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Sam: How was it
playing an opera and having a ballet goin'?
Peter: "It was a challege that we
took for a laugh at first, we didn't really believe it
at first. When Jörgen, (the former bass player) he got
e-mails from them, the 2 people who got it all together,
he just deleted it everytime because he thought it
was a joke, you know a really bad joke. It was totally
different from anything else we've ever done, even
though we just played our own songs more or less, just
changed and brought together more like one big peice
to build dynamic and all. But you have to be really
serious when you have 30 dancers following your every
move. You have to think about keeping your pace and not
playing too fast and everything. So it was a challege,
but I think we did it quite well. It was a good
experience. I think we became a better live band after
that actually, because we really had to play...not in
the same kind of rock 'n roll-ish way. We had to be
really focused on what we were doing, and really
listening to each other. Thing is with the dancers
though, they don't listen to the music, they just
count, they always do, even in a play with the
orchestra they just go 1, 2, 3, 4, 1. They just
follow the rhythm, so you have to keep the pace...
which is bollocks. But, I think it was great actually,
I really liked it. We did 12 shows altogether just
in Stockholm, it was a really good experience, and
Sam: What was the reaction like
on the faces of the crowd in the audience?
Peter: "It was really mixed,
because alot of people who usually don't go to an
opera house came, like hard rockers who want to see
something different. I mean the acoustics in there
are amazing, I mean the drums weren't even miked at
all and it sounds excellent. It's about 25 meters
high, I don't know how much that is in feet, but
it's really...it's alot. So, some of the people were
like sitting there with big headphones on, you know,
like 'ugh, what is this?' because it was kinda loud
compared with what it usually is, but alot of people
really, saw the artistic in it that even we couldn't
see, like 'oh it's something new' you know?"
Nico: "It's the first time ever
that the opera gave out earplugs to everyone for
Peter: "And it said on the tickets
and the flyers, like 'warning: this could be loud'.
But it was a success, I mean, it was a success both
commercially and people really liked it, so it was
good for everyone. It was sad though, the guy who was...
it was 2 gay persons who took it all together, and had
the idea, took it with the opera boss, the ballet boss,
and he got really fired up and wanted to do it, but
the other guys really higher up, they didn't really
believe in it, the idea. But he had to finish the idea,
and after that he got sacked. Even though it was a
success, they didn't take him back. It's a shame.
So, we did 8 shows in the spring, and then in the...
we did 4 new, with the single, and there was a new
ballet boss because he got sacked. They didn't like
too much, you know, the new ideas, because the Royal
house has...how old is that building? It's been there
Nico: "Oh, old...probably ancient..."
Peter: "5,6, 800 years maybe?"
Sam: 17? 1500's maybe?
Peter: "1500's maybe"
Nico: "Yeah, probably"
Peter: "It's just by the castle
in Stockholm, so it..they're just not used to that
kind of music, but it was great. It's coming out on
DVD, it's on the clipboard now. Because you don't
really get...have you seen the cd with the cover?
Because if you see the booklet and all, you get more
of an understanding of how it looked, and how it went.
But I think the audience deserves to see it on DVD to
to understand it a bit more, because of the light and
everything. I mean, Nico was there seeing it."
Nico: "I saw it 4 times, it was
before my time in the band."
Peter: "It's excellent, one of
the most funniest music moments ever, because, some
people might think, before they actually know what
we did, like oh, 'sell out, do a ballet thing'. But
the thing was we did exactly...at first we tried to
write songs, you know, we thought, oh there might
be some piano, more like, softer things going, and we
tried to write songs. And they were like, no, no we
don't want that at all, we want your music, just,
cut together. So they wanted the songs that we already
had, but just differently played. So, Jörgen the bass
player, (at the time) cut it together in a computer,
just made demos, and they listened to it, and dance
to it, 'oh could you add another chorus here', or 'cut
away your verse there'. So, it was still just our music,
so it's nothing different really. It was good. It was
nervous the first rehersal with like 30 dancers
behind your back, it's like really...we're standing in
the orchestra ditch...and there was alot of media
attention, you know, tv was there, like national news
tv that usually doesn't bother at all, standing with
a camera up your face while you're like trying to get
the drums together for the grand rehersal, you're like
'I don't have time for this' and they go 'oh, camera
in your face'. But you should see the DVD to get the
idea of both."
Sam: Where are you guys touring
Peter: "We're going home and we
just have some shows here and there, but like,
festivals and all that."