Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thank you and happy holidays!

WATCH MANZANA MUSIC VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE !

 Merry christmas and thank you all, friends and fans and people who worked and played with us on 2008!! You are the best!!


T. The Band 

Couple of reviews more on Babies Of Revolution ( more when scroll down a few stories )


Friday, December 12, 2008

Tour diary...some day, by TOMI

                                                                      Henkka 
                                                                       Klasu
                                                                     Piritta  
                                                               Manzana 
                                                                  Manzana 
                                            ( Pics by Atrak un Skalak- Magazine )
                                                     The Baltic beach on December 
                                                We can take the cold- Come on...

Pärnu 29.11

Hostellista ei ollut kiire poistua, eli joustavalla check-out meiningillä saimme vähän aikaa myös nukkumiseen. Klasua en meinannut saada hereille millään, eikä ihme sillä olin herätellyt väärää kaveria. Asuimme siis 10 hengen huoneessa, joissa oli muitakin reissaajia. Onneksi en herättänyt Klasun näköistä isoa tatuoitua aussia.

Siirtymä Viron Pärnuseen oli noin 130 kilometriä. Matkalla joutui kyselemään vähän ajo-ohjeita paikallisilta ja näin pääsimmekin taas Via Balticalle. Ennen rajaa pysähdyimme meren rannassa, jossa otimme valokuvia ja ”nautimme” kylmästä merituulesta.

Pärnussa taas vanhanajan navigaattori päälle (eli kartta auki) ja kohti keikkapaikkaa. Mai Keskuse Rockiklubi nimeä kantava paikka löytyi keskeltä betonilähiötä. Kamoja sisään roudatessa huomasimme, että paikka oli todella punk. Ei siis mikään trendikuppila, jossa siemaillaan punaviiniä ja cocktaileja. Mieleen tuli lähinnä Molotovin cocktailista aiheutuva räjähdys. Eipä siinä, ihmisillehän sitä ollaan tultu soittamaan eikä seinille.

Taas kiireetön sound check, jossa ei todellakaan desibelimittareita tuijoteltu. Täydet vaan, sopii mulle. Kaksi paikallista lämppäribändiä esiintyi ennen meitä. Akustinen duo, jonka sanoitukset jäi kielimuurin takia hämärän peittoon ja SeeMe-niminen progevaikutteinen rock/heavy bändi. Bändin jäsenet olivat kovin nuoria(basisti 13 v.), mutta silti soitto toimi hienosti. Klasu opetti basistille Primuksen Tommy The Cat -bassosooloa ja rumpali Marekin kanssa turisimme esimerkiksi lempiaiheestani laiskuudesta. Ennen keikkaa oli myös aikaa pelata pöytäjalkapalloa, jota pelasin ensimmäistä kertaa. Henkan kanssa rökitimme kuitenkin paikalliset spesialistit 9-1. Henkan jalkapallotausta lienee auttanut asiaa.

Settiin lisäsimme Faith No Moren Digging The Graven, koska se tuntui jotenkin sopivan ilmapiiriin. Kaikki biisit tuntuivat uppoavan ihmisiin kuin kruunut parkkimittariin. Yleisö oli todella mukana ja mukavaa. Lauloimme ja soitimme paikalliselle synttärisankarille onnittelulaulun. Lahjaa ei varattu mukaan, kun ei kyseisestä syntymän muistojuhlasta tiedetty. Päivänsankari tarjosi kuitenkin huikat viinaa, käy se niinkin. Virvokkeita lavalla todellakin tarvittiin, sillä ilmastointi ei ollut parhaasta mahdollisesta päästä. Kyllähän keikalla aina tulee hiki, mutta keikan jälkeen oli tunne, että olisi tullut suoraan suihkusta, hiki suihkusta.


Keikan jälkeen myytiin taas levyjä, johon ihmiset innokkaasti pyysivät nimikirjoituksia. Hengailtiin muutenkin ja turistiin paikallisten kanssa, juttutuulella kun olivat. Kamat kasattiin, tällä kertaa unohtamatta mitään.

Yövyimme loistohostellissa, jossa oli suihku, vessa, omat sängyt ja telkkari. Aamiainenkin viilattiin meidät aikataululle sopivaksi. Aamiaisen ravitsemana ajelimme Tallinaan. Laivamatka käytettiin tuliaisten ostoon ja nukkumiseen. Sikeästä unesta heräsin kuulutukseen, jossa sanottiin että olemme Helsingissä. Siis pätkä moottoritietä (ei kuumaa tällä kertaa) ja kotona.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tour diary , some day =) BY TOMI


Backstage Depo

Riga 28.11

Reissuun lähdettiin pirteänä ajoissa klo 4.30. Ja niinhän siinä kävi että myöhästyttiin laivasta. No, lähteehän noita aina seuraavia. Sataman kaffeteriassa notkutut pari tuntia olisi tietysti voinut käyttää vaikka nukkumiseen, mutta reitti tuli käytyä läpi huolellisesti, kun oli aikaa. Yksi matkan varrelle suunniteltu haastattelu piti perua. Haastattelu hoidetaan sitten sähköpostilla jälkikäteen.

Tallinnassa päästiinkin heti tien päälle ilman virkavallan ahdistelua. Tuulispäänä kohti Via Balticaa, joka oli hyvässä kunnossa ja kiesi kiisi paikoitellen (suotuisissa olosuhteissa) jopa 110 km/h. Kerran pysähdyimme huoltoasemalla juomassa automaattikahvit jäätelötiskin päällä, koska pöytiä ei ollut. Seuraava stoppi olikin sitten Rigassa, josta keikkamesta ei löydy ihan yhtä helposti kuin esim. Ikaalisista. Ostettiin vanhanajan Tom Tom eli kartta ja johan oli tiet auki. Paitsi vanhaan kaupunkiin, jonne oli asennettu ilkeä portti. Noh, Henkkahan ajeli taksin perässä nopeasti portista ja vartioita karkuun. Keikkapaikalla odotteli sitten yrmeäilmeinen vartija. joka pyysi isoa summaa rahaa ja auton siirtoa välittömästi. Kun ei rahaa vartijalle annettu, uhkasi hän palata poliisin kera. Roudasimme kamat ja odottelimme poliisia, pidätystä ja komennusta Siperiaan.

Keikkapaikka oli keskikokoinen. Ylhäällä oli ruokailutilat, alhaalla soittotila. Paikalla oli kitara- ja bassovahvistimet sekä rummut. Ei uusinta uutta, mutta kalvot oli ehjät ja vahvistimistakin kuului riittävällä äänenpaineella raps raps. Sound check saatiin tehdä kaikessa rauhassa ja vedettiinkin jotain neljä rallia. Sitten siirryimme yläkertaan, jossa saimme ruokaa ja tärkeitä punaisia kiekkoja, joilla sai lunastaa virvokkeita tiskiltä. Ruoka oli oikein maistuvaa sisältäen lihaa ja riisiä. Syömisen lomassa teimme kaksi haastattelua paikallisiin lehtiin ja kuvatkin räpsittiin siinä sivussa.


