Finnish rock band The Rasmus performed in Voronezh as part of the Russian tour in support of their new album Dar Matters on Saturday, March 31. The band’s concert at the Event-Hall of City-Park “Grad” gathered around 2.7 thousand viewers.
The main mystery of the evening was a song not included in the set list which was supposed to be performed by the band’s bass player in Russia specifically for the Voronezh audience. The local fans were expecting to hear something from Sektor Gaza. During the press conference prior to the concert, journalists passed the fans’ request to the musicians of The Rasmus. Eero Heinonen promised to check out the work of the most popular Voronezh band, but during the performance he put on a stole and sang Christian Christmas song Silent Night. The musician explained that the song was dedicated to Easter.
In their interview, the musicians told why their children did not listen to The Rasmus and what present the band’s frontman Lauri Ylönen wished to receive for his birthday.
– It is your second time in Voronezh. Is their anything you remember it for? How did your fans greet you?
Lauri Ylönen: – The first thing we saw after landing in Voronezh was our fans. It’s great to know you’re awaited here. We also had time to take a walk around the mall where the concert venue was located. The visitors of a café recognized us, can you imagine? All in all, it is great to talk to the fans before the concert – in the morning and during the day, because the concert leaves us washed out, you only want to take a shower and sleep. Unfortunately, we didn’t plan to have a tour around Voronezh, we only saw a bit of it from our car’s window. And the only familiar place to us was the stage: we instantly remembered it because it is exactly where we performed our show the last time.
– The fans give you various presents: matryoshka dolls, Cheburashkas, icons, traditional Russian liquor. Which of them did you especially like?
Lauri: – Most often they give us chocolate and other candies. I guess, our thoughtful fans want us to gain weight. They also give us many interesting souvenirs and accessories. For example, early in the tour I received a very cute pendant in the form of two bird feathers (The Rasmus’s emblem is a crow, and Lauri used to perform with black feathers in his hair – RIA “Voronezh”), now I never take it off.
Eero Heinonen: – And I received cool woolen socks with penguins on them from the fans. It’s a very timely present for a tour through cold Russia. I’ve already come to appreciate them: I wear them every day.
– Which Russia cities have stuck in your memory?
Eero: – The greatest advantage of a tour is an ability to visit many cities. In this tour we visited places of them for the first time. For example, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal. Generally, Russia has many places we are already familiar with and enjoy returning to. We even have friends in some of them now – in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Voronezh.
Lauri: – It was also our first time in Perm. We had some free time and went on a tour to Kungur Ice Cave. It was a true thrill! It was scary to be inside a mountain, to walk through tunnels in the dark, to feel tons of stone above you and realize that you could be buried alive here at any moment. But such an emotional punch is necessary during a tour. It is generally cool when something special, something unexpected happens. After all, all hotels, airports and halls in all cities are usually alike. Something unusual is unlikely to happen inside a hotel. This is why it is interesting to get out into the city, t meet new people, to try national food, drink coffee at local coffee houses. For example, Nizhny Novgorod stuck in our heads because of an incident during the concert when the lights suddenly went off and we had to figure something out.
– If you’d want to live in Russia, what city would you settle in?
Lauri: – My nature is water. I love to live near the ocean, so I’d probably pick Vladivostok or Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Last time we came to Vladivostok we went diving. I remember it was insanely cold: the temperature was +9°C, and we were shaking in those diving suits. It looked very funny.
– You often travel by train in this tour. What do think of Russian trains?
Lauri: – I like them. Especially when we travel at night. There’s something romantic about it. They usually rent a whole train car for our crew, so we can even make parties there with taste sessions of Russian food. I love solyanka and borscht. So travelling across Russian by train is fun, much better than taking a plane.
Eero: – I agree. All the more so because not in every country it is so easy to travel by train. The coolest places for train travelling are Russia, Europe, India and Japan.
– Do you listen to modern music while travelling?
Lauri: – I liked a song by Arctic Monkeys, the guys make great music. I also enjoy listening to Seether и Muse.
Eero: – I’m too lazy to familiarize with modern music, I stick to the old. When it comes to new music, it has to be something extraordinary to get to me.
– Lauri, prior to the tour, your nine year old son Yulius Kristian gave you a wooden cube to take with you. Does the talisman work? Do you carry at around with you all the time?
– It was so cute when he brought me that cube. I can’t even imagine where he got it from. My son knows I like simple-shaped wooden things. He said: “Dad, it’s a lucky charm for you!” I could barely choke the tears back at that moment. The cube is with me at all times, it’s in a secret place, and I’m not telling where. It is actually great to have something wit you connected to home. It’s hard being away from your family, and such things, talismans remind you that a thousand kilometers away your close ones keep loving you and waiting for you.
– You youngest child is now three months old. Do you sing lullabies to him when you’re home?
– I tried to, but it didn’t work. I sang our new song to him to a guitar, and he started crying. At least my answer’s honest.
– What’s your children’s attitude to The Rasmus’s music in general?
Lauri: – ME and my son don’t talk about music, it a forbidden topic in our house. The thing is that as soon the band is brought up in a conversation, he realizes that his father is about to leave. My tours make him sad.
Eero: – My children are teenagers now, they have their own tastes in music. They say that The Rasmus is obsolete.
– Lauri, your 39th birthday will be on April 23. How are you planning to celebrate it and what gift would you like to receive?
– We have a meeting with the band and the management scheduled for this day, so I’ll be away. Later, when I’m back in Los Angeles, I’ll celebrate it with my son – his birthday is a little earlier, on April 12. As for gifts, I don’t really know. Actually, I need new boots.