LTH: America can be a worthwhile and sometimes vital market to focus on for bands, but on the other hand it is notoriously unfriendly for touring bands, especially foreign acts because of logistics and an often less than reliable concert-going population that changes city to city. How viable is it for a band like DT to tour the US, and what are your opinions on it? Sundin - Well, there are pros and cons to everything, and US touring definitely has its own unique charm. Whereas most places in Europe tend to be pretty uniform, one can have drastically different experiences in the US depending on what state you play in, and thats always interesting. Some of our very best concert memories are from playing to a small but devoted audience on equipment that barely works, so we dont mind that. However, since you mention logistics and obstacles, I should be candid and say that the practical conditions indeed are getting harder. Its very rare for most European bands to even break even on a US tour because of the high expenses for work visas, permits and flights as well as the artist taxes. In addition, more and more clubs are charging a ridiculously high percentage of merch profits to allow you to sell shirts, eating into the only potential tour income there is. The fact that the US dollar has lost a lot of its value in relation to some European currencies doesnt help either, so for a band in our position, US touring is mainly a labour of love thats done to keep the band alive overseas and to meet longtime friends and supporters rather than expecting any monetary rewards. --- I guess that pretty much says it all (great interview, btw), but I'm confused, as I thought that DT massively toured NA, wasn't WAtV the biggest one ever? I do hope the band has a lot of merch during the tour, as I plan to buy all of it XD.