Yhdistetyn haastattelu-ruokailuhetken jälkeen paikallinen kello näytti, että oli aika soittaa. Pari paikallista bändiä oli lämmittänyt lauteet ja yleisön, jota oli paikalla sankoin joukoin. Siirryimme bäkkärin ahtauteen laittamaan keikkakuteet päälle ja korvat (korvamonitorit) päähän. Tutusti Pain alkuun ja Falling to Pieces heti perään. Keikalla äidyttiin kovaan moshaukseen, jonka seurauksena allekirjoittaneen korvamonitorit lähti päästä kahteen kertaan ja Piritalta irtosi korvakorut Klasun basson viritystappeihin. Rempseätä menoo, kerta kaikkiaan. Keikan jälkeen myytiin levyjä ja nautittiin virvokkeita.


Ilmeni pieniä logistisia ongelmia roudauksessa, jäi nimittäin yksi case (joka sisälsi piuhat,mikit ja korvamonitori romppeet) lastaamatta autoon. Sen sijaan lastasimme autoon pari lämppäribändin kitaraa ja tästähän syntyi pientä selkkausta. No mutta hostelliin pääsimme kuitenkin suuremmitta ongelmitta. Itse en matkasta muista mitään. Miten lie tuli uni autossa noin nopeasti silmään. Varmaan jet lang, aikaero, matkaväsymys ja ehkä paikallisella oluella oli myös osuutta asiaan. Kuitenkin loppu hyvin, kaikki hyvin. Niin ja muuten, ”vartija” osoittautui jonkin sortin koijariksi, eikä hän ikinä saapunut paikalle poliisin kanssa.

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English version soon...and more days & pics =)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Read the interviews of Henri and Piritta

on Portuguese GATES OF METAL  ( PORTUGAL ) 
 on Finnish NOISE 
and REVIEWBUSTERS ( UsA )

Also album review at IMPERIUMI
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Hello dear folks! We have been busy promoting & doing gigs with the new songs, the set is slowly but surely starting to melt into one.... It is bit unbalanced feeling, when other songs you have played a million times, and others not, and it takes time to feel how to put then in right order when mixed together! But now it starts feeling like a set again, and we are feeling great and having a lot of fun onstage. We played in Jyväskylä on saturday, at Katse, and it was very very funny, since in the middle of the gig there was two naked men up on stage with us playing "air guitars "! The other one forgot his underwear so if you are missing something contact us !!! We also had a little party in the bus, I don..t know what happened, and we ended up singing all Chili Peppers songs and driving Tomi crazy since he was driving heh. We also had a visiting mixer guy, thanks Isokoski and hello to Raahe ! The first snow I saw this year, came down on the way home sunday morning! Whoaa! I love it =) Next week we play at Ikaalinen, and then Pärnu Estonia and Riga ,Latvia. We are also dying to get the dates for Germany ect. Soon...
Take care!!
Busy busy but happy
Piritta

Friday, October 31, 2008

Couple of reviewes more, more when scroll down a bit....


Melodic.net






DOWNLOAD "BABIES OF REVOLUTION"  AT HS MUSIIKKILATAAMO  

Album also on Itunes  now ! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pics from Panda Girl Shoot

                                               Henkka and Piritta  (Pics Kaisa Sinkkonen )
                                              Klasu in the groove
                                                 Our new drummer Tomi !
Hello!

We shot some live stuff for the possible forthcoming Panda Girl video at Amadeus bar last tuesday. We dragged some lights into the good old bar, ofcourse, Panda Girl couldn´t be shot anywhere else, since the song happens there. Panda Girl is about a girl ,who comes a long way to this little bar looking for a boy he´s kissed once; long ago and far away..." Wait for the one, who´s never gonna come- But miracles- they never come when you wait. " And he never comes, and she never leaves... But at least she followed her heart. So sad, and romantic...
Heh , now I sound like an old witch  in a tower, which I probably am!
We are so doomed to seek, for something we can never have. *sigh* But we can at least enjoy while looking...... =)

We´ve been busy all around elsewhere too, played at Hämeenlinna Rocktown last week, then Helsinki with Katra, and also at Elsurock at Klubi, Tampere on tuesday. I´ve been around doing interviewes and stuff, so we´re doing just good ! Hope you guys are great too,and are surviving the darkening season....

Wednesday, Radio Extreme, I talk about Manzana stuff at Rockrepubliken
9 pm

take care!

Hugs from Finland...It´s seriously starting to get cold again, I´m afraid. Argh...

Piritta

check this one too,

Monday, October 27, 2008

Manzana to Baltia

Manzana is going to visit Riga, Latvija and Pärnu, Estonia, with their new songs in the end of November! Check other livedates for Finland too  at MANZANA.FI

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

BABIES OF REVOLUTION #28 ON FINNISH CHART!!

We are so happy and thank you all !! 
It is so lovely to see that people want to hear our songs!  So lovely =) 
Thank you =)

The Band

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Please Keep on  Requesting  Manzana´s Panda Girl on all radios!


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Order Manzana Albums ( USA )


LEVYKAUPPA ÄX  ( FInland, also abroad )

Also Anttila, Epes, Swamp Music and other Finnish stores sell the Album. 

ALBUM OUT!


New Manzana album Babies Of Revolution is out now in most Finnish Stores! Order yours and rock the fall away  !!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

                                                 
                                                ( Photos Nina Hiironiemi )

Pics from the release show


Friday, September 19, 2008

New songs added on MySpace!!


New songs added on Manzana Myspace!! Go hear  " Panda Girl", a song that tells about our beloved Amadeus!  First tourdates also appeared on live section!

Babies Of Revolution in stores on Sept. 24 th, album release gig at YO-Talo on Thursday 25 th!!

( Photo Mia Bergius )


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hello!

                                               "My my little Panda Girl...."
                                                   Klasus new hair !!
(Photos Santtu Särkäs ) (Matso and Henkka ; Read My Scars with Diablo )

We played at Akun Tehdas on saturday at a wedding party- it was hugely fun party!! Other bands playing there were Diablo and Lovex,  so it was not a very traditional wedding. The bride was beautiful and  the girls were crying when Klasu sang the wedding dance song, so all the important moments took place =). It was a re-union of many people that don´t see too often, just lovely. Thank you!

Piritta




Wednesday, August 27, 2008

PRE- ORDER NEW ALBUM BABIES OF REVOLUTION!

