Monday, November 8, 2010

How to tour in a band

Here is a list of do's and don'ts for touring. This was originally written by Thor Harris, but I have edited it.

1-Don’t Complain. Moaning and whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut up.

2-If you fart, claim it.

3-Don’t Lose anything. Everybody loses stuff. Don’t do it. Jerk.

4-Bring two of EVERYTHING.

5-If you feel like crap all the time, drink less at the gig. You will play better & feel better. What are you… a child? Some have the endurance for self abuse. Most don’t.

6-Remember the soundman’s name. He will do a better job.

7- Eat oranges. Cures constipation & prevents colds.

8-Don't forget your instrument.

9-If YOU can’t carry your suitcase 3 blocks, it’s too big.

10-Respect public space in the van.

11-If you borrow something, return it. Not busted Up.

12-Do not let the promoter talk you out of the guarantee. If there weren't enough people there, it’s their fault.

13- Driver picks the music.

14-One navigator only (usually sitting shotgun). Everyone else shut up.

15-Soundcheck is for checking sounds. Shut up while everyone else is checking.

16-Don’t wander off. Let someone know where you are.

17-Clean up after yourself. What are you… a toddler?

18-Touring makes everyone bi-polar. Ride the waves as best you can and remember, moods pass. So don’t make any snap decisions or declarations when you are drunk or insane.

19-Fast food is Poison.

20-The guestlist is for friends and family. Everyone else can pay. They have day jobs.

21- Don’t evaluate your whole life while you’re sitting in a janitor closet waiting to go on. You think you’re above having bad days at work? Shut up & do your job.

No comments:

Post a Comment