Liberation Tourology with ALO #3
When your band is popular there will always be offers, so the temptation and pressure is always there to do more and more. When is it ever enough? Never. Because very few people in the music business feel totally secure with what they’ve got.
Paradise Rock Club, WXRV, WBUR
The Rodeway Inn was great. Clean, new carpet, nice beds and a kind staff. Bostonians are generally sweet and pleasant unless you piss them off, and then they’ll rip your face off. The exception would be driving. In that case Bostonians start pissed off and if you piss them off they get really pissed off.
This morning we meet up with our bus, a 2004 Prevost touring coach with all the amenities â€“ beds, AC, fridge, TV and our wicked cool driver, a Bostonian by the name of Brian. We also, for the first time, have the entire band and crew in one place. We are:
Dave Brogan â€“ Drums
Steve Adams â€“ Bass
Zach Gill â€“ Keys
Lebo â€“ Guitar
Jenna Lebowitz â€“ Manager
Estelle Lebowitz â€“ Miracle Baby
John Davies â€“ Lights / Crew
Michael Wilson â€“ Sound / Tour Manager
Michelle Wong â€“ Merchandise
Chris Velan â€“ Singer â€“songwriter / opener
We’re on the bus at 10 am and head straight for our first of two radio engagements for the day. We have an afternoon radio performance at WXRV, The River. We bust that out and high tail it over to WBUR with barely time to spare. Somewhere in there we manage to set up and sound check for an evening show at the Paradise Rock Club.
The Paradise is a classic venue that just about everyone has played. Tonight is rainy and the Celtics are playing in the NBA semi-finals but we still manage to get a few people out. We’re warmed-up from the L.A. and Alabama shows and jump right into it.
Tonight Zach gets the ol’ cake and candles treatment at the end of the first set. ALO is like a family but I’m sure he wishes he could be home with his real one. The more I tour and play music for a living the more I see the casualties of being on the road. It is hard on a relationship when you can’t count on someone to be around all of the time. Many couples set limits on the time the musician can be out on the road, with two weeks being average. But, when your band is popular there will always be offers, so the temptation and pressure is always there to do more and more. When is it ever enough? Never. Because very few people in the music business feel totally secure with what they’ve got.
I’ll bet there are a lot of people who, even though they love their spouse, partner, lover or whatever, would do better as a couple if they weren’t together 24/7, 365, too. That’s not for everybody, either. It depends on the person, of course.
Musicians are super aware and energetically heightened people that are exciting to be around. They are able to live their lives at a deeply authentic level. They get to share their magic with people all over the world. But because of the heavy travel they can’t always be counted on to be around for their families, at least in the physical sense. I guess it’s like any job. Pluses and minuses. Big positive numbers. Big negative numbers.
Keep up with all things Brogan, ALO or otherwise, at his official website.