LEVYKAUPPA ÄX ( ALSO ABROAD )

Album release show at Yo - Talo , Tampere, September 25 th!! New live dates will be added shortly too ! 

REVIEW ESPANJOL about Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Manzana videoblog

Manzana videoblog-Piritta talks about the new album

video


Friday, May 30, 2008

Studio Diary & Hello dear friends!

Sun has taken over Finland and all of us pale Finns are bound to take out our shades and hats and hide !
But luckily sun don..t shine in the basement where we work, so we don..t have that problem...*sigh* Would it be possible to write songs in a room WITH windows has been in my mind sometimes. Would the light be heard in songs?Dangerous, dangerous toughts...heh

We had a few weeks break from recordings , just to take care of stuff in our other lives , but for the last two weeks we..ve been back to business. Yesterday morning I rode my bike to the studio at 9 am, as usual, and we worked on a song called Panda Girl. It is a poppy and heartbroken song....well, that sounds just like all of our songs as a description so l leave it.But I..m really starting to like it!
Heikki came in at 2 to practise, all good mooded with a reason. Diablos new album " Icaros" was on album chart number 2 ! That..s so great! Congrats guys!


What..s going on with Manzana...
Our new single End Of The World video was premiered on Yle Musiikki Tv on in the end of April, and we also have a couple of gigs coming up in two weeks... We..re working on the album release tour & gigs , planning covers ect. and we still have some stuff to record.I want to get on gigs! Come on! Soon, Piritta, Soon =)

It..s been strange not to play live for a few months, but now we have to put up a new set with some new songs for Jyväskylä on June 14 th, and we..re all excited on testing how the new stuff works live. We..ll get more on the road after the new album release in August, but Henkka and Heikki will be in the bus with Diablo all summer.

Klasu..s been doing great too; he played the basses on most songs last week, and he..s also been helpful with some singing stuff for me, since he ..s a singer himself. So there will be his voice heard more on the new album too, in backgrounds and some other parts too.

By the way; he said he..s going to cut his hair short! All friends plese- go now to his myspace and tell him not to! He won..t listen to us heh.

Take care and enjoy summer!
Let the apple cider be with us and save us from the heat...
*HUGS*


Piritta

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Download new Manzana song End Of The World Now !

DOWLOAD FROM ALLTHENOISE

German Fansite & Street team at

http://www.myspace.com/manzanagermany


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pirittas interview

Pirittas interview on Portuguese Hell On Fire

http://hannatsepesh.blogspot.com/2008/04/interview-with-manzana.html


Review of Nothing As Whole... on Metal Invader


(Album Reviewes )


(spanish)


Pics from the Metal Elite Cruise








Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Manzana signs a record deal & New single out!

Manzana sings a record deal with Tampere based metal label Dynamic Arts Records.
The label has bands like Morian, Shade Empire, Impaled Nazarene and Deathchain. First single End Of The World, from the forthcoming Manzana album is out now! Download yours at

Thursday, March 20, 2008

NEW VIDEO OUT!

New video for the "End Of The Word " out now!! Check it out and please leave a comment !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3XGlP-qH-Y

Monday, March 3, 2008

NEW SINGLE - End Of The World -OUT ON MYSPACE!

( Artwork Antti Isosomppi )
Manzana 2008 ( Photo Mia Bergius )



We finally got the new song End Of The World and couple of new promopics online at www.myspace.com/manzanaband

This is the first song from the forthcoming new album....

The single will be out officially next week, I think, I´m not sure, sorry =) But we´ll put links when it happens !! We also shot a video for this new song last week, it was REALLY a lot of fun! I was flying in the air and all scary stuff, but just FUN.
We had the greates team . Thank you Markus, Jape,Mia,Kitte, Kikka, Markus 2. and Pepe ect !!

You´ll see it soon....We´ll put video online too, very soon.

Take care yourselves you lovely friends, Finland got finally buried in snow but soon we´re out again...

Hope you like the new stuff!


Piritta


ps. We also decided the name of the forthcoming album : Babies Of Revolution

Monday, February 18, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Nitro-Babe Photoshoot & Studio Diary


                                                  Piritta Lumous at Nitro-Babe photoshoot ( pics by Harri Sirola )
                                               
Hello!

I did a Photo Shoot for Nitro - Babe last week, it is a cool underground clothing store in Tampere. It was a lot of fun, I was wearing heels like real women, and the dresses were lovely. I just had a terrible back ache the next day since I fell on the ice trying to hold on to the walk on my way home heh. Better stick with my  converses and army boots in real life !

I saw the forecoming poster of the store yesterday, I´m lying on my back in it lookin like I´m suffering with a line " Oh no, now I just have to get all of those dresses" or something like that. Funny.   


Recordings of the new Manzana album are going on, yesterday  we worked on s song called Wash My Sins Away, quite a goth piece of metal there. I just don´t find the way how to sing it since it´s real low key, sounds like work to figure it out!  Klasu and Henkka have been arranging the guitars and Heikki will be recording some drums in a few weeks, since he´s been busy recording Diablos new stuff at the Fantom Studio. We´re getting things done and feeling good about the new stuff!

We scheduled the videoshoot too now, it will be shot on 23 rd of February somewhere in Ylöjärvi, and the single will be out March 5 th. Jipii!

We also played a gig at a private party in Turenki last weekend, it was a birthday of a four guys who just wanted to throw a big party! Thank you folks,especially Matso. It was great fun having a metal disco with you guys and hello Musta Joutsen ! You rocked, especially miss Katriina.

Piritta



Friday, January 18, 2008

End Of The World


Hello this is Piritta!         ( me singing End Of The World on tuesday)

The first single from the new album is now ready! It´s called End Of The World and it will be out in the end of February! We´re also shooting a video for it before that.Jipii! It is quite a rocky piece of Manzana, but good. Tells about getting enough of being treated like and idiot. Some girl revenge stuff on the way.... =) I hope you guys are gonna like it!

Henkka called me tuesday morning from Akun Tehdas, that I still have to come a change something for the song. He´s been quite tough on us in the studio lately, so I was a bit worried. So I drove up there, sang the line and came home. Wednesday nite my skype told me to receive the mixed MP3 of the song. Fast delivery! Now we have to start working on the video stuff. We have a director and the idea already and the label boys are working on it.The hardest part for me is........ok, I say it , even tough it might ruin my rock- credibility, not that I´m sure if I´ve had any to begin with , so maybe it doesn´t matter, I say it. Hardest part is to decide WHAT TO WEAR on the video. 

Come on . Really.

Not.

; )

Piritta



Manzana : Falling To Pieces



video

This video is for Manzas song Falling To Pieces, released in November 2006. It was the first single from the  album Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart. Song was on Finlands official chart number 2. in December 2006 and January 2007. The Album Nothing ... went on Finnish chart number 24. when published in March 2007. Now the album has been released in 21 countries.

