The metal band, Gypsyhawk, is currently on a North American tour supporting Alestorm and Trollfest. While they’re on this tour, the band will be writing an exclusive blog for us. You can check out the band’s first entry, after the break.
11/11 Santa Ana, CA
Thank the gods for good friends and family, because in this capitalistic society it’s only ever “pay up or shut up”, and that goes triple for touring bands. As hard as it is to tour and sacrifice everything in your life, it only gets harder.
When you’re a kid and you’ve got a dream, the harsher realities of the hindering nature of human kind never registers with you in it’s full effect. It’s all about the music. And that’s all it should be, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. It grows increasingly difficult to attain the height of that dream. But only the strong survive. I suppose it’s the difficulties of the journey that forge our wills and determination. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone. So to everyone out there suffering at the persecution of musician stereotypes, keep going, but only if you know to the core of your being that it’s all you want. It will take everything from you.
We made this tour happen and it took a lot, but it’s paying off big time. The show was incredible. Everything was much better than we expected and we’re very happy to be with Alestorm and TrollfesT. There’s an air of relief on this tour that we’ve not yet experienced. It feels good to breathe again.
The show was a fantastic success and the theater was huge. That was a new experience for us and one that we will cherish for years to come. After the show, we went home and slept for two hours before waking up at 4:30 to high tail it to the venue tonight. More on that tomorrow.
11/12/13 Phoenix, AZ
Made it to the venue and we’re fried from lack of sleep. We got the van washed before the tour started and the dickheads at the car wash hosed down the entire inside of the van, thus frying our blinker system (there’s probably a more sophisticated way to describe this, but fuck it). SO once again we started out with van troubles, HOWEVER, thanks to good fans and supporters we were able to get that shit sussed out. And for free too. So thanks to Krissy Chambers and her wonderful father, Howard Chambers. Very cool of you, sir.
Meanwhile, back at the venue….
The show was unreal. We’ve not ever experienced that much warmth and welcome from Arizona. So thanks for that. Afterwards we rolled over to Bubba’s house, he’s an old friend of Ron’s from Detroit. There was a big ass fucking turtle, sushi, a pool, a tv, beer, chicken alfredo, grilled cheese sandos, every eight track in the world and a fucking beer can museum. Pretty cool.
That’s it. I think.
11/13 Las Vegas, NV
Tonight’s show was directly across from The Heart Attack Grill. That place is fucking nuts. Just openly admitting to agreeing to help you die if you so choose to. The venue, LVCS, was an incredible club right in the hub of the Fremont Strip. Bright lights, big city, no tits though….. bummer. Ron’s friends from American sensations, Uncle Kracker, came to check out the show, and to my surprise, absolutely LOVED it. We hung out with those Detroit dirtbags all night and those guys were VERY cool. What else, what else?…. OH! It was my first night to really get to hang out with Alestorm. I really love these guys. They’re all incredibly hilarious and fun to be around. I ended up getting half hammered with them and still trying to keep it together for the super fun 12 hour drive to San Fran. That being said, nothing happened. Such is the fabulous life of a touring musician. More on this riveting series of events in the next entry.
Joshua Weidling Owner/Founder
I'm the owner & founder of Digital Tour Bus. I started the company in my dorm room during my freshman year of college. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of music and going to concerts, I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy, playing board games, trying the most amazing unhealthy food, and watching really mediocre comedy tv shows.