tour blog

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Jay Postones of TesseracT

So I’m currently sitting in our BandWagon at the largest truck stop in the world—Iowa 80. Today is a good day as it’s the first day of the tour that we’ve been able to wash our laundry, and believe me,…

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Oct 7, 2013

Carlin Brown of Restorations

When people ask, “How’s the tour going”? there are always a million different directions the answer could follow. In this instance, if you take the situation apart and analyze it, it goes as follows: Take three bands from Pennsylvania that…

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Aug 5, 2013

MD columnist Stephen Bidwell at SXSW

For a little over a week in the middle of March, Austin, Texas gets invaded by several branches of the entertainment industry. The South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference started out in the late 1980s as a showcase for the…

Modern Drummer
Apr 25, 2013

MD Contributor Stephen Bidwell Tackles Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas

El Ten Eleven at FUN FUN FUN FEST We’re quite spoiled as music lovers in Austin, Texas. Touring bands don’t really skip our city, and we’re treated to several major festivals a year. While I enjoy all of them, Fun…

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Dec 28, 2012

Pinback’s Chris Prescott

As a musician, I’ve had my fair share of strange experiences over the years. But this for me was one of the most surreal. I decided to write about it here and share it with my fellow drummers. Pinback recently…

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Oct 18, 2012

Will Noon of Fun SXSW Tour Blog

The sun sets over El Paso, and over Juarez as well—which is apparently the murder capital of the world. So I regretfully agree to enter round two in my search for decent Mexican food in El Paso. 0 for 2…

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Mar 30, 2012

Fred Coury of Cinderella

Howdy all, Fred Coury here, writing from a hotel room near Düsseldorf, Germany. Twenty-five years after we started our first tour, I find myself in Europe once again, fighting stomach issues (we all go through it from the foods and…

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Jul 12, 2011

Dave Mackintosh of DragonForce Mayhem Week Tour Blog

When we arrived at the first show for the Rockstar Energy Drink Festival, I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful Birch/Bubinga Starclassic set that Tama had so kindly sent me. I was like a kid at Christmas as I set…

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Jul 24, 2008

Frank Funaro Tour Blog

Happy New Year, fellow MD readers. I'm honored to have been asked to do a blog for MD Online, and I decided to go with a road-blog. I'm currently in rehearsals and pre-production for the next Cracker record (Yes, I…

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Feb 1, 2008

Peter Wilkinson of The Saints

Looking For New England: Confessions Of A Drummer On The Road With The Saints Greetings, tub-thumpers. The good people at Modern Drummer magazine have asked me to write a few words about our upcoming tour of the East Coast and…

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Oct 30, 2007

Brendan Buckley

Brendan Buckley is on a roll. Besides touring and recording with South American superstar Shakira, he's been involved with co-writing and producing her Pepsi commercial and the track "Fool" off her first English multi-platinum CD, Laundry Service. "One of the…

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May 12, 2004