New Manzana music, single called End Of The Word  will be out in February! It will be the first single from Manzanas  new, yet unnamed album. Stay Tuned and utill then, and listen to Falling To Pieces and other Manzana songs at Myspace! 


Album out in Italy!!


Manzanas album Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart out in Italy in February! 


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Hello! This is a blog of a Finnish Pop Metal Band Manzana!

Manzana blog now also available here at Blogspot. Same blog is out at

www.myspace.com/manzanaband

Review of the album on Underground Reviewes, US

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Manzana - Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart

"If there is such a thing as complete heavy pop music, Manzana is it. I am not talking the cheap bullshit, I am talking prime cut. The production isn't skimpy and smooth, it's ripping and full. The song structures are just fucking fantastic. Through the slamming rhythm guitars, the vocalizations of the arrangements soar, melody lines singing through the cosmos. The band doesn't do many solos, it pretty much is a straight blast along a hot rail of riff, simple, effective, rock n roll. Songs like "Call" pass the band into the gothic, almost industrial, but that hard rock big beat still is lined like a missile trajectory. Lots of recordings obtain that in the digital age, compression masters of the void, Manzana has that covered, plus alot more in the overall talents of the band, their excellent songwriting, and overall creativity. They branch out a bit as the record goes on, but that overall big riff, big vocal, big bottom vibes kicks through every song on this album. Piritta, remember that name, her finnish mastery of the anglish language is a key element. Album of the year. "

http://www.manzana.fi/

This review will appear in Issue 40 of The Underground Sound:
http://undergroundrecords.org/sound

Underground Reviews6422 Hwy 140 NWAdairsville, GA 30103USA

Votew for Manzana to play at Sweden Rock Festival 2008!

If you want to help Manzana win the Nordic Challenge 2008, and to play at the Sweden Rock Festival in June
please vote for the band at

http://www.swedenrock.com/frameset.cfm?pageID=1&newLanguage=2j

click " vote for Nordic Challenge " on the left side of the page and type "Manzana from Finland" on the box.

Thank you!

Italian Review

07 Jan 2008

Italian review of the album

http://www.kronic.it/artGet.aspx?aID=2&sID=16043

Happy New year and than you all for the year 2007!!

Manzana is wishing all the fans and friends the best year ever; 2008!!Last year has been a great year for us, and thanks for that belongs to all of you who played with us, talked with us, toured with us, sold our gigs, delivered our albums, fixed our interviews, mixed our music and drove our bus! Thank you all! And the last but not the least,biggest thanks goes for all of you who were there to rock the night away with us, dear audience and listeners!! You are the reason why we make music! Thank you! We´ll be back in a while, with some new songs for you... They are starting to sound quite good... we´re soon getting something ready, and you can be sure you will be the first to hear it ! ; )

Piritta

Review

20 Dec 2007

Manzana Album Review at

www.northern-rockmusic.com




Recordings started

Henkka at Fantom Studio, Tampere

10 Dec 2007

Hello! This is Piritta.

Henkka and Heikki went into studio last night, so the recordings of the new album have officially started.They are doing nightshift, of course, or has anyone seen Heikki in the daylite? Hands up if you have. After all these years, I´m pretty sure he´s a vampire.
I´m sitting home with my computer and twisting the lyrics. Buried in my head... Should go sing a couple of songs away later this week. Exiting to get new songs. Always a bit of magic.
No snow in Finland, looks like shit. But maybe soon.
Keep on rocking. Twist twist =)

Pirittas interview in Swarm Mexico

04 Dec 2007

Check Pirittas interview in Swarm, Mexico

http://revista-swarm.110mb.com/?p=12
Link to order Manzana album In Germany & Switzerland

http://www.zyx.de
( Just type "Manzana" in the box. )

Manzanas album "Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart ", out in German and Swiss stores as a " video added " version now! Go get your!

The album is released by the Golden Core Records of ZYX Music.

Reviewes

19 Nov 2007

Reviews
http://www.musicmirror.de/reviewsearchives264.htm ( English )

http://www.musicmirror.de/reviewsarchiv264.htm ( German )

http://www.metal-inside.de/frame.php?url=http://www.metal-inside.de/bericht.php?id=992 ( German )

http://www.melodic.net/reviewsOne.asp?revnr=6275

http://suomirocks.com/cms/index.php?page=metal-elite-cruise---ms-galaxy-helsinki---tallinn-03-10-07 ( About Metal Elite Cruise )

http://www.stalker.cd/index.php?lang=1&content=22&kat=stalker_special&id=108&&lang=2
(About Metal Elire Cruise )

Tomorrow Manzana featured on fhradio!

16 Nov 2007

tomorrow MANZANA on fhradio.de!
more information on
www.auroraborealis.de.tl

Tour Diary

Monday 12. 11 Uster - Lubeck

We woke up in a big countryhouse near Uster, up in the Swiss mountains . We look out and see sheep, snow on the mountains, green grass. Just beautiful. We have slept for three hours, it is 7 am and we have 4 minutes to get out. I still have my clothes on from yesterdays gig, so I just grab my bag and walk out. Charming. Who needs a shower? I do, but I didn´t get it at the gig place yeaterday, so it´s my own fault. We slept at the Rock City club owners house. He invited us over for a drink after the show. He has a bar and jukebox and all downstairs, AND it was the last nite, so we just had to have a few drinks. The city lights were just beautiful from up there.
We drove to Zurich in a morning jam, and I stepped out of the car in the centre. I say goodbye and thanks to all. The tour is over, feels a bit empty. On the otherwise, I'm so tired that I don't feel much anyway. I shop around, waste a lot of money at Soho store, get clothes; pink and black, of course, what other colours there is? I catch a train to Flughafen, then flight to Copenhagen, then Finland. Home at 2 am. Had to fly since I had some things I couldn't reschedule at home on Wednesday, so I'm not having the Lead Singer Disease, not that I could afford having one anyway .I like driving and I would have wanted to come back with the guys.They drove the car back, so I don't know what happened for the last two days, but what I heard after just talking to Henkka now, that they mostly just drove real long days and slept. They got home on wednesday morning.
Thank you Lovex for being so nice to us, and thank you everyone we met and worked with or talked with. Thank you Rowan and the crew and all the promoters and everyone making this possible for us. And thank you people who were there to rock with us! We had a great time in both countries, and we will be more than happy to come back one day.

Now we have a week off, and then we start to arrange the new album songs.

Moi

Piritta

Somebody will add more photos and video when we get it.

I wrote this diary from my own perspective, so I don´t know all that other people did or tought or said. I´m just telling what I remember.

