There are many untold stories of rock groups and the tours they have been on. I have been there for a good portion of these real life events. Now do not get me wrong I have been blessed to be apart of amazing tours and have seen beautiful places and things. But where there is light there is darkness, we have dealt with shady business owners and slick promoters. One thing we can say is, we did have a positive experience when we were touring out in Boston. We set up a Limo Service pick and drop off. It was our first time in Boston so like any other new folks to any new place we pulled up google and typed in, limo service in Boston. We clicked on the first company that popped up and we lucked out. Our driver was on point and made our tour out in Boston a smooth one.
We did go on one tour that was a complete disaster I won’t name the town because we did meet some awesome people there that eventually helped us out. It had to do with a hotel room booking we had been booked for about 4-6 weeks in advance. When the team arrived we were told that the suite was given away because of a deposit that was not made. The manager of the group had receipts for the reservation and still no luck. Not to long after our argument with the hotel manager my faith in good people was restored when we had an encounter with a older local business owner.
We were desperate at this point, ironically there was an owner of a Bed and Breakfast sitting in the lobby area that heard our back and forth with the hotel manager. This wonderful woman approached us and she offered to shut down her Bed and Breakfast for our whole team and she did just that. She closed it down and we paid her handsomely to be treated like royalty. We were really lucky to have had that woman sitting in that lobby area at that very moment.
I want to touch on a “touchy” subject, let’s talk about “road groupies”. Groupies, fans, #1 Fan, whatever you might think of groupies there is also a light and dark side to accepting strangers on your tour. Picture this, you are on the road after a grueling 7 day stretch and your team needs to eat so you stop and grab something. As you are getting your munch on you are approached by someone who is offering more than a burger, how do you react? If you were stuck on a tour bus with a bunch of guys and no circulation you would be desperate for some companionship. The rest is history and just use your imagination to picture all possible outcomes. Just remember hooking up with a groupie is a 50/50 proposition, you have to be willing to take chances to have some fun. Some Rock stars do just that and they wake up the next day regretting their actions or not.
I have been around long enough to tell you that being on the road with rock stars, alcohol, drugs and other crazy events is a book in itself. World touring is fun but it also has it’s dark side the list goes on and on. I hope someday to write more than just a blog about touring and music, stay tuned.