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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