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Sunday 11. 11. 2007 Uster

We slept long, and had breakfast in a fine, strange restaurant. There was a some sort of carnival going on in Zurich, and all the streets were full of drumming and dancing, weirdly dressed people. The part of the city we were in was very nice and it was great walking around in the fresh air. We pack the car and hung around for a couple of more hours, then took off to Uster. It is small place quite near to Zurich. Mountains looked just amazing in the light. We find the Rock City club, but we still have some time to hung around town. Because it's Sunday, nothings open. Finally we get in the club, the owner himself is there, everything's cool. We get food, soundcheck. The monitor sound is propably the best for two weeks, and the place is neat. We only worry that nobody comes, because we just played 20 km away the day before and that now we play without Lovex.
Some friends appear anyway, and it was cool. We play longer set again, which means we add Valentine, Gift, Everyday Hurts and Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart. All the gigs are really starting too feel in the body after the day- off. We sweat like pigs and at some point I feel like I´m dying, but we kept on going, and it turned out great.
We have to remember to send our poster there, we forgot to leave it.

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Zurich, day-off

Saturday 10.11

At 9 am Marko comes into our room looking for some people. I wake up and notice there is some extra folks sleeping around on the floors… Oh well, seems like there was a party, last nite! Lovex boys stop by to say goodbye, they have to get going. We feel really sorry for them, at least we get to sleep our hangover away and not to sit in a car. I don't remember much of the Saturday, except wishing that the earth would swallow me and my headache, and eating some Chinese food in the evening. Meelis, thank you for being there. We found a second hand music store and got some albums and dvds. Depeche Mode, Bon Jovi, Clawfinger… Klasu was in the Kon Tiki bar, full going at 7 already, with some friends( Hello ! ). Our song Mermaid was playing in the bar when we went in.
We went to sleep early, except Klasu who came in at 9. It must me the water in Tammela that keeps him going.

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Our fellow travellers, Theon and Kristian bacstage Zurich gig. 

Henkka and a friend 


Friday. 9. 11. Zurich

We drove through Austria in the morning, it looked very nice. I haven't been there for years, and now only 2 hours. Maybe soon. After border began the tunnels of Switzerland.Going through the mountains. Hotel is in the centre of Zurich. Good, because we have a day off tomorrow. We go to Dynamo/ Werk 21. It is a punky , small place. Punky is the action too, one more band, loads and loads of stuff, time running out . Spanish goth band has at least ten people working for them, and they carry in tombstones, crosses, dolls…We get a little suspicious. Too little space and too little time for all that! Lovex cannot use their monitor system, and they don't look too happy. We have 5 minutes to sound check, but we'll manage with that, because Meelis and Mikko are big boys, and they know what they're doing. The backstage is very hot, and for the first time in days we get a little panic.The Spanish band seems nice anyway after we start talking to them, and the place gets packed when the doors open. We play first, and when we go on stage, I see familiar faces and happy going. Sigh of relieve. Ok Zurich lets rock. We worried for nothing about the place, everything is working greatly! It is so hot onstage, that all boys ended up taking off their shirts and I take off everything I can. "Now you show me yours! says "Klasu says to the almost all female audience. "No no no "I think…"it´s not gonna work , don´t say it…". But boys are always boys: wanna see more boobs. As if the girls wouldn´t see enough boobs, they´ve all got a pair! Audience kept their shirts on, but they were just lovely, dancing and having fun.
After gig I went outside to chill by the water for a long time, since I thought I was gonna die in the heath. ( Hello Mimi =) )
On backstage we started, for the first time this week, really enjoying some beverages. "No gig tomorrow" beating in our heads… Amset played their gothic -sigue sigue sputnik -69 eyes style show; total latex, kissing the dolls ect. Quite stylish, actually. Then Lovex played; they were good again, and the audience got what they wanted.
Funny moment was, when I was watching Lovex -show from the back of the club, talking to a local guy, I hear Theon saying that Manzana is doing "Larger than Life" with us now. Should I be there? Oh well, I kept on talking until I saw Henkka and Klasu onstage , singing with them. So I don´t know was I supposed to be there even now
here´s the link for that moment…
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=manzana+lovex

After shows almost everyone was in the mood for some bars, and Suzy and some local friends showed us the way to the Cactus Bar. There was some serious rock business going on over there, loads of beer, music and dancing on the tables.
At 6 am we took cabs back to the hotel, at least some of us did. Due to all the pints I had I'm not exactly sure who went and where, maybe somebody dropped in other bars too. Maybe we can control most of our actions, but we should never apologize for what we feel. Feeling is always a gift. And I was happy in Zurich at 6 am.

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Meelis, Me, Henkka and Heikki , souncheck in Munich Metropolis


Thursday 8. 11. 2007 Munich
( year 1 anno Kyy )
We have some Game ideas for our homepage.
Game 1. Buy Henkka a beer by clicking his face and watch it grow bigger. When his head doesn´t fit the screen, he´s had enough.
Game 2. Prevent Klasu from smoking and watch the tension grow. Don't try this at home, kids.
Game 3. Be late, ask stoopid questions and wake Meelis up in the nite, and run.
Game 4. I forgot.
Early wake, breakfast, into the car.
Snows in Germany. Looks beautiful. I just don't like the idea of driving with summer wheels on it …Such a Finn I am.
Lovexes car got searched on the road, us not, luckily. We arrive to Metropolis in Munich. Sunrise Avenue is playing in the next building the same nite. Finns around again. In Hamburg there was Sonata Arctica at the same time, In Zurich there will be Apocalyptica.
Metropolis is big, and the sound is good. Food is nice, even apple pie.Tarta De Manzana! I like that. Quite many people arrive, but the place is so big it looks less than yesterday. We feel a bit clumsy in the beginning, but the crowd is really open and heart warming, so we just get into it again. The gig turns out good. Lovex does a great show again, and we sell a lot of Cds and give out autographs in the back. We even get to sign a car!
We had a few drinks and went to bed.

