Matias Kupiainen: Carl Begai interview

That said, the bonus album was never meant as a way to line the band’s pockets. Chance are good it’s drumming up some business after all…
“I think the label originally asked us if we wanted to record some live stuff for release, and when the tour was coming up we thought about recording a couple shows,’ says Kotipelto. “Then we decided to just bring the recording equipment with us to record the shows whenever we felt like it. At that point we promised the label we’d record some stuff and then mix it, and if it sounded good they could use it for a future release. It was also a good idea because there are a lot of fans that didn’t get the chance to come out and see Matias (Kupiainen) on guitar with us. This gives them the chance to hear how this band sounds with him in the line-up.”
The focus of the Polaris tour wasn’t on the album but rather on Kupiainen, who ultimately enabled Stratovarius to make a comeback. Tolkki personified the Stratovarius brand, making him irreplaceable in the eyes of many fans, but Kotipelto says the band didn’t encounter the fallout they’d expected when they brought Kupiainen to the people. more

Tour dates with Helloween

26 - Wien, Austria - Szene
27 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Winter Masters of Rock
28 - Budapest, Hungary - Petöfi Hall

1 - Langen, Germany - Neue Stadthalle
2 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
4 - Prestatyn, UK - Hardrock Hell Festival
5 - London, UK - The HMV Forum
6 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
8 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
9 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Lisebergshallen
11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan
13 - Tallinn, Estonia - Rock Cafe
14 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone
15 - Helsinki, Finland - House Of Culture
17 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
18 - Cracow, Poland - Studio
19 - Prague, Czech Republic - Mala Sportovni Hala