!
00:10 | How are you doing?
00:18 | Enjoying our unusually warm weather today?
00:38 | You've just been in Japan and South America, what was that like?
01:54 | It's been almost a year since Stones Grow Her Name was released, a year on how do you compare it to the rest of your albums now?
03:14 | Obviously the band has moved away from power metal, do you think metal in general has?
04:21 | If you could imagine yourself ten or fifteen years ago, what do you think you'd think to the type of music you're making now?
04:57 | Is it hard to get the balance between new and old stuff live, do you want to please everyone?
05:54 | On the new album there isn't anything that got a lot of pace to it, when with "Flag In The Ground" on Days Of Grays, it is in more of the old power metal style...
07:08 | We've been talking even now about new vs old Sonata Arctica, I'm sure you're sick of being asked about it, but does it not make you think that there's still quite a bit of interest for the faster songs and the older material?
09:17 | You've had plenty of years of touring now, what do you think the main things you've learnt are about life in a band?
10:37 | Do you have any particular really good or bad memories of touring?
12:07 | The band is your full time job, what percentage would you say of being on tour is pleasure, and what percent work?
13:02 | So, the future. You've got four/five dates in the UK and then the whole summer festival thing, what after that?
13:56 | Do you have a lot of new songs in mind then?
15:10 | Last words...
Thanks to Tony and Lisa.
Conducted, recorded and edited by Barry Anderson.
Interesting interview, but can't help feeling disappointed that they won't do power metal anymore. It was good to see that at the Nottingham gig the crowd were far more up for the older stuff. Even the band seemed to be having more fun performing them. Apart from the bass player who looked as bored as fuck all night.