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Wednesday 7. 11, Cologne

Up at 6.30, shower, no breakfast, into van. I trade with Heikki to get the backseat, I sleep two hours more. We eat yesterday's backstage pizza for breakfast (charming), and get some coffee from the gas station. Klaus is the only one who smokes a lot, and he starts getting pissed because we refuse to have smoking breaks all the time. Some tensions in the air.Cologne is 600 km away, so we keep on going. It's been raining for two days and it still does. We arrived at Cologne Underground around 3 pm. Lovex fans have crowded the front again. Schedules get slow, soon it's six and nobody's done soundcheck. Little panic. Lovex takes 7 minutes to check and runs to a picture shoot, we do five minute sound check, and all of a sudden the rush disappeared. Back on time. The local staff is very helpful and friendly and nothing seems to be a problem. The hotel keys are sent to us with a taxi, catering is good. The guy from the Gun records is selling Lovex shirts next to me, when I take out Manzana merchandise. He says he can sell our stuff too. Very kind, thank you!
We go backstage, which is on in the other building, and chill. Henkka hurt his finger while carrying the stuff onstage and he's bleeding. That's gonna be true rock to play with blood dripping from the strings...
20.15 we go to the show-building, and 20.20 on stage. We steal 10 minutes more time by accident, we were supposed to play at 20.30. Oh well... We were too anxious to go already so there we were.
Mac is working great now with the back up interface, nothing like yesterday. I go on, and we open with Pain. I'm wearing my hoodie, as usual, it is less scary because they don´t see mee immediately. I think it's the same thing with half of the Finnish boys with their black hats! The whole place is packed, and it is very hot. The audience seems intense, but not dancing. I'm a bit worried that they won't like us and try not to pump it too much. When the song ends, they scream. Wow. What the hell... I take off my hoodie, and they scream. I say " We´re Manzana from Tampere Finland" and they scream. I feel like crying. We're gonna have some fun with these folks.
And we did. One of the best gigs we've ever had. When I said " Thank you Cologne, we love you", I spoke the truth. I always say what I feel, and usually get in trouble because of it, but not this time
Only mishap that happened, was during FNM cover Digging The Grave; I stepped on Henkkas guitar cord and it dropped. It was just the part in the end of the c -part, where Patton screams like hell, so I yelled it out bare on the top of only bass and drum....but after that song we got the biggest applause ever on Manzana history, so it was worth it.
Maybe we should get cordless systems... hmm.
Lovex pulled a great show again, and people seemed happy. After the gig we hung around the place and sold albums and met a lot of nice people.
On backstage we drank beer and chilled and had fun, but Vivian and Theon started doing interviews and other stuff straight from stage. "There is at least one good side in not being the headliner", crossed my mind while opening the third beer...
I'm not worried about my voice anymore. I think I'll be fine.
Back in the van and off we go. We drive quite far, and drive back and forth the streets but don´t find the hotel. The street name is right, and the number, but no hotel. Mikko goes into a local bar for advice, but nobody knows anything. We are all quite tired, all sweaty, starting to get cold in a car. We call Lovex not to come, there's no hotel here. Marko sounds happy.
We go back to the city, we meet Lovex at the Burger King, and together we find the right hotel, thanks to Marko and GPS! The street address is exactly the same, but not the postal code. Basic inter-rail mistake again.
The youth of Manzana and some Lovex put up a party at somebodys room, I don't know anything about that since I dropped out. Tired and happy

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Tuesday 6. 11, Berlin
Wake up at 8, breakfast and off we go.Berlin is 300km away. Knaack is the name of the place. We arrive before Lovex, so we go to the Hotel first. We wanted to go up to the TV Tower to see Berlin from the air, but huger won over. We eat at Burger King, a typical, traditional German Lunch . Next time we have to get some real German food....Mikko and Heikki buy cameras, and I go shop around Alexanderplatz. At 7 we go to Knaack, and do a quick sound check. 3rd floor Vip lounge is a bit better backstage that I'm used to, but I'm not complaining. Food again, couple of shots and on stage we go. I wait in the hall for the intro to start, the place is totally full, I wait, people wait, but nothing comes out. What the f***? I open my ear monitor and I hear all the finnish curse words and whispering going on on stage. Mac has collapsed. Great. Klasu is speaking Finnish to the audience, being funny, trying to cover up. I feel happy for not having entered the stage yet. 5 minutes, 10 minutes... "Say the names of the songs very clearly so Mikko can run the backgrounds manually." says Henkka in my ear monitor and off goes the intro. Näillä mennää.
I love Berlin from the first note. The crowd is into it and helps us to be good. I feel unbelievably happy on stage. We play a good gig, but Mikko was the hero of the show … Only one time he drives in the wrong background but who gives a shit.
Pics from Berlin gig
http://www.northern-rockmusic.com/gallery.html
I think that Lovex played better that yesterday, they really are quite good! And the girls…they scream again. They really must like them After show we meet some people in the hall and sell a lot of albums and give out autographs and pics. Very nice people in Berlin! Thank you !
Back to hotel and sleep, tomorrow is an early wake. I'm not sick anymore, but why am I still worried ? Maybe it's a part of the whole touring thing that a little worry keeps one focused.

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Monday 5. 11 Hamburg
Drive to Hamburg is about 400 km, and we drop by the hotel to get the keys, and go straight to Logo, the place we play at. Lovex fans have already crowded the front. We had Lovexes bassdrum in our van, so we had to get there before their soundcheck too, so we couldn't hung around the city. Thank God for Macs! We disagree about food because of the Tapas-incident, but finally managed to dragg Heikki into a Pakistanian restaurant. He hated everything as usual, but after eating he admitted that some of it was not totally disgusting. Others of us really enjoyed, lovely food.
We did Soundcheck after Lovex, and 8 pm the place opened. Logo is a flat, strange shaped place, but the sound seemed to work very well anyway. It got almost full, the crowd was good mooded and anticipating. We got out and opened with Pain, as usual. We didn´t know what to expect. We have never played in Germany, so we just played as always. It is a bit scary to play for another bands audience, people haven´t came in to see you, after all, but these folks seemed to be friendly towards us too. Hands raised, and they danced. Not a single sign of the Rokkipoliisi- attitude! Great! We played 8 songs and got off, and then the Lovex boys took care of the rest. And the girls were screaming....After their gig I talked to a lot of nice people, especially in the girls room ,where I also sold albums, not that I meant to, but it just happened!Maybe I announce tomorrow in Berlin: " Manzana mercandise sold in the girls bathroom ". Thank you Hamburg! It was great meeting you!
Then back to the hotel and to bed . Klasu and Henkka wanted to have a drink with Sonata Arctica guys, who were also in Hamburg, so off they went. At 3 am I recieve a phonecall and I already knew what was it about : " Where are We, and where are You? " Because I was afraid of Meelises wrath if I wake him, I run out without any shoes, half-awake, and seek for the names of the streets in the rain. Such a basic inter – rail mistake. Klasu and Henkka arrive, wet and loud, and I tell them that I am going to make them eat their own livers the next day unless they learn to write down addressess. But nobody cared about my feelings , all they talk about was Kebab and the beautiful Singer of Epica in the bar . Bla Bla Bla. Go to sleep. I'm still nervous and have no sense of humour. Sorry for being a up-tight bitch guys heh =). 

