touring for n00bs

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Just four dates, but we've never been out of Knoxville with each other, and I'm a little afeared. We're doing memphis, jackson, hattiesburg, and new albany. Driving. Any last minute advice? Conversely, hit me with a Touring for Dummies.

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Monday, 12 June 2006 17:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Have fun. Plan to lose money if you can afford to. Driving more than 8 hours before playing a show is not recommended, but that's more of a west coast problem. Bring deodorant, snacks, flasks. Don't, like one band we played with, leave your drummer behind in the last city you were in, a six hour drive away (when you have a six hour drive in the other direction to get to the next gig tomorrow). But even if that happens, don't get too pissy, still have fun.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 12 June 2006 17:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Multi-vitamins and orange juice are urgent and key.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Monday, 12 June 2006 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

multivitamins are something i had not listen on my "to take". seems like a good idea.

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Monday, 12 June 2006 17:41 (sixteen years ago) link

listen? listed.

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Monday, 12 June 2006 17:41 (sixteen years ago) link

- document your equipment: take photographs, write down serial numbers, etc.
- make one of your bandmates sleep in the van so no one tries to steal it.

mts (theoreticalgirl), Monday, 12 June 2006 17:45 (sixteen years ago) link

MTS OTM about equipment -- either that or always take everything into the place you're staying in (even if it's a "very safe" area, at least bring in any instruments and stuff that'd be easy to make off with)

Also, this probably won't be such an issue since your tour is pretty short, but last tour my band (well, three of the four of us) would try to wake up as many mornings as possible and go for a jog. All the floor sleeping, liquor and fast food takes a very quick toll on your body otherwise.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Monday, 12 June 2006 22:17 (sixteen years ago) link

any advice i offer will make me sound like a worried parent, which i guess is not such a bad thing. also, may i suggest a sleeping pad, in additon to your sleeping bag & pillow?

mts (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 13 June 2006 02:09 (sixteen years ago) link

i didnt bring a sleeping bag OR pillow

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Thursday, 15 June 2006 13:36 (sixteen years ago) link

why should we give you advice if you arent going to take it, missy!? ;)

mts (theoreticalgirl), Thursday, 15 June 2006 22:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd sure hope that ibuprofen falls under the category of "multivitamin"

phone numbers. of everyone/everywhere you're going, on paper and in your sat-0-lite tele-faux-nuh.

wes fu (aWESome), Saturday, 17 June 2006 03:14 (sixteen years ago) link

the last night, i slept on a bare floor with no blanket! ten hours of blissful slumber. the multivitamins were one morsel of imm advice i took to heart (and to hattiesburg) -- would have felt considerably more shitty without them.

RoxyMuzak© (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 19:16 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I'll be selling merch "on the road"* for Clockcleaner:

09-08 Columbus, OH @ Skylab Gallery (57 E. Gay St #5) w/ Times New Viking, Lambsbread

Touch & Go Anniversary Afterparty!
09-09 Chicago, IL @ the Mutiny (2428 N. Western Ave) w/ Functional Blackouts

Suggested Reading:

* yes, two shows does not constitute a tour per se but whatevs

mts (theoreticalgirl), Monday, 28 August 2006 02:24 (sixteen years ago) link

six years pass...

salad days yall

the most astonishing writer on ilx (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 05:42 (ten years ago) link

gf and half my friends all on tour thru sep/oct gahhh not fair, why must i have job!

you on tour roxy>?

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:09 (ten years ago) link

not at the moment, just marveling at how ignorant i was at 25

the most astonishing writer on ilx (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:39 (ten years ago) link

eight years pass...

really enjoyed this documentary

John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet (map), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 17:35 (one year ago) link

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