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Old 19th May 2006
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Gear Freeze Alert <Band going on tour!>

Luckily I got outbid on a bunch of primo gear this week on ebay.
I just found out my band Supermercado is going on tour with Vixen and Enuff Z Nuff starting May 28th to June 11th.
http://pollstar.com/tour/searchall.p...t=supermercado

Mainly Midwest and East Coast.
Any tips on how you personally survived a 15 day van tour?
I have problems with anger manegement from the first hour or so on.
Who's got some good medatation techiques, I'll need them.
I haven't toured in 8 years.
Whats the good word on swag that will enable the band to get a burritto every night?
We have the obvious CDs, T-Shirts, and Metal Dog Tags.
We also have to carry the backline for the entire tour in a trailer.
3 Marshall Half stacks, full bass rig and 5 piece drum set.
Were in a Cargo van, but the Bass player is a capentar. Any tips on a bunk for me?
You dream it, he'll build it.
I've been looking at this site:
http://diggerbus.com/gallery/index.asp
for tips.
Who supplies the bunk beds? Camping stores?
A joint band account will get us an iPod, yippiee!
Are there any good "Van Touring Bands Survial Guides" on the net?
Most of the sites are too rudimentary.
Thanks,
Matt
Old 19th May 2006
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Girl sized t-shirts. Get 'em made on American Apparel blanks and you'll sell out. They'll cost more up front, but you'll sell 'em all. Didn't used to matter, but now it seems to.

As long as you have those and CD's you'll be good. It seems to me that if you have extra cash for merch, more t-shirts and CD's would be the key. Everyone can buy a CD.

How many you got in that van? That's key. We were four plus a tour manager (aka 'merchandise sales agent') and we had two guys in a cube truck with the gear, which made it cool because we could leave right after the gig with guitars and merchandise and hit the morning DJ's in the next town. If you get all that set up right, it helps your head count immensely.

But you can survive just about anything for 15 days. For that amount of time, you're gonna be renting your vehicle, probably, which means you get up to date ABS, airbags, working heat and air, etc.

To me, the problem with these plywood constructs inside a van is that when/if an accident occurs, those things become deadly flying lumber with wood/drywall screws everywhere. And as you said, it's only fifteen days.

Hey, btw, those diggerbus things look like a real drag. We knew guys who would get those airport shuttle vans and live in 'em. The thing is that they're basically set up to go fifteen miles an hour and you'd be in them for ten or twenty minutes.

That white one has flap doors that are gonna let wind blast in if you go over twenty mph.

The one with the grey and red stripes has gotta be almost twenty years old.

I suggest that you don't fudge on safety. Ride in a seat with a seat belt. The working heater will just be an extra bonus.

Too many great musicians have made marginal travel decisions over the years.
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Old 19th May 2006
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Thanks for the tips Max!
Were taking the bass players Cargo van and pulling a trailer.
Good point about those airport shuttles.
Another good point about homemade construction, we'll just get some benches.
Never thought about the (God Forbid!) accident with all the wood.
baby t's it is for the ladies!
Old 19th May 2006
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Originally Posted by Rednose
Any tips on how you personally survived a 15 day van tour?
I have problems with anger manegement from the first hour or so on.
Gravol and an iPOD.
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