Kicking Ass on Your First Rock and Roll Tour

“It’s many teenagers’ dream, to be in a touring rock and roll band. While many people get to do it, many more others never get to experience it. Life on the road, going from town to town. Just that sentence is so inundated with romance that it’s hard not to stare out the window and wonder if. But if you play music, there’s nothing stopping you from taking to the road and living the dream. Unless you’re terrible – if you’re terrible, please go back to school and get a good job. But those of you who are at least okay, here’s what you need to know to embark on your first Rock and Roll tour, and kick ass and have fun all the while!

Tour Manager

Avonrentsapril15-8-1It’s probably going to end up being the most organized member of the band, but someone has to act as tour manager. This is the person who organizes all the information and puts it all in one place. Where is the show, how long does it take to get there, when do you need to be there by. What’s the drink and food situation? Where are you staying? All of the things that make a tour bearable, which is the smallest degree of comfort and knowing some basic facts, is important. If everyone is constantly wondering what is going on and what is the plan, then it’ll increase the stress level exponentially. Someone has to step up and be the TM until you can afford a real one.

Transportation

Olympus Digital CameraIt may come as a surprise, but i’ve actually heard of bands who tour in more than one vehicle. We’ll take 2 cars, they say. That is the single most irritating and avoidable problem people can come into. It’s of the utmost importance that a band travel together with their gear, not only for the camaraderie, but also for logistic ease. If you have to rent a van, then that’s what you have to do. It’s an important and necessary expense that must be factored in to your tour if it’s going to be a good experience at all. Look at AvonRents and you’ll see that it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Merch

Avonrentsapril15-8-3Then there’s merch. The real purpose of mercy is not to get your name out, but it’s to get more gas in the tank. People at your show, if you kick ass, will want to buy something from you. If you’re a popular band it’s to show off that they were at your show. But since you’re a new band, the people in the towns you go to will want to buy mercy from you because they will feel cool being in on the ground floor, knowing who you are before all of their friends, plus, they’ll get to say they bought it from you directly. They can use that as bragging rights when you get famous, is what they’re thinking.”

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