SETLIST:
PAIN
MERMAID
CALL
CRIPPLE HEART
DIAMOND
DIGGING THE GRAVE
FALLING TO PIECES
SILENCE

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Sunday 4. 11, Copenhagen

Driving across Sweden, sleeping. The big lakes are beautiful. I'm still sick. In the night, Copenhagen, Our hotel is on Istegade, the local Rocky Street, and in five minutes we´ve seen quite a lot .But the hotel is clean, no complains about that. Everyone is hungry, and we go to a Spanish restaurant. The owner sells us Tapas menus very quickly. "What the hell is Tapas? " says most of us, but there is no return anymore. The dish keeps coming and coming. And everyone hates it except me, and Mikko, who says he can eat anything but sand. We have to go to another place to get some meat and pizza.
We split, some go to bar, some for a walk and sleep. No Kleine Seejungfrau today. Copenhagen looks beautiful as always.

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Saturday 3. 11

The first snow in Tampere. We feel a bit sad leaving south now, the snow looks so beautiful. We meet in Amadeus, and off we go.
We check in to Seawind boat in Turku around 9 pm. Quick check on the cabins and everyone disappears. I walk into the only place there IS on the boat, the bar, and Voila. All Lovex and Manzana in there, with the crews. Nice to meet the Lovex boys, they all seem nice. We'll be travelling together for the next week now. We eat expensive and bad food, and take some beer and finally whiskey. The last words of the Leading Figure Henkka were:"We've got money. " But you know, that's all bullshit. We don't have any money
The sea was black and icy. No party, just sleep.

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Friday 2. 11 Helsinki, On The Rocks

The Rocks was quite full, Friday nite after all. Suits us. We played alone again. This was another night Rowan had booked for us with the cancelled Xandria. We made the set a bit longer again since we now had the time. Meelis wanted to mix with the house mixer, but Henkka wanted to test the small one we take with us to Germany, just to know the gear. We opened with Pain, and then Mermaid. People were with us, felt good to play. My voice felt almost ok for the first time in a week, and the guys were rocking. Klasu is starting to be a true battery on stage, he brings on energy. Also starts to feel like I can lean on him on choruses, when he sings the background vocals. Reliving. We´ve played with so many bassists; maybe this is going to work now.
The Rocks was a special gig because there was actually a few of my lovely female friends in the audience! * Hugging you girls * It is lovely to see you even on gigs, everyone is so busy nowadays… = (
The show was good, two people were carried out before we even started, and after the gig three more; all vomiting. Yes!
One thing I have to say. I just wonder about some men, who come in front of me and drink my water as I sing, just to show me they're bigger. You know, it´really is a mans act. Hard like stealing candy from a baby .

But thank you Helsinki, we had fun anyway!

Home at 3 am. Sleep.
setlist:
PAIN
MERMAID
CALL
CRIPPLE HEART
VALENTINE
DIAMOND
DIGGING THE GRAVE (FAITH NO MORE )
FALLING TO PIECES
NOTHING AS WHOLE AS A BROKEN HEART
SILENCE
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EVERYDAY HURTS (SKUNK ANANSIE)

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Friday 2. 11 Helsinki, On The Rocks

The Rocks was quite full, Friday nite after all. Suits us. We played alone again. This was another night Rowan had booked for us with the cancelled Xandria. We made the set a bit longer again since we now had the time. Meelis wanted to mix with the house mixer, but Henkka wanted to test the small one we take with us to Germany, just to know the gear. We opened with Pain, and then Mermaid. People were with us, felt good to play. My voice felt almost ok for the first time in a week, and the guys were rocking. Klasu is starting to be a true battery on stage, he brings on energy. Also starts to feel like I can lean on him on choruses, when he sings the background vocals. Reliving. We´ve played with so many bassists; maybe this is going to work now.
The Rocks was a special gig because there was actually a few of my lovely female friends in the audience! * Hugging you girls * It is lovely to see you even on gigs, everyone is so busy nowadays… = (
The show was good, two people were carried out before we even started, and after the gig three more; all vomiting. Yes!
One thing I have to say. I just wonder about some men, who come in front of me and drink my water as I sing, just to show me they're bigger. You know, it´really is a mans act. Hard like stealing candy from a baby .

But thank you Helsinki, we had fun anyway!

Home at 3 am. Sleep.
setlist:
PAIN
MERMAID
CALL
CRIPPLE HEART
VALENTINE
DIAMOND
DIGGING THE GRAVE (FAITH NO MORE )
FALLING TO PIECES
NOTHING AS WHOLE AS A BROKEN HEART
SILENCE
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EVERYDAY HURTS (SKUNK ANANSIE)

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Thursday 1. 11 Kuopio, Henry´s Pub

We met at Klubi at 14. "On the road again " sang Mikko, the driver and a technician, and a great Banjo player, and off we went.
I had a big backpack full of stuff, because I thought we're going to stay over in Kuopio and keep on going for the next two weeks. Klasu, our new bassist, comes in with nothing but a bass with him. "Are you sure you've got it all?" I said, "Yeah yeah, boogie on." he says. 100 Kilometres later:"Why do you have such a big bag? Two weeks? What the f***?" So, we decided to drive home in the night anyway.
I still don't have speaking voice because of the flu. .
Last time we played at Henry´s Pub Kuopio, it was the after party gig of Kuopiorock festival a few months ago, and the place was totally packed. The street behind the bar was then full of cars, bottles, music and people sleeping on the grass. Now Kuopio was black and windy. The German Xandria was supposed to do this gig with us, but they cancelled, so we felt a bit nervous if anyone ´s going to show up. When we finally got onstage, there was some people, not a lot, but felt like they've really come to see us, and wanted to hear. We played a bit longer set that usually, because we had time. We added an old song titled Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart, which eventually ended up as an album title but not as an album song. It is the first song I've written with Manzana, and it is very dear to me as a story.
We rehearsed also one new song at the sound check, but still decided not to play it. Heikki wants to arrange it better. He is so disciplined.He´s that for the sake of us three airheads too =) I'm just so eager to get new songs in the set!
We've played about 100 gigs with these songs, so it would be about a time.
But this tour is still for the Album, so we play the Album Songs. I love them too, but if you've got new toys, you just wanna play with them, right? =)
Drive back to Tampere. 5 am. At home.
Here is a link for the Kuopio Pictures that Pekka sent us. Thank you, Pekka!

www.offduty.jossain.com

Heikki was detoxified from is Mac for 24 hours, since he left it on backstage Kuopio. He was in pain, broke our hearts to hear his screams in the night.

Tour Diary 1 By Piritta!

