In this Dream Tour segment, Kellen McKay of the brass rock band, Stacked Like Pancakes, lets you know who they would like on their ultimate tour lineup. You can check out the feature, after the break.
When I think of my idols and the people I look up to the most in the music industry, Dave Grohl stands out. No pun intended, but Dave Grohl is my hero. All you ever hear about Dave is how chill and down-to-earth a guy he is, while at the same time consistently writing great rock music. The guy defines badassery. I would cry like a baby if the opportunity was presented to me to play even a single show with them, let alone a whole tour. So yes, a dream tour would consist of a direct support slot for my hero and his Foo Fighters. To me, they are our generation’s apex of rock music.
If there was another band to rightfully be direct support to the Foo, I would love the chance to tour with Paramore. I fell deeply in love with Paramore years ago after their almost-breakup / hiatus when the Farro brothers left. Their first shows back from the hiatus were on the Warped Tour that year, and they started in Scranton, PA. So I drove up to the Scranton Warped Tour from Baltimore with a few friends, mainly just to see Paramore. It was an emotional show.
I think that was actually the first time I crowd surfed too. I was a few seconds away from being invited on stage by Hayley to sing the end of “Misery Business.” Some girl who crowd surfed right after me was pulled up onto the stage and got to sing. I might still be a little bitter. But anyway, Paramore could change their music and songwriting style a billion times over and I’ll still love them. I love them as people even if I don’t know them personally, but would love to get to know them personally on a dream tour like this one.
And finally, one of my favorite artist journeys that I admire is twenty one pilots. Our former manager came across them right after they were signed to Fueled By Ramen and saw them at a small venue in Baltimore we’ve played a dozen times called The Ottobar. I wasn’t there, but she recalls that there were maybe 100 people there for that show. It was intimate and Tyler and Josh were out talking to everyone after the show. It’s hard to imagine that now.
She introduced me to them after that show. The following years they sold out a 1600 capacity venue at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, a 3000 capacity venue at Echostage in D.C., and a ~16,000 capacity venue at Merriweather in Columbia, MD. I had the pleasure to meet them briefly a couple of years ago and I hope to have the chance to sit down and talk to them about music and the world in the future. Tyler’s work has liberated mine as a songwriter, creator, and thinker.
I have no idea what the order of the bill would look like in this stacked lineup, but it would certainly be a dream to tour with twenty one pilots, Paramore, and the Foo Fighters!