Hello Somervillains ~
I must apologize that I’ve been away for so long. I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I last posted here. Bad Amanda! However, I do have the best excuse in the whole world: trying to be the best mom possible to my sweet little Lana! Taking the past several months to get adjusted to motherhood and slowly getting back to music has been very rewarding and, though it’s a tiny bit frustrating that I’ve fallen so behind with things like my solo album, necessary. I hope you’ll forgive me.
Here I am again, in full swing on the new Ghostlights tour with Avantasia. Before the tour started, we had an exciting experience participating in the Eurovision preliminaries for Germany, coming in 3rd place. And now, so far EVERY single show of the tour has been sold out and our audiences have been more incredible than ever. It’s great to be back with the boys, meeting wonderful people, traveling around and doing some sight-seeing, eating the local fare (French onion soup in Paris – yum!). What a crazy turn of events from being “just a mom” (haha) to getting back in the saddle and back on the road. More than ever, I have 2 completely different worlds I’m living in. I’m used to bouncing in and out of this life and that, having lived bi-continentally for the past 17 years, but this is sooooooo different. Like I’ve always said, one thing my life is NOT is boring!
Lots of you have been asking what the status is with Rock Meets Classic. Unfortunately, I won’t be joining them this year and it pains me to have had to make the difficult choice. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would be touring at all, seeing as Lana is still so young (8 months yesterday!), but in the end I thought it would be torture not to at least try to make it work, combining my music career with having a family. With the Avantasia dates overlapping with the RMC dates, I had yet another difficult decision to make. Perhaps our paths will cross again, but for this tour, I wish all of my colleagues in Rock Meets Classic a wonderful and successful time!
With all of that being said, it isn’t only me in the game of decision making and none of this would have been possible without the support of my amazing husband and family. Lana is in great hands and is with me sometimes during the tour (I got her some hot pink protective ear phones to wear during sound checks and shows and she loves them!). Things get more complicated with a baby when it comes to organization and timing, so I’m very blessed to have huge help in those departments!
So, things are going fantastically on the Avantasia tour, except that I stumbled coming down the stairs at the side of the stage during the show in Langen a few days ago and twisted my ankle rather badly. Now, after delivering a baby, pain is all relative, but it was getting worse and worse throughout the show, even though I was doing my best to make like nothing was wrong. Since I’d felt a pretty big snap when it happened, I informed our tour manager (the fabulous A.C.) that I’d better go to the hospital after the show to get it checked out. The Doc there said the good news was that the x-rays showed nothing was broken, but the bad news was that he suspected that I’d torn some ligaments in there and gave me a brace to wear and some pain meds to take. But, the show must go on and, though performing a 3+ hour show with a sprained ankle isn’t easy, there’s no way I’m going to sacrifice wearing at least my stage boots! Maybe not the most prudent thing to do, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Lots of you have also been asking whether I’ll be doing my video blogs. I might post a video here or there, but it’s most likely not going to be in the extensive format that you’ve been used to. I know this may disappoint some of you, but I’m planning on releasing a collection of videos that I never ended up posting, like from the last Trillium tours, the Kiske Somerville recordings and video shoots, etc., so stay tuned!
That’s my news. It’s been nice catching up and I won’t make it a yearly occurrence. Promise.