We're two months away from Van Rockman's end of year tour. It's starting to feel real. Arrangements are being carried out. Decisions are being made about transport, accommodation etc. Rehearsals are in full swing.
I've been here before. The anticipation is palpable. Your heart beats a little faster every day and you're anxious to get going. You obsessively go over every detail to make sure it runs as smoothly as it can. It is one of the most terrible yet awesome feelings there is.
I'm reminded of the last time I went on tour and the incredible time I had. It's tricky to get into the swing of things at first but once you do you want to stay on the road forever. All you need is a sofa to crash on, a service station to shower in and brush your teeth, and just enough money for all the salad bars in the country.
All bands start off with tours like this before they 'make it' and I guarantee they'll say it was one of the best times they ever had. It's a right of passage. It's necessary and it's fun. Without this there's no way to prepare for what is to come. That thing being more hard work to accompany the success.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, you'd be hard pressed to find another band that is as dedicated to their work as Van Rockman. Normally a band might rehearse for 2-3 hours. Not so with these boys. They tend to rehearse for what seems more like 5-6 hours. This is on a weekly basis. They won't finish until everyone is satisfied with the finished product.
This is how I know they're going to do exceptionally well on the road. Perfection in entertainment is their goal and they have achieved it.
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