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From Tampere To Baghdad By the Bay

November 1st, 2013 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
Myron catches 40 winks on the way to Tampere

Myron catches 40 winks on the way to Tampere

Checked out of the hotel in Helsinki day before yesterday, drove up to Tampere and played another show with Canned Heat in one of the most beautiful concert venues I have ever seen or heard.

Check this hall out

Check this hall out

Myron sets the stage

Myron sets the stage

While Canned Heat dined, we hit the stage… and here is our set list:

Hot Tuna 43, 2013
The Acoustic Trio
Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
And Barry Mitterhoff
Tampere Concert Hall
Tampere, Finland
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

1. True Religion
2. Hesitation Blues
3. Things That Might Have Been
4. Been So Long
5. Barbeque King
6. Children Of Zion
7. I See The Light
8. 99 year Blues
9. Uncle Sam Blues
10. Good Shepherd
11. Death Don’t Have No Mercy

Beautiful evening in Mid Finland. After our set, we drove to the airport outside of Helsinki and went to sleep for three hours then back to the airport and off to Heathrow.

Sunrise at Heathrow

Sunrise at Heathrow

The flight from Helsinki to Heathrow was uneventful… and Heathrow was, as always, very crowded. The flight was a non stop from London to an Francisco as an eleven hour non stop. Old airplane, crowded… seats big enough for an eight year old… good times. We made it though and so did all our luggage and guitars. Really good times.

My first stop after we checked into the hotel was the Mifune in Japan Town. Tanin Soba and pickled vegetables. Yummy…

The pagoda in the Peace Plaza... Japan Town, SF

The pagoda in the Peace Plaza... Japan Town, SF

A quick hello to the Pagoda after dinner and then to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

Morning in Japan Town

Morning in Japan Town

After a yummy breakfast in the hotel, Barry and I took a walk around.

Hello Kitty in the Kintetsu Center

Hello Kitty in the Kintetsu Center

Yeah Buddy

Yeah Buddy

Walking around… enjoying being back home in the States and doing our darnedest to beat the jet lag.

Good times… Onward!

  1. November 1st, 2013 at 16:18 | #1

    Thanks guys for a wonderful show! I missed the Tuna show in Pori Jazz 1992 and finally I saw you playing live. Of course I saw Jorma & Barry couple of years ago in Helsinki but I had never seen Hot Tuna live before.
    I was there in a front row with my two good friends, both guitarists in our band where I play bass. Now they understand why I appreciate Jack so much. They already knew why Jorma is the best guitarist on this planet. Barry was amazing too, as always.
    Canned Heat gave us a great show as well. Thanks guys for the great time & wonderful memories!

  2. johno
    November 1st, 2013 at 18:08 | #2

    Jorma, welcome home. Boy, that music hall looks like a spaceship – I bet the acoustics were incredible. Both you and Myron look totally bushed. That little “buddy” is pikachu from pokemon. Hope your feeling better. See you at the Beacon – when you rock NYC.

  3. November 1st, 2013 at 23:49 | #3

    The hall does look amazing, would love to visit sometime, welcome back to the States and a rested inspired trip to you all on the West coast -;0)

  4. carlo pagliano
    November 2nd, 2013 at 05:26 | #4

    Rock Them All Hign Tonight Jorma!

  5. susan ansanelli
    November 2nd, 2013 at 07:43 | #5

    I have started to count down the days to the NYC show. It is really great the photos and memories that you share. I hope today’s show rocks. My best to Jack and the band. Love you guys and God bless

  6. John B
    November 2nd, 2013 at 08:46 | #6

    Welcome home Jorma. The Tampere concert hall looks outstanding. How on earth did you endure an 11 hour non-stop flight to San Francisco in a seat designed for an eight year old? On the bright side all of your eqipment arrived along with you. I picked up my Beacon ticket yeasterday and for me the countdown has started also!

  7. johno
    November 2nd, 2013 at 11:30 | #7

    Jorma, your relatives and ancestors must’ve been mighty proud to have one of
    their own ancestors play in The Helsinki Hall of Culture. Quite an honor for you! Doesn’t the ceiling of the Tampere look like the body of a guitar, with the
    strings and fret board(?). Kinda looks like Jack’s Flying V from years ago.

  8. Joe in DC
    November 2nd, 2013 at 13:35 | #8

    good trip…welcome back….have a good show 2nite in SF. see u in nYC soon..HFT

  9. John B
    November 2nd, 2013 at 18:42 | #9

    @johno
    I remember the flying V from back in the day . A show at the Wolman ice rink in Central Park on a sizzling summer day is one show that comes to mind.

  10. jim hitchcock
    November 3rd, 2013 at 13:09 | #10

    The Flying V and the Explorer. Gibson telling Fender ’see, we can be cool too!’