Wednesday, 31. 11 Tampere, Amadeus

Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart 2007 part 2. tour started from at the Amadeus - bar of Tampere. I was sick, had fever and flu, and so was Heikki. The beginning energy was not the best. I cried all morning in the shower being sure that I'm going to loose my voice forever, and then the tour will end before it even started, and that the band will end then , and everyone will hate me, and I can never get another job. You know, the basic boogie. After sound check and grilled vegetables at Pancho Villa, and listening all the carnivores making fun of me and my ridiculous food, I started to feel like home again. Maybe this is going to be ok after all. I'm just stage fright.
Quite heart-warming, that a lot of people came in to tiny Amadeus, and they actually knew the songs. Tampere, hometown, thank you for that =) I rode my bike home, what a luxury after gig. We didn't have to unpack the van, either, excellent.
Thank you, who was there, it was good after all.
We feel less afraid about the tour now.
Heikki fell asleep on the backstage stairs after the show. Shit if he gets sicker....

Reviewes

Piritta at Metal Elite Cruise

29 Oct 2007

Review and photos of the Metal Elite Cruise
http://www.musik.terrorverlag.de/konzertberichte.php?id=1115
( In German )

album review ( In German )
http://www.myrevelations.de/index.php?section=reviews&module=cdreviews&submodule=review_detail&reviewid=4571&PHPSESSID=efc6765b7e3501d067b04014ef9c21cc


Album in stores in Germany November 2nd!!!

Manzanas album Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart is out in German and Swiss stores as " Video added" version in november 2nd. It is released by Colder Core Records of Zyx Music! Go get yours!!

http://www.myspace.com/goldencorerecords
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=135869923
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTAkRX0UK4I

Check also this

http://www.stalker.cd/index.php?lang=1&c..62&kat=live_concert&id=117

Pre-order tour tickets!!

09 Oct 2007

Pre-Order Manzana Tour Tickets !!( GER& SUI )
Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Munich & Vienna:
Ticket-Hotline: 0180 - 500 42 22 ( 0,14/Min.) (Germany only!)
Order: http://www.contrapromotion.

Zürich:
Judenkulturhaus Dynamo
Wasserwerkstrasse 21, 8006 Zürich
+41 44 365 34 44

New Bassist Klasu stepping in on Metal Elite Cruise !


29.9.2007



Manzanas new bassist Klasu Wirzenius will be stepping in on Metal Elite Cruise on October 3rd.  
Manzana has got 15 gigs in three countries after the cruise show, so Klasu will be well tested from the beginning! He´s been playing a few gigs with the band before already, covering for Ville, so he´s well practised. Good luck and let the boogie flow, Klasu! Welcome!

Press Release

27. 9. 2007 Trc- Records, Tampere

Finnish pop-metal band Manzana announces, that Ville" Mr Willy " Mäkinen, no longer plays in the band or works for the bands own label, TRC- Records. Mäkinen has played bass in Manzana on 2004- 2007, and now continues with his other jobs in music. No bad blood or arguments are involved in the decision, Mäkinen not playing in the band is a result of long lasting practical problems. Mäkinen is known for playing at million selling Bombfunk MC´s, but Bomfunk MC´s is not the cause for the split.

"Ville is a great guy and a good player. I will miss him a lot ", says Piritta Lumous, the leadsinger of Manzana , who's been friends with Ville all her life. "But sometimes things just don't go the way we want. "

Manzana´s new bass player is Klaus Wirzenius, who also plays in Bulletride and Heartbreakers. He will be stepping in on October 3rd at Metal Elite Cruise at Ms Galaxy Cruiser.

Manzanas album Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart, was released in Finland January 2007, and it went on chart number 24 on first week. The First Single Falling To Pieces, hit charts number 2 and 3, and has been well on air on Finnish radios, TV and myspace. The album Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart has been released in Gas and Benelux countries and all Asia, except Japan, in summer 2007.

The band has toured Finland a lot during the spring and summer, and has withdrawn for a while to write new material. Manzana will be on the road again in October and November, when they tour Finland with German band Xandria and another Finnish female fronted metal band Ironica . In November the Apples of Tampere will be served in the middle – Europe, when Manzana tours Germany and Switzerland with Lovex.


Upcoming tourdates

3. 10 Metal Elite Cruise, Tallink Ms Galaxy
7. 10 Klubi, Tampere, All-Age Sunday
12.10 Naisvuorentalo, Mikkeli
13.10 Musiikkimessut, Turku
26.10 Female Fronted Metal Tour, Oulu, Kuusisaari
27.10 Female Fronted Metal Tour, Nivala, Tuiskula
31.10 Amadeus, Tampere
1. 11 Henry´s Pub, Kupio
2. 11 On The Rock, Helsinki
5. 11 Logo, Hamburg (GER)
6. 11 Kaack, Berlin (GER)
7. 11 Underground, Cologne (GER)
8. 11 Metropolis, Munich ( GER )
9. 11 Dynamo, Werk 21, Zurich (SUI)
11.11 Rock City, Uster ( SUI )

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27. 9. 2007 Trc- Records, Tampere

Julkaisuvapaa : Heti

Tamperelainen pop-metalliyhtye Manzana tiedottaa, että Ville alias " Mr Willy " Mäkinen, ei enää soita yhtyeessa. Manzanan basistina vuosina 2004 – 2007 toiminut Mäkinen ei jatka myöskään Manzanaa julkaisevan Trc- Recordsin toiminnassa, mutta kaikissa muissa musiikki- ja Dj - alan töissään hänet nähdään jatkossakin normaalisti. Mäkisen bändistä poistumiseen ei liity varsinaisia riitoja , vaan teiden erkaneminen johtuu kaikkien lisääntyneestä työmäärästä suhteessa käytettävissä olevaan aikaan. Ville tunnetaan mm. Bombfunk MC´s yhtyeestä.

" Ville on mahtava tyyppi ja minun tulee häntä ikävä", kommentoi Manzanan laulaja Piritta Lumous lapsuudenkaveristaan," mutta aina ei asiat mene niin kuin itse haluaisi".

Uudeksi basistiksi Manzanaan on kiinnitetty Bulletride ja Heartbrakers yhtyeissä soittava Klaus Wirzenius, ja hän nousee lavalle jo ensi viikon Metal Elite Cruisella Tallink Galaxyllä.

Manzanan tammikuussa 2007 julkaistu Nothing As Whole As A Broken Heart – albumi nousi ilmestyessään suomen viralliselle listalle numerolle 24, ja on julkaistu sen jälkeen Gas- ja Benelux maissa, sekä koko Aasiassa lukuunottamatta Japania.

Kevään ja kesän tiiviisti keikkaillut bändi on nyt vetäytynyt kellariinsa, ja valmistelee parhaillaan uuden levynsä kappaleita. Manzana aktivoituu keikoille taas loka –marraskuussa 15 keikan verran, jolloin Suomen lisäksi Tampereen omenaista Pop-Metallia tarjoillaan Saksan ja Sveitsin kiertueella Lovex-yhtyeen kanssa.

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