S2, Ep. 32: The Guts and Glory of Touring The World in a Rock Band

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By Eben Diskin and The Official Matador Network Travel Podcast. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Touring in a rock band is one of the most fantasized about – and widely misunderstood – lifestyles in the modern world. While everyone thinks it's all backstage parties and endless excess, the reality is far more down to Earth, though no less interesting. Dan Aid is here to set the record straight on tour life, having been around the globe with the punk rock band Authority Zero and toured with other acts as well.

Among other highlights of road life, Dan recalls sleeping in a rodent-infested squatter flat in Germany, which is actually a step up from sleeping in the van – no one likes to crash on those long, hard bench seats. He also discusses what he loves about touring, and why it’s so hard for many musicians to get off the road, when it’s the only life they’ve ever known. If you’ve ever played in a band, wanted to play in a band, or even just attended a concert and wondered what that guitarist’s life was like off-stage, this episode will fill you in on what you’re missing.

In Hot Takes, Tim and Eben whether Duty-Free shops are bullshit. They also discuss whether airlines are actually justified in their bag charges (actual hot take here) and whether war museums inappropriately glorfy war.

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