So I am about to head back to Europe for a 3 and a half week tour with Simon Chainsaw (the dates & venue information can be found here). We will be taking in France, Switzerland and Spain which is good for me as I haven’t been to Spain, I have only visited the train station of Lille in France and Switzerland I am eager to return to, so everyone wins. It seemed relevant then to dedicate this latest podcast to the wonderful world of touring. Each song played is about life on the road, or close enough to. Anyone who has toured in a band knows it’s not as glamourous as rockstars like Motley Crue or Guns N Roses make it out to be. Sometimes it can be groundhog day, other times it can be the best feeling in the world, but above all, there is a lot of fun to be had being on the road and seeing new people and places. Playing your music to a bunch of people you have never met before and watching as they have the time of their lives is something that I find to be inspiring. It makes it all worthwhile. Every tour I have ever done has been a blast, even those times where my life and / or health was threatened, I still enjoyed it. Maybe I am simply a masochist? Either way, I am doing it again and I can’t wait.
In 2002 I was asked to go on tour and document a tour of Marky Ramone and the Speedkings. I attended the last 4 shows of their European tour and I had a great time. I filmed a lot of footage, took a lot of notes, and met a ton of great people. Most of who I still am in contact with. The band were great to me and being that close to a Ramone for those 5 days was a great experience. Waking up in the morning and sitting myself down for breakfast chatting to Marky Ramone about touring in Australia and other Ramones tales was a dream come true. He also answered a bunch of questions I had about the Ramones that had baffled me for so long. I reveal one of those stories here in this episode. If you’re a diehard Ramones fan, you may not be happy with the story but alas, it came straight from the source.
So if you have ever been touring with a band then this episode is an ode to you, my friends. To the others, feel free to revel in our experiences. Some good, some bad, but we do it all for the love of rock n roll.
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