Speaking of our summer tour, "Midnight Devils Tour 2013", this blog is going to be an informative piece. I want to take you into our world and let you know what being on the road is like. I am going to give you an in depth list of things that are invaluable to me while I am on the road. I am by no means a road worn rock n roll soldier but I have been doing this for a while and I have some of this down to a science. The first and most important thing I always get before leaving is sunscreen. The guys always laugh at me but I am a sissy when it comes to the sun. I prefer staying a nice shade of blinding white to a bronze tan or crab white. I rule of thumb is always find the highest SPF that the store carries. SPF 50 no good, SPF 70 getting close, SPF 90 now we are talking. I recently found out they sell SPF 120. As soon as we pull into our load in I immediately put four coats of sunscreen over my entire body. Just in case the sun explodes and shoots flaming radiation into our atmosphere, I will be OK. As a ritual it is our new techs responsibility to lather my back with sunscreen, counter clockwise only. Second thing on the list is socks. With socks I have learned that I hate carrying around dirty laundry so I just by a new bag wear them once and throw them away. Plus you always feel like a million bucks with new socks on. Third thing is earplugs. This is a must for in-bus sleeping. I have talked a lot about "The Rock N Roll 8". Before any show I try my hardest to get at least 8 hours of sleep. When the bus is fully loaded with people the inner bunk room turns into a snoring fart-fest. Many nights I have found myself with no earplugs or only one. I inevitably end up staying awake all night and nobody likes a cranky bus mate in the morning (that goes against the "always be the happy guy on the road rule"). Another must is extra pants. You may laugh at this one but you never know when you are going to be in the middle of a sweat ass jump kick and blow your pants out. Trust me this has happened to every musician and only the prepared ones are able to recover from this traumatic event. Mine happened in the middle of a song and I had to keep playing with my bird flapping in the wind. No one in the crowd seemed to notice but I took the time to show my entire band "The Goods". Another tour essential is a Speedo. Last summer we enacted Speedo-Summer. There is nothing like a well place Speedo pose to lighten the mood on a cranky bus. Plus you never know you will be playing next to a lake, pool, or random garden hose. Baby Powder has become a hot commodity around the 3D In Your Face camp. Not only does it serve as a white base for your face, hair, and clothes. It doubles as a form of better smelling fog at those shows when the smoke alarms wont allow for fog. Most importantly it is used in the quenching of The Gig Butt. I wont get into this as most of you know what I am talking about. The holiest rule in all of touring is "always stay hydrated on tour". Water is the most coveted item on any tour and no show can function without massive amounts of H2O. I am a big stickler for this rule and this rule has saved me more times than I can even remember. As a matter of fact I think for "The Midnight Devils Tour", we are going to have mandatory water time-outs every hour. My guys shall never go thirsty and there will not be any heat related illness or injure this summer. That is my promise and that is my creed.
Our first tour stop will be this Friday night May 31st at Uncle Larry's in my hometown of Fremont, NE. For those of you that do not know I can't stress this enough. If you want to see the new show you have to get there early. Last time we were there Uncle Larry's sold out by 8 PM. I believe we will be playing outside if the weather is nice so there will be a lot more room. Fremont is a rock n roll town and I can't wait to come back to my old stomping grounds. Not to mention Uncle Larry's is an old converted strip club, the energy and atmosphere is still there and our dressing room is the old stripper dressing room. If those mirrors could talk. Saturday night, June 1st we will be making the trip to Norfolk, NE and The Off Road Ranch for The Midwest Bike-Fest. We will be playing our first bike festival of the year. Most of all we will be opening for the legendary Warrant. Tickets are only $25 presale or $30 day of show. I can't tell you how much this band means to me and all the boys in 3D In Your Face. "The Midnight Devils Tour 2013" begins this week and will last through the better part of September. I NEVER WANT TO GO HOME.
HAIR IN THE AIR