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Touring: The Good The Bad & The Crazy

Things I don’t like about tour:

Fly dates & delayed flights.
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Canadian borders. At 5am.
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Waking up on hotel floors.
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All of this:
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Having to quarantine yourself when you get sick so you don’t get everyone else on the tour sick.
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Overdrives from the east coast to the west coast where you go to sleep thinking you’ll wake up in LA and then you wake up 7 hours later and look at your map and realize that the blue dot hasn’t moved because your bus broke down.
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Not being able to get off the bus in the morning because you’re suspended in the air.
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(Photo by Will Roth)

Not being allowed to have a dog on tour, resulting in a plethora of puppets and stuffed animals to fill the void.
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Flying with 60 pieces of luggage.
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Early morning train rides in Europe.
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Finding boxers and socks in my bunk every night before I go to bed.
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Not really understanding Miami, FL when we play there.
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Things I do like about tour:

Free alcohol from riders.
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Pranking the opening bands.
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Solid truck stop hangs.
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When our tour bus driver did this every morning:
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Cooking dinner at 3am on the bus.
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Making friends with the right people so you get to ride Kenny Chesney’s chair around Gillette Stadium.
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Group showers.
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Having a runner pick up stuff for you.
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Being able to actually say “Robert Plant once told me…”
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Learning how to live simply.
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Unique sleeping situations:
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Learning new stretching poses from tour mates.
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A lifetime of unforgettable stories:
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Mi Tour Bus es Su Tour Bus

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That moment when you think you are walking on to your bus..

’cause it looks like your bus.
and the door code is the same as your bus.
and the entry way on to the bus looks exactly like your bus.

but you realize it’s not your bus.
’cause it’s Dave Matthew’s bus.

and then you leave awkwardly and walk to your actual bus in the rain.