In the middle of May last year, just as I got home from a short tour of US and Canada with The Flower Kings, a funny thing happened.The first mail I opened was from a promotor here in Uppsala. He's a serious guy and I believe his business is doing good. In fact I've played for him before and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Anyway, his question was: "Can you get Spellbound back together and open for Def Leppard in about 2 months from now"? If you think of all the years I've been doing this, you'd probably realize my first thought was - this isn't happening!? You just don't get a gig like this from out of nowhere?!...PERIOD!!! After some wealing and dealing with the lads in the band, I contacted the guy responsible for the offer to hear what he had to say. He thought it'd be perfect to have a local band, that have a history and emerged around the same era as Def Leppard to open the show. Give me 2-3 weeks to sort things out and I'll get back to you but I do believe the gig is yours.
Why am I telling you this? Of course we have the Spellbound 30 year anniversary coming up and that's also how we got our "newly taken" photos by Calle Lind. However my gut feeling was right. I know for a fact that the guy responsible for the whole thing worked like a dog to get us onboard but in the end it's all politics. Live Nation booked the show and of course they preferred to have current existing bands from their catalogue to open the whole thing and of course that was what happened. The positive side of this is that the 4 of us met for the first time since 2002 and managed to take some photos at the same time. Photos we now use to promote our own show at Allstars in Uppsala on September 6th. See you there!
これは興味深い。去年、Def Leppardの前座を打診されていたんですね。確かにLeppsは2013年7月3日に、UppsalaのVaksala torgでライブをやっています。