Children of Bodom Plan To Enter The Studio In 2017, Drummer Discusses Back Pain Issues

Children Of Bodom drummer Jaska Raatikainen has posted an end of the year update, in which he discusses multiple things ranging from the band’s plans for their 10th studio album, his issues with back pain, and more. You can read his full statement below.


“It’s time to wrap up 2016. So, what happened this year?

First of all a new guitar player Daniel (who is a Finnish guy FYI, if somebody is still wondering) joined the band. It has been great times with him on and off stage. Our band has had quite a solid group of people working together in the past and we are not eager to change that. There is always a lot of work to integrate a new guy into the group. We don’t want to do that very often. Hopefully this answers the question if he (Daniel) is gonna continue with us or not.

The year started with a tour in the US with Megadeth. Later we headed to South America. In the summer we continued with lots of festivals all around the Europe. After a little break in the end of the summer we were on our way to Japan for a couple of shows. Finally in the end of the year we went to the US again for a month and came back for holiday season.

One of my dreams came true this year as I had a chance to take my older daughter with me to Japan. My only concern was who could take care of her when I was on stage? Well, luckily I had friends there who could look after her. Also, I finally (sadly) had to admit to myself that she is not interested about my work at all. During the both shows she was playing games with my cell phone. Yeah, I can imagine her thinking like “Dad, I don’t wanna watch the show, it is so damn boring what you guys do!” She has seen our show for maybe 20 times so there’s nothing new to her.

Being on the road and having two small kids is quite rough. Being frustrated, tired, busy and absent minded (and absent) I felt bad not being able to be there more for my kids. They are high maintenance but give you so much. I held on to the thought how lucky I was to have my daughters. I am happy that they are so active and energetic, and never stay on one place, but for crying out loud…

Even though so many great things happened to me this year it was still overshadowed by severe back pain that made me really frustrated and anxious. I needed pain killers to be able to perform a show and still wasn’t able to enjoy it. Sometimes it was just surviving through the set. The days I didn’t have pain and I could play normally were rare. Those shows I played like it could be my last show and just couldn’t help thinking that this great thing what I was doing on stage could end any day. The tour in South America and all the festivals in the summer made me think my life and career more deeply. Being a drummer with a body that is a total wreck is probably the worst combo. All the flying and suffering from sleep deprivation was just too rough for me. It really made me think if this all work is worth the pain. Though, I don’t give up very easily when it comes to what I love the most.

Luckily I always want to focus on the future and right now the upcoming celebration and making a new album helps keeping it all together. A 20 year career is a long time for anyone. For me and Alexi it actually means 25 years together. Two thirds of my life I have been playing drums in a band and performing around the world. I am very proud of that. I cannot wait for the tour in the spring and playing some old songs. The set will include some rarities and also some songs we have never played live. Practically we have played some of the songs in -97 or -98, 20 years ago! We really have to dig deeper to the first two albums and try to figure out what exactly was the thing each of us wanted to express with our music.

We will start creating new songs during spring and summer, and will head to the studio during fall. The album will be our tenth studio album, which is also quite a milestone. It seems that after the studio I will have some time to get my back better somehow, possibly an operation if all the other options have been tried out.

I hope next year will bring good moments and memories to everybody. I also hope the world situation would not be so tense.

See you on the road somewhere around the world and may the force be with you all!!!
Peace and love,

Children Of Bodom Announce “Something Wild” 20th Anniversary European/UK Tour

Children Of Bodom have announced their “Something Wild” 20th anniversary tour. They are calling the trek the “20 Years Down & Dirty Tour” and dates for it can be found below.


The band said the following:

“Children Of Bodom‘s prodigious debut album ‘Something Wild’ was released 20 years ago and thus the mighty Hate Crew were born. Finland’s melodic death superstars will take to the road in 2017 to celebrate 20 years of life in the form of a mind blowing classic setlist. For an entire month, Children Of Bodom will bring their reaper sound over Europe, so make sure to catch the guys on one of these dates.”

Tour Dates:

03/08 Hannover, GER – Capitol
03/09 Stuttgart, GER – Longhorn
03/10 Luxembourg, LUX – Den Atelier
03/11 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
03/12 London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
03/14 Caen, FRA – Le Cargo
03/15 Vannes, FRA – L’Echonova
03/16 Angouleme, FRA – La Nef
03/17 Magny-Le-Hongre, FRA – Disney – Le File 7
03/18 Oignie, FRA – Le Metaphone
03/20 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
03/21 Munich, GER – Theaterfabrik
03/22 Milan, ITA – Live Club
03/23 Zagreb, CRO – Tvornica Kulture
03/25 Vienna, AUT – Arena
03/26 Dresden, GER – Strasse E
03/27 Berlin, GER – Astra
03/30 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
04/01 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
04/02 Malmo, SWE – KB
04/03 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
04/04 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Strand

Children Of Bodom Are Thinking About Doing A “Something Wild” 20th Anniversary Tour

Children Of Bodom are thinking about doing a “Something Wild” 20th anniversary tour. They don’t have any concrete plans, but Alexi Laiho told that they may just play rare tracks from effort, rather than playing it in full.


Laiho said the following:

“Well, actually next year is the 20 year anniversary of our first album and we are talking about that for maybe a European tour, and see how it goes. But I don’t know yet if we’re going to play the whole album or probably just a lot of rare songs from it we never play live. WE might do a mix of our first two albums. It will be weird, it will be a trip but fans will dig it. I am thinking instead of playing a whole album, we will play the most obscure tracks.”

Children Of Bodom Premiere “My Bodom (I Am The Only One)” Lyric Video

Children Of Bodom have premiered a new lyric video for their song “My Bodom (I Am The Only One).” The clip was created using fan submissions and the song is from the band’s latest album “I Worship Chaos.”

Alexi Laiho commented:

“This is the coolest and my favourite lyric video by far because we actually had a chance to include COB fans from all over the globe in it. It’s the least we can do to show our gratitude, love and appreciation of the madness they bless us with night after night. I can’t wait to play the song live on the upcoming tours!”

Children Of Bodom Announce 2016 North American Tour With Abbath, Exmortus, & Oni

Children Of Bodom have announced a headlining North American tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Abbath, Exmortus, and Oni.


Tour Dates:

11/23 Quebect City, QC – L’Imperial Bell
11/24 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
11/25 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/28 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/29 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave – Eagles Ballroom
11/30 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
12/02 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
12/03 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
12/05 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
12/06 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
12/07 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
12/09 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
12/10 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
12/11 Houston, TX – House of Blues
12/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/14 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
12/16 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
12/17 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
12/18 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/19 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

Children Of Bodom Announce 2016 North American Headlining Dates

Children Of Bodom have announced some North American headlining dates, surrounding their tour with Megadeth. The band will also be joined by special guests Havok, and more.


Tour Dates:

02/09 Ybor City, FL – The Orpheum
02/10 Jacksonville, FL – 1904
02/11 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
02/12 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
02/13 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
02/15 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
02/16 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
02/18 Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
02/19 Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
03/01 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/04 Portland, OR – Peter’s Room @ Roseland Theater
03/25 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
03/26 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